5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Dancers

Hi there guys and ghouls! Are you super excited for Halloween, the (IMHO) most wonderful time of the year? What's that? You don't have a costume because you've been too busy rehearsing for Nutcracker/Regionals/studying for mid-terms? Don't worry, DS has your back. Here are five dancer-friendly costumes that you can probably throw together from stuff you already have!

Black cat: Dancers already have all-black everything, so this one shouldn't be too hard. Chances are, you already have a black beanie or headband with cat ears, too! Use pencil eyeliner to draw a nose and whiskers, and stuff a leg of an old pair of tights to make your tail. Meow!

80s, baby! (via Pinterest)

Flower: Do you have any frilly, neon pink tutus left over from your ballet/tap combo days? Put one on your head, paint your face and voilà: You're a flower! (Bonus idea: If you have multiple tutus, wear them around your torso and be a loofah.)

Aerobics instructor: We're guessing you have plenty of neon spandex. Wear it with your best pair of legwarmers, toss on a headband and you're set. Extra credit if you have white sneakers and a lanyard.

#Throwback: We saw tons of #throwback trends at Nationals this year, including flapper fringe and 1950s-style saddle shoes. Recycle an old costume and go as your grandma or great-grandma when she was a teenager.

Maddie slaying in Sia's "Cheap Thrills" vid in the iconic look we've all come to love. (via YouTube)

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's videos: This is too easy. Everyone has a nude leo. Add a white wig and some freaky facials, and you're good to go. Besides, you already know the choreo, right?

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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