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15 Super Easy College Halloween Costumes for Guys

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It’s finally Halloween season and there is no better time or place better for it than college.  Even so, whether you’re a freshman without ideas or a senior who’s done it all, finding easy Halloween costumes for guys is a chore. 

You don’t want to be left out of the fun, but you just haven’t found that perfect combination of clever, simple and fun that will kill it at the party. 

This article lists some of the best ideas around for Halloween costumes for guys that will take minimal effort. 

1. Superman/Clark Kent

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Dressing like a superhero is kind of a major investment. However, a Clark Kent and Superman combo is perfect for anyone who wants to make a comic book splash without going full tilt. 

All you need is office apparel, glasses, and a Superman shirt. The result is a costume that takes no time to put together and looks clever for referencing Superman’s secret identity. 

2. Arnold and Gerald

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Arnold and Gerald are peak millennial nostalgia. A teal sweater, red plaid shirt, jeans, and sneakers will make the bulk of Arnold’s costume. 

A red sweater with the number 33 in white, jeans, and sneakers will do for Gerald. After that, it’s just a matter of basic paper arts and crafts to get the heads and hair right.

The Hey Arnold! cast in general offers some seriously easy costumes for guys. 

3. Brawny Paper Towel Man

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If you’re a young college-aged man, then there’s a pretty good chance you own red flannel and have at least the beginning stages of a beard. If so, the Brawny Paper Towel Man might just be your best bet. 

Add on blue jeans, boots, and a brown belt and all that’s left is a little hair gel and an actual roll of Brawny paper towels to seal the deal. 

Related: 70 Genius College Halloween Costume Ideas for Girls

4. Chick Magnet

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If you’re willing to put in just a little bit more effort, Chick Magnet is a wonderfully groan-worthy idea. It’s a classic example of a common colloquialism and taken literally. 

All you need is to make paper or cloth magnet big enough to wrap around your shoulders. Finish it by super gluing some cutout or plushy chicks on the end and you’re golden.  

5. One Night Stand

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Once again, a common phrase taken literally is one of the simplest ways to put together a solid costume. In this case, all you need to do is dress up like an actual nightstand. 

It just takes is a square piece of wood or particleboard with a hole cut out of it. Add a tablecloth and some typical nightstand-y items and it’s all set. 

6. God’s Gift to Women

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If those dad-joke costumes weren’t simple enough for you, then look no further than God’s Gift to Women. All you need is to get a big box you can wear, wrap it up like a gift and label it “To: Women, From: God.” That’s it. 

Just make sure the irony hits home. You don’t want to be a braggy jerk. 

Related: 16 Couples Halloween Costume Ideas for College Parties

7. Men In Black

So maybe it’s the day before Halloween and you haven’t given a second thought to what you’re going to wear to the party. Fear not, you can still eke by with a basic Men In Black get-up. 

A black suit and tie are all it takes to make the bulk of it. Throw on some matching black sunglasses and create a neuralyzer out of tin foil and you’re party-ready! 

8. Twister Board

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If you’ve got an all-white outfit and you’re feeling just a little bit crafty, then look no further than being a human twister board. Simply pin some colored circles on your clothes and make a basic twister spinner. 

If you want to go the extra mile, put a circle on your crotch and make the spinner hit that color every time. Laughing and eye-rolling are sure to follow. 

9. Error 404

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Ok so maybe you truly don’t want to put any effort into a costume at all. Even more, you want people to know just how little you worked on it. Well here’s a perfect idea to encapsulate all that cool apathy. 

Gather together a plain white T-shirt and a large sharpie. That’s the hardest part. Now write “Error 404 Costume Not Found” across it. When it comes to Halloween Costumes for Guys, it does not get any easier. 

Related: 10 Creative Best Friend Halloween Costume Ideas for College Students

10. Netflix and Chill

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If you liked the simplicity of Error 404 but want to up the ante a little, then it’s time to get yourself a red shirt! Next, print out the iconic Netflix logo and grab a bag of ice on your way to the party. 

Voila! You are now Netflix and Chill incarnate. 

11. Identity Thief

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If you happen to have a stack of stickered name tags lying around or you live near Office Depot, then you’re already 90% done with your Identity Thief costume. Fill out a couple of names and stick them all over your body. 

It’s a perfect costume if you want to do the whole literal phrase thing without yet another sexual angle to it. 

12. Police Officer

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Here’s one of the most classic easy Halloween Costumes for Guys. Dressing like a police officer is something boys have done since their very first Trick or Treat. You can get it prepackaged from Amazon or just wear all blue with some fake gear.

It’s a great idea for guys who either don’t want to draw too much attention to themselves or want to go full ham with the sexy uniform gambit.

13. Guy Fieri

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If you’re down to be a little more bombastic, then Guy Fieri will definitely turn some heads. The cheesy goatee and frosted tips are easy to put together. 

If you manage to find that iconic shirt, then all you need are some Oakley’s as the cherry on the sundae. 

14. Egg

The only reason Egg isn’t easier then Error 404 is because you’ll need to use some scissors and yellow paper to complete it. That’s at least 10 more minutes of extra effort. 

A plain white T-shirt with a paper sunny egg is another “Get Out of Jail Free” card for when Halloween sneaks up on you. 

15. 50 Shades of Grey

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We couldn’t end this list without throwing in another reference taken literally. Walk into any hardware store and raid the gray section of the paint swatches. Snag up every single one and then throw some glue or pins in your basket. 

Cover yourself in gray swatches and wait for people to finally get it. It’s actually cleverer than you’d expect. Wear a Gray shirt for extra points! 


There you have it. Just about any of these choices could be put together hours before showtime. In the end, all you might need are the clothes you already own and the most basic of arts and crafts kits. 

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15 easy college Halloween costumes for guys

Written by The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis is a lifestyle blog about the journey of college to adulting. Here you can find the tips for college, self-improvement, adulting, and more.

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