Some years you have costume ideas coming out of your ears, and some years it’s like scraping the bottom of the barrel. Either way, we rounded up our fastest, easiest ideas for a whole bunch of costumes you can make before Halloween! Lots of these are made completely from items we had in our closet, and others have the DIY touch. But all of them are a snap to make, and won’t break the bank or take up hours of your time. xoxo
Costumes You Can Make Before Halloween
A white button-up, a paper hat, a little bow tie, and a fake ice cream cone are all you need for this 1950’s throwback costume! It would be even cuter as a couple’s or family costume — make the rest of the family into ice cream cones and the dad can be the soda jerk!
This one’s for all you Mean Girls fans out there — put ears on it and you can be just about anything for Halloween. These little ears take five minutes and just a couple bucks to make (unless you already have the supplies in your craft cabinet!). Toss on a black shirt (or an LBD if you’re going out on the town) and you’re good to go. Black cat costume, done!
We featured this little astronaut costume on Maggie when we turned her into Sally Ride, but this is easy enough to do for any family member! Find some blue coveralls (helloooo, Amazon!), and iron on some NASA patches. Bonus points if you carry around little planet or rocketship shapes. I love this one for little kiddos.
I wore this costume when I was pregnant with Henry and it was PERFECT! If you have a preggo tummy, I think you can’t do much better than a folk singer or a hippie. Lends a little extra something to the costume, I think. 😉 This is one of those that you can probably gather from your own closet — pick out every flowy thing you have, pile on the beaded jewelry, and let your hair do its own thing.
You can thank Henry for this one. He wanted to be Luke Skywalker so bad, so we all went along with it and got into the Star Wars spirit. Depending on which version of the characters you pick, you can source most of this stuff from your own closet as well!
This one, though, is my forever favorite! I just love the red stripes and the whole family Where’s Waldo thing. It’s so easy to put together, it’s comfortable to wear, and it looks good on all ages. Be a family of Waldos!
Nothing like a pregnant lumberjack, eh? I remember the day we took this photo — I was so huge and uncomfortable! And I had to laugh that my plaid shirt barely buttoned. But! Halloween was calling so we lumberjacked up. This one’s super simple — plaid shirt, jeans, boots, hat. Fun accessories like fingerless gloves or suspenders (or a hatchet!) are a bonus.
How dang cute is Ryan in his Mousketeer getup?! (Also, how much better have we gotten at taking pictures since four years ago? Hahaha!) Love this one. If you’ve got Disneyland Mickey ears, you’re good to go. We happened to have this vintage camera that really gave the costume a fun vintage feel. Otherwise, it’s just the baseball tee and the suspenders that make the look.
Maggie was one month old but we still managed to pull something together! Henry happened to love Peter Pan and we realized that if Maggie was Baby Michael all she’d have to wear was a pink onesie. Brