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DIY Last Minute Halloween Costumes

jack-o-lanternI’m not the crafty one in my family. My sister gets that award. Not only does she make Halloween costumes with (and for) her kids every year but they’re also really freaking good. I can’t wait to see this year’s masterpieces.

I have crafty aspirations, but my actual craft ability is limited, mostly by time and fear. By time, I mean I procrastinate due to fear. So, this year, Shnook will be a monkey (again) and Fuzz will be a lamb (Shnook’s costume from two years ago). My biggest challenge is that I have to replace the zipper on the lamb costume, which my sister told me is no big whoop. I’m daunted, but I’m going to give it a whirl.

What I lack in actual craft skills, I make up for in ingenuity. My favorite last minute Halloween costume was a thermometer that I pulled together in fifteen minutes for a party in college: Metallic dress, red hat, numbers down my leg- how’s that for fast and clever? Much better than the pregnant teenager I was the year before (also thrown together in short order). I got a lot of ill responses to that one. Perhaps there’s a reason people actually plan these out in advance.

The DIY thing is very appealing to me, and I hope that when the boys get a little bigger and can participate, I’ll be making more costumes with them. For now I’ve thought of a few really fast ones you can throw together a few days before or even the day of Halloween, if you’re a super procrastinator like I am.

One hint: Never underestimate the power of make-up. 

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  • Black Cat 1 of 7
    Black Cat
    All you need is a black sweatsuit, or black leotard and black tights, a headband with two felt triangle fastened, another pair of black tights (kid's) with one leg stuffed for the tail, the other wrapped around the waist like a belt. Add white socks and a white t-shirt under the sweatshirt (cute if it's a zip-up) for a tuxedo cat.
  • Cute Brown and White Dog 2 of 7
    Cute Brown and White Dog
    Similar to cat, except in brown (maybe jammies?) and with floppy socks as ears instead of felt triangles. A Brown dress sock makes a good tail.
  • Bunny 3 of 7
    Bunny
    All white jammies or shirt and pants. White and pink felt ears on a white headband, and one of those white or pink squishy scrubby sponges as a tail.
  • Pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern 4 of 7
    Pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern
    Being a pumpkin couldn't be easier with those pumpkin garbage bags. Just cut holes for arms, cut off the bottom and use a loose elastic to gather it around the neck. Complete it with an orange ski cap with a green ribbon and leaf cut-out.
  • Movie Popcorn 5 of 7
    Movie Popcorn
    Take a small cardboard box (measure for your toddler), cut out arm holes and a hole for the head. Paint or cover in white and red construction paper. Glue popcorn to the top. If you're worried your toddler will eat the popcorn, either draw it instead, or use pirate's booty. Make sure to use non-toxic glue.
  • Train Engineer 6 of 7
    Train Engineer
    What toddler doesn't have denim overalls!? It should be a requirement! You need denim or striped overalls and a denim button-down shirt. The cap is the only challenging part. Amazon has them for $5.99.
    Click here to buy.
  • Julius Caesar or Other Roman Emperor 7 of 7
    Julius Caesar or Other Roman Emperor
    Hey, is your toddler a tyrranical dictator? Mine, too! What a coincidence! I actually made this costume for the three-month-old Shnook. You need white fabric or a pillow case with a hole cut in the center for the head, a rope-like belt, sandals, a red scarf as a sash, and a crown (a strip of file folder bent, with tear-drop leaves stapled to it).

Photo Credits:
Pumpkin: Yaxzone/Flickr
Train: Doug_vertman/Flickr
Cat:  archer10/flickr
Dog: Raleene/Flickr
Bunny: lucyellen06/flickr
Pumpkin: CJSorg/flickr
Popcorn: Scypax pictures/Flickr
Roman: mararie/flickr

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