10 Last Minute DIY Costume Ideas for Kids

Let's face it planning costumes for kids can be tedious, unpredictable and often times, super last minute. The latter happens more than I'd care to admit.  Sure, I put some effort into my blog costumes but truth be told the boy's don't always know 'what they want to be' until a few days or yep, the night before leaving me with little time to scramble and throw something together. I've definitely spent  nights past-bedtime gluing bats to pipe cleaners or de-constructing a puffer vest to resemble Michael Jackson's Thriller ensemble. I know I can't be the only one, right?

I figured. 

Well, I thought I could help you out with nearly a dozen last-minute, easy to DIY costume ideas for Character Day and Halloween. I basically threw these together at the last minute with items found in drawers, closets and hampers. I can't promise their won't be live bugs included if you live in a house full of boys like myself but at least they'll look awesome...

The Pirate: 
This is one of my faves, I honestly wish I had gotten better pictures. All you need is a white button down, black pants, a scarf and a pirates hat. I made the leatherette vest out of scrap fabric. Just two holes in the back for arms and a little fringe-scissor work and voila! Captain Jack...ish.
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Jack Skellington:
I literally threw this one together in a matter of hours. If you have a black blazer, white button down and black pants you're basically there. I hot glued pipe cleaners to a bat (and then giant safety pin) to create the "Jack bow tie". Super easy, quick and a guarantee win..

(The Living Dummy; Goosebumps)
Goosebumps, I can't quit you. Apparently my love for R.L Stine has been passed down and of course he had to pick the creepiest, most annoying character..But if you have a black blazer, red boutonniere, and red bowtie you're all set. 
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Black Blazer, Cape and Amulet

Michael Jackson in Thriller:
(Zombie and Wolf)
Red puffer vest shredded, black duck tape, red pants and zombie makeup - done! 
Varsity/Bomber Jacket and jeans, wolf makeup - done!
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Michael Jackson "Dirty Diana"
White shirt, aviators, greasy hair, black hat and you're all set for 90's Michael. And yes, my kids ARE REALLY into Michael Jackson. REALLY. 

The 70's: 
Chances are you have something slightly resembling the 70's lying around. If not you can DIY some bell bottom caps with a cut off t-shirt sleeve or in my case the ruffle hem off of a skirt. #barrygibbstalkshow

Strong Man: 
Perfect for putting use to those old onesies! Cut and go.

Peter Pan: 
While I definitely made this one from scratch it's super easy to recreate with green leggings, a green fabric covered party hat and a cut up green tee. #nevergrowup

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