Your kids might not show much interest in Halloween, or going trick or treating….but then they spot a parade of kids in costume and all of a sudden they change their minds! Then the next thing your hear is, ‘Mum, quick, I need a costume!’ Save the day with these extremely low-budget, low-skill, DIY emergency Halloween costume ideas.
1. Grape Escape
The costume: A bunch of grapes
You will need: One packet of green balloons, green clothes and face paint (optional), sticky tape or similar to attach balloons
Directions: Blow up balloons and attach them to your clothes (green clothes work best).
The costume: A mummy
You will need: Rolls of (new) loo paper or paper towels. Bandages are another option that work well and are more durable. You can also use white clothing underneath.
Directions: Wrap toilet paper around torso and limbs (and head if you wish, being sure to leave eye holes for seeing!).
The costume: A self-portrait painting or Instagram ‘selfie’
You will need: Cardboard and string, paint optional
Directions: Cut a the centre out of the cardboard, leaving the border intact, so it forms a frame. Thread string through two corners so the frame can be word around the neck (the string allows them to wear it without having to hold it all night!). When your child holds the frame up to their face they are ‘a self portrait’ or a ‘selfie’.
4. Spooky Ghost
The costume: A traditional spook
You will need: One old, white sheet
Directions: Cut eye holes in the sheet and drape it over your child’s head. Be extremely careful to allow airflow and cut extra holes if necessary. Never secure the sheet around a child’s face or head and never restrict air flow.
The costume: A human version of a phone emoji
You will need: Various
Directions: Take a look through your phone at the emojis and see if you have the materials to create a costume. Eg for the Dancing Girl you need black cardboard to make a headpiece plus black leotards and a black top, or for the Flamenco Dancer a flouncy red dress and red heels. So easy
6. I’m Not From Around Here
The costume: A tourist
You will need: Cap, bum-bag, map, any other props such as binoculars
Directions: Dress your child in the cap and bum-bag with any other props such as daggy shorts, binoculars a map. They are a tourist and will have loads of fun asking people for pretend directions or pretending to speak another language.