Pressed for a last-minute Halloween costume idea? Stand out in a sea of Miley Cyrus and "Breaking Bad" Halloween costumes this year with something your fellow Canadians will appreciate.

Our country’s biggest newsmakers, like Chris Hadfield or Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, make for some unique getups. Some ideas are cheap, easy and DIY, while others require a bit more commitment.

Can you think of any other costumes to add to our list? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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  • Chris Hadfield

    The beloved astronaut captivated Earthlings with his <a href="" target="_blank">incredible aerial photos</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">experiments</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">musical performances</a> during his mission earlier this year. <strong>What you’ll need:</strong> A space suit and a moustache. Throughout the night, tweet <a href="" target="_blank">incredible photos of space</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">jam on your guitar</a>.

  • A Pot-Smoking Justin Trudeau

    Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau stirred the pot when he <a href="" target="_blank">admitted to HuffPost Canada he smoked marijuana after becoming an MP</a>. <strong>What you'll need:</strong> A joint to <a href="" target="_blank">puff and pass</a> (a fake one, of course).

  • Rob Ford

    Toronto’s mayor made international headlines when a <a href="" target="_blank">video allegedly showing Ford smoking crack reportedly surfaced</a>. <strong>What you’ll need:</strong> A glass pipe, and probably some extra pounds.

  • Ikea Monkey

    Photos of little Darwin went viral after the <a href="" target="_blank">pet monkey got loose in a Toronto Ikea</a>, creating the biggest meme to come out of Canada in the past year. <strong>What you’ll need:</strong> A monkey mask and a shearling coat.

  • Super Nenshi

    Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was a real-life hero during Alberta’s devastating floods, so much so that <a href="" target="_blank"> he was compared to Superman in a defaced ad</a>. <strong>What you’ll need:</strong> A superman outfit, and the <a href="" target="_blank">ability to soak up flood water without a single nap</a>.

  • Justin Bieber And Stephen Harper

    When the <a href="" target="_blank">PM presented the pop star with a Diamond Jubilee Medal</a>, his casual ensemble kicked up quite a fuss. <strong>What you'll need:</strong> You and a friend will need overalls and a baseball hat, a wig and a suit.

  • An Outcast Senator

    The three formerly Conservative senators -- Patrick Brazeau, Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy -- are <a href="" target="_blank">at the centre of a scandal</a> following allegations they made inappropriate expense claims. <strong>What you'll need: </strong> Some receipts and a Deloitte audit.

  • Nigel Wright

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff became <a href="" target="_blank">embroiled the Senate expenses scandal</a> after he lent embattled Senator Mike Duffy cash to pay back his living expense claims. <strong>What you’ll need:</strong> A $90,000 cheque.

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  • Silent Movie Actor

    Cover your face with black and white makeup, spray your hair black, and put on a black suit with a white shirt. <a href="" target="_blank">Easy and clever</a>.

  • Grumpy Cat

    Memes are great costume fodder, and you can <a href="" target="_hplink">pull off this one with makeup</a>, kitty ears, and something beige and comfortable. Adorable and cozy, all at once.

  • Closed National Monument

    Get relevant with this costume that references the U.S. government shutdown: dress as your favourite national U.S. monument, or as a park ranger, and then hang a <a href="" target="_blank">CLOSED sign around your neck</a>.

  • Orange Is the New Black

    This breakout Netflix show makes an <a href="" target="_blank">easy enough costume</a> for most women if you just get orange scrubs and white sneakers, but we like this as a group costume that includes Piper, Red, Taystee, Poussey, Crazy Eyes, Sophia, Pennsatucky, Alex...really, as many of these awesome characters as possible. For a much cheaper spin on designer prison duds, <a href="" target="_blank">check out this uniform shop</a>.

  • Bacon and Eggs

    This <a href="" target="_blank">couple costume</a> is made with inexpensive felt. If you can't sew, you can use fusing tape and an iron to put this one together. Have a third person you need a costume for? Cut two circles of beige felt and you've got a pancake!

  • Paint Chip

    <a href="" target="_blank">Here's one you can make with $5</a> and a trip to the dollar store with poster board, string, and some paint. If you've got a group, each of you can pick a colour to represent.

  • Lego Block

    Yet another great <a href="" target="_blank">use for party cups!</a>

  • Popcorn Vendor

    <a href="" target="_blank">Got a baby and a baby carrier?</a> Then you're most of the way towards this great costume idea. Might as well dress them up in silly outfits while you still get all the say in the matter.

  • Lichtenstein Drawing

    <a href="" target="_blank">If you're patient enough to apply all those dots</a>, you can have a creative costume with just some basic makeup and black clothing.

  • Annie Hall

    Another thrift-store special, courtesy of a visit to the menswear section. If you shop well, you'll be able to add the items to your regular wardrobe rotation. <a href="" target="_blank">Annie looked great</a>, after all.

  • Sexy Avengers

    We love that these guys turned the sexy costume trend on its head with this <a href="" target="_blank">great group idea</a>.

  • Hoodie Animal

    If you've got a hoodie, some felt, and some velcro you can put together a simple costume for the animal of your choice. Add a bit of face paint to take it up a notch, but <a href="" target="_blank">if it's good enough for Martha</a>, it's good enough for us.

  • Duck Dynasty

    <a href="" target="_blank">This will be a popular one this year</a>, we're sure, but it's still fun. You shouldn't have much trouble finding camo pants, a bandana, and a long beard. Add a mug of tea for Si, of course.

  • Angela Chase from "My So-Called Life"

    <a href="" target="_blank">Channel a '90s hero</a> and fight the boring trend towards skimpy Halloween costumes, all at the same time. Surely you've got one comfortable flannel shirt still kicking around.

  • Texas Senator Wendy Davis

    Blond wig, white suit, a microphone, pink shoes, and a <a href="" target="_blank">whole lot of awesome</a>.

  • Drake Working at Shoppers

    Have a friend who works for Shoppers Drug Mart? Borrow a uniform shirt, make a "DRAKE" (or "AUBREY") name tag, and you're set.


    You can make the classic "Dr. Who" time machine spacecraft (which stands for "Time and Relative Dimension in Space" with a big blue garment and some white paint or masking tape. Easily customizable, like this somewhat-inexplicable flapper TARDIS.

  • Sharknado

    We favour the shark-head mask plus grey sweatshirt with stuff taped to it approach, to make a literal Sharknado, but you've got a few options here. It's even adorable on dogs!

  • iPhone

    <a href="" target="_blank">Bring back all that cutting and glueing</a> you did in kindergarten and put this one together with a box or a couple of pieces of poster board. Perhaps you can break out some spray paint and go as the coveted gold iPhone 5S, or add some colour and go as an iPhone 5C.

  • Captain Canada

    Captain America is fine and all, but <a href="" target="_blank">Captain Canada would be very polite </a>and bilingual.

  • Road Trip

    This is a <a href="" target="_blank">cute one for kids</a>, and is easily done with masking or duct tape, an inexpensive grey or black sweatsuit, and toy cars.

  • Sharpie Pumpkin

    Grab an unloved orange garment from your closet, or pick one up at your local thrift store, and <a href="" target="_blank">get creative with a black marker</a>. Bonus points if you cover the black parts with glow-in-the-dark paint. This is a fun option for people who don't have the skill or patience for carving actual pumpkins.

  • The Great Gatsby's Daisy Buchanan

    A short blonde wig, a flapper-esque dress, and a bunch of long necklaces let you channel this <a href="" target="_blank">Great Gatsby character</a> for a night, and look good doing it. This one could get pricey, but you can always find gems at your nearest thrift shop or your grandma's closet.

  • Bumblebee

    Everyone has black clothing in their closet. With some yellow fabric strips, velcro, and wings made of black pantyhose and a wire coat hanger, you can easily have a <a href="" target="_blank">cheap and cute costume too</a>. This one works for all ages.

  • Calvin and Hobbes

    <a href="" target="_blank">This adorable costume</a> is a great reason to have kids, but we see no reason why you couldn't also try an adult version.

  • Miley Cyrus, With A Twist

    Don't go as Miley without putting your own spin on it. Robin Thicke's suit channeled Beetlejuice, so we're in favour of going as Beetlejuice and Lydia at the VMAs. Robin: striped suit (go with white paint on a black secondhand suit), crazy makeup, aviators. Lydia: very short puffy red dress, a black foam finger, black top knots with spiky bangs—and, obviously, tongue sticking out as often as possible.

  • Carrie

    You can go creative (and less messy), like in this photo, with some red tinsel, or you can just put on a white dress and blonde wig and then pour (water-based!) red paint all over yourself. Your call.

  • Rosie the Riveter

    Denim, an updo, red lipstick, and a bandanna make this an easy costume, <a href="" target="_blank">but it's a DIY classic</a>.

  • Wednesday Addams

    Another '90s throwback, and one that's easy to do with a black wig, black tights, and a black dress with a bit of lace and a white collar. Get out your glue gun!

  • Bat

    Have a broken black umbrella lying around? Then you're halfway to a <a href="" target="_blank">fun bat costume</a>.

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  • USB And Port

    Because they fit <a href="" target="_blank">perfectly together. </a>

  • PB & J

    Now you can wear everyone's <a href="" target="_blank">favourite sandwich. </a>

  • Burger And Beer

    Staying in the theme of favourite foods, you can also dress up like a <a href="" target="_blank">pint and burger. </a>

  • Where's Waldo (x2)

    <a href="" target="_blank">Where's Waldo?</a> No really, now we have to deal with two.

  • Spy vs. Spy

    These two are natural enemies — but you and your beau don't have to be.

  • Princess Leia And Jabba The Hutt

    <a href="" target="_blank">No explanation needed. </a>

  • The Royals

    You too can be the most talked about couple of the year.

  • Angry Birds

    Yup, <a href="" target="_blank">pretty scary. </a>

  • Batman And Robin

    Everyone's favourite <a href="" target="_blank">superhero duo. </a>

  • Rob Ford And Stephen Harper

    Win every single 'best dressed' contest with this one.

  • Plug And Outlet

    Ha! <a href="" target="_blank">We think this is cute. </a>

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