11 Sporty Halloween Costumes You Can Throw Together Last-Minute

Halloween as a 20-something is tough. You want to look funny, but not like you tried too hard to be funny, and you want to look cute, but not like you tried too hard to be sexy, and you also want to be comfortable, but also go a bit out of your comfort zone because it’s Halloween for gosh sake!

Then you get annoyed with yourself for overthinking the whole thing because it’s supposed to be fun, but really you wish you could just go back to college parties where there was a theme and it wasn’t just a free-for-all.

So, friends, I’m giving you a theme: sporty! Bet you didn’t see that one coming. Below are 11 easy, comfy costumes you can throw together — even if the party starts tonight.

*Thank you to the random creative geniuses who dreamed up easy, sporty Halloween costumes and posted them on Pinterest for all the world to see. You’re an inspiration to us all.

1. Harlem Globetrotter 

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Everyone looks fabulous in a wig and a sweatband. Slap some red duct tape on white shorts, pull on your old high socks, dig up a blue tank top, and voila: you’re one of the most entertaining basketball players in the world!

2. Dodgeball player

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Are you more Average Joe or Purple Cobra? Personally, I’d opt for Purple Cobra because  the unibrow and buns look is super flattering. Either way, these costumes are sure to be a hit (dodgeball joke!).

3. Dunkin’ Donuts

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Clever, easy, punny — the trifecta of Halloween costumes. Plus, you can recycle a pool float that is sooo two summers ago. Bonus points if you carry around a box or two of donuts to hand out at the party.

4. Runaway bride

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Great movie turned great costume. If you don’t have a wedding dress on hand, just throw on a white T-shirt and running shorts. You’ll also be ready to sprint home if the Uber takes too long.

5. Billie Jean King

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She’s an incredible athlete and wonderful advocate for women. Who wouldn’t want to be like Billie Jean King? Dress in a retro tennis outfit, Adidas, and big clear glasses. You’ll be ready to beat all the boys.

6. Sporty Spice

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So chic, so sporty. Disclaimer: people might confuse you with Kendall Jenner or Bella Hadid, queens of retro-esque modern athleisure.

7. Zombie basketball player

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A general rule of thumb is you can zombie-fy anything and call it a costume. Zombie boxer, zombie soccer player, zombie volleyball player, zombie golfer….you get the idea.

8. Wheaties champion

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This one requires a bit more prep work. But it’s worth it, as it’s always fun wearing something obnoxiously boxy and bumping into people and objects.

9. Breadwinner

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Bread and winning are two of life’s greatest pleasures. This costume also checks all the boxes for the trifecta of Halloween costumes.

10. Trophy

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How cool does this look?!? Have your mom send you a photo of one of your old soccer trophies for inspo.

11. Sebastian from She’s The Man


Pay tribute to one of the greatest movie characters of all time. You may want to carry around extra tampons just in case someone gets a nosebleed.