When I was a kid, wearing a Halloween costume never equated to making a trip to the store to buy an ensemble. My siblings and I always rooted through every closet in our house to source the materials we needed to fashion our dream costume. The following seven super easy (yet totally awesome) Halloween costumes speak to that notion to use what you already have on hand -- and are proof that piecing together the perfect getup for your kid doesn't have to be a painstaking endeavor that only Martha Stewart could pull off. I always put my costumes together at the last minute - the evening of Halloween sometimes! These costumes prove that it's simple enough for the most craft-challenged among us to hit it out of the park on Halloween. Making these costumes is also a great way to teach your kids about reducing consumerism by working with all the magic that lies within your own abode.
First up is this hilarious Baby Grandma costume. Her "walker" is made from PVC pipes, spray paint and tennis balls... her "hair" is yarn strategically attached to a hat, and her skirt is some fabric cinched with an elastic waistline. Baby's own sweater completes the ensemble!
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How cute is that ‘stache? This little fella’s old-school circus strong man costume was cleverly fashioned using a onesie, a belt with a buckle fashioned from yellow construction paper, and a huge barbell comprised of two spray painted bouncy balls taped to a wooden dowel. Mom’s eyeliner drew in the mustache, which we must say really puts this costume over the big top!
Bummed your kid only got to wear his fancy tuxedo to one event? Not so fast! Dress him up as Sammy Davis Jr. for Halloween and he can rock that penguin suit all over again! This costume also calls for a wig — so see if friends or family have one you can borrow, or get creative with the hair gel! And don’t forget to let junior watch Sammy Davis Jr. videos so he can channel the late entertainer’s vibe.
Move over Kermit, here’s the cutest frog on the block. Goodwill finds and repurposed fleece put the hop in this frog’s step… but you may not even need to venture out to find the materials you need. See our tutorial on how to make this costume for your own little one.
Who knew getting creative with mom and dad’s clothes could result in Lady Liberty? This costume cost a whopping $1.20 for the foam that was used for the crown and on the torch. The rest was cleverly found around the house, and mom and dad’s clothing was dyed then draped to create the gown. Genius!
Time to raid your kids’ dress-up collection! For these superhero costumes, a mom of four daughters sewed the tutus and made the emblems, headbands and masks. We think your kiddo could look just as fabulous even if you can’t sew a stitch. Simply fashion an original superhero ensemble from items your kids already have in their dress-up collection. Make sure to search their dance gear for tights and leotards and tutus as well. You can make accessories such as cuffs, emblems and headbands from construction paper or print them onto photo paper off the computer and adhere them to shirts and capes. See how to make a quick and easy cape out of a T-shirt here.
Remember Rubik’s Cubes? If you need a last minute costume that’s sure to beckon nostalgia, just grab a cardboard box, scissors, construction paper, glue and tape and start making a Rubik’s cube that’s either solved or waiting to be solved!