8 Last-Minute Costumes Inspired by Comic Strip Charactersby Thea Voutiritsas
If you’re a master procrastinator, scrolling through your favorite comics probably sounds like a lot more fun than picking out the right Halloween costume. But don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. Whether a costume party is your dream come true or worst nightmare, these eight comic strip-inspired costumes are sure to win a few laughs.
1. Webcomic Name
Webcomic Name is probably the perfect costume for the ultra-self-aware partygoer. For this super-easy, last-minute costume, you’ll need a few simple things: a green sheet of construction paper, a popsicle stick, a pink sheet, and a sense of humor. Plus, when someone invades your personal space, you can just hold up the sign and back away slowly.
2. Business Cat
If you’re the type who knocks over drinks at a party, Business Cat is your Halloween alter ego. Put on your best suit and a simple paper cat mask, and get down to business. Don’t forget to bring along a few dead birds to hand out as gifts to your closest friends.
Smart, snarky, and a little tech savvy, Nancy is a perfect fit for the young at heart. Don’t tell us you can’t find a red bow and skirt at your nearest superstore. You could even draw your own polka dots if you're in a pinch. Be sure to remind everyone just how lit Sluggo is as the night wears on. That definitely won’t get old.
Dress up as the Monday-hating, mailman-chasing, sarcastic cat we all know and love. Simply draw some stripes and attach cat ears to an orange hoodie, then throw on a grumpy attitude. If you really want to commit, you can carry a pan of lasagna around with you, too.
5. Charlie Brown
Transform into your favorite lovable underdog from the funny pages. The iconic yellow zig-zag shirt is all you really need to pull off Charlie Brown’s aesthetic. You can draw a little curl on your forehead or drag along an adorable plush Snoopy if you want to go the extra mile.
6. Sarah’s Scribbles
If you’re a barely-functioning adult who dreams all day of jumping back into pajamas, you’ll feel right at home in this costume. A red-and-white striped shirt, black leggings, and some bright blush should do the trick to transform you into Sarah from the popular webcomic Sarah’s Scribbles for a night. Bonus points if you drag a plushy bunny along with you.
7. Scary Gary
If you’re an expert at the deadpan jokes, Scary Gary might be your forte. A simple red shirt, black pants, and a set of fangs should take care of the costume part. Draw in a fake widow's peak for a little extra drama. Plus, if your friends don’t know who Scary Gary is, at least they'll know you're a vampire.
Dressing up as Dilbert is easier than you think! Some simple office wear, construction paper, and a little wire up the tie will bring your costume to life. Just be sure to cut out some holes in the mask for your eyes. Complete your outfit with a tiny Dogbert and a set of poor social skills.
We hope these eight ideas give you enough gumption to raid your own closet and throw together a clever costume before it’s too late. And let us know how your own comics-inspired costumes turned out! Hit us up in the comments below, or shamelessly tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Webcomic Name image from @themountainwidth on Twitter; Business Cat image from Lukas Schwarz on BusinessCat.HappyJar.com ; Nancy image from @heyshanmurphy on Twitter; Dilbert image from Doug Kline on Flickr / Long Beach Comic and Horror Con 2011.