Gigglebit: 8 last-minute Halloween costumes for the lazy tech fan (and 5 for pets!)

30 Oct 2014

Image via Tom Feist/Shutterstock

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With Halloween arriving tomorrow, our attention has turned to the last-minute panic of finding a Halloween costume that’s easy to throw together while also indulging your tech side. Here are our suggestions.

1. Blue screen of death

Blue screen of death costume

Image via WeKnowMemes

At the very least, this one is scary, and all you need are blue clothes, blue paper, a Tipp-Ex pen and some neat handwriting.

2. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

The late Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs at Macworld in 2005. Image via mylerdude/Flickr

Black turtleneck, blue jeans, trainers, glasses, iPhone, done. (And, please, don’t do the zombie version. That’s just bad form.)

3. Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Sage costume by Jacquie Longlegs

Image via Jacquie Longlegs

While I respect the effort Jacquie Longlegs put into her DIY Candy Crush Saga costume, I think it would be just as effective to dress in black, then get all the jazzies, jelly beans, Jolly Ranchers, lemon drops and colourful humbugs you can find, and cover yourself in them. The best thing about this get-up is that it’s a costume and a snack.

4. A really terrible superhero

Easy Iron Man costume

Image via Funny Potato

Got some coloured paper and gift-wrapping supplies? Have a bash and see what you can cobble together. Get it right and your costume could just make it into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category of Halloween achievements.

5. Selfie

Instagram selfie costume by MapleSunset

Still from ‘Instagram “Selfie” Photo Halloween Costume! (DIY) | MapleSunset’ by MapleSunset on YouTube

There’s a lot that can be achieved with a big sheet of card and some markers, and an Instagram-style polaroid frame is just the beginning. Be sure to add the hashtag #selfie and be prepared to be in everyone’s photographs from Halloween night – making this the ideal costume to indulge your narcissistic side.

6. LED stick figure

OK, I know not everyone has LED strips just lying around the house, nor the technological know-how to make them react to sound like Glowy Zoey’s fab suit here – but dark clothes, glow-sticks and some sticky tape will surely do the job at the last minute.

7. Rage Comics

Rage Comics party

Image via Know Your Meme

Pick a rage face, print or draw it, attach it to your face. You can even alternate expressions during the night for extra craic. And you don’t even have to go with Rage Comics – Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half creations work just as well.

This is Why I'll Never be an Adult | Hyperbole and a Half

Costume by Christina Duff. Right-hand image via Hyperbole and a Half

8. Your favourite image macro meme

Business Cat meme costume

Image via WeKnowMemes

You see what I’m getting at with the opportunities that basic paper craft supplies can bring? Endless.

Bonus! Last-minute cat costume ideas from Pusheen

Now that you’re sorted for a Halloween costume, what about your feline friend? We’ll leave that advice to Pusheen, one of our favourite internet kitties.

Pusheen burrito costumePusheen leaf costume

Pusheen pie costumePusheen treat costume

Pusheen people costume

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Main image of dog in Halloween costume by Tom Feist via Shutterstock

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.