Five super easy and comfortable last-minute Halloween costumes for women

Halloween is a little over a week away! Can you believe it came so fast? I certainly cannot. October flies like a witch on a broom if you asked me. It’s one of my favorite months (May, September, and December also making the list), but there’s so much to do and see and watch and read and WEAR.

As we’re now in crunch time, I thought I’d offer up a few new — and super easy — last-minute Halloween costume ideas that you can whip together lickety split (I’ve always wanted to use that phrase!) For your next costume party, trick-or-treating adventure, Disney World trip, or, you know, everyday cosplay. (Note: this post has some affiliate links, which means any purchases you make may earn me a few pennies of commission with no added cost to you).

Grab and go skater dresses

You know I love me some skater dresses. They make Halloween and con cosplay immeasurably easier for me. Here are a couple of my recent favorites that TV Store Online sent me to play with (in exchange for my honest review).

Chewbacca costume

I already reviewed this Chewbacca dress in my Galaxy’s Edge style post, but I will add that this puppy (pun intended) got a lot of compliments. Add a Chewbacca mask to complete the ensemble.

Kelly Kapowski costume

My latest dress from TV Store Online is this amazing Bayside High cheer uniform. I’m literally obsessed.

For this look, I did a mashup of Kelly Kapowski if she decided to make her look a little edgier. But, you know, still complete with cheerleader vibes.

I love this dress. Love. Love. Love. I’m wear a 2X, and it’s super stretchy and quite honestly much longer than I expected it to be, considering it’s a juniors size dress.

The top of the dress is maroon dyed fabric, and the skirt of the dress is white fabric brushed with a layer of color (if you stretch it too much, you can see the white come through) for the bottom rings of the skirt.

Maybe that shadow is Zack Morris. You don’t know.

What would really make this costume, though would be a set of maroon and white 90s style pom-pons and white Keds.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume

And, while I didn’t get this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles skater dress from TV Store Online, you can find it — and Raf’s three turtle brothers available in a variety of sizes for a fun and easy group costume. Katana, bo, sai, and nunchucks not included.

You still have time to order these super cool skater dresses — and other kickin’ costumes online, and if you’re really in pinch, you can pay extra for expedited shipping, which will get them to your day in a couple short days.

Thrift-store and closet costumes

If you didn’t know, I am a master of thrifting and a recovering shopaholic. So I have a lot of clothes. I also have a Fabletics addiction, and occassionally supplement looks with pieces from Amazon that I know will get a lot of use (I am genuinely trying to keep new clothing purchases to a minimum for the sake of our world, but in full disclosure I want you to know that I am still not 100% there). These costumes use what you already have in your closet, can be found by thrifting or by purchasing items that complement your existing wardrobe.

Boo from Monster’s Inc

I wore this to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and it was the perfect comfy costume for the evening!

A flowy coral/pink shirt dress, a park of lilac leggings, pigtails, and a teddy bear are all you need to complete this easy costume. The leggings are Fabletics, and the shirt was this Amazon find.

Sid from Toy Story costume

If you look closely, that skull is made entirely of cats.

Got a skeleton in your closet? Or at least a black tee shirt with a skull on it? That, a pair of jeans, and black chucks are all you need for this character costume. Bonus points if you have a toy you can rip the head off.

So there you have it. A few random and awesome Halloween costumes so you don’t show up to your next Halloween party as the only one without a costume.

Do you already have a costume or are you winging it? What’s the best costume you’ve ever created?

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Get Excited for Toys and Games! (Plus the chance to win FREE passes!)

What’s that Blog Friends? It’s NOVEMBER already?

Time sure does fly around here…

I’m gearing up for my nerdiness and getting stoked for 2 of my favorite November events. PlayCHIC and ChiTAG And I’d LOVE it if you would join me at the fair.

Chrissy at the Fashion Show

If you remember from last year, I attended the  amazing PlayCHIC fashion show, in which fashion and toys were combined with one amazing night of joy with snacks. And cocktails. And fun.

And I even pretended that I was a top fashion maven. Or something like that.

Word Winder

Word Winder and Chicago designer Gibeon Tolbert worked together to create this dress and tie combo at the 2012 PlayCHIC show. This was my favorite. Obviously.

