So you’re all set for Halloween – you’ve got your [rubber] severed limbs scattered amongst the tombstones on the front lawn, the babes all dressed us as a fluffy yellow duck and an adorable elephant in those costumes your mother in law bought them from that big store in the mall, and your Halloween Tunes Edition 8.0 is playing spookily from the sound system perched precariously on the deck railing. Well, maybe your Halloween looks slightly different than mine used to, but I’m painting a picture here for you. Go with it.
And then it happens. An impromptu game of “tag” (actually one child terrorizing the other) collides with the table leg, up-ending the fake blood punch you made with the ice hand floating in it, and staining a costume or two. What now? Well here are some Halloween costumes for your babes (or you) that you can create at the last minute, with minimal hassle and funds. Alternate blog post title: Costumes for the last minute family.
Take the board from a board game and strap it to your child somehow, depending on how old they are. Alternately – wrap them in the Twister mat.
1 paper shopping bag + 1 paper crown from construction paper = 1 Paperbag princess. I was actually this as an adult. It was easy, and free. I wore a paper leaf bag.
Cram them in their tuxedo/flower girl dress from cousin Gracie’s wedding last year and have them go as a magician or bride.
The shrill-voiced yet endearing house elf from Harry Potter lives most of his life wearing a ratty pillow case. To make the costume, well, you get it. We’re done here.
If they happen to have white pants (I’m not sure if kids wear white pants…?) and a blue top, they’d make a great smurf. Just dig out their white toque. Or the toque is already out by now because, well, we live in Canada.
Again, might have to be reinforced with packing tape, but cover them in tin foil and have them be the tin man. Just don’t tell them they don’t have a heart.
Black pants, solid coloured top and a white ‘m’ on the front. And your friends say you aren’t creative…
A blue t-shirt with an ‘s’ on it, with a button up shirt overtop and jeans. A tie (can be paper), glasses (you didn’t need the lenses on those sunglasses anyway, right?) and you’re ready to fly… so to speak.
Russel from Up
Have your son wear his Boy Scouts costume. For bonus points have your husband randomly say “squirrel” when someone opens the door to disperse some candy.