1. Bag of Jelly Beans
Cut holes for arms and legs in a clear trash bag, then write a nutritional facts label on one side. Fill the bag with colorful balloons and use a ribbon to tie the bag around your neck.
2. Cat Stevens
Put a spin on this classic last-minute costume by adding a guitar and “Stevens” necklace.
3. Tea Bag
Fill a pillowcase with grass to resemble tea leaves and make slits for arms. Add Lipton tea labels to the front via a rope string and for extra cuteness, your kid’s pigtails.
4. Mr. Frederickson from "Up!"
You can use a number of things lying around the house (including your kid’s own house drawing) and a handful of balloons to make this super-cute costume.
Attach string, ribbon, or any kind of fabric to a clear or bubble umbrella for this fun & easy look!
All you’ll need is a full-black outfit (preferably boots and a cute cardigan), and a Batman decal or graphic top.
A bat-eared beanie hat is totally optional but completes the look (alternatively, use a pair of old-fashioned costume cat ears).
All you’ll need for this cute couple’s costume are a pair of striped black-and-white shirts, black gloves, black face paint or costume masks, and “money” bags which you can paint yourself.
8. Paint Brush
Use a foam board to create the palette shape and add splatters of paint.
Dress in solid black and complete the look with a brush hat, made with broom bristles stuck into a round Styrofoam disc and help together with silver cardboard.
A hot glue gun comes in handy for this hat!
9. Energizer Bunny
All you’ll need for this look is rabbit ears and a tail and a simple matching yoga outfit. Spray paint and duct tape a hat box, and tape the Energizer logo on both sides.
Paint a paper towel roll or oatmeal tube black and silver and stuff it with newspaper to maintain its shape for a battery pack.
Complete the costume with a pair of craft sticks affixed with craft foam and/or red duct tape, or use a pair of drumsticks or maracas.
10. Beanie Babies
This is a great, last-minute DIY costume you can collaborate with a friend!
Dress up as a simple animal (cat ears and painted on whiskers, for instance), and and a homemade “TY” paper heart strung through a ribbon necklace.
11. "Despicable Me" Minion
12. Wednesday Addams
A collared black-and-white shirt dress and a pair of braided pigtails is all you’ve need to create this spooky look (along with some nighttime make-up).
13. Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Use a hot glue gun to attach cotton balls to an outfit, and add wolf’s ears or a hat for this easy, cute look.
14. Gumball Machine
Glue multi-colored pom poms to a top and wear a red skirt for an easy DIY gumball machine look.
15. Rosie the Riveter
Here’s a quick way to create a Rosie the Riveter hairdo.
Complete the look with a light blue shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows, black pants, boots, and a bright red lip!
16. 101 Dalmatians
This great group costume is easy enough to make! Use a black marker to add spots to an all-white outfit, then add spots to your face with makeup.
17. Bath Puff
For this easy and fun costume, you’ll need colorful tule which you can purchase at a fabric store.
Bunch the tule and pin it to a sleeveless outfit (such as a tube top and shorts) and use a hot glue gun to attach a rubber ducky to a black headband.
Carry an empty bottle of shampoo or soap and voila!
18. Velma & Shaggy
For Velma, you’ll need thick black frames, an orange turtleneck and red skirt, and a short red bob wig. For Shaggy, wear a baggy green shirt, brown pants, and show off some stubble.
19. Care Bears
This makes for a great group costume. Use colored paper and felt or cotton balls to make the ears of your bear and attach them to a headband, then pin a handmade symbol of your choice to your bear’s tummy.
Make sure to color-coordinate!
20. Men In Black
This costume works in a trio perfectly, and the best part is: all you need is a black tux, white dress shirt and black shades.
21. Little Red Riding Hood
Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? All you need is a black dress, red cape tied around your neck, and a basket, and you’re ready to head off to Grandmother’s house!
Wear an all-pink outfit, then add a pink tutu and glue or pin big pink feathers (found at a party or craft store) to the back of your costume.
Top off the look with a flamingo hat or make your mask by adding light pink and black construction paper to a hot pink visor!
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