10 Easy, Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

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Halloween is tonight—have you found a costume yet?

No? Well, Patch is here to inspire you.

Borrow one of the costume ideas below, or use them to kickstart a brainstorm and let the creativity flow. Got some great costume suggestions of your own? Share them in the comments section at the bottom of the article.


  • God's Gift to Men/Women: This can be as simple or as elaborate as you'd like. Take a few cardboard boxes and used the material to make a you-sized box. Cut a head and arm holes in it. Then wrap the box in your favorite wrapping paper. Get in. Complete your outfit with a ribbon on your head and a giant gift tag that says: "To: Men, From: God." 
  • A Mummy: I was a mummy the year I wanted to put about 10 minutes of time into crafting a costume. What do you need? Toilet paper. Do it yourself, or have someone help, by wrapping toilet paper all around you. Then go crazy with face paint or makeup to finish the effect.
  • Go Political: It's a great year to go as Mitt Romney or Barack Obama (maybe even Big Bird?) Just dress up in a suit and tie and carry props such as a binder (for Mitt) or a birth certificate (for Obama).
  • Thrift Store Threads: Thrift stores are great places to find cheap, fun costume ideas. Think '80s snowsuits, lumberjack flannels or adult onesie pajamas. I even found an Easter bunny costume at a thrift store one time for $9. Major score. 
  • Jelly Bean Jar: Find a clear garbage bag and make it wearable by cutting a hole in the center of the bottom seam (just big enough for your head) and two arms holes along either side. Put it on. Blow up a bunch of balloons and stuff the bag. Tie off the bag around your waist or upper legs. Write "Jelly Beans $.10" with a Sharpie and you're good to go.


  • A Little Bearded Garden Gnome - Your kids may already have the clothes. You'll just need to make a simple hat and beard. (Don't have the clothes you need? Check out the nearest thrift store.) 
  • Bag of Jelly Beans - You'll need a clear trash bag and set of strong lungs to make this sweet costume (balloons necessary). 
  • Quarterback - This punny costume is quick and easy to make.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs - Use a red and white tablecloth and a pot to make this saucy costume.
  • Baby Octopus - A great way to use those mismatched socks left in the dryer.

Remember, when your costume is all done, upload your child's photo to enter in our Halloween Costume Contest. You can win the Grand Prize of $5,000!

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