Are you looking for an easy last-minute Halloween costume to creep it real on October 31? Well, look no further than a punny costume that requires minimal prep time and accessories, but will still give 'em pumpkin to talk about at your annual costume party. Any one of these punny Halloween costumes will be easy on your wallet without compromising on the creativity of your outfit. Plus, you can turn some of these costume ideas into a spooky couples' costume or a group costume with your BFFs if you and your partner or squad have the same sense of humor — that is, you love a good pun.
It's easy to draw a blank on what to dress up as on Halloween and fall back on tried and true classics like a wicked witch costume or a scary Halloween costume that is just plain ghoulish. And while these ideas never fail to disappoint, clever Halloween costumes are hardly ever basic. Instead, they take a (somewhat cringe) play on words and spin it into a hilarious ensemble that you can whip together in mere minutes. No one will know you spent minimal time making your DIY Halloween costume — they'll be too busy cackling like a witch at how witty you are.
Ready to look totally gourd-geous? Check out our picks for the best pun Halloween costumes!
To become "French toast," you just need to round up a black beret, a striped tee, a red scarf, and a piece of "toast" crafted from cardboard. Then, simply punch two holes in the top of the bread and tie string to them to wear around your neck.
Give us a "C," give us an "E," give us an "I," give us an "L," give us an "I," give us an "N," give us a "G!" What do you get? This spirited ceiling fan!
Head in the Clouds
When Life Gives You Lemons
Use adhesive letters or a black Sharpie to write "LIFE" on a white T-shirt, then carry around a bag of lemons to hand out. Easy as (lemon cream) pie!
If you're dressing up with a friend or partner, then you can take on this clever "Taco Belle" costume, which combines a taco with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Alternatively, you can simply dress up as Belle and carry around a taco for the night.
Black Eyed Peas
Whether you are a Black Eyed Peas fan or just a fan of puns, this last-minute funny costume will get lots of nods on Halloween night. Let's just say, we gotta feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night.
Get the Black-Eyed-Peas Punny Halloween Costume tutorial at The Thinking Closet.
To become a "deviled egg," you just need to dress in all white and attach a yellow circle of felt to your stomach. Don't forget your devil horns and tail!
Not a morning person? Then this costume was made for you. All you need to do is dress up in a robe and slippers, carry around a mug and newspaper, and add some vampire fangs and fake blood to complete the look.
'Grapes of Wrath'
Book lovers, this is the costume for you. Spell out "By John Steinbeck" on a purple t-shirt with white adhesive letters, then safety pin purple balloons onto the shirt. Create a vine crown by hot-gluing faux vines together to complete your look.
For a look that's sweet as pie, attach a mini pumpkin to a headband using a hot glue gun. Then, print out the Greek letter "Pi" or cut one out of felt and glue it onto an orange t-shirt.
Not everyone is a fan of KISS, but most are fans of a French baguette. Regardless, this witty costume will crack some smiles even if "Rock and Roll All Nite" is skipped on the Spotify queue.
Ice Ice Baby
You and the family can dress up as Vanilla Ice's iconic '90s song "Ice Ice Baby" by turning large clear trash bags into bags of ice and equipping your little one with all the right accessories.
Get the Ice Ice Baby Punny Halloween Costume tutorial at The Thinking Closet.
Become an undead version of the "Single Ladies" singer with a black leotard, black heels, gold jewelry, and some zombie makeup.
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