A random day in October, 6.30 Am – The alarm is ringing incessantly and I want to hurl it across the room. I have been blogging up to the wee hours again and I’m seriously sleep deprived.
It’s time for Miss P to get ready for school and I grumpily sleepwalk over to her room. As I
drag lift her lovingly out of bed, she gives me that excited smile only a child at that time of the day can and she excitedly says, “Maaaa!! I know what I want to be on Halloween –A super girl“.
This has been going on for a week. Every morning, it’s a different story. One day it was Elsa, one day Barbie and one day she wanted to be the Titanic. Yup! the ship. Cos Mom, It was the strongest ship in the world. Unbreakable. But, it broke and it sank, I sigh wearily and the idea is quickly dropped.
Like any good mom, I
ignored got busy with important stuff and forgot all about actually making the costume. Now, I find myself on the eve of Halloween, costume-less and panicking!
Since you are here and reading this post, I assume you are a woman after my own heart. High five, sister! But don’t worry; it is exactly for moms like us that we’ve put together this list of really cool last minute (and in some cases, last-second) Halloween costume ideas for kids.
They require very basic supplies, are quick to make and still look impressive! So, let’s not waste any more time; jump right into the list!
21 Creative And Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes for kids
Note: When we talk about supplies, we’re not mentioning basics like glue, scissors, sharpies etc. Just specific supplies for the costume in question!
Owls are perfect for Halloween, but making an owl costume can feel intimidating. However, this felt owl tutorial from Creative Bug breaks it down to very easy steps that’ll make you want to start making one pronto!
Supplies: Felt in light brown, dark brown and golden
Time: About 2 hours, more if you’re not used to crafting with felt
You see a lot of Barbie dolls around on Halloween, but when was the last time you saw a wind-up doll? This is one super-easy last-second Halloween costume from Clover and Dot. Seriously, the only DIY here is the key!
Supplies: Cereal box, cardboard tube, gold spray paint
Time: 1 hour (go easy on the makeup for kids)
It’s real fun to dress up as food, and they’re usually recognizable without much effort. And one of the easiest among them is a pizza! This DIY Pizza costume from U Create Crafts is so easy; you’ll wonder why everyone else isn’t doing it!
Supplies: Brown/beige thick fabric, felt/foam/thick fabric pieces in different colors
Time: About an hour
If your child is a fan of the Lego movie, then this is the perfect last minute costume for her! Channel Wyldstyle’s attitude with an unbelievably easy DIY from Kids Stuff World that will leave no doubt about who you are!
Supplies: Black hoodie, pink and blue duct tape, hair chalk in pink and blue
Time: 30 minutes
One of the best parts of making a costume by yourself is ending up with a gorgeous creation, much like this bird costume from Creative Bug. You can use any combination of colors; just get the paints and felt to match.
Supplies: Paints, thick fabric, felt sheets in several colors, ribbon
Time: 2-3 hours; doing it as a group will take less time!
Cut strips of a black tee and hand sew a long running stitch, pull to ruffle, pin to the shirt, and machine sew.A simple set of antennae is made by drilling two holes in a black headband using the craft drill, feeding a yellow and black pipe cleaner through each side, twist, and sticking into foam balls painted yellow.
Supplies: yellow sweatshirt, black felt, black pipe cleaners and pom poms, black headband
Time: 1 hour
You can’t help it, the minion craze is still going strong! If your kids are in this phase, then these DIY minion costumes from One Creative Housewife are perfect. You can skip the optional DIY to make this costume really quick.
Supplies: Yellow hoodie, denim overalls, plain glasses, black pipe cleaners, black shoes
Time: Under an hour for the basic costume, an extra 30 minutes for the optionals
Okay, this beard costume from Creative Bug has got to be the easiest costume ever! And the best part is that you can customize this bearded man to be anything – a lumberjack, a bum, a farmer – anything!
