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No Costume Yet? Shop Your Closet for Halloween

While no one would ever accuse you of being unprepared, Halloween weekend has arrived and you might still be wondering what kind of costume you can throw together on the fly. With a little creative shopping in your closet and maybe a trip to Goodwill , you can pull together a hauntingly haut last minute costume almost as fast as you can say “trick or treat.”

The Vamp – Vampires have seduced people’s imaginations for centuries with their promise of immortality and perpetual youth, not to mention an adventurous night life. Outside of a simple pair of fangs you can find at a local costume shop, you already own everything you need to scare up this costume. Pair your pair of prosthetic incisors with a slinky, black evening dress and some dramatic make-up and you’re ready to take a bite out of the holiday.

The Flapper – Flappers were the original “It Girls,” breaking the rules and partying with the boys. All it takes to conjure the ghosts of these girls is a flirty shift dress, a great pair of heels and some bright red lipstick. Accessorize with plenty of shiny baubles and a matching headband worn over touseled, wavy locks and you’ll be set to dance the night away in early 20th century style. Dont' forget the pearls!

The Valley Girl – You made it through the 80s and lived to tell. You also may have hung onto an old prom dress, or a more recent bridesmaid dress that looks more like a wardrobe item from a John Hughes flick. Slip into one of these, bust out the Aquanet hairspray and blue eyeshadow and you’re, like, totally ready to Wang Chung tonight. Don’t have any pink chiffon hanging around your closet? Pop into Goodwill. Someone is sure to have orphaned their old prom dress.

The Clairvoyant – I see a closet, filled with bold print maxi dresses and skirts leftover from summer. I see a jewelry box packed with bangles. And wait, there’s a silk scarf that, when tied around your head just so, makes you look as though you stole into town under cover of darkness, ready to look into your crystal ball and tell the future to those brave enough to inquire.

Once you’ve made your selection, throwing it all together is the best part. And, if you pull together a costume of which you’re particularly proud, send a photo to . I’ll feature your look here.

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