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13 one-step Halloween costumes that are perfect for lazy New Yorkers

Annalise Mantz
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Annalise Mantz

Not everyone has it in them to show up to the Halloween party in a full Pennywise face or hand-stitched replica of Hermione’s gown from the Yule Ball (but more power to you, costume purists). No, some of us would prefer wearing just enough of a costume to pacify hardcore Halloween lovers without embarrassing ourselves.

Enter these Halloween accessories and one-step costumes that make dressing up oh-so-easy. From a glittery blood choker to skeleton jewelry to a Cookie Monster onesie, there’s something on this list for every lazy New Yorker who needs a last-minute Halloween costume.

A glam choker that looks like blood

Just clip on this necklace from Topshop to add a touch of macabre to any outfit. And if anyone asks about your costume, you can say you’re a zombie partygoer.

Cat tights that glow in the dark

Fake blood isn’t your thing? Go for these black cat tights with glowing features for a look that’s sassy rather than scary.

Lace cat ears

Ah, the black cat costume—a lazy Halloween classic. This lace headband has a bit more style than the standard Party City option.

A printed skeleton dress

If your Halloween plans include a club, opt for a formfitting mini dress with a realistic skeleton motif. It’s spooky but still stylish.

The ultimate Sesame Street onesie

It doesn’t get comfier than this bright blue plush onesie. The googly eyes on the hood and chocolate chip cookie sticking out of the pocket are a nice touch.

Batman glasses

Gotham City’s coolest superhero might make an appearance in the real New York City this Halloween. All you need to complete the costume is Christian Bale’s gravelly voice.

Stick-on skull tattoos

The gold metallic designs and tiny red gems on these temporary face tattoos take a skull from scary to stylized. Add a flower crown to complete the Dia de los Muertos look.

A new take on the unicorn trend

Unicorns were everywhere this year—in our frappuccinos, lattes and even cannolis—so why not our Halloween costumes? This headband swaps the traditional pastel hues for black and silver in a dark twist.

The hat from Cat in the Hat

Throw it back to everyone’s favorite Dr. Seuss book with a Cat in the Hat–style hat. It works even better if you have a friend named Sally.

A DIY werewolf kit

For maximum creepiness with minimal effort, pick up this adhesive werewolf hit complete with a scruffy unibrow and sideburns. If only we had a full moon on All Hallow’s Eve…

Bloody gash face stickers

A few of these glittery blood stickers will save you when those last-minute party invitations start rolling in.

A boney bracelet

Pair this golden hand chain with the skeleton bodycon dress and temporary tattoos to take the cadaver costume to the next level.

Lady Liberty’s crown

In true New York fashion, pay tribute to the Statue of Liberty with a foam recreation of her tiara. The only problem? You might get mistaken for a tourist who spent the day on Liberty Island.

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