7 Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Your Kids

Halloween has a way of sneaking up on you. Between getting ready for All Saints Day and ramping up your Christmas preparations, it’s easy to overlook this spooky celebration. Oftentimes, it’s only when your child reminds you of trick-or-treating that you start scrambling to make their costumes.

Luckily, last-minute Halloween costumes don’t have to be forgettable or cliché. In this week’s newsroom post, we list seven impressive DIY costumes that you can do with minimal time and money so that your child can roam the neighborhood in style while you get plus points for good parenting, too.

Mechanical Beauty

Turn your daughter into an instant wind-up doll with this easy costume idea
Turn your daughter into an instant wind-up doll with this easy costume idea

Using paper towel tubes, some cardboard, a glue gun, and a few safety pins, you can create a wind-up key that you can attach to your daughter’s dress, turning her into an instant wind-up doll. Complete the look by braiding her hair, and applying some blush on and lipstick. Check out the full instructions at CloverKate.com.

Pizza-mazing!

How about an appetizing Halloween costume for a change?
How about an appetizing Halloween costume for a change?

Your child will most likely make more friends this Halloween dressed as a pizza than as a vampire. Luckily, U-Create has an easy pizza slice costume made of cardboard triangles “topped” with felt pieces. See, playing with food doesn’t always have to be bad!

Easy as a Bee

If you’re busy as a bee, make this costume for your kids this Halloween
If you’re busy as a bee, make this costume for your kids this Halloween

This one’s very straightforward: just pin black strips of cloth to a yellow shirt, then stick a foam-ball-tipped pipe cleaner onto a head band. Finally, make a pair of wings using some white cardboard and pin them to the shirt. Head over to Fiskars.com for a detailed how-to.

S’nailed It!

It’s amazing what you can do with some rolled up brown paper
It’s amazing what you can do with some rolled up brown paper

Made almost entirely of rolled up brown paper, this snail costume is conveniently worn like a backpack. More importantly, it guarantees that your kid will be the cutest little snail in all the Halloween party she attends. For complete instructions, visit OhHappyDay.com.

Simply Snakey

Even a simple headdress can make for a memorable Halloween costume
Even a simple headdress can make for a memorable Halloween costume

If you’re child doesn’t like wearing elaborate costumes, this simple Medusa headband from HalloweenForum.com is just what you need. Just buy some plastic snakes and attach them to a headband using wires. Spray paint the whole thing gold and you have the perfect Halloween headdress for your kid.

Gnome Sewing Required

No sewing necessary!
No sewing necessary!

This hat-and-beard combo doesn’t even require any sewing—just glue gun the felt pieces together and voila! You have a gnome costume for your kid in less than 20 minutes. Connect the hat and the beard pieces with a small elastic band so your child can easily wear it like a party hat. See the step-by-step guide on Minted.com.

Furry Forecast

Be ready for the outpour of compliments for this costume
Be ready for the outpour of compliments for this costume

No one quite knows where the phrase “raining cats and dogs” came from, but one thing’s for sure: it makes for a great Halloween costume inspiration.  Made using just an umbrella, some plush toys, and a glue gun, this costume suggestion from RealSimple.com is as eye-catching as it is clever.

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Photo Credits:

Photo 1 from CloverKate.com

Photo 2 from U-CreateCrafts.com

Photo 3 from Fiskars.com

Photo 4 from OhHappyDay.com

Photo 5 from HalloweenForum.com

Photo 6 from Minted.com

Photo 7 from RealSimple.com

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