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50 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

10/12/2016 12:00:00

Halloween is right around the corner. Are you ready for it? Have your toddlers been able to make up their minds about what they want to dress up as? The party store will be picked over, but you don’t want a store-bought costume anyway. What you want is one of these 50 DIY costumes that you can whip up in the next two days. No tricks here!

1. Cowboy: You probably already have everything you need to make this cowboy costume just laying around your house. So what are you waiting for? Giddy up! (via Made for Mums)

2. Mummy: Just because a costume is last minute doesn’t mean you need to wrap yourself in toilet paper and call it a mummy. Cut up an old white sheet. Then let those strips discolor in a sink full of tea bags for that “I’ve-been-sitting-around-for-thousands-of-years” look. (viaKelly Gorney Photography)

3. Lebowski: Your little dude might not know that his costume is based on one of the bestmovie characters ever, but he’ll enjoy all the attention from the other cool parents. (via Skirt As Top)

4. Pineapple: Show your love for the sweet tropical fruit with this super simple no-sew costume. (via Delia Creates)

5. Lion: By using clothes already in your kids closet the only thing you’ll need to do is take a quick trip to the craft store for some faux fur. Add a little eyeliner for the whiskers, and you’re ready to go! (via Captain and the Gypsy Kid)

6. Shark: Perfect for those of us living in chillier climates, your little trick-or-treater will be warm and toasty in this sweatsuit-turned-ferocious shark. Use felt and a hot glue gun for the eyes and then put your simple sewing skills to good use for the fin. If you don’t know how to sew, cardboard will do! (via Make It Love It)

7. Sushi: Maybe goblins and scary witches just aren’t your thing. Dress up as your favorite food instead! Made from simple and easy-to-find materials like cardboard, felt and balloons, the execution is spot on. (via Style Me Pretty)

8. Mary Poppins: Easily recognizable, this costume looks great as a pair but is also just as spectacular if your Mary Poppins is missing her chimney sweep partner, or vice versa. (via Hey Ambular)

9. Up: We’ve seen a lot of costumes inspired by the adorable Disney movie Up, but the attention to detail makes this stand out among the rest. We love that Dad got dressed up, too. (via Mitch and Mickey)

10. Snail: There’s no fussing with masks or itchy wigs. This costume is basically just a backpack and should help keep complaints to a minimum (hopefully). Just try not to leave a snail trail on your way through the neighborhood. (via Oh Happy Day)

11. Mr. Fox: Sometimes it’s just about taking another look in the closet or at their favoritestuffed animal or book for inspiration to strike! (via Mom Inc Daily)

12. Rosie the Riveter: Yes we can… make an adorable costume from thrift store finds. This revamped jumper is the perfect backdrop for a Rosie costume, but a jean jacket and pants would also work if you’re not having much luck at the thrift store. If you’re all about the “Rosie” on the back, we think some iron-on patches oughta do the trick. (via The Little Ballroom)

13. Lumberjack: A fleece beard will transform any little boy into a full-blown lumberjack in an instant. Good luck getting him to take it off once the trick or treating is done. (via Make It Love It)

14. Robot: This robot costume is seriously awesome. Think we can pull off an adult version? Yup. Just make a trip to the hardware store and skip all the gadgetry if you’re really short on time. (via Paging Fun Mums)

15. I Love Lucy: If you don’t like this costume, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do! (via Coolest Homemade Costumes)

16. Raincloud: Does it get any cuter than these hand-painted raindrop leggings? This is probably the only time you won’t mind having your own personal raincloud following you around. (via Andrea’s Notebook)

17. Hot Air Balloon: We swear this one isn’t as complicated as it looks. If you want to make a big impact and have a costume that’s so memorable you’ll talk about it for years, go with this one! (via Style Me Pretty)

18. Birds: It’s so simple but definitely gets the point across. There’s no guessing where the inspiration from this costume is coming from. (via Andrea’s Notebook)

19. Alice in Wonderland: Can we all just agree that cardboard boxes make for some last-minute-costume salvation? Reimagine a costume that’s been done before by focusing on a specific scene, like this take on Alice in Wonderland. (via Misha Lulu Blog)

20. The Little Mermaid: You do need to know some sewing basics to bring your favorite mermaid out of the ocean for a special night of trick-or-treating. And how great would she look riding in a wagon made to look like beach rocks or a giant clam shell? (via Two Bobbins Later)

21. ET: This one is so great you’ll definitely want to phone home about it. (via Bicycle Store)

22. Curious George: Got a stuffed monkey and a yellow shirt? Then you’ve got yourself a costume. (via Haute Apple Pie)

23. Ace Ventura: Well, allllrighty then! Your kid will hate you for this one day or think you’re a complete genius — either way they’ll have a great #TBT in a few years. (via Costume Works)

