Didn’t have time to pick up a Halloween costume for your kid this year? Don’t panic. First of all, it’s a scientific fact that anyone under the age of 12 is probably too distracted by giant mounds of candy to care about what they’re wearing. Secondly, there’s a simple solution—last minute Halloween costume ideas for kids that require minimal effort. (Honestly, you probably have most of what you need lying around the house.) That includes the usual suspects like ghosts and movie villains, cute fall décor like pumpkins and scarecrows, plus ballerinas, magicians and adorable animals. Here are 46 last-minute Halloween costume ideas for kids that are so ridiculously easy to pull off, you’ll be procrastinating next year, too.
46 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids
Ballerinas, superheroes and villains, oh my
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All you need for this adorable costume are overalls, a yellow shirt and hat, some black gloves and goggles (or you can just get a ready-to-ship set).
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The only time it’s OK for your kid to dig around your makeup bag. Red lipstick, brown eye shadow, face powder and hair mousse should do the trick.
12. Zombie Baseball Player
Time to bring out the Little League gear. Make it spooky by adding some scary scars and zombie makeup.
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14. Fairy Princess
Oh, go on and let your kid wear her prettiest dress for Halloween. Top it off with a tiara and some glitter makeup for a happily ever after.
Shop similar styles: Butterfly Fairy Wings with Elf Ears and Floral Headband ($17)
It’s a classic for a reason. Grab a white bed sheet, cut out two holes for eyes and you’re ready for a night of trick-or-treating.
Shop similar styles: Kids’ Ghost Costume ($19)
17. Time Machine and Frankenstein
Tinfoil to the rescue yet again for this last-minute Halloween costume for kids. Cover a box in foil, add some construction paper dials and your costume is complete. Or grab some green makeup from the drugstore to create a spooky monster.
If you can rummage up a gray onesie or monochrome ensemble, just add construction-paper ears and a pool noodle nose.
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Have your kid throw on an orange T-shirt and pants, then add black construction paper cutouts for the jack-o-lantern eyes and mouth.
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21. Bumble Bee
Turns out you’ll want to pull out that electrical tape again. This last-minute Halloween costume for kids is cute and simple. Dress them in yellow and use the tape to add stripes. Strap on a foil stinger and they’re good to go.
22. Black Cat
With a little eyeliner to draw on the whiskers, blush for the nose and a cat ears headband, you’ll have a last-minute Halloween costume for kids faster than they can scream “trick or treat!”
23. Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz
Red Mary Janes, a blue dress and white blouse are all she needs to become this iconic heroine. Cute pup optional, but highly encouraged.
Shop similar styles: Dorothy Costume (from $33)
Whether they want to channel their inner Daniel Tiger, Tony the Tiger or Tigger, this last-minute Halloween costume idea for kids comes together lighting quick. Orange shirt, your handy electrical tape and a generous swipe of orange face paint will do the trick. On to the treats!
Honestly, you could even repurpose those slightly bent fairy wings sitting forgotten in the toy box. Pair with an antenna headband made from pipe cleaners.
Shop similar styles: Butterfly Wings, Headband and Mask ($12)
Fresh from the garden. Technically, you don’t have to buy anything. Dress them up in an orange T-shirt and hot glue some green yarn on a headband.
Shop similar styles: Carrot Costume ($27)
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38. Grim Reaper
Can be assembled with a black hoodie, bathrobe and some skeletal face paint.
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To DIY this little lovebug, use black construction paper as “dots” and stick them onto a red shirt or dress with tape.
Shop similar styles: Ladybug Costume ($27)
40. Zombie Princess
Royally undead. Feel free to shred up last year’s too-small fancy dress and go ham with some black paint. Top off the look with a bloody lip and she’s ready to go.
Shop similar styles: Kids’ Zombie Princess Costume (from $19)
43. The Joker
This last-minute Halloween costume idea for kids is almost as easy as a wave of the wand. You can improvise with a bed sheet for a cape and a chopstick spray-painted black.
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