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LAist Procrastinator's Clinic: Last Minute Costume Ideas

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Holidays have a penchant for sneaking up on you. Christmas is the most obvious example, but Halloween is equally as vexing. Even though we have 365 days between each Halloween to breathe, contemplate and otherwise prepare a killer costume idea, we're never completely ready. Fear not, we're here to help the Halloween-impared.

Step One: Face The Facts
Take a deep breath and embrace the fact that you won't be the belle (or beau) of the ball. You've waited until October 30th, and the best you can hope for is to blend in and have fun with the crowd. Realistic expectations will assuage the stress that otherwise plagues so many procrastinators. Embrace the slacker within and find a costume that suits your no-nonsense, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants lifestyle.

Step Two: Go Shopping in Your Closet
Forget buying a pre-fab costume. They're tacky and everyone will know you're the sucker who waited until the stroke of midnight to buy something. Plus it's a given there will be someone else out there wearing your store-bought monstrosity. LAist suggests opening up your trusty wardrobe and using materials you have at home. It's more original, infinitely cheaper and a great way to recycle those bellbottom pants, leisure suits and acid-wash jeans. And, if a shopping trip is required, only buy used and vintage items (e.g., try Aaardvark's or Crossroads.)

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