Easy Halloween Costumes for Guys: 46 Best Last-Minute Ideas With Normal Clothes

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The gloriously low effort Halloween costumes that lazy guys swear by

Sure, you could have decided what to wear for Halloween weeks ago.

But when an easy, low effort costume is all you want – there’s really no need to bother.

guy in distress because he need a Halloween costume at the last minute

Similar to how diamonds are made under pressure, some of us have our best ideas in the eleventh hour. There’s just something about an impending deadline that gets the creative juices flowing.

After all:

Inspiration often strikes when you least expect it.

And according to a scientific study, even procrastination has its benefits. Go figure.


Here are 46 super easy Halloween costumes for guys to wear on Halloween that prove a lack of planning is the ultimate catalyst for creativity.

Easy Men’s Halloween Costumes

If you’re looking for easy costumes with normal clothes, you’ve come to the right place.

Febreze Air Freshener

guy wearing low effort febreze costume for Halloween
“My younger brothers Halloween costume.”
–Via Twitter/@XycronVA

This first idea is clever as hell and I can’t stop laughing at it. Print a Febreze logo, slap it on a light blue shirt, and you’re good to gooooo.

Lazy Halloween costumes like this are my favorite. It tickles the right part of brain.

DIY Cowboy Ken

adult couple wearing Barbie and Ken Halloween costumes they made fast with normal clothes. man is wearing black skinny jeans, white t-shirt, pink button up shirt, black handkerchief and white cowboy hat
Via Pinterest/@elisabeth_ruth_brooks

Cowboy Ken is one of the most popular costumes of recent years thanks to the Barbie movie. But you don’t have to have invest in the whole fancy western getup to pull off this look.

There are three KEY components to this easy men’s costume idea; a cowboy hat, a black bandana, and a pink button-up shirt. As long as you have all those pieces, no one will be mistaken as to who you’ve dressed up as. You can wear a white tee and black pants like this guy, or with whatever’s available in your own closet.

For more fantastic plastic inspiration, check out these Ken and Barbie couples costumes. The ideas are more involved than the example above, but the outfits are still pretty straightforward. It’s worth taking a look if you you don’t need to throw a costume together at the absolute last second.

Pitbull aka Mr. Worldwide

adult wearing bald cap, sunglasses, gold chain, and black suit for costume at a Halloween party
Via Pinterest/@pauline_magd

This idea is the best way to incorporate a black suit, a cool gold chain, and sunglasses into an easy peasy Halloween costume. 

And yes, Mr. Worldwide is an excellent costume idea for bald guys. However, don’t let a full head of hair hold you back. Bald caps are a thing, commit to the bit.

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I.

man with thick mustache and carpet-like chest hair wearing red hawaiian shirt with sunglasses to look like a well-known actor for Halloween
Via Pinterest/@bgardner1881
guy in red Hawaiian with iconic mustache shirt at Halloween party
Via Pinterest/@bgardner1881

With mustaches being very popular with the male crowd, Magnum P.I. is an especially fitting Halloween look.

This costume is the perfect time not only to let the stache shine, but also your favorite hawaiian shirt too. It’s a good idea to start no shave November early and let the chest hair grow in thick to make your costume all the more authentic. 

Pothole & Traffic Cone

adult couple wearing DIY last-minute Halloween costume where man is wearing a stock pot on his head and woman dressed in orange has a cone on her head
“a match made in heaven🧡love, Pot hole + Traffic cone 😂 Even tho halloween this year wasn’t what we expected, we made the best out of it! and absolutely love our last minute costumes 🙌🏼 hope you all had a good one! 🎃”
—Via Instagram/@carliakiona

Well-played puns make for some truly awesome low effort Halloween costumes for guys and gals. Big props to this fun couple, what a cute DIY costume idea!

Han Solo Cup

man dressed as Star Wars character for Halloween while wearing a huge red solo cup over to complete the costume look
Via Imgur

Speaking of costume puns—

This Star Wars costume is guaranteed to be a big hit! 🤣 Don’t have enough time to get a red solo cup of that size? No problem, just tape a few solo cups to yourself instead. 

Catwoman x Batman Costume

young man wearing all black normal clothes with bat face mask standing next to woman dressed in black leather pants and leather coat with cat mask on face
Via Pinterest/@ellacasey311

You know what’s better than dressing up as your favorite character for Halloween?

Nailing the classic costume with minimal effort.

The Caped Crusader is a popular choice because what guy hasn’t secretly wished for to be a superhero at some point? Secure yourself a Batman mask to wear with your darkest clothing and let the games begin!

