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Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Busy Families

Halloween costumes are great fun for children, but sometimes they forget to mention that they need a costume, so parents are left scrambling at the last minute to put one together. It can be a bit of a nightmare! Shops can be sold out completely, or not have the sizes that you need. But you don’t need to panic, you can make your own amazing last minute halloween costumes easily.


last minute halloween costumes




This unicorn costume is easy to make, and you probably have most of the things at home already.


You’ll Need

  • Solid pastel coloured hoodie
  • Solid pastel coloured leggings or pyjama bottoms
  • White felt
  • Gold cord
  • Pink felt
  • Headband
  • Glue gun


Use the white felt to make a tall cone. Glue it into shape. Wrap the gold cord around it, and glue it in place. Glue the horn to the headband. Cut two ear shapes out of white felt, and two smaller ones from the pink felt. Glue the pink shapes onto the white felt, and glue them onto the headband on either side of the horn.


Cut the white felt into strips that are 4 inches long and about an inch wide. Stick them in a straight line down the middle of the hood. These will make the unicorn mane. Cut some more strips that are about an inch wide, and about 10 inches long. Gather them up and tie a knot in the end to make the tail. Stick the tail to the back of the bottoms with a safety pin.




This hippie costume looks great on boys and girls, and it’s simple to put together.


You’ll Need

  • Jeans
  • Tie Die Shirt
  • Face paint
  • Headband
  • Colourful, plastic bangles


You probably have most of these things around the house anyway. If you don’t already have tie die shirts, you can pick up some white t-shirts, and a tie die kit cheaply.




This scarecrow costume can be adapted to be as cute, or as scary as your children want it to be.


You’ll Need

  • Straw coloured wool
  • Fabric ribbon
  • Glue gun
  • Straw hat
  • Fabric squares
  • Fabric glue
  • Checked shirt
  • Jeans or dungarees
  • Face paint
  • Rope


Use the wool and loop it around your hand 75 – 100 times. Each loop should be around 12 inches. Cut them at the top, and set them down carefully, keeping the cut edges even. Measure a length of ribbon to fit inside the straw hat. Glue the wool lengths to about half of the ribbon, and glue the ribbon to the inside of the hat.


Your next step is to glue some of the fabric squares to the shirt and jeans. Make the patches between 2 and 5 inches. Use different fabrics, colours and sizes.  You could also take some length of the legs of the jeans, and glue in some lengths of wool around the bottom. Glue some more lengths to the cuffs of the shirt.


Finish up with painting the face. You can use whatever colours, and design you want to finish off your scarecrow.


Rosie The Riveter


Rosie The Riveter is a bit of a cultural icon, but it’s an easy DIY costume for Mum and daughter.


You’ll Need

  • Jeans
  • Denim shirt
  • Red bandana
  • Red lipstick
  • Combat boots, or ankle boots
  • We Can Do It badge


Tie your hair into an updo, and secure the bandana around your head. Apply eyeliner, and the red lipstick. If you don’t have, or can’t get a You Can Do It badge, you can make your own. Print the image out onto card, cut it out, and secure a safety pin to the back.