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Asha Dornfest is the founder and editor of Parent Hacks, a blog that shares "forehead-smackingly smart parenting tips." She's also the coauthor of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less, with Christine Koh. Asha lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two kids.

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Last-minute Halloween costumes…from the closet

By Asha Dornfest |

I had my first live TV appearance this week: I was a guest on our local morning show and my job was to show off last-minute Halloween costume ideas. Folks: it was nothing if not authentic. I had been traveling the week before so the costumes I demonstrated were literally pulled from our closets and dress-up collection the night before the show.

Live TV is such fun (who knew?). Not only was it an energizing hit for this extrovert writer, I got to meet an up-and-coming Oregon pop band comprised of four charming young men, one of whom is just old enough to vote.

To the point of the show: I’ve always loved Halloween because it’s the perfect holiday for the non-crafty procrastinators among us. The photo spread perfection some aspire to (or feel tortured by) around Thanksgiving and Christmas? Not even on the radar during Halloween (at least not on my radar). Fun, kids, candy. That’s it.

Here are the costumes I demonstrated on the show. As you can see, they’re barely costumes. But with a little imagination and gussy-ing up, they’re good enough to send your kid trick-or-treating with the best of ‘em:

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Last-minute Halloween costumes...from the closet

Before: a T-shirt

My neighbor Elias demonstrates the raw material that goes into a ninja mask.

What’s your best last-minute Halloween costume idea?

Asha Dornfest is the co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less and the publisher of Parent Hacks, a site crammed with tips for making family life easier.

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Asha Dornfest is the founder and editor of Parent Hacks, a blog that shares "forehead-smackingly smart parenting tips." She's also the coauthor of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less, with Christine Koh. Asha lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two kids. Read bio and latest posts → Read Asha's latest posts →

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