Toilet Paper Roll

two guys wearing toilet paper roll costumes
“You’ll be surprised the shit we have to deal with sometimes…”
–Via Instagram/@jackieeeexd

Whether you want to say you’re dressed as a toilet paper roll or a paper towel roll is up to you. I think toilet paper roll is funnier, though.

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective

low effort costumes example 5
“‘I’m gonna execute a button hook pattern, super slow mo'”
–Via Instagram/@captaincodycosplay

This idea will have you all righty for a party in no time! Plus, it’s a good excuse to break out that hawaiian shirt you’ve be saving for the perfect occasion.

Save money by DIYing the tutu (no sewing required.)

Dairy Farmer

cheerful man and woman at Halloween party, man wearing cowboy hat and red flannel shirt while woman is dressed in a cow costume
Via Pinterest/@alanadavis0105

Pair your favorite blue jeans and plaid shirt with a cowboy hat and you have yourself an low effort Halloween party costume ready in no time. 

A straw hat would also be acceptable. And while cowboy boots are not required, if you already have some they’ll take this outfit to the next level.

Elmer’s Glue

If you own a plain white t-shirt you can make this costume for Halloween fast!

This is the perfect choice for men who work in construction, as well as hunters. Cause they’re the kind of guys who would already own a hi vis beanie (if not, several) that will compliment the Elmer’s Glue label oh-so beautifully. 👌

Professor Quirrell as Puppeted by Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

scary face inspired by Harry Potter character drawn on the back of shaved guys head for DIY Halloween costume
Via Pinterest/@milfeekimmie

We love to see a confident bald man with a good sense of humor! This is one of the best Halloween costume ideas for men who are Harry Potter fans, or guys who want to impress the ladies with a solid HP reference.  

Ask a friend to draw Lord Voldemort’s face on your dome (preferably with a washable marker) and then encircle that bad boy with a purple scarf. You might even be able to free hand it yourself with a mirror. 

Step Brothers

guys in step brothers inspired costumes
Via Twitter/@UCFSports

Characters from Will Ferrell movies will never not be great men’s Halloween costumes.

No need to spend much either, as you can score vests for the look at a thrift store.

Football Player and Cheerleader

joyful couple at having fun at a Halloween party, man is wearing Cowboys football jersey for a low effort costume
Via Pinterest/@rachelmahalaris

This next last-minute costume idea for guys could not be easier!

And don’t worry, being a Cowboys fan is not required. The Dallas Cowboys have some of the most instantly recognizable cheer squad, however you can simply pop on the jersey of the football team you personally root for.

Honestly this is a quick costume idea works for most sports. Think hockey, basketball, soccer… You can sub cheerleader for fan with any of the sports that don’t have cheerleaders. If you’re doing a couples or duo costume that is. Otherwise, no need to worry about that part.

Mannequin Costume

guy dressed as mannequin for Halloween
“And my insanely ridiculous husband who decided to try and invent a mannequin costume at the last minute.”
–Via Twitter/@alexlohman

If you have an extra crutch lying around, dressing up as a mannequin is a no-brainer.

Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction

couple in DIY Halloween costumes, man wearing black pants and white shirt to look like movie character
Via Instagram/@breanneburnell

Cult classic film, Pulp Fiction‘s Vincent Vega is an iconic character that actually makes for a really easy Halloween costume men can copy in a flash. 

The best thing about this idea is how insanely normal clothes friendly it is. It’s just black pants, a white dress shirt, and a well-placed bolo tie! This is a great idea for a duo costume as your other half can go as the unmistakable, Mrs. Mia Wallace.

Jack from The Shining

guy wearing red plaid shirt and holding a prop axe with face bursting through DIY costume door making expression mimicking Jack Nicholson in famous horror movie
Via Twitter/@bibear

If you’re a fella who feels his best in a flannel shirt but you already went as lumberjack last year, this is the men’s Halloween costume for you. You can even recycle the prop axe with this iconic look!

You can make the door your face is “busting” through from cardboard or paper. It doesn’t need to be anywhere close to perfect. Trust me, this costume will not go unappreciated by your friends and all the horror movie buffs you run across.

Cupid’s Victim

guy in white shirt with fake blood with arrows coming out of chest next to woman in cupid halloween costume
Via Pinterest/@itssofih
couple dressed in easy pair costume for Halloween
Via Pinterest/@itssofih

Wanna do a funny Halloween costume but still be able to do a pair costume with your girl? Cupid’s victim is a killer choice.

