What are some last-minute, DIY Halloween costumes?
It’s the night before Halloween. You’ve decorated your house and shopped for trick-or-treaters and now you’re hard at work carving a pumpkin. All of a sudden, in a blinding moment of panic you realize that you forgot the most important part of Halloween: the costume. Don’t worry. Breathe deeply. You can make your own costume.
For most costumes, all you need is some paint, cardboard, face paint, and creativity. The simplest of the DIY costumes is the classic ghost. Grab a white bed sheet, cut out eyeholes, and you’re done. Use a pillowcase for carrying candy to complete the ghostly look. Another simple costume is turning your child into a bag of jelly beans: take a large clear garbage bag, cut out arm and leg holes, and fill the bag with your child and a bunch of colored balloons and you’re good to go. To embrace your American icon side, dress up as Rosie the Riveter with a blue top, denim pants, red bandana, and ’40s bangs. Don’t feel like chatting? Put on some white face paint, wear a black-and-white striped top and white gloves, and voilà, you’re a mime.
If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, a scarecrow costume is always a good option. Don baggy clothes, apply a bit of face paint, and stick straw or raffia under a battered hat and in the shirt sleeve openings. Whatever you end up becoming on October 31, we wish you a fun and safe Halloween.