Last Minute Costume Ideas

dog in costumeWhat happens when the costume you have planned goes all wrong. Twelve-year-old Hailey Soard had this happen to her.

“I wanted to be a punk rocker,” she said. “I spray painted my hair blue.” Not only did Hailey spray paint her hair, but she made the mistake of wetting her hair down first. This created a huge mess, with the color dripping on woodwork, floors and clothing. In addition, the dark blue color saturated her blond hair and wouldn’t come out after multiple shampoos, forcing her mother to dye it a darker color to cover the blue.

This essentially left Hailey without a costume. If you find yourself in a similar situation, there are a few things you can do to get through Halloween and still have fun.

Don’t Panic

It’s tempting to get upset when a costume goes wrong, but most people don’t remember other people’s costumes from year to year. You’re likely to be the only one who remembers the costume gone wrong. Take a deep breath and think about what you have around the house that you might be able to turn into a costume.

Go Back to the Basics

Thirty years ago, most costumes were home made from items around the house. Not only were costumes more creative, but they cost a lot less. Here are a few tried and true ideas that may help you throw a last minute costume together:

  • Cut eye holes in a white sheet and go as a ghost. Dress up the ghost with jewelry, eye shadow, paint on eyelashes, lipstick and a scarf for a fashionista ghost.
  • Tie a pretty scarf around your head, wear a poofy blouse and wide bottomed skirt to create a gypsy outfit. Gold hoop earrings can complete the look.
  • Go back in time and become a hippy. Wide bottomed jeans, tie-dyed shirt and flip flops can create this look. Make a peace symbol necklace with cardboard and fishing string.
  • Travel a little further back in time to the 50s. Blue jeans with the cuffs rolled up. White Tees with a pack of cigarettes (use an empty crayon box) rolled up in the sleeve or a scarf tied around a ponytail for women complete this look.

Get out the Boxes

Boxes can make an inexpensive and easy costume. Not to mention cheap! If you have any artistic talent at all, you can easily turn a box into:

  • A popcorn box
  • A television
  • A robot
  • A Lego

These are just a few ideas. Take inventory of items in your closet or past Halloween stashes. Let your mind wander and see what you can come up with. Don’t be scared to borrow items from other family members to create a unique and inexpensive costume. With a little creativity and what you have on hand, you can salvage your costume easily.



Crabby Housewife

AuthorCrabby Housewife

Lori is a full-time housewife and writer, living in the Midwest with her husband of 27 years - they have two daughters. They have a house full of pets and her house is never quite perfect.