Sacrificing a white shirt to spatter with fake blood is small price to pay for a low effort costume that’s as clever and darkly humorous as this. 

Indiana Jones

guy's indiana jones costume
“‘Professor of Archaeology, expert on the occult, and how does one say it… obtainer of rare antiquities.'”
–Via Instagram/@bennybuche

All you need is a trip to the thrift store to recreate this legendary costume. The hat, satchel and maybe even the whip, can be thrifted!

The only thing missing from this Halloween look is a suple, brown leather jacket. If you ask nicely, I bet your grandpa would gladly let you borrow his for the night.

Pumpkin Man

guy in all black with pumpkin face mask
“Can we just take a minute and appreciate my brother’s pumpkin man costume”
–Via Twitter/@jarecki_jessica

I LOVE this idea! I’m sure 90% of the people you run into on Halloween will love it, too.

Warner from Legally Blonde

adult couple wearing Halloween costumes with normal clothes, guy in sweater with H on it and woman wearing pink with stuffed dog toy
Via Instagram/@oliviarink
easy couples Halloween costume, man in jeans and Harvard crew neck sweater with woman wearing pink bunny outfit inspired by popular movie
via Pinterest/@andreadivalentina

Dressing up with your girlfriend this year? Warner and Elle from Legally Blonde are the perfect costume idea.

The best part is all you’ll need as dude is a pair of jeans (or chino pants if you’re so inclined) and a crew neck sweater. Bonus points if it’s a Harvard college sweatshirt. 

Risky Business Boys Group Costume

@officialstephenlomas Risky Business Pt 2 😂 @Alix & Stephen Show @Let’s Get Moving Boys #riskybusiness#lgmboys#rugbyplayers#tomcruise#kc#kansascity#bffs ♬ Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
easy mens Halloween costume hot

Remember Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear in Risky Business? That’s the vibe you’re channeling with this costume idea. If you’ve the confidence (and the thighs), I say rock it.

While there are tons of group Halloween costume ideas, this one is so choice. It’s low effort, yet maximum impact. Underwear, button up shirt, and socks? Yeah those are standard-issue clothes all guys already own. And that’s why this is such an awesome last-minute costume idea for men!

Simple and simply genius; it’s an easy group costume for both you and the boys. Just imagine the reactions this look will get when you roll up to the party…it’ll be a night you won’t forget!

Terrance and Phillip

terrance and phillip halloween costumes
“‘That fart was absolutely ghoulish, Phillip!’
(lowkey v proud of our $20 last minute Halloween costumes)”
–Via Twitter/@verytargaryen

It’s so easy for dudes to DIY this Halloween costume and the final look is surprisingly accurate. The resemblance to the South Park characters is uncanny!

Game of Twister

guy wearing twister costume
“Whenever my crush tells me she wants to play a game.”
–Via Twitter/@rhett_19

WARNING: only wear this costume if you want girls to flock to you.

White Trash

man and woman wearing last minute halloween costume
“When the theme is AMERICA we think outside the box”
–Via Instagram/@jessamystoddart

All you need to copy this idea are trash bags and crumpled up newspaper. It’s so simple but so clever.


guy dressed as arthur and girl dressed as D.W.
“And I said hey! What a wonderful kind of day!”
–Via Instagram/@miramarko

This easy costume with normal clothes caters to guys who already own a yellow sweater or shirt.

Transform yourself into Arthur for the night just by wearing a pair of glasses and some homemade aardvark ears.

Glasses Guy Meme

guys Halloween costume compared to meme
“Last minute Halloween costume so I can get in the function”
–Via Twitter/@mikehector

Memes like this one make for some pretty good Halloween ideas.

Chance the Frapper

last minute costume ideas for guys pic 11
“Last-minute costume…
–Via Twitter/@sreekyshooter

Keep your Halloween look simple by working with what clothing you’ve already got!

Marty McFly

guy wearing marty mcfly Halloween costume
“Woah, this is heavy!”
–Via Instagram/@j.a.cosplays

Who doesn’t love Back to the Future??

The orange vest is what really pulls the look together.

And, if you’re a hunter or a construction worker, you probably already own something similar. Give it your own spin!

King Bob from Recess

guy wearing king bob costume for halloween
“My brothers King Bob costume is the best of all time”
–Via Twitter/@Murrrrrrray

Spending the holiday in sweatpants? This man knows how to live.

This guys last minute Halloween costume is a genius way to throw it back Saturday morning cartoons while being comfortable as hell.

