Style and Styling

Last Minute Halloween Costumes!

Based on Jeans

Happy day, Reader Spookiest!

‘Tis the season…

For all things creepy and spooky!

As a girl, Halloween was always my favorite holiday.

In 1992, it became our wedding anniversary.

Which means that we know what we are doing pretty much every year to celebrate our big day. Yes, we are hanging out watching The Great Pumpkin and possibly a Tim Burton film and waiting for the doorbell to ring.

We’re good with that. We were fully aware when we walked down the aisle. (At least about the candy part!)

In honor of the day, let’s talk costumes. Not just any costumes, but those last minute, throw it together with what you own costumes. (No storebought plastic masks here! Although a wig wouldn’t be out of the question…)

For your last minute, throw it together pleasure, I present:

A replay of some oldies but goodies. If you’ve been reading for some time, these will look familiar!


You could substitute in a plaid shirt just as well, or any button front shirt (Maybe avoid white.) I just don’t imagine a lot of cowboys in white; it’s a dirty job! Key elements here are the bandana, boots, hat and if you can swing it a big belt buckle. It’s easy to make a fun fake buckle out of some cardboard and aluminum foil. The bigger, the better!

Cub Scout

Although I’m showing this with shorts, you could do jeans here, for sure! No navy shirt? How about a navy tee? The key elements are the yellow bandana and a web belt.

Rosie the Riveter

A red lip and red headscarf are the musts to recreate Rosie. Everything else is negotiable. Do you have a utility style jumpsuit? Even better than jeans and a shirt!


If you own jeans, a flannel shirt and a beanie, you can be LumberJane. A belt for holding up your jeans is a plus. (We’re not channeling plumber, here!) I wrapped a chain around myself. You could carry a saw or hatchet depending on the crowd… (If you want a chain, stop at your nearest home/hardware store. (Go for plastic and spray paint it if you feel the need. This one was VERY heavy!)


The red striped shirt, glasses and beanie do the trick. Add the cane, boots and bag if you have them. And a pom pom. Note: You can make one. (Yes, I know Waldo’s hat is red and white with a red pom, but we’re going for symbolic Wally here. Not exact.) If exact is important to you, layer a white hat over the red one and add a red pom.

Images: Jeans-Old, All

How About You?

Do you Halloween? Is your house a trick-or-treat Mecca? Or do you turn out the lights and hide? When we married on Halloween, 1992, we knew what we’d be doing on our anniversary for the rest of our lives. Fortunately, we’re good with that! Which of these costumes feels most like you? Let me know if you dress, and if so, what you’d like to be. I do so love to hear from you…

Eerily yours,


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