7 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas
7 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

7 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

No costume? No worries! These ideas are so easy it’s scary.


Sure, some folks have time to hand-sew elaborate Halloween costumes, but maybe you don’t. Here are some super clever and cute last minute costumes you can whip up fast.


Red Lobster

Pinch or treat! Grab some red oven mitts and snag a googly-eyed headband at a party store for less than a buck. Then pair them with red clothes from top to bottom, and you’ve got a lobster on your hands!

Halloween costume idea: red lobster

materials

  • Red oven mitts
  • Googly-eye headband
  • Red outfit

directions

Step 1

Put on the mitts, red outfit, and headband, and go claw up some candy!


To-the-Point #2 Pencil

The point? To have a costume, and quick! Why not pay tribute to the good ‘ol #2 pencil? It’s an extra sharp look on teachers.

Halloween costume idea: #2 Pencil

materials

  • Yellow top and bottoms
  • Gray leg warmers
  • Pink shoes (or shoes covered in pink duct tape)
  • Electrical tape
  • Scissors
  • Yellow paper
  • Black marker
  • Black string

directions

Step 1

Using electrical tape, form a ‘#2’ on the back of your yellow top.

Step 2

Put on the yellow top and pants, leg warmers, and pink shoes.

Step 3

Form a cone shape out of the cardstock and glue along seam.

Step 4

Using black paint or marker, draw the jagged edges of the lead tip, and add a piece of string or elastic to secure the hat under your chin.


Little Storm Cloud

Thunder! Lightning! This storm cloud costume’s so cute it’s frightening! Just dig out a rain jacket, rain boots, and an umbrella. Raid your party supply stash for some blue streamers, and grab a string of white pom-pom garland at the craft store.

Halloween costume idea: Storm cloud

materials

  • Safety pins
  • White pom-pom garland
  • Umbrella
  • Blue streamers
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain boots

directions

Step 1

Attach the pom-pom trim to the edge of the umbrella with safety pins.

Step 2

Cut pieces of blue streamers and tape them inside the umbrella.

Step 3

To complete the costume, throw on a rain jacket and boots.


Cream of the crop corn

What better way to celebrate the season of corn mazes and harvest festivals? This corn costume is super simple to make. Just don’t get offended if someone calls you corny!

Halloween costume idea: Corn

materials

  • Yellow tissue paper (a couple shades)
  • Green paper streamers
  • Thick green ribbon
  • A brown, tan, or yellow dress
  • Safety pins
  • Stapler

directions

Step 1

Crumple sheets of tissue paper into balls to form your corn kernels.

Step 2

Pin each tissue paper kernel onto dress. Staple strips of green streamers to green ribbon to form a husk shawl.

Step 3

Staple the streamers into place on the ribbon. Then slip on your dress, and wrap your shoulders in the husk shawl.


Go Grape

Blow up a bunch of balloons, and you’re well on your way to a super simple grape costume that’s just as much fun to put together as it is to take apart!

Halloween costume idea: Grapes

materials

  • Purple balloons
  • Purple top and bottom
  • Headband and green curling ribbon for “vine”
  • Safety pins

directions

Step 1

Blow up each balloon and pin each tied bottom onto the sweatshirt.

Step 2

Attach some green ribbon to headband and curl with scissors.

Step 3

Throw on purple pants, and you’re good to go!


Snappy superhero

You can’t go wrong with a superhero cape! Make this easy Halloween costume with felt and a pool noodle. Little ones will love coming up with their superhero names.

Halloween costume idea: Superhero

materials

  • 1 yard of felt fabric
  • Small piece of felt in contrasting color
  • Fabric glue
  • Half a pool noodle
  • Safety pin
  • Sparkly tape
  • Black electrical tape

directions

Step 1

Cut a cape shape out of large piece of felt, and a lightning bolt out of the smaller piece of felt.

Step 2

Glue lightning bolt onto the cape with fabric glue.

Step 3

Pin cape together in front with a safety pin.

Step 4

Wrap sparkly tape around bottom of one end of the pool-noodle.

Step 5

Then, use electrical tape to add some details to the light saber.


Speedy stoplight

Making this costume is so fast, you might get a speeding ticket!

Halloween costume idea: Stoplight

materials


directions

Step 1

Simply trace a circle onto each color cardstock and cut out.

Step 2

Next, pin your red, yellow, and green circles on a black shirt.

Step 3

Complete the look with some black pants or leggings.


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