Like any medium for procrastination, there is an art to last-minute Halloween costume development and construction. We’ve all been there, frantically duct taping beads to a white shirt in hopes that it’ll eventually look like something…anything. If you’re there now, sweat dripping from your brow in need of some last minute inspo, we say look no further than the fridge or pantry.
Food is fun, beloved and universally understood, so, from dad-approved puns to iconic brand mascots, cult food classics and the downright cute, we reached all the way to the back of the fridge, behind that mysterious Chinese container and half-empty bottle of Riesling to bring you the very best last-minute and DIY food costumes for Halloween 2018.
Cult Food Costumes
Some foods that have just floated to the top of the heap when it comes to international fandom. You know them, you love them (too much, probably) and that’s exactly why they make great eye-roll and LOL-inducing getups.
That Sriracha has earned cult status is an understatement. Bottled in California and beloved from coast to coast, this Thai-inspired bottle is ubiquitous. For less than $30 you can snag a Sriracha emblazoned t-shirt and clever green “cap” from Amazon.
Sriracha Shirt and Green Cap Set ($28-30)
Bonus: you can wear them all year round.
I know what you’re thinking, our avocado obsession has gone too far. From puns to memes and cutesy patterns, it’s all gotten a little tired and Halloween is no exception, UNLESS you’re one of two things…
Chrissy Teigen and you and your baby are just this damn cute in your matching avo-outfits.
OR…you’re pregnant and turn the baby bump into the avocado seed. I mean, c’mon!
Avocado Shirt ($18)
Make other avo lovers green with envy.
For some reason, you can find this pizza pattern on almost anything these days and it tickles me so. Track one down for an easy last-minute costume and add another layer by painting your lips blue and shivering all night or act emotionally withholding. Voila..cold pizza!
Hooded Pizza Jumpsuit ($40)
All the pepperoni, none of the heartburn.
And if all else fails. Just go as kale…
Food Brand Mascots
Food mascots run the gamut from cheeky to sexy and downright upsetting (looking at you Domino’s Pizza Noid). These are some of our all-time favorites that everyone knows and loves!
Chiquita Banana or Carmen Miranda
I don’t know all that much about Chiquita Banana and Carmen Miranda but I do know that they both wore fruit on their head and if they ended up on the same cycle of “Real Housewives” there would be major dram.
Find a fun flashy dress at the thrift store and achieve the signature headdress via Oh Happy Day.
Carmen Miranda Fruit and Flower Turban ($60)
If you don't want to DIY, pay someone to DIFY.
Jolly Green Giant
A DIY version of this is perfect for any tall guy (or girl!) and easy to do as long as you don’t mind being encased in green paint from head to toe for the entire weekend. Hit up Michaels or Amazon for some fake green leaves and then fire up the glue gun. You also have full consent to throw frozen peas at people all night.
36 Fake Green Leaves ($8)
Break out your hot glue gun.
This is one to have fun with. All you need is a top hat, monocle, and cane and people will get the picture, so go ahead and give it your own spin. If you want that full Mr. Peanut effect, check out this shockingly on-point egg crate mattress construction!
Peanut Costume ($40)
If you're fresh out of mattress foam...
Top Hat with Attached Monocle ($19)
Add your iconic accessories.
Black Cane ($13)
And don't forget to twirl your cane!
Did you know the Colonel was a real person and led a totally fascinating, if not brutish life? He was involved in a real-life shootout with a business rival, for instance, and once put a hex on a Japanese baseball team (as one does). So…with this you can bore people to death with endless facts as you dazzle in an iconic and fairly easy to assemble costume. Rubber chicken mandatory…
Southern Colonel Wig and Beard ($15)
Tie and glasses not included.
Rubber Chicken ($7)
Everyone should own one.
Dos Equis Guy
Speaking of exhausting, I know this one has been done, but all you need to freshen this overly-memed mascot up is to come up with some fresh taglines and you’ll be back in good graces. The rest is easy: pinstripe suit, Ernest Hemingway beard, and a 12-pack of Dos Equis, of course.
Fake Short Beard and Mustache ($16)
The most interesting faux facial hair in the world.
Morton’s Salt Girl
Not going to lie, this one could be totally fabulous if you pull it off like this girl did. Check out the costume components and prepare to slay. PLUS, if someone whips up margaritas, you’re absolutely prepared.
Purple Umbrella ($29)
It'll keep you stylish and dry after Halloween is over too.
Yellow Mary Jane Flats ($8-20)
Matching shoes are a nice touch.
Don't forget the most important part.
The Oh-So-Cute Costumes
When it doubt, make it cute!
This grape costume is adorable and you’re obviously carrying a bottle of wine all night. Bonus points for soberly referring to the wine as “an urn of relatives no longer with us.”
Purple Balloons ($4)
Blow 'em up and you're halfway there.
Not to be out-cuted is this pineapple costume from blogger Studio DIY, who has a million sassy food costumes ideas to choose from.
Green Construction Paper ($7)
You'll have plenty left over for Christmas tree crafts too.
This popcorn idea, also from Studio DIY, is pretty cute, too, not gonna lie.
White Computer Paper ($8)
Good for so much more than printing tickets.
Hot Glue Gun ($13)
Have glue gun, will travel—and craft like mad.
Popcorn Purse ($10)
Make your look pop with the proper accessories.
All you really need to make this work is a pillow, some colorful cloth, and a hot glue gun. After that, you can get all kinds of crazy creative.
Salmon Pillow ($11)
Sure, this looks a little fishy, but in the best possible way.
I don’t totally know what’s going on here but I know I like it. Bonus points if your name is Rob. Broccoli Rob for the win.
Crocheted Broccoli Hat ($80)
Start a trend. Or turn heads, at least.
All you need for this is a few colorful balloons and a clear plastic trash bag. Print out the Jelly Belly label and you’re 50 flavors of fun!
100 Rainbow Balloons ($11)
You're on your own when it comes to adding speckles to represent the buttered popcorn flavor.
Food Pun Costumes
The holy grail of food costumes. Nail it and you’ve won Halloween. Go too high-concept and prepare to spend your entire night making the same desperate plea to strangers as they stare blankly back.
Chip on Your Shoulder
You could definitely make one, but for for just $5.99 you could also have this hilarious chip with strap delivered to your door. Chip on your shoulder is definitely a mood too, so be sure to pick fights and one-up people all evening to drive it home.
Step 1: Buy this t-shirt.
Step 2: Add a pair of black wayfarers.
Step 3: Be cool.
Oversize Black Sunglasses ($6)
Deal with it.
Ok, you’ve probably seen this one before but admit it, you giggle a little every time you do.
Egg Yolk Shirt ($18)
Just add horns. And maybe a tail. And a pitchfork to really get the point across.
Chicken Costume ($40)
Don't forget to perfect your chicken dance.
Gold Laurel Leaf Crown ($7)
Hail Caesar—and Halloween costumes that actually keep you warm.
No matter what you decide to go as, have a delicious, fun, and happy Halloween. Eat way too much candy, scare a few small children, but whatever you do…don’t go as Salt Bae.
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Header image courtesy of Studio DIY.