Supplies: Light and dark brown felt
Time: About an hour
What is cuter than an emoji? An emoji costume of course! Send your cute kids off trick or treating with this adorable costume via Hello Wonderful that is guaranteed to win grins, smiles and hearts
Supplies: Cardboard, Yellow spray paint and markers
Time: 1 hours, and that includes drying time.
This ‘monumental’ costume is another one of those last second ones – a trip to the store and that’s it. The Sewing Rabbit gives you a Statue of Liberty costume that is no-sew, no-glue; it doesn’t get easier than this!
Supplies: Foam, sheet, Styrofoam cone, flashlight
Time: 20 minutes
This bandit costume from Make It & Love It is perfect for the younger ones, who can’t (and won’t) handle the fuss of more complicated costumes. To make it even easier, buy a black beanie and white bag instead of making them. To make it more fun, paint a Styrofoam ball black and attach it to the pants with a black paper chain.
Supplies: Black and white striped Tshirt, black beanie, white muslin bag, black felt
Time: Under an hour (with a readymade cap and bag)
This is one of those costumes that are guaranteed to look adorable! Creative Bug features a super-easy last second Halloween costume that looks like it took ages to make! This is perfect for younger kids.
Supplies: Bright pink/magenta felt, satin ribbon, headband
Time: An hour; maybe less if you have someone to help!
A simple no-sew costume using a white sweat suit and the free pattern pieces.
Supplies: white t-shirt, cap & pants, pipe cleaners & construction paper
Time: 25 minutes; all you need to do is cut and stick on the features of Olaf!
We’ve already featured a flower costume, so why not a flower pot? With supplies that you can count on one hand, this is ideal for the very last minute when you don’t have much time or stuff on your hands!
Supplies: Large plastic tub, plastic flowers
Time: 1 hour
This is one of those costumes that’ll make you go ‘Genius!’ This DIY Donut costume from Studio DIY requires very few things, but the result is surprisingly realistic – they’ve even put sprinkles! Tip: skip the donut ‘hole’ if you’re short on time.
Supplies: Inflatable Pool tube, foam hair curlers, spray paint in different colors
Time: 1 hour (excluding drying time)
We have donut and pizza, how about some fruit now? No, we’re not talking about balloon-grapes, we’re talking about this lovely pineapple costume from Delia Creates! Trust us; it’s easier than it looks!
Supplies: Yellow and green felt, batting material, elastic
Time: 2-3 hours (depending upon your sewing skills)
This costume requires a little more effort and time than the others, but is still doable at the last minute! Design Dazzle gives easy instructions to make a scuba diver, with realistic flippers and oxygen tank!
Supplies: Soda bottles, white Styrofoam, blue foam sheet, goggles, spray paint
Time: 2-3 hours
You can’t have Halloween without a skeleton or two walking around! All You has this tutorial for a skeleton costume that is super cute and easy! Tip: Use a black hoodie instead of t-shirt along with gloves for a more complete look and try out some simple makeup for the face.
Supplies: Black hoodie, pants and gloves, white duct tape, white duct sheet
Time: Under an hour (more if you’re doing full-on skeleton makeup)
This snail costume from Oh Happy Day is anything but slimy! This is a costume with a great concept, yet very simple to execute. Just get LOTS of brown paper!
Supplies: Cardboard, brown paper, straps, Styrofoam balls
Time: 1 hour
This whimsical unicorn costume is cute, girly, whimsical, and colorful. Love this super cute tutorial via craftaholics Anonymous.
Supplies: Felt, wool, a towel & lots of love
Time: Half a day
You’ll find that most of the supplies are already lying around your house, and if not, a quick trip to the craft store can fix it! Get your child involved in the costume making process; it might take longer, but it’ll be a great memory for the two of you. After all, isn’t that what holidays are all about!
Now that my shortlist is ready, it will be a late night once Miss P makes up her mind about what she wants to dress up as. Inspired by Miss P, I feel like Super Mom. I’ll probably be out wearing this –
What do you think of our list? And dont forget to share your halloween costumes with us on facebook.