It’s not too late to make this Halloween awesome, even if you’re doing everything last-minute. And that includes last-minute costumes.
Liz recently some incredible ideas for alternate ways to celebrate Halloween besides trick or treating this year, and we even came up with some fantastic theme dinner ideas. Because whether your kids are trick-or-treating or not, costumes are a must, right?
To make things easier, browse through some of our favorite past ideas for last-minute Halloween costumes for kids, parents, and the whole family.
And if you are going out? Be safe, and don’t forget those masks!
10 last-minute costume ideas for kids: There are some super-easy ideas here, from gymnast to Disney World tourist to basketball player, but I love this Paper Bag Princess costume from (the defunct blog) Seeker of Happiness. So simple, and so perfect.
9 more creative last-minute costumes for kids: Have khakis and a cardigan sweater? Hello, Mr. Rogers! (And hey, he has some particular new relevance this year.) Jeans, a red hoodie, and a bike? You’re Elliot from ET. Pigs in a blanket, ice cream salesman, mummies…lots of inspiration here.
10 Halloween costume ideas that use masks: From LEGO mini-figs to healthcare workers to plague doctors, these last-minute Halloween costumes are all about safety and face masks. They don’t take much work, but you do need to have the right face mask!
Related: 8 fun Halloween face masks for kids
13 easy, no-sew costume ideas for babies and kids: Jack Jack from the Incredibles, a Pokeball, Minions, and this hilarious weather reporter at Costume Works. These ideas don’t require any fancy sewing skills or arts degree to pull them off: just a sense of humor.
12 last-minute Halloween costumes made from pajamas: If your kid has a pair of solid-colored pajamas (or, a sweatsuit, t-shirt and jeans, etc.) then these costume ideas will be super-easy at the last minute. We’re talking crayons, Care Bears, lumberjack, pumpkin, and (my favorite) Nacho Libre.
7 quick, easy face paint tutorials for kids: If you’re staying home to celebrate and can skip the mask try focusing on face paint instead. This post offers has step-by-step instructions for cats, dogs, superheroes, witches, zombies and more.
13 easy last-minute costume ideas for moms: Don’t forget yourselves, moms! From Rosie the Riveter to emojis to clever pun costumes like French Toast, this post has 13 last-minute Halloween costumes for adults that may only require a trip to your closet. And maybe your craft supply stash.