24. Cloud: If you’re looking for a totally original costume, this is about as unique as it gets. Chances are you probably won’t see another cloud walking around on Halloween. (via Oh Happy Day)

25. Edward Scissorhands: Grab a black sweatsuit and gloves and a whole lot of belts with a whole lot of hardware on them. With plastic knives as the scissors, this costume is as kid friendly as it is amazing. (via Mommy Shorts)

26. Princess Merida: If your little one is dead set on being a princess for Halloween, maybe you can convince her to be one of the coolest, toughest princesses there is! If she already has red hair, she’s basically there. (via Sew Can Do)

27. Baby Burkin Bag: When it comes to exclusive one-of-a-kind handbags, this is the ultimate. Show off your best accessory with this DIY. (via Craft and Couture)

28. Medusa: With some serious backcombing and strategic placement on a hiddenheadband you can make it look like the snakes are actually coming out of her hair. Spooky!  (via Costume Works)

29. Peter Pan’s Shadow: Why be Peter Pan when you can be his escaped shadow instead? We are loving this twist on a classic costume. (via Tikkido)

30. Harry Potter: Alright, the dog’s getup is hardly last minute, but Harry Potter is easy enough to pull off. (via Earth Porm)

31. Prince: Is there really anything we could say to make this any better? (via 2Trout2Rien)

32. Butterfly: Spread those wings and let your little one fly… around the neighborhood for candy, that is. If you don’t have time to hand-stitch your own felt wings, grab the glue gun. (via Martha Stewart)

33. Piñata: When you knock on doors, make sure you tell them you need enough candy to fill your piñata. This is all about using felt and a hot glue on a onesie. (via Costume Works)

34. Frida Kahlo: They may not know who they’re dressed up as, but if your kid is still letting you pick their costumes, this one is too good to pass up. (via Lovelyish)

35. Moonrise Kingdom: These getups look great on their own, but paired together they are complete perfection. (via Oh Happy Day)

36. Scarecrow: Armed with a pair of overalls and a plaid shirt, you’ll be using your brain if you settle on this one. (via Costume Works)

37. Vincent Van Gogh: Use this costume as a lesson in fine art… or just have fun trying on the beard. (via Lovelyish)

38. Super Girl: With just one yard of fabric you can turn your toddler into the most stylish superhero in town. (via Brit + Co)

39. Hipster: Let your little one borrow your favorite beanie for just one night and have them pick out their own (temporary) tattoos. But don’t be surprised when they think they’re just too cool to hold the candy bucket. (via Oh Happy Day)

40. John Lennon + Yoko Ono: Anyone can be a hippie for Halloween, but how many people are going to be dressed up as the most iconic free-spirited couple? Got a couple extra kids coming along for tick or treating? Why not have Paul, Ringo and George, too? (via Truly Sanctuary)

41. Andy Warhol: The older crowd will love this one, and your toddler will get a kick out of all the attention, even if they aren’t sure why their costume is so great. Don’t worry, they’ll thank you one day. (via Lovelyish)

42. Breaking Bad: There is no way this one was getting left out. (via Today)

43. Scuba Diver: Grab those two liter bottles back out of the recycling bin because you’re going to want them after you see this clever diver costume. The whole thing only takes one to two hours, including drying time, so this one is great for those very last-minute Halloween parties. (via Design Dazzle)

44. Ira Glass: It’s all in the details. Spiked hair is key, and don’t forget to spray the sides with gray hairspray. Carrying around a radio (or making the bucket look like one!) ties it all together. (via Oh Happy Day)

45. Donut: Made from an inner tube and foam hair curlers (genius, we know!) you can transform into your favorite sweet treat. If sprinkles aren’t your thing, you can always go with chocolate glazed. (via Studio DIY)

46. Labyrinth: How have we never seen this before? Every child should know who the Goblin King is, and it’s never too early to learn.  (via Babble)

47. Legos: Almost too easy. Dress your little one up like one of the dozens of LEGOs laying around your house. (via Wine and Glue)

48. Mr. Rogers: Like with a lot of these costumes, you can probably find everything you need right in the closet. Make a few hand puppets or splurge on vintage ones from Etsy. (via Oh Happy Day)

49. Pilot: Cardboard boxes, wooden dowels, a styrofoam ball and some spray paint are all you need to craft up this awesome airplane. Cleared for takeoff! (via Really Awesome Costumes)

50. Little Red Riding Hood: A cute take on the original red caped crusader. No big bad wolves will dare mess with this! (via Made for Mums)


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