Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids
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Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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HalloweenYour child declared that he or she did not want to wear a Halloween costume this year. Today, the same child insists upon having a Halloween costume to wear. What can you do now? Here are some ideas for last minute Halloween costumes for children.

Hit the Sales
The closer you get to Halloween, the bigger the discount on the Halloween stuff. This includes costumes. Take your child to a department store, grocery store, or pharmacy that is having a sale on Halloween items. There might be some costumes still there that will fit your child. There is no way to know what kinds of costumes will be “leftover”. Be prepared to emphasize the positive in whatever choices remain.

Last Year’s Costume
Your child might be able to use the same costume that he or she wore last year. To find it, a parent is likely going to have to go through some boxes of stored away Halloween stuff. What if your child outgrew that costume? Consider borrowing the costume that an older sibling wore last year. This option will, at the very least, make your child presentable for trick-or-treating (or a school Halloween party).

Sports Fan
Does your child have a football jersey or a hockey jersey? In a pinch, this can become an instant costume. Your child is now a “sports fan” for Halloween. Add a knit hat with the team’s logo on it, and have your child carry one of those giant foam fingers. If you have time, pick up some Halloween makeup in the team’s colors and paint your child’s face.

Cowboy or Cowgirl
This is an incredibly easy costume to put together at the last minute. All your child needs is a cowboy hat, a western shirt, jeans, and a pair of boots. A plaid, button-down, shirt will work if you don’t have a western one. Cowgirls can swap out the jeans for a long denim skirt. If you want to make the costume that much more obvious, put a small toy horse into the pocket of the shirt. Or, have your child carry a small “stuffy” horse.

Minimal Costumes
Sometimes, you just have to go with what you have and make it work. Does your child have a hoodie that has skeleton bones drawn on it? That, plus some Halloween face makeup, could turn your child into a skeleton for Halloween. If all else fails, have your child wear one of those t-shirts that says “This is my costume”.

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