The Clog’s guide to last-minute Halloween costumes

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Although the excitement has been building for weeks, it’s always a struggle to put together a costume for Halloween. The pressure to have a fun and creative costume can be overwhelming. Luckily for all of you who procrastinated, were indecisive or found yourself lacking creativity, we at the Clog have compiled a list of Halloween costumes that you can have ready in less than half an hour. Even better, most of these are made with stuff you probably have lying around, can borrow from a friend or easily buy at a store!


You can never go wrong with this type of classic Halloween costume. Dressing up as an animal is as simple or complicated as you make it. Animal onesies make this look super easy, but if you don’t have one on hand, Party Heaven on Telegraph Avenue has plenty of options for various animal ears and antennae. Bees and ladybugs are relatively simple with yellow or red shirts, and cats will forever be one of the easiest Halloween costumes with black clothes and some cat ears.

A classic Halloween ghost

This costume always comes to mind when we think of Halloween, yet I rarely see anyone actually sporting this look. All you need to do is cut two eyeholes out of a sheet and then drape it over yourself.

Hydro Flasks

What better way to honor the deep commitment so many UC Berkeley students make to staying hydrated than to dress up as the vessel itself? This costume couldn’t be simpler: Find a T-shirt in whatever color of Hydro Flask you choose, cut out the Hydro Flask logo from plain white paper and tape it on. That’s it!

Skittles and M&M’s

This one is almost easier than the previous one, believe it or not. Simply find a shirt in the color of candy you’d like to be, then pick your poison and cut out either the signature “S” or “M” from white paper and tape it on.

Any sports player

Whether you’re an athletic person or not, this makes for an easy and recognizable costume. Simply dig out your old high school uniform — ask a friend if you don’t have one — or wear athletic clothes. Adding accessories such as sweatbands and headbands or carrying around equipment will enhance the look.


Because it has made itself arguably the most important part of this semester so far, dressing up as PG&E is sure to get a lot of laughs. Simply wear all-black to represent the blackout and tape on a printed-out PG&E logo.

Cowboys, cowgirls and cowpeople

Another classic Halloween look — dressing up as a cowboy, cowgirl or cowperson is easy with that flannel we all have lying around, a pair of jeans and some boots. Add in a hat and bandanna and you’ll be all good to go!

Your worst nightmare

Take a plain white T-shirt and some Sharpies or fabric markers and get to work on embodying whatever it is that scares you the most. Whether it be a failed exam, 8 a.m. classes, dining hall food or unemployment after graduation, this costume will be all too relatable to many UC Berkeley students.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter what you dress up as on Halloween, but it’s always better to be something rather than nothing. Hopefully, this list helped you figure it out!

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