 

This year, the event is from 7-10 pm on Thursday, November 21 at the River East Art Center in Chicago. And I can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with this year! If you end up attending as well, look for me and say hi!

Of course, this super fun event is all part of the week leading up to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, where a variety of game designers, companies and more gather to show off the hottest toys of the season. Last year, I had a BLAST.

Giant Bananagrams

I played with Banagrams…

Settlers of Catan Tournament

I played in a fancy tournament.

Quirky Chrissy meets R2D2!

I even met R2D2!

But toys and games aren’t fun alone! So I’m inviting you to attend this fabulous event with me, the weekend of November 23 & 24 at Navy Pier. ChiTAG is celebrating the 11th anniversary of this interactive fair, where you and your kiddos can enjoy play, buy games, participate in Guiness World Records and more!

Chicago Toy & Game Fair

 

You can purchase tickets for this event at the door with this $2.00 off coupon, but you can also try your luck at winning one of the 3 weekend family passes that I’ll be giving away this month! All you have to do to enter? Leave a comment below telling me why you think the Chicago Toy and Game Fair is going to be AWESOME this year. Or why you want to go. Or why you think I’m awesome. I’m pretty open as long as the comment is happy and positive and mentions toys or games. Because this is a fun event!

Silly Chrissy forgot to add…I’ll be giving away 1 weekend family pass to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair every Friday from now until the event. Good luck.

I’ll be attending the fair on both Saturday and Sunday–with Sunday being a date that I’ve set up with some of the children in my little world. And if you see me? PLEASE say hi!

What are you excited about this month?!

*Note: I was not paid to say nice things, but I was offered the invitation to attend both of the events mentioned this month. That doesn’t make me like them any more. Well, maybe a little. But I always have a good time. And you will too.

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In Which My Boyfriend Is “Cooler” Than Your Boyfriend

I, along with a couple of our friends received the following e-mail last week.

From my boyfriend.

Yes, yes…He IS sometimes more creative than me. One day, I’ll show you the first e-mail he ever sent me. Maybe.

<knock><knock>
 
Good, you’re all here.
It was getting pretty late and the night watch has a price on all of our heads. Yes, Yes… BananaMan… the price on your head is still the highest. What? No! We have to continue using our code-names so they can’t track us down. Did you bring the map?
 
The Map
 
Good… good…. wait! No… that’s USELESS, BananaMan! Get your head in the game! That’s a map of the whole city. We need more specific intel about our targets.
 
NaughtyNurse, what kind of information did you get from the guards you cavorted with last night?
 
Gen Con Website
 
That’s better! Good job NaughtyNurse!
 
Gen Con Hotel Info
 
Hmmm…. Yes… we’ll need to regroup near the target but our “Investor” has backed out. We’ll have to fund this operation on our own, but I think the payout may be well worth the investment.
 
What’s that? No! You CAN’T change your codename to “QuirkyChrissy”, CheeseWiz. Yes…. yes… we all know how much you hate cheese-wiz… you’ve been complaining about it ever since you were assigned that code-name… you KNOW its short for “Cheese Wizard”. Fine… Fine. Ok.ok.ok.ok…. pick another type of cheese then.
 
OK.
 
Oh. you have some scouting information for our basecamp? You think that close proximity to the target may be expensive and that one of your “contacts” may be able to stash us away for the duration of the caper? Do you trust them, though?
 
Travel Site 1
 
Travel Site 2
 
Well… that’s a start at least.
What? No I didn’t actually have an assignment.
I’m the team leader!
What?
No. No one voted for me…. well, see, there was this chick in a lake that handed me a sword…
 

But…you’re probably asking yourself…WHAT does it all mean?

We’ll be spending the entire 4 glorious gaming days in August at Gen Con. At a hotel that doesn’t have bedbugs. AND I need a new code name.

Pictures from Gen Con 2012.

Gen Con Gen Con Gen Con

I’ve got LOTS of questions for you guys!

So what should my code name be? Do you go to any cons? Which one(s)? Would you participate in Cos-play (dressing up in nerdy costumes at conventions)? Should I? I’m thinking about live blogging while I’m there. What are your thoughts on that?

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