It's getting dangerously close to Halloween, and you haven't figured out your costume yet — because you've been too busy jet setting around the world to think about such frivolity until now, globe trotter that you are. Fear not: If travel's your bag, try these ideas for last-minute costumes that are bound to kill at the party, from literal (flight attendant, hotel concierge) to interpretive and wanderlust inspired (mermaid, hot sauce).
1. Dia De Los Muertos Catrina Doll
This is possibly the easiest one on the list because it's unisex and only requires some white and black makeup. Plus it's actually culturally and historically relevant for anyone with a deep love of traveling to Mexico. (Say, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, or Kim Kardashian.) Easy makeup tutorials for the Mexican vibe can be found here.
2. Your Fave Ethnic Hot Sauce
Honestly it doesn't matter if you're a bottle of Sriracha, Tabasco, or Harissa — either way, you're a spicy little number and it's pretty clear to the world around you that you're into the food scene when you travel.
3. American Tourist
Bonus time! This one is fun for 4th of July, too. You can get the full men's suit here, or whip up your own red, white, and blue version. It's up to you if you want to go full "ugly American," or make us proud instead.
4. A Passport
You can become anything on Halloween, so why not be the most useful thing in your life — your passport? A costume made from posterboard and some string never looked so chic.
5. Russian Nesting Dolls
Could there be a more perfect girls' group costume — or mother-and-daughters costume — than Matryoska dolls? Unlikely, especially if one of your crew has Moscow under her travel belt recently (or just a deep love of pilmeni).
6. Vintage Flight Attendant
If you have some rolling luggage and this cute little Halloween getup or a homemade version of it, you'll be be perfectly coiffed for all the parties of the jet-set crowd you roll with.
7. The Realistic Mermaid (or Merman)
Please, for the love of ocean ecology, don't buy one of those pre-sorted sets of glittery tails and seashell bra cups if you're going as a mermaid. If you've spent your life traveling to the world's most spectacular islands, you need a costume that reflects such. There's a company making realistic, stretchy green mermaid tails that are actually walkable (they have special openings at the bottom). Pair with your favorite bikini top, some faux seaweed in your hair — and an iPhone full of drool-worthy snaps of you on South Pacific beaches to pull out casually.
8. Where's Waldo
Do your friends look at your Insta feed and make cracks about how you could be hiding literally anywhere around the globe on a given day? That gives you something in common with Waldo! Plus, he makes for an easy last-minute costume once you get your hands on some stripes.
If you have navy blue pants and an iron to make strong center creases, you're already halfway there. Go sleeveless if you're going for the sexy sailor version obviously.
10. Carmen Sandiego
Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego in her dashing red coat? If you've already got one friend going as Waldo, there's no reason not to up the travel-obsession factor by going as a super straightforward Carmen Sandiego with a wide brimmed hat, red coat, and soft wavy hair. Super easy to pull together last minute, too.
11. Greek Goddess
Nothing says "My summer vacation in Mykonos was worth every penny" quite like dressing up as a Greek goddess. Aim for a flowy white dress (maybe the same one you wore to dinner in the Greek Isles in July?), or just buy a full-on costume. Then make sure to talk about how everyone is going to Mykonos these days — and about all your fave places there.
12. Hotel Concierge
You probably can't even count how many times the hotel concierge has utterly saved your travel plans. Dinner reservations, emergency flight changes, requests for insanely unusual hair products — you name it. Honor thy love of great hotels by being a part of the team (at least in spirit) for the night.
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