Here's something that might scare you if you don't have your Halloween costume planned yet — the haunting holiday is just around the corner.
Never fear, though, because even though the night is nearing, you still have some time left to pull together your best Halloween look.
If you're someone who tends to procrastinate, buying a costume may be your best bet. Party City, Spirit Halloween, Target and Wal-Mart, among others, all offer an immense variety of costumes, Halloween makeup and accessories.
But if you're still determined to stand out from all the black cats and witches this year, making your own costume or trying an original last-minute idea might be more your speed.
Taylor Estevez, a sophomore business marketing major, has made her own costumes with her family since she was 5 years old. As children, she and her three sisters would always think of unique things they wanted to dress up as and their mom enjoyed putting such costumes together for them.
"I was a gypsy [one year]. We've made a Halloween elf costume, [we've been] Hershey's kisses, the four seasons, snowmen, Korra from Legends of Korra, a fox, a Dalmatian and a fairy," Estevez said. "My parents used to make costumes, too. My mom and dad were Sandy and Danny from Grease."
Estevez and her family would use things they had around the house and combine it with supplies bought from places such as Michaels and Jo-Ann's to complete each unique costume.
"The first time I was a gypsy, it was all my dress-up clothes piled up on themselves. When I was 16 I was a gypsy again. It was [made from] a long maxi skirt and then I bought some sheer fabric from Jo-Ann's and put it over [the skirt]," Estevez said. "I then wore a crop top with more sheer fabric. It was a lot of layering. I [also] made a headdress using those gold coins and such."
Estevez isn't the only student who is a fan of DIY costumes.
Nat Reid, a sophomore English major, enjoys doing Halloween makeup and creating costumes, as well as participating in cosplay. This year, she plans on dressing as Haruhi Fujioka from Ouran High School Host Club.
"I modify clothes, [and] sometimes have to buy little pieces, do makeup and plan months in advance. The one I'm working on this year for Halloween will be the fifth one I've put together myself," Reid said. "However, if I don't get a few key pieces delivered by Halloween and it turns out where I can't pull off my current plan, I might wind up walking around with a bag of hamburger buns, writing "HUN" on a t-shirt, and holding a sign that says 'Does your anaconda want some?'"
And while some of these costumes require careful planning, you can find a slew of simple, last-minute costume ideas on the Internet, or ask your friends for some clever and creative ideas. For example, tape a bunch of individually-wrapped rolls of Smarties to your pants, and you've instantly transformed yourself into a "smarty-pants." Or get a white T-shirt, write "Go ceiling GO!" on it, and you can pass for a "ceiling fan".
Whether you brave the feat of making your own costume or make a trip to Wal-Mart this week to buy one, there are tons of ideas and inspirations out there to help you participate in the Halloween festivities.
Our favorite Halloween costumes:
Three blind mice
Ebola hazmat worker
Despicable Me minion