Simple, last-minute costume ideas for children don’t have to be boring or disappointing. Even the most hurried and common and Halloween costumes can be customized with unique accessories to reflect your child’s personality. Allowing your child to make decisions on certain aspects of their last-minute costume will have them loving it as much as if they had planned to wear it for months.
Simple Customizable Ghost Costume
Ghosts are the ultimate in simple, last-minute Halloween costumes. All that is needed is a white sheet and possibly some chains. Cut out holes for eyes and you are done.
This quintessential easy costume can be customized to your child’s tastes. An eye patch will turn the costume into a ghost pirate.
Instead of plain white sheets, use a wild print. Top off with a headband or flower chain and you have a quick hippie ghost.
Last-Minute Hobo Children’s Costume
A simple hobo kid’s Halloween costume can be put together in less than 30 minutes. Dress you child in their most worn clothing. Flannel shirts and ripped jeans work really well. Miss-buttoning the shirt and leaving it half tucked in gives an authentically disheveled look.
Accessorize with a kerchief tied on a long stick. If a handkerchief or cloth aren’t handy, just tie on a plastic shopping bag. Stuff with crumpled newspaper.
With an eyeliner pencil, shade the face a little, so it looks dirty. You can even draw in a scruffy beard or mustache. Hair should be messy.
Easy Mardi Gras Reveler Costume
Dressing your child up like a Mardi Gras reveler is simple. If you don’t have a mask on hand, cut the mask shape out of a paper plate or cardboard. Punch a hole on each end to ties a ribbon or elastic to. Cover with feathers, bits of colorful material or whatever you have on hand that can be glued on. A mask can also be quickly colored in or drawn on with face paints.
Dress them up in colorful clothes. Purple, green and gold are common Mardi Gras colors. Tights under shorts or a skirt and layering shirts under a long tee shirt work well. Cut points in the bottom of the longest shirt or skirt. Accessorize with beads.
If you have time to face paint, cover their face in white makeup. Blusher can be added and a bright lipstick.
Use color spray on the hair. Style creatively, using spikes, multiple ponytails or knots.
Quirky Last-Minute Ninja Costumes
Boys and girls can both dress up to be ninjas in the traditional fitted all-black clothing. You can also make it fun (and easier) by just dressing your child all in their favorite color. Even all orange or pink ninjas will look adorably fierce. If they don’t own a cloth belt in the same color, use a length of fabric or scarf.
You can cut out throwing stars to stitch to their belt. To personalize your child’s costume, simply ask them what they would throw if they were a pretend ninja. You could end up with all kinds of answers, like flowers, water balloons or rubber duckies. Whatever they come up with is bound to be cute.
Hair can be pulled back or smoothed.
Simple Superhero Costumes
This is another last-minute Halloween costume that will give your child a chance to showoff their creativity. Start a fun “what superhero would I be?” game and encourage ridiculousness. Pick the costume from their most outlandish answers. You could end up with a Plunger Man, Butterfly Girl, Lawnmower Boy or Snot Woman.
The Halloween costume can be whatever clothes combination they come up with that they feel is superhero-y. Snow boots work well for this costume. The two import items you need are a cape and a chest emblem. The cape can just be a length of fabric (curtain, sheet, towel, etc.) loosely tied around the neck.
The chest emblem can be printed out or drawn on paper and colored. To keep the costume simple, don’t attach the emblem to their shirts. Poke a hole through the top and run string through the hole. They can wear it like a necklace.
Have fun choosing face makeup and hairstyles that they think goes with their superhero or simply have them wear a mask.