Halloween is here! If you’re without a Halloween costume for your little one, don’t panic. There’s still time to make one.
In fact, I only remember two store bought Halloween costumes as a kid. Most years my mom helped my sister and I put together our costumes. Since none of us had any artistic talent and we didn’t have much money, these outfits didn’t win any contests. But that didn’t matter to us. We had fun dressing up, and we still got plenty of candy!
Most kids seem to get their costumes at the mall or big box store these days. As my daughter gets older, that’s certainly where she’s being pulled.
However, I’ll keep putting costumes together for as long as I can – and no, my crafting abilities haven’t improved much since my childhood.
Here are some last-minute costumes I’ve either worn or made over the years.
Bag of Jelly Beans
Wear white leggings and a white long-sleeve t-shirt. Make holes for arms and legs in a large clear garbage bag. Step legs into the bag. Fill the bag with as many inflated balloons as it will hold. Tie the top closed with ribbon around the neck. Attach a label that says “jelly beans” to the ribbon.
Bottle of Ketchup or Mustard
Glue a red poster board triangle onto a red headband or baseball cap as the top of a squeeze bottle. Dress completely in red — shirt, pants, socks — even shoes if possible. (I’ve been known to spray paint old pairs.) Use white masking tape to create a label reading “ketchup” to stick to the front of the shirt.
Do the same in yellow for mustard.
This one’s easy but potentially dangerous. My sister took a pretty big fall because she couldn’t see out of the holes in her sheet. Trick-or-treating wasn’t ruined, though. My mom simply cut a whole out for her head and put the sheet back on poncho style. She doused her face and hair with flour to make it a ghostly white.
Start with brightly-colored leggings and a t-shirt. Then use double-sided tape to attach long pieces of paper streamers or strips of bubble wrap to the bottom of a clear or solid-colored umbrella, as tentacles. Then the child simply holds the umbrella over her head. The “tentacles” can also be attached to a wide brimmed hat.
This is so cute for babies. Cut the legs off three pairs of colorful old tights or use six knee socks. Matching isn’t important. Stuff them with rags, paper towels, or whatever else you have on hand. Attach them to a one-piece or t-shirt with fabric glue. Pair with tights or leggings. Your child’s legs plus these six make the eight tentacles of an octopus!
These cheap and easy Halloween costumes should take an hour or less to throw together. What are your favorite DIY costumes?