The “Ex-Boyfriend”

man wearing last minute halloween costume
“The ‘ex boyfriend’/trash can costume was a hit but lemme tell you JUST how many people threw trash at me all night so yea the joke was on me”
–Via Twitter/@danny_palmer_

While this dude’s idea might have backfired a little, I’ve gotta give him props for the creativity. Plus, the ability to laugh at yourself is always an attractive quality.

Green Giant

tall young man painted green for his easy Halloween costume idea for guys
“My boyfriend is 6’7” and dressed as the Green Giant for Halloween” –Via Twitter/@alandra_maine

It’s amazing what a little bit of green paint can do in a pinch.

Not to mention, this idea will help you stand out in a sea of Hulk costumes! 

Salt Bae

example of low effort guy halloween costume
“What can I say… I like memes?”
–Via Instagram/@roadruckartclass

Another meme-tastic idea you can pull off with the normal clothing in your closet! The datedness of the meme adds a certain something to the costume as a whole.


man covered in grass for his costume
“happy halloween my brother was grass”
Via Twitter/–@maddy_rosa

Yep, you can just glue grass all over your body and call it day. It doesn’t hurt that the costume is beyond cheap.

Fancy Clothes Nacho Libre

guy posing in his Nacho Libre Halloween costume
“My little brother won Halloween”
–Via Twitter/@IanSaner1

Nacho Libre costumes might be overdone, but this version isn’t!

It’s a vibe that screams “I slay on the dance floor.”

Mr. Clean

comparison of guys costume and mr clean man
“My brother asked me if I wanted to see his Halloween costume, I had no idea what I was in for”
–Via Twitter/@Chr1st1neClark

Bald fellas can appreciate a no effort Halloween costume like this.

Even if you’d need to shave your head for the look, it’s still a pretty easy Halloween costume for guys and many would support your choice. Keep in mind, ladies love a man who’s smooth.

One Night Stand

man dressed as a one night stand, easy halloween costumes for guys example idea
“So my dad made my brother a Costume at work. Enjoy! “
–Via Twitter/@NotJCubb

Here’s another DIY costume that goes to show you that cardboard boxes have endless uses. The only limit is your imagination. 🌈

Dustin from Stranger Things

guys last minute halloween costume idea
Via Instagram/@stoolmerrimack

Dustin is a cute, relevant, and (most importantly) hella easy costume for Halloween.

Ricky Bobby

ricky bobby halloween costume
“If you ain’t first, you’re last!”
Via Instagram/–@shelbyyyyyraeeee

Talladega Nights is one of my favorite movies so I think this idea is totally rad.

At this point, I’d say Ricky Bobby is a certified classic Halloween costume. It always SLAPS.

Gym Teacher

guy in gym teacher costume for Halloween
–Via Instagram/@istvan_92

Dressing as a gym teacher for Halloween just means breaking out your shortest gym shorts and your tallest tube socks.

A clipboard and a lanyard are a nice touch to the outfit, as well.

Beavis and Butthead

two guys dressed in last minute halloween costumes
Via Instagram/@10.24___

Metallica and ACDC shirts paired with funny expressions will get the job done on Halloween night.

Don’t skimp on the Cornholio impressions, the gag always gets the people going!

Bottle of Sriracha

sriracha hot sauce guy costume
Via Instagram/@pepper_pete

If you want to show off your love of Sriracha in the most uncomfortable way possible, try this idea.

Topical costumes can be a great thing and this one is definitely relevant with the Sriracha shortages going on in real life.

Contestant on The Price is Right

couple wearing last min halloween costumes with price is right stickers
Via Instagram/@firstmag

Lazy Halloween costumes for guys don’t get any simpler than this! All you need is a name tag and a good sharpie.

A Box

guy wearing box with hole cut out for his head
“When your husband needs a last minute Halloween costume so he decides to be a box”
—Via Twitter/@JustMeganSure97

Desperate times call for desperate measures….

…there are no stupid costumes on Halloween, right?

Ed from Good Burger

guy skating around in halloween costume
Via Instagram/@kal_smith17

This 90’s character costume is too perfect! Now’s the time to let your rollerblading skills shine.

Throwback ideas like this make awesome Halloween costumes for men! Bank on that nostalgia factor, it always pays off handsomely.

Final thoughts on last-minute costume ideas for guys

So that concludes this post with easy costumes for guys/last minute Halloween costumes for guys.

I have to hand it to these men, those were some truly creative and amazing costume ideas. Hopefully the list helped you decide on one to try for Halloween this year.

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