Halloween is when everyone gets a chance to become whatever they want to be, from inspirational figures like Einstein, to monsters to animals to a bowl of mac and cheese! As the years go by, costumes have gotten more and more creative and it is so exciting to just look at all those amazing ideas out there!
Now while Halloween is certainly fun, it can also be pretty stressful for Moms who usually carry the burden of deciding, designing and executing the costumes. And since we live in the real world, we often start thinking about it only when D-day is nearly here. So for real Moms like you and me, here are some awesome last minute Halloween costumes for kids, which won’t take up too much of your time, effort or money!
18 Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids
Just looking at minions makes us think of the Happy song and this last minute costume from One Creative Housewife will make you happy too! If you have blue overalls or dungarees and a yellow hoodie t-shirt, you’re done! The rest are just basic things you’ll find around the house and you can put together this costume in a really short time!
What if we told you that what you needed for this snail costume is lots and lots of brown paper? Yes, that’s seriously the main thing you need for this costume from Oh Happy Day! And the only skills you need are scrunching and twisting – how hard can that be? Just make sure the shell is sturdy enough and your toddler can jump and play without any trouble.
3. Flower Pot
Turn your pretty little flower into a great big flower pot this Halloween! A quick trip to your local household store and you can create this easy costume from Dukes and Duchesses. The main thing to consider for this costume is getting a tub that you can cut to make holes in. Another option is to use a wide skirt, attached to a hula hoop so that it can be worn like suspenders.
Who doesn’t love pizza? And who doesn’t like to dress up like pizza! This pizza costume from U Create Crafts is really simple to make. Get some stiff material like felt or the one used to make coats. You can also use upholstery material. Cut out pizza toppings from colored felt and let the kids stick it on. Don’t forget the cheese!
5. Rain Cloud
This rain cloud costume from Make It Love It isn’t just clever, it’s also super easy! Cover a simple plastic hat with lots of cotton wool for the cloud. Cut out blue felt raindrops, string together and attach to hat. Wear an all-black outfit, gumboots and you’re done!!
How does one dress up like a picnic? Well, this tutorial at Parents shows you how! With checkered fabric, a basket and play food and utensils, this is one costume that takes up very little effort and time! Do add some plastic ants to make it a really authentic-looking picnic!
When you’re looking for last minute Halloween costumes for kids, this is probably the easiest costume to make for a kid of any age! Pretty much every kid has a pair of black pants and black shoes. All you may need to buy is a striped shirt and a black cap and you’re all set to finish up this costume from Stitched by Crystal. Be sure to carry a gunny bag with a picture of gold coins or dollar bills for the final touch!
Isn’t this circus strongman simply adorable? This costume from Oh Happy Day is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, and they’ll probably enjoy it more than anyone else! The tattooed arms are skin color stockings and the dumbbell is a lot easier to make than it looks!
This costume is actually just a quick and clever combination of a few props! EHow gives us the details, but what you need most of all is a plain white apron – one you can even make yourself! Get a beret, a long paintbrush and make a palette out of cardboard – there’s your artist!
For this costume from Parents, it’s unlikely that you’ll have to buy anything extra. Seriously, everything you need for this costume is already lying around your house, somewhere! The shower cap hat is very clever and looks quite original too! Add the mustache and cravat for a cute little French chef!
What costume do you make when you absolutely don’t have time to spare? This skeleton one from And We Play should do the trick! With a black full sleeved t-shirt and black pants, all you need it do is stick pieces of white tape on and presto – your costume is ready! This is perfect for little kids who don’t want to wear masks or cover their faces.
Bzzz….this craft from Ginger Snap Crafts will take less than an hour to put together! Stick or sew yellow felt on a black t-shirt for the front. Glue bubble wrap on the back and make antennae with a hairband and pipe cleaners. Easy peasy but very impressive costume!
If your little girl has a red t-shirt, black skirt and red leggings, you’re 90% ready to make this ladybug costume from Yesterday on Tuesday! A few finishing touches like black spots and hairband antennae, and you have a comfortable, pretty and fun costume.
14. Mickey Mouse
Just like the ladybug costume, this Micky Mouse costume from The Chirping Moms doesn’t require much in the way of materials, although you may need to find yellow shoes! You can even go with surgical gloves if you can’t find fabric ones. Don’t forget Mickey’s nose!
15. Ice Cream
This cardboard ice cream from Hello,Wonderful needs very basic stuff, namely cardboard, paints and pom poms! Make any flavor of ice cream by changing the paint color and use multicolored pom poms for sprinkles! This costume is better suited to older kids, since the younger ones might have trouble managing the cardboard.
16. Cat Lady
You’ve probably read stories or saw movies about crazy old cat ladies, but this cat lady from Design Dazzle is too adorable for words! Let your child wear a bathrobe, and cover it with little cat soft toys, and give her one to hold. Add some rollers to her hair, some sandals and that’s it! Avoid this costume if your child is prone to dust allergies.
If your child would love giving others a few chills this Halloween, then this spider costume from Mad in Crafts is ideal! All you need is a black hoodie and pairs of long black socks. Get black gloves for more mobility, or else black socks will do fine. Stick on googly eyes to the hood and you have a spider that sees everything!
Yes, your little girl is a doll for you, but you can turn her into a wind-up doll this Halloween! The best part is that even young kids can wear any dress they’re comfortable in, and the only extra addition is the wind up key. Use gold or bronze spray paint to make the key look realistic.
So which one’s your favorite among these amazing last minute Halloween costumes for kids? Most of these costumes can be put together in a couple of hours at the most, some in even under 30 minutes. Most of the supplies are already in your home, and you may need just one trip to the store, if at all. And these costumes aren’t restricted to Halloween; use them for a costume party or a fancy dress competition or simply for pretend play!