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Five Fab And Frugal Last-Minute Kids’ Halloween Costumes

Oh oh, did you wait until the last minute to come up with a child’s Halloween costume? Look at it this way, those itchy, flimsy, overpriced costumes at the stores aren’t nearly as interesting as a custom creation you can put together in no time at home — from items you probably have lying around.

Take a look at these adorable Halloween costumes that will make your little trick or treater a one-of-a kind this year.

1. It’s raining cats and dogs. You’re in Atlanta, there’s no way your child doesn’t have a rain coat and 20 umbrellas hanging around. Oh, and if you’ve been wondering what to do with those tired stuffed critters, well, here’s your chance to put them to good use with this comfortable costume idea from Real Simple. Grab a glue gun and stick them to the opened umbrella. Your child can hang the treat bag on the curved part of the umbrella handle to keep one hand free.

2. Easy baby moose. Some gloves, stuffing, a brown sweat suit, needle and thread to sew the antlers onto the hood. That’s all you need for this last minute presto change-o Halloween costume idea from House of Paint.

3. Pets for sale. OK, you’ll need to find a box that will easily fit over and around your child for this costume from Attach suspender-like ribbons to keep the box on your child’s shoulders, then stick on some stuffed animals, tack on a “free to good home” sign and you’re good to go. While the directions say to wrap the box in paper, you could skip that step for a costume that just became even easier to construct.

4. Timberrr! Nope, that’s not serial killer Dexter Morgan in his new identity as a lumberjack. That’s your little darling — with very little effort. You can make the ax from a broomstick and a cardboard “blade” spray painted silver. Surely, there’s a knit cap, flannel shirt and a pair of suspenders in the dresser, right? If not, run out to the nearest thrift store and get what you need for this frugal Halloween costume idea from Oh Happy Day.

5. Mommy, I’m a mummy! Not only is this mummy costume easy and cost effective, it’ll keep your trick-or-treater warm, and it’s ideal for a boy or girl. First, dress the child in white from head to toe — thermals, tights, white sweat suit, whatever you have handy. But, I suspect that it’s easier to get a girl to put on tights. Boys will probably balk at that. Rip up an old white or cream colored bed sheet and start wrapping your mummy. I like the idea from Tanisha Hinojosa, who took it a step further and splotched her mummy with some red makeup for blood and green and gray makeup for dust and mold.

Do you have any money and time-saving Halloween costume ideas? We’d love to see them. Send your photographs to or post them on Instagram with the hashtag #AJCdiy.

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