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Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas
How to make a quick, easy, homemade Halloween costume at the last minute.
Looking for easy, last-minute, DIY Halloween costume ideas? We can help you pull together an easy homemade costume with items you have on-hand or with a couple of quick purchases at your local discount store.
These are all tried and true ideas - and we have the pictures to prove it!
For instance, the picture above shows my mom (the family's costume genius) in a simple Halloween t-shirt and print pajama pants, both of which can be easily picked up right up to Halloween day at your friendly neighborhood Walmart. She also picked up an inexpensive Halloween makeup kit to decorate her face. The orange hair is natural. Just kidding! She actually dyed her hair orange! (Wouldn't you like to have a fun mom like that?) You can get a similar look with a can of colored hair spray, easy to find at the discount or drug store and an inexpensive, easy last-minute purchase.
It's easy to pull together a last-minute Halloween costume that's simple but very effective like this one as well as some of the ones we'll show you below. Just let your imagination run wild and have fun!
Photos from the author's personal collection.
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Halloween Makeup Kit
This isn't theatrical quality, but it's certainly fun to use to make up the kids' faces for trick or treat night (much safer than wearing a mask). Washes off with soap and warm water for a quick, Halloween-night cleanup.
Last-Minute Cowboy and Indian Costumes - These costumes were pulled together from closets and the toy box. Bet you have some of these things at your house!
These two little guys wore jeans and flannel shirts along with their toy cowboy holsters and guns and a bandana. They used some eyebrow pencil to draw on a simple mustache. They topped their costume off with a cowboy hat and cowboy boots.
The lovely Indian princes (ahem) braided her hair in pigtails and tied on a piece of decorative wide binding around her head and stuck a feather in for good measure. She wore warm, comfy sweat pants and a t-shirt with a southwestern design. Add a pair of moccasins if you have them.
Putting your heads together to create quick costumes like this is also referred to as "making memories" and need not - in fact should not, be restricted to the last week of October.
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Pirate and Super Hero Costume Ideas - Pull out the imagination and create the character of your choice.
Every child's dress-up closet should be equipped with bandannas, capes, simple masks, long sashes, and - without a doubt - superhero capes, store-bought or homemade. The cape in the picture was sewn from an old silky sheet. Both my boys had one and they were used by my two creative geniuses to create costumes on a regular basis for years.
Ever Kid Needs to Own a Superhero Cape
Or how about three capes, with costumes included. This is an awesome dress-up set that every kid should own. Age 4 at our house was the perfect year for superhero play, but with two sons three years apart, we entertained superheroes on a regular basis of a several-year span.
This set has earned 4.4 stars from 299 reviewers (and climbing).
Remember too that even a bath towel pinned, sewn, or velcroed to a t-shirt can serve as a cape, in a pinch.
Kids play sports? Bet you have a costume on hand already! - If not, grab a ball and improvise like these guys did.
Team colors, a toy hard hat and Army helmet with drinking straws and masking tape turned these guys into "professional" football players for a day (well, lots longer than just a day, really). If your family has a favorite team, chances are you already have a t-shirt or sweatshirt or baseball cap. Grab a ball and run with this easy, last-minute costume idea!
Personal note: Yes, these are my sons and yes, these helmets lasted a long time. And yes, they thought up on their own how to create a football helmet out of a hard hat and an Army helmet. These guys are all grown up now, but looking back I'm so glad we encouraged their imaginations and creative play. Hope you do with your kiddos, too.
More Last-Minute Costume Inspiration
- Gypsy Costume Ideas: Go Boho Without Spending a Fortune
Gypsy costumes are popular and not just for Halloween. The "boho" look is hot and we're here to point you to ideas and accessories you'll need to pull it off, from head to toe.
- Adult Baby Costume - Make It Yourself or Buy It Here
Baby costumes for adults are amazingly popular! We show you how to put one together from bonnet to booties. Don't want to make it yourself? Don't cry! We have baby costumes to buy for Halloween, too.
Need More Costume Ideas - Fast? - Try this book - Kindle edition is available instantly!
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Here are 24 great costume ideas, read in minutes using craft materials, old clothes, etc. that you already have on hand.
Parents, add this book to your "creative play" arsenal to use year-round.
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