12 Last-Minute Halloween Ideas For Busy Mums

Halloween ideas for kids

Lets be honest, most of us mums don’t have the time or foresight to plan a Halloween costume weeks in advance. If you are anything like me, it is a last-minute scramble to pull something decent together whilst you curse the creators of fancy dress under your breath.

Bug’s nursery has resorted to reminding me verbally, at least every other day in the run up to a big occasion, that the fancy dress date is looming. And I still manage to leave it to the night before said event.

To help my fellow mamas out, I’ve got a few ideas non-witch/ghost/skeleton ideas to help you out this Halloween.

Snail Costume for Kids

1. Snail

This is one of those last, last, last-minute outfits that wouldn’t take more than 20 minutes. So long as you have a white dress, gold/tan leggings and rolled up brown paper at hand. Check out the DIY Snail Costume via Oh Happy Day.


DIY Kids Jellyfish costume

2. Jellyfish

The prettiest jelly fish that I ever did see. I’m not sure I would attempt this costume in London given that the wet weather may wreak havoc with the fairy lights but it is a fabulous idea nonetheless. You need a clear umbrella, white tutu and fairy lights. DIY Jellyfish via Style Me Pretty.


DIY Pineapple Costume

3. Pineapple

This outfit is super easy to make and you could adapt it for pretty much any round fruit or vegetable. Think tomato, apple, orange, plum… For the pineapple you will need yellow felt, green felt and a glue gun. DIY Pineapple Costume via Delia Creates.


Dinosaur DIY Costume

4. Dinosaur Tails

This one is a little trickier as you will need a sewing machine, or at least know someone who can sew it for you. You will need fabric for the tails and spikes, velcro and stuffing (polyfil batting). I these dinosaur tails rock and if I had little boys I would have these made for their dress up box. DIY Dinosaur Tails via Running With Scissors.


Salt and Pepper Costume DIY

5. Salt and Pepper Shaker

What a great idea for twins or siblings. And they really can’t be that hard to make. There are loads of companies online that will make bespoke iron on stickers and you just need to attach them to your choice of plain baby grows or t-shirts. You could also find paper chefs hats and hey presto! (Image via Pinterest)


Black Cat Costume DIY

6. Black Cat

Add a tutu to a kids costume and it instantly looks cute. This one is so simple and all you need is some black fluffy trim and a coat hanger for the tail. For the ears you need some black felt and satin too. DIY Black Cat Costume via Do It Yourself Divas.


Scuba Diver Kids Costume Fancy Dress

7. Scuba Diver

Oh man, I love this outfit, especially if your little one is a dummy sucker because this costume requires a dummy as the mouthpiece. It looks complicated but it is really straightforward. A metal water bottle, a dummy/pacifier and some thick black felt. DIY Scuba Diver Costume via Oh Happy Day.


DIY Flamingo Costume

8. Flamingo

I love all things flamingo and if I was going to make our Halloween costumes this year, I would turn all of us (except my husband) into pretty pink flamigoes. You need a pink feather boa, some coloured felt and a kids headband. DIY Flamingo Costume via Style Me Pretty.


Leopard print diva costume

9. Leopard Print Diva

Leopard print leggings, tutu and converse trainers. I have a mummy friend in mind who would rock this outfit, as would her daughter. (Image via Pinterest)


Newborn Superhero costume

10. Superhero (newborn)

Oh my goodness this outfit is just too adorable! I would dress my baby in a nappy and babygrow first and then pop on the cape and mask. Outfit via Etsy.


Girl Superhero costume

11. Superhero (girls)

Girl power! These outfits are kick ass yet still have a girly twist. You can find them via Etsy.


Up movie costume

12. Grumpy Old Man (Carl) from Movie “Up”

Remember that Halloween pic of a toddler dressed up as little old lady on a Zimmer frame? Well, this costume is even better because not only is there a Zimmer frame but there is also a bunch of helium balloons. A great idea for those tiny tots who are at the cruising stage and need a little help. (Image via Pinterest).


Have you got any other ideas for mums who need some last-minute Halloween inspiration?

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