Written by Marilyn B., Sprout Contributor
We are getting close to crunch time. Crunch time of what? Halloween Costumes!
Here is a list of ten quick costumes anyone can make at the last minute.
- Take a wide brimmed hat from a thrift store and tape 3 foot long crepe paper strips around the brim, leaving room only for the child’s face.
- Finish the costume with a black coat and pants.
- Stuff a light-weight sleeping bag and roll it up to make the shell.
- Attach to an old backpack with plastic packing tape.
- Finish the costume with black coat and pants.
- For tentacles, attach pom poms to a pipe cleaner, and attach that to a head band or black hat from the dollar store.
- This is great for a baby.
- Dress the child in blue jean overalls and a plaid shirt.
- Make the “straw” out of yard ties to the babies wrists and ankles.
- Finish by tying yarn to an old cap or knit hat.
- This is great for an adult couple.
- Take 4 large poster boards, cut out 2 honey pots and 2 half moons.
- Tape one half to the front and one to the back of an old sweatshirt.
- Your sweetie and you are now a honeymoon.
- Cut the top and bottom off of a large box, wrap in birthday or Christmas paper, add ribbon shoulder straps and a big bow on the head.
- Also try cutting legs and arm holes in a plastic bike bag from the dollar store, and loosely tie a big bow around the neck.
- This one can be pricey.
- Buy a large pinata, cut the top and bottom off, and add ribbon shoulder straps.
- Take two poster boards and draw the front and back of a pokemon on the boards.
- Add ribbon shoulder straps.
- This can be done using any popular trading card; have your child design his or her own.
Lamp or Candle
- Dress your child in a plain sweat suit.
- Find an old lamp shade and they are instantly a lamp.
- For a candle make a flame mask out of felt or cardboard, making sure to leave plenty of space for eye holes.
- With these ideas, your child will brighten up any party.
- Use an old throw rug or buy a cheap one; a large bath towel of blanket will also work.
- Cut a hole large enough for the child’s waist and sew it to an old pair of jogging pants.
- Glue cardboard to the bottom of the “rug” so it looks like the child is in the middle of a rug when they put the pants on.
- For a final touch, stuff pants and shoes with stuffing or newspaper and sew to an old sweat shirt.
Ask Your Child
- Always ask your child what they would like to be. Three of these ideas were my son’s, and together we made his costume.
Keep it simple, and have a spooktacular Halloween.