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18 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

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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. Here are 18 last-minute costume ideas for kids that are ridiculously easy to pull off.


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1. Yoga Instructor

A pair of flashy leggings and a plain tank top and your work is done. Add a headband and yoga mat to really drive the look home.

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2. Ballerina

You’ll be so glad you didn’t throw out their bedazzled tutu from last year’s Nutcracker recital.

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3. Bunny

A classic for adults and kids alike, all you need is a monochromatic onesie and a pair of bunny ears.

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4. Witch

A Halloween classic. All you need is an all-black ensemble and a witch’s hat.

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5. Angel

Or go in the opposite direction with an all-white get-up topped off with a halo.

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6. Peter Pan’s Shadow

No sewing involved. Get the tutorial here.

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7. Minions

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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8. Superman

Does your little guy own a pair of superhero pajamas? Put ’em on underneath his Sunday best and there you have it—a superhero in disguise.

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9. A Stick Figure

White clothes + electrical tape + a paper plate + marker = hilarious (and super easy) DIY Halloween costume.

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10. Dracula

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.

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11. A Hershey’s Kiss

Grab all the tinfoil you have to fashion a hat, add some string to make a strap and stick a big Hershey’s sign on top. Done.

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12. A 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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13. A Mummy

Tear an old sheet into strips, wrap them around your kid, and there you have it: a mummy made by mommy.

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14. A 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.

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15. A Ghost

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.

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16. Wayne and Garth

A black tee and hat for Wayne; a blonde wig, drumsticks and checkered shirt for Garth. “Party time, excellent!”

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17. A Time Machine or Frankenstein

Tinfoil to the rescue yet again. 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.

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18. A Pirate

Draw on an eye patch, grab a striped shirt and you’re good to go.