It’s easy to get caught up in busy schedules of work, school, sports, and other activities and forget to prepare for the spookiest holiday of the year—Halloween. Dressing up for tricks and treats gives you the chance to be whoever or whatever you want to be, and while it can be fun and exciting, it can also be overwhelming to create the perfect costume.
You may want to hit up the local costume store to buy something off the shelf. Or, if you need some ideas or don’t have time to shop, here are a few creative, last-minute Halloween costumes you can make yourself using items you might find around your home.
Finally put that broken umbrella to use. Cut it in half, and use safety pins or hot glue to attach it to the arms of a hoodie or long-sleeve shirt. Use black electrical tape or duct tape to fasten the hinges of the umbrella so they fold properly when you put your arms down. Use foam and a headband to create ears, and throw on a pair of leggings or black pants. Add vampire teeth and fake blood for an extra touch.
CLOUD AND RAINBOW
Grab your spouse, friend, or kid for this adorable duo costume. For one, use colorful construction paper and cardboard to make a rainbow “dress,” throw on some colorful pants and rain boots, and add any other colorful, fun accessories you have laying around. For the other, add cotton to your umbrella to create a cloud, and use string to hang construction paper raindrops from the inside. Put on a raincoat and boots, and you’re ready to go.
First, find a green shirt or dress. Then, cut small clumps of white twine (for the needles) and glue or sew them onto the green clothing. Cut colorful flowers out of construction or tissue paper and attach them with hot glue, or make a cute headband.
OLD MARRIED COUPLE
You’ll need a friend or partner for this one. Pretend you’re you, just 50 years in the future! Find your oldest pair of PJs or nightgown, throw on some socks and slippers, slide into your robe, and you’re ready to go. Add some hair curlers, wire-framed glasses, and a coffee mug to top it off. Even better if you have a cane or walker to move about the neighborhood.
This one is quick and easy. Grab a white t-shirt and cut sections of the front to create a ribcage. Layer a black tank or t-shirt underneath. Add some face paint (white for the base, with black around your eyes, nose, and mouth), and a pink heart cut out of construction paper for the final touch.
BULL IN A CHINA SHOP
First, layer on some brown clothing. Bonus points if you can find something made of faux fur! Next, create horns using foam, felt, construction paper, or cardboard. Attach them to a headband to keep them secure. Then, print out pictures of china (like plates, cups, and saucers) or buy a cheap ceramic or plastic china set and hot glue or safety pin them to your shirt. A pair of black boots or flats will complete the ensemble.
Who doesn’t love guac? To create this costume, start with a green shirt or dress. Print out multiple avocado emojis and hot glue or safety pin them to your clothing. Using a headband, pipe cleaner, and feathers, create a halo and set of wings. You can even carry around a bag of tortilla chips for an extra touch (and a snack).