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15 Last Minute EASY DIY Halloween Costumes

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CAT

Sweatsuit of color choice depending on what color cat you would like to be. Get matching slippers and gloves. Make a tail by taking a piece of fabric sewing it into a tube. Stuff the tube with whatever stuffing you have around and attach with a safety pin.  Make cat ears out of matching fabric and cut out smaller pink or white pieces to put in the centers of the ear glue onto a headband.  The final touches can be made with eyeliner drawing on whiskers and making a black dot for a nose.

DALMATION

Take a white sweatsuit and with indelible ink or sharpies color on spots.  Cut ears from black fabric or felt and glue onto a headband.  Use a little face paint to paint on whiskers and a nose and all done!

PIGGY

Use a pink sweatsuit and put on black gloves and shoes to mimic the hooves. Make a tail out of pink pipe cleaners and ears out of cut out fabric glued to a headband.

SCARECROW

Take a pair of overalls and a flannel shirt. and dirty them up with some charcoal add some straw into the pockets and put on a straw hat with some yarn glued to it to add some color to your hair rub a little charcoal on your face and hands and you have one pretty awesome scarecrow.

STATIC CLING

Take a black sweat suit and pin socks, a little towel, a dryer sheet, etc. to it.  Mousse and spray your hair to stand on end.  For a little fun buy a cheap can of washout color spray to add some pizzazz to the outfit.

SKELETON

Dress your child in a black sweat suit, paint “bones” using glow-in-the-dark fabric paint.  Finish with scary make-up and a top hat.  Don't forget to paint your kids face white with black accent to accentuate the bone structure of the face.

HOBO

Use a pair of Dad's old pants or overalls, a beat up hat and a flannel shirt.  Use an eyeliner pencil (black or brown) to shade in some beard “stubble”.  If you like, you can stuff the shirt with wadded up newspaper or a throw pillow to make a big belly.

HIPPIE

Torn up jeans (all kids have 'em), a a tie-dyed T-shirt or an old rock band concert shirt (Grateful Dead?), and some sneakers.  Tie a bandanna around the kid's head and finish off with a pair of wire sunglasses and some love beads.

GHOST

Everyone has an old white sheet, right?  If you don't, get one cheap at the Wal-Mart (about $4).   Color two large round eye-holes with a permanent black marker, then cut out the middle to make spooky black-rimmed eyes.  Get creative and add a hat and make a mouth using black permanent marker or felt.

BUNCH OF GRAPES

Blow up small round purple or green balloons to about 6″ in diameter.  Dress your child in the same color pants and shirt (if you can match the color of the balloons, that's perfect – if not use black or brown).  Use safety pins to attach the balloons to the child's clothing.

ZORRO

Black pants and black collar shirt, with a red scarf tied around the waist.  Add a black felt hat, black eye mask and black cape.

GREASER

White T-shirt with the sleeves rolled up, rolled up jeans and sneakers or penny loafers.  Slick the child's hair back in a “ducktail” with styling gel.  If you have a red windbreaker, he becomes James Dean.  A black jacket makes him the Fonz.

MIME

Black long-sleeved shirt and black pants.  Paint the child's face white with commercial skin paint.   Add black triangles over eyes for expression and red lips with a large cupid's bow.   A red beret makes it more authentic.

MARATHON RUNNER

Grab an old tank top and shorts.  Wear those and some tennis shoes.  Print off a running number from your computer and pin it on the tank top with safety pins.  Be creative add a hat or towel over the shoulders and find a medal on a ribbon to wear.

BABY

Child or adult sized onsie pajamas and slippers.  Make a bib with velcro and random fabric around the house.  Cut the fabric to look proportional on you or your child and add velcro for the final touch.  Buy a ring pop to use as a pacifier and you are golden.

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  1. ellen beck

    Ha! I remember one year we were all ghosts. Four kids, and my Mom threw sheets on us alll and said go for it. I dont recall what happened the day before, but she was so sngry we went as ghosts. Really back then, costumes werent as cute as they are nowdays and there were ghosts all over. Now you never see a ghost!

    • That is so true, Ellen. I haven’t seen a ghost in years. No one wants to go with those older style costume ideas that I get excited when I see something like that or even totally unique.

      Tonight at my kid’s costume dance, there were a few really creative costumes. Someone went dressed in a raincoat and boots. She had an umbrella attached to her head with balloon bubbles. Everything was metallic blue and she had matching sunglasses. She was adorable and it was so creative. This inspires me. Well until next year when the costume catalogs come and my kids just pick something I could buy.

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