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9 last-minute Halloween costumes made from things around the house

Raid your child's existing wardrobe, add some household items and voila! Unique Halloween costumes that no one else will have thought of

Published: October 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm

We've all been in that situation where we've had to find a last-minute costume of some kind for our kids.


And Halloween is no exception: whether it's a late doors party invite or trick or treating's come up way sooner than you realised, if you've found yourself needing an outfit pronto, panic not.

We've got 9 lsat-minute and easy to make costumes for kids that would look great at any Halloween party or trick or treating out.

Some require a bit of dewing, most don't - and lots can be made using bits and bobs you've (hopefully) got at home. Take a look.

9 last-minute Halloween costumes made from things around the house...


1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

You will need:

  • Green onesie
  • Orange material or scarf
  • Brown material or scarf
  • Large foil roasting tin
  • Green spray paint
  • Brown crayon

It's amazing what you can do with some tinfoil and green paint! Use them to make the shell of this turtle and finish off with a green onesie or green t-shirt and leggings.

Full instructions: A Night Owl


2. Skeleton

You will need:

  • Black clothes
  • White duct tape

Simply dress your child all in black and stick duct tape in the right places to turn them into a skeleton.

Full instructions: And We Play


3. Cat lady

You will need:

  • Soft cat toys
  • Dressing gown
  • Safety pins
  • Hair rollers

Grab as many soft toy cats as you can and get your child to wear their dressing gown - with perhaps a few rollers in for added effect.

Full instructions: Design Dazzle


4. Dragon

You will need:

  • Green bodysuit
  • Green sponges
  • Fabric glue

If you're a bit nifty with the scissors you might want to try this dragon outfit. Glue dragon 'spikes' onto a baby grow and make a tail for full effect. Roar!

Full instructions: Masterworks


5. Pizza

You will need:

  • Large cardboard box or boxes
  • Felt for the crust and toppings
  • Fabric glue.

Did someone order a Hawaiian?! Use stiff fabric in a triangle and choose your 'toppings' to stick on for a walking pizza slice.

Full instructions: U Create Crafts


6. Elliot and E.T.

You will need:

  • Red hoodie
  • White crate
  • Soft toy, preferably with big eyes
  • White blanket
  • Bike

If your kids love the movie, why not have a go at this cool E.T. number? You don't need an E.T. toy - just one with big eyes that you can wrap up - and hopefully you'll have the rest of the props handy too.

Full instructions: And We Play


7. Snail

You will need:

  • Brown paper
  • Masking tape
  • Headband
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Ribbon
  • Glue Gun

Lots of brown paper is required to make this rather cute snail outfit. It's a bit of a knack to do, but once you've got the hang of it - it will be plain s(n)ailing.

Full instructions: Oh Happy Day


8. Flowerpot

You will need:

  • Pink shirt and leggings
  • Large plastic tub
  • Pound shop flowers
  • Headband with flower glued on

How cute is this flowerpot number?! You'll need a large plastic tub, like a laundry basket, and plenty of plastic flowers for this one, but once you've got the bits in it's super easy to make.

Full instructions: Dukes and Duchesses


9. Owl

You will need:

  • Felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Velcro

If you don't mind getting a needle and thread out, this lovely owl outfit is well worth spending the time on.

Full instructions: The Mombot


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