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DIY Last-Minute Halloween Costumes For Your Little One

By October 30, 2020 No Comments

With Halloween just a day away, its time to get trick or treatin’ indoors! That’s right! Take your Halloween plans indoors instead. Have your little ones dress up as their favourite characters, prepare some spooky snacks and play ‘trick or treat’ indoors. Halloween is a chance for unfettered creativity and self-expression. When else are kids truly allowed to put on anything they want and prance around the neighbourhood in search for candy and maybe even a ghoul or two. What’s that you say? Your little one’s Halloween costume isn’t ready? Sweat not for we’ve got just the thing! Last-minute DIY Halloween costumes you can whip up overnight!


A black sweatshirt and some face paint can transform your child into a spooky skeleton and keep them warm during a chilly Halloween night.

What you’ll need:

  • Face paint 
  • A pair of black pants 
  • A pair of black shoes
  • A hooded sweatshirt 


  1. Dress your little one up in the outfit and paint your little one’s face as a skeleton, it’s as simple as that!

Deviled Eggs

The pun is very much intended with this adorable but comfy baby costume, which uses half of a Styrofoam ball for the yolk and red felt “horns” to make these eggs deviled.

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Red felt
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • White hats
  • Serrated knife
  • Styrofoam floral ball or foam toy ball
  • Yellow jersey fabric
  • Long-sleeve white onesies
  • White tights and shoes


  1. Cut four horn shapes freehand from red felt. Hot-glue to the front of the hats; let dry.
  2. With the knife cut the ball in half. Place the ball halves cut-side down and lay the fabric over them. Hot-glue fabric to halves a few inches at a time, folding and trimming excess fabric as needed. Let dry. (Alternatively, you can use a yellow ball and omit the fabric step.) Hot-glue balls to stomach area of onesies; let dry. Dress babies in tights, onesies, hats and shoes.


Turn fantasy into a reality with this mythical creature costume. All you have to do is add a horn, ears and mane to a white hoodie and leggings.

What you’ll need:

  • White felt or foam paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Newspaper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glitter
  • White hooded sweatshirt
  • Stiff felt: white, pink
  • Tape measure
  • Yarn in desired colours
  • Large safety pin
  • White leggings or pants
  • White sneakers 


  1. Roll the white foam paper into a cone shape and mark off where to trim; cut and hot-glue edges together. Let dry. In a well-ventilated area, on a newspaper-covered surface, spray cone with adhesive and sprinkle on glitter; let dry. Hot-glue the bottom of the horn to the top of the hood; let dry.
  2. Cut white felt into two ear shapes. Cut two smaller pieces of pink felt for inner ears; hot-glue on top. Fold the flat sides of each ear back 3/4″ and hot-glue to sides of the hood; let dry.
  3. Cut a 12″ x 1″ strip of felt. Cut 30–40 (or more if desired) pieces of 20″-long yarn (adjust the measurement based on how long you want the mane to be). The line felt with hot glue; centre yarn crosswise over felt, leaving equal lengths hanging like fringe on both sides; let dry. The hot-glue underside of felt to the back of the hood; let dry.
  4. Cut 40–50 pieces of 14″-long yarn (adjust the measurement based on how long you want the tail to be). Gather pieces and tie the top in a knot. Pin the knot to the bottom back of the sweatshirt. Dress child in white leggings, sweatshirt and sneakers.


Whether your daughter is a fan of The Little Mermaid or she just loves the sea, cupcake liners, ribbon and a blue recycling bag can be used to create pretty fish-inspired tail; top the look off with a shiny crown and she will be channelling Ariel in no time!

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Cupcake liners: silver, blue, white
  • Double-stick tape
  • Blue recycling bag
  • Tape measure
  • Ribbon
  • Blue tights
  • Blue leotard
  • Blue shoes 
  • Large safety pins


  1. Cutting cupcake liners in half as you go, double-stick liners to bag in overlapping layers until one side of the bag is covered.
  2. Measure child’s head; add 6″ and cut the ribbon. Double-stick cut cupcake liners as desired on ribbon for the headpiece. Dress child in tights, leotard and shoes, pin or tie the bag around the waist like an apron and tie on the headpiece.


Transform your child into everyone’s favourite Greek god with a DIY toga, cotton ball beard, and paper lightning bolt.

What You’ll Need: 

  • White sheet 
  • Cotton balls  
  • Gold paper

A little DIY-ing goes the distance! 


Bike helmet? Check. Oven mitts? Check. Rain boots? Check. Put all these household items together and your kid will be channelling Neil Armstrong on his next trick-or-treating expedition, which, (luckily) will not be to a planet far, far away.

What You’ll Need: 

  • White pants or sweats
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • White shirt
  • Newspaper
  • Silver spray paint
  • Furniture felt pads
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Rain boots
  • 2 oven mitts
  • Steel-wool pads
  • Gray or silver cloth belt
  • Tape measure
  • Disposable aluminium roasting pan
  • Duct tape
  • Aluminum tape


  1. Line knees of pants with two stripes of painter’s tape; affix stripes on pocket and arms, if desired.
  2. In a well-ventilated area, on a newspaper-covered surface, spray furniture felt pads, helmet, boots and oven mitts silver. Let dry.
  3. Stick furniture pads onto pocket stripes. Hot-glue steel-wool pads to belt. Measure the length of roasting pan; add about 12″. Measure and cut four strips of duct tape. Tape two strips together, backsides facing, and tape the ends to the roasting pan as strap; repeat.
  4. Wrap aluminium tape around oven mitts. Dress child in pants, shirt, belt, boots, helmet, pack and gloves.
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