7 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes with Grocery Store Ingredients

updated May 1, 2019
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
(Image credit: Gina Eykemans)

Need a cheap, easy last-minute Halloween costume? If you’re anything like me, Halloween has crept up on you. Suddenly, it’s the end of October (what!) and you’re faced with the prospect of going to a Halloween party this weekend with no costume at all, or settling on something really lame. While I appreciate the throwback charm of Ye Olde Bedsheet Ghost as much as the next costume-challenged girl, our team has some fresh ideas for you.

May we suggest a quick trip to the grocery store on your way to the party? While you’re picking up beer or a bottle of wine, grab supplies for one of these last-minute, pun-tastic Halloween costumes.

1 / 7
Chip On The Shoulder (Image credit: Gina Eykemans)
(Image credit: Gina Eykemans)

Chip on the Shoulder

Let’s start with something really easy, shall we? Do we even need to spell this out? Chips + your shoulder. Maybe a little duct tape to hold them together. Stand by the punch bowl looking grumpy all evening.

(Image credit: Gina Eykemans)

Thyme Capsule

A sprig of thyme, a ziplock bag, and a sweet note to not open until some date far in the future, and you have yourself a costume.

(Image credit: Gina Eykemans)

John Lemon

If you don’t have the right glasses to impersonate this god of rock, pick up a pair of cheap sunglasses and knock out the shades. Lemonheads and a string of lemons complete the pun.

(Image credit: Gina Eykemans)

Batman & Reuben

If your grocery store (or drugstore) is anything like mine, there are discount kids’ costumes hanging everywhere on Halloween evening. Grab yourself a Batman mask and swing by the deli for his trusty sidekick.

(Image credit: Gina Eykemans)

Encourage Mint

See, you got this! You can do it. Just a sprig of mint (or enough to pass out like party favors) and a little name tag are all you need.

(Image credit: Gina Eykemans)


OK, there’s a little more prep involved here, so hit up the makeup section and do your best attempt at your pup’s sweet face. A jug of apple cider disguised as moonshine and you’re set.

(Image credit: Gina Eykemans)

Spice Rack

We just couldn’t resist. Grab a cheap bra from your grocery superstore’s sale rack and fill it with cumin, cinnamon, and other goodies. Bonus points if you make chili with all of it (sans bra) afterwards.

Happy Halloween, from us to you — may you have an evening filled with full-sized Snickers and puns galore.