10 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes for Dudes

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Halloween will be hitting the streets in T-minus eight days.

Are you ready?

Probably not, because, ugh, Halloween, with the indecisiveness and the Mommy-I-wanna-be-all-of-the-things and the $40 price tag for a cape.

Here are some super easy DIY costume ideas for Dudes (or non-Dudes!) in case you're like me and you need them.

Halloween costume Nacho Libre DIY
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Nacho Libre. He is our hero. Plus, the cape is made from felt, the mask was dug out of our toy box, and the boots are for rainy days. The only thing we had to buy was the electric-blue tights, and they were on clearance at Walmart. Don't have a luchador mask lying around your crib? Face paint will do!

Halloween costume DIY nerd
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The Nerd Costume. Shove your dude in some of his too-tight and too-short clothing from last season. Button his shirt up and tie on a bow tie. Throw some pens and a calculator in his breast pocket and let him rock a comb over and too-big glasses. Instant Halloween magic.

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Halloween costume DIY plane
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El Chupacabra. All you really need is a cardboard box and a few hours to make magic. Way easier than what the Wright Brothers had going on.

Halloween costume DIY Olaf Frozen
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Olaf. Because even Dude kids have fallen victim to the Frozen craze. If you can convince your son not to be Kristoff, Olaf is cool, too.

Halloween costume DIY stick figure
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Stick Figure Costume. You can make a skeleton basically the same way (just switch the clothes to black and the duct tape to white), but personally, I think the stickman has way more street cred based simply on its originality.

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Lego costume Halloween
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A Lego Brick. Legos are super popular right now thanks to The Lego Movie, but making a Lego character might be a little more involved than your I-waited-until-the-last-minute self can pull off. A Lego brick costume might be just what the doctor ordered for your Lego-loving kid.

DuctTapeMan
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DIY Superhero. Every superhero costume starts somewhere, usually in the alter ego's basement with nothing more than a few basic supplies and his aunt's sewing machine (come on, you saw Spiderman). So let your wannabe superhero design his own costume. It's a fun activity that inspires creativity and gets you off the hook for a Halloween costume. Check out this one made by Duct Tape Man for inspiration.

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The Duck Boys. Uncle Si, Willie, and the rest of the guys from Duck Commander are making waves in living rooms around the nation, so it's no wonder they're inspiring Halloween costumes this year, too. You can make your own Duck Dynasty costumes with a few supplies and a teeny bit of time.

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napoleon dynamite
Image via DudeMom

Napoleon Dynamite Costume. The only thing I had to make for this costume were the felt letters for his shirt. If you're desperate, make them out of paper. Everything else can probably be found in your closet, although you may need a curly wig if your dude doesn't grow them au naturale like mine does!

Spider costume DIY Halloween
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DIY Spider Costume. It's as spooky as it is adorable, and you can make it in an hour for less than $5 (provided you have some of the items on hand).

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10 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes for Dudes

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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