5 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is a fun holiday for both children and adults. Dressing up as someone else and either going trick-or-treating or to a party is a great way to get outside oneself and spend a few hours. Rent or buy an entire costume or just the costume components. Recycle clothing and accessories you have at home and make your costume.


Become a Super Hero or Heroine

Super hero and heroine costumes are very popular. Wonder Woman, seen in print comics and portrayed on television by Lynda Carter, is a costume many women like to wear. If you are not familiar with the character, read “DC Comics Wonder Woman Through The Years” in Mr. Costumes‘ blog.

Create Super Fox or invent a different animal super character and make a costume using felt, cloth glue, and a piece of elastic for the mask. Draw a pattern for the mask parts, tail, and super hero’s initial on a brown paper bag. Cut out the felt pieces and use glue to stick them together.

Become a Rubik’s Cube

Rubik’s Cube was a three-dimensional puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor, Ernő Rubik. This Rubik’s Cube costume was so unusual, a local New York television station interviewed the person who created it. All you need to create the costume are cardboard boxes, black tape, and construction paper or tempera paint.

Become an Owl

This owl costume will take a short time to make if you have scraps of fabric left over from a quilt making or craft project. Cut a strip of fabric that’s long enough to tie around someone’s neck, or use a piece of cloth ribbon. Cut owl feathers from your fabric scraps and cut a rectangle of cloth to use as a base for the feathers. Overlap the owl feathers and attach them to the base by either machine or hand sewing. Cloth glue can also be used. Make the mask from paper.

Group Costume: Dominoes

If you have a group of people who want to take part in a multi-person costume event, have everyone dress in all black. Buy some rolls of white Duck® Tape. Cut circles and thin strips from the tape. Place the tape on the clothing in the same way you would see dots and horizontal dividing lines on dominoes. These costumes are inexpensive, comfortable to wear, and easy to make.

Become a Stick Figure

All you need to become a stick figure for Halloween is a long-sleeve white t-shirt and jeans or casual pants, a white paper plate, and black Duck® Tape. Cut pieces of tape and place them on the back of the plate in the shape of a happy face. Cut long strips of tape. Place one strip vertically down the center front of your t-shirt, one down each arm, and one down each leg.

Joke Costume: Fork in the Road

The “fork in the road” costume is a silly idea, a play on words. It is a costume you can create is a few minutes, something you can wear to the Halloween party to which you forgot you received an invitation. All you need for this costume is a black t-shirt and jeans or casual pants, white Duck® Tape, and a fork. Cut the tape in strips about two inches long. Place the tape vertically down the middle of your t-shirt in a broken (dashed) line pattern. Tape the fork at an angle across the broken line.

Joke Costume: Split Pea

The “split pea” costume is even easier to make than the one with the fork. You need a zippered hoodie, a sheet of green construction paper, and some cellophane tape. Cut a large uppercase “P” out of the construction paper. Cut the letter in half vertically. Tape the pieces to your hoodie, one piece of either side of the zipper, as though it were splitting the pea.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money for your costume, and you don’t have to spend much time creating one. Happy Halloween!







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