Hard up for a Halloween costume? Here are 9 easy, last-minute ideas

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Halloween is only days away, so if you haven’t gotten a costume yet, you may be feeling the heat. There may not be enough time to order one online, and the best costumes may already be sold out at your local Halloween store.

If you procrastinated this year and are still looking for a costume, here are nine easy ideas that are sure to get a laugh from your friends at a Halloween party, courtesy of TEGNA news affiliate WUSA-9 in Washington, D.C.

1. Pig in a Blanket

All you need for this costume is a pig nose and pig ear headband and a blanket. If you own a blanket with arm holes, like a Snuggie, it will be easier to move around for parties or trick-or-treating.

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2. Three Hole Punch Jim from “The Office”

Pay homage to the classic NBC sitcom with this easy costume. Use black construction paper to tape three dots to a white button down and tie. Make sure not to style your hair at all! For a cute couple costume, have your partner dress as Cat Pam.

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3. It’s Raining Men

This costume will definitely keep you warm if it’s a cold Halloween. Print out photos of your favorite men in your life and attach them to an umbrella with string. Finish the look with a warm rain jacket and rain boots.

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4. Rosie the Riveter

If you’re bad at arts and crafts, you won’t find an easier costume than Rosie the Riveter. Grab a blue button down and a red bandana and you’re set. Don’t forget to show off your biceps in photos!

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5. Black-eyed “P”

Black construction paper and a T-shirt are all you need for this costume. Cut out a black “P” for your shirt, and the costume is done. If you’re feeling creative, use some face paint or make-up to give yourself a black eye!

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6. The Bachelor/The Bachelorette

This costume is a great excuse for taking out that fancy dress or suit that you bought for an event and never wore again. Buy some roses (real or fake) and dress to impress. Make sure to ask others if they “accept this rose.” Who knows, you may find the next love of your life.

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7. Boo from “Monsters, Inc.”

This costume is inspired by the lovable toddler from Disney’s “Monsters, Inc.,” and works especially well if you’re short. Buy the biggest pink T-shirt you can find, and tie your hair up in pigtails. You can bring a plush Sully if you’re doing a solo costume, ask a partner to dress up as Sully for a couple costume or grab two friends for a Boo, Sully and Mike group costume.

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8. Smarty Pants

This punny costume doubles as a snack if you get hungry. Buy some smarties and stick them to a pair of black pants with double-sided tape. Finish the look with a button down shirt, bow-tie and glasses. For an extra nerdy look, tape the bridge of your classes with some scotch tape.

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9. 50 Shades of Gray

Don’t worry. Despite the name, this is actually a very safe-for-work costume. Head to your local hardware store and stock up on some free sheets of paint samples. Find as many shades of gray samples as you can, and tape them to a gray shirt. Finish the look with some sunglasses.

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