Create Last-Minute Costumes for Halloween Using Everyday Items

Last Minute Costumes Using Everyday Items

Be Inspired by these Last-Minute Costumes for Halloween

With Halloween nearly here, we’re looking forward to seeing all of the amazing costumes everyone has chosen. If your child’s costume has been planned, purchased, made, or otherwise all figured out, we hope you’ll share photos on the big day. But what if you have no clue what your little one should dress up as and you don’t want to go with any of the store-bought options? Don’t panic. There are plenty of ways to create a last-minute costume for Halloween using everyday items.

Last-Minute Costumes Using Everyday Items

We’re here to help with this list of last-minute costumes that don’t require a high level of skill or a bunch of hard-to-find items. Some of these are so creative, we want to wear them ourselves!

Last Minute Costumes Wind Up Doll

Wind Up Doll from Make It Love It

Dress your little doll up as an actual doll–the wind-up type. We like that you can use clothing you already have or find what you need at a local thrift store. Everything else you need–like a toilet paper roll and cardboard, you can likely find around the house or pick up at your local Walmart.

Donuts from Costume Works

This is a costume the whole family can enjoy. Create a tasty-looking donut for each child using inflatable swim rings, paint, pipe cleaners, and glue or velcro. The adults can get in on the fun by dressing up as donut makers.

Last Minute Costumes Donuts
Last Minute Costumes Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe from Playtivities

What’s more fun than a Halloween costume that’s playable? Besides the fact that this is a favorite game, we love how simple this one is to make, using items you probably have laying around the house. If you have a cardboard box at hand, you’re already halfway done!

Black Bat from Mother Natured

If your child wants to go as a bat, but you don’t sew, can’t sew, or simply don’t have time, this is one is for you. The no-sew trick to this one is making sure you use a good quality black umbrella.

Last Minute Costumes Black Bat
Last Minute Costumes LEGO Brick

LEGO Brick from Wine and Glue

Go as one of every kid’s favorite things–a LEGO brick. Use that cardboard box you were planning to recycle and some plastic cups to make a cool LEGO brick you can paint. Go ahead and make a larger one for yourself too. It’s easy, and we bet you can’t resist.

Scuba Diver from Artsy Fartsy Mama

Ready for a deep dive? Your child will be with this incredibly cute scuba diver costume.  You’ll need a backpack, soda bottles, and a pair of goggles for starters, but your child won’t want to take this one off.

Last Minute Costumes Scuba Diver
Last Minute Costumes Jelly Fish

Jellyfish from Almost Real

Have you ever seen a jellyfish costume this cool? You’ll need a clear umbrella, crepe party streamers, and white Christmas lights to pull this off. We hope you try it. Your child is sure to win costume creativity points for this one.

Hot Air Balloon from The Tip Toe Fairy

Have a box and some paper lunch bags? If so, you have the start of this colorful hot air balloon costume. You will need access to a helium tank for this one, which many local grocery stores have or you can buy a small one at your local party store.

Last Minute Costumes Hot Air Balloon
Last Minute Costumes Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry from Costume Works

When is it okay to air your dirty laundry outside? When it’s this clever dirty laundry costume. If you have a cardboard box, a laundry basket, an empty detergent bottle and some clothing you’re willing to use, you have a fantastic start at crafting not just one but two costumes for your children. One can trick-or-treat as the dryer, the other one as the dirty clothes

We hope one of the costumes we shared caught your eye and filled you and your child with excitement. Whether you create a last-minute costume this Halloween using everyday items, use a pre-made costume or pour all of your love and energy into creating one, be sure to share your photos with us on Instagram and Facebook! And don’t forget to check out our DIY eco-friendly Switch Witch basket for a joyful way to swap junkier candy for treats and surprises you can feel good about.