Casual Halloween Costumes – Minimal Effort Maximum Spookiness

Halloween is creeping up on us like a ghost in a horror movie, which means that it is time to start thinking about the creepiest outfit you will wear this year.

It is customary to dress up for this spooky event in the scariest costume you can find – however, not everyone wants to spend hours putting a costume together and some would probably rather not wear one at all.

That being said, you don’t want to be the only person to turn up to a party not dressed up either. But do not fear! What you need is a costume that takes minimal effort on your part, but has maximum spookiness! Here are a few that will do just that:


It couldn’t be simpler to dress up as a ghost at Halloween and it may seem like a cop-out but it is a classic and will always be spooky.

You could go really simple and cut two eyeholes into a sheet – or you could wear an outfit of your choice and cover it will talcum powder instantly becoming the ghost of [insert character of your choice].


It will only take a couple of minutes to get ready for the party with this costume, because becoming a skeleton is as easy as slipping into a morphsuit. You are guaranteed to give everyone the creeps – particularly as they will have no idea who is under the mask!   


Again another simple but effective costume – simply wrap toilet roll from the tip of your toes to the top of your head and … voila, you are a spooky Mummy, perfect for Halloween! Walk with your arms outstretched throughout the night for added effect.

Seriously spooky facepaint

Why not keep the clothes simple? A plain black top and trousers from Clues Fashion, perhaps – the clothes you could and would wear on a day-to-day basis. Then all you need is some black and white facepaint – which will turn your simple outfit into something seriously spooky.

Add a splash of blood…

Again, you can wear whatever you like – either your own clothes, or a costume of your choice – this doesn’t even have to be directly Halloween related. It could be the surgeon costume you have hanging around from that Freshers’ Week fancy dress party. Then simply splash it with fake blood, smear some across your face and you have a gory and gruesome costume.

A Medieval Person

This one is as easy as it gets. You only need to get a medieval-era-inspired monk robe or cape, and you’re good to go. No need for fancy makeup or props. However, if you want something a little more challenging, try dressing up as a medieval-era peasant, a warlock, or even a knight (in leather armor). You’ll need some props and a ready-made costume, but that’s about it.

Zipper Face

It is surprising how effective a zipper and some fake blood can be! Once again, you can wear your own clothes and then buy the zipper makeup kit. The zip goes from the top of your forehead and starts to open from the top of your nose down to your chin. Fill the opening with blood and you are done. To make it extra creepy, paint the rest of your face white and blacken up around the eyes. The end result should look a little bit like this – gruesome!


You can turn anything into a zombie – again own clothes or an old fancy dress costume. Then simply use fake blood and facepaint to transform yourself into the living dead.  

These costumes may not take much effort, but be prepared for people to be running away from you in fear…