10 DIY Halloween Costumes For Procrastinators In Columbus

Imagine: it’s a few days before Halloween and all of a sudden you realize, you don’t have a costume. If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t have to imagine too hard.

I’m an expert level procrastinator. My title may be self-appointed, but I assure you, my knowledge will be helpful. To make the perfect costume, you don’t have to look far for inspiration. Columbus is full of great ideas, just waiting to wow your friends as the perfect Halloween look. Okay, you’re right. It won’t be perfect, but at least you’ll be in costume. Let’s get started, shall we?

A Short North Hipster

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This costume is especially simple if you are a hipster. Grab an Homage shirt from your closet (really any Columbus-themed fitted T will do), throw on a cap (anything from knitted beanies to baseball hats), and grab a to-go cup of coffee from your favorite Short North haunt. Top it off with some duck boots and you’re all set.

Urban Meyer

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Okay, people. This one doesn’t require much. Grab any piece of Ohio State clothing you own (preferably of the pullover variety) and pair it with a clipboard and an old video gaming headset. For extra authenticity, you can perfect Coach Meyer’s post “official ruling” eye-roll.

Goosebumps Book Cover

This one goes out to the artsy folks out there. Honor Columbus author R.L. Stine by dressing up as your favorite Goosebumps book cover. All you need for this costume is a piece of poster board and some drawing skills. Cut a hole in the poster board for your face and voila, the perfect costume.

A Comfest Hippie

Do you still have a flower crown or two laying around from festival season? Channel your inner Comfest and spend the night as a Comfest hippie. Since it actually feels like fall out now, you may need to add some extra layers to this costume.

DIY Brutus Buckeye

Get the party pumped up as everyone’s favorite mascot, Brutus Buckeye. You’ll have to get a little crafty when constructing Brutus’ head, but I have faith in you. Pair your paper-mache creation with an OSU sweatshirt and frankly, whatever pants you want. Your giant, buckeye shaped head won’t leave anyone wondering who you’re dressed up as.

Columbus Crew Protester

Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t support your social justice campaigns. Protest while you have fun as a Columbus Crew Protester. Wear any Crew SC gear you’ve got, make a clever sign, and you’re good to go. Plus, you can feel extra great knowing that The Crew has actually been saved.

The Ghost of Thurber House

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a few ghosts running around the city. Although this costume is clearly displayed on a dog, aka the most adorable creature ever, the same principle applies when making one for yourself. Grab a white sheet, cut some holes in it, and then you’re pretty much ready.

Jack Hanna

Spend your night dressed as Columbus’ favorite celebrity: Jack Hanna. Take inspiration for this costume straight from the man himself. To start, you’ll need a hat. Preferably a cowboy hat. You’ll also want a light or khaki colored shirt tucked into khaki cargo pants. Finish the look off with a belt and some sort of exotic stuffed animal.

Ear of Corn (because everyone thinks we’re just cornfields anyways)

Embrace the biggest misconception about Ohio and dress up like an ear of corn. A green hoody, a shirt with DIY corn kernels attached, and some hay on top of your head should do the trick.

John Glenn

Ohio has produced some pretty cool people. But in my opinion, John Glenn is the coolest. Build your own DIY astronaut costume to channel your inner Glenn. Fair warning: You’ll need some paper DIY crafting skills to pull this one off.

Columbus Suburban Mom: Fall Game Day Edition

Do your best impersonation of a suburban Columbus mom this Halloween. You’ll need some Ohio State Football gear, including a jersey or vest, a coordinating turtleneck, an age-inappropriate face tattoo, and of course, a Buckeye necklace. At some point throughout the evening, you should probably check on everyone repeatedly to make sure they’re “okay” and ask to speak to the manager at least once.

If all else fails, you can just throw some sort of animal ears on. Happy Halloween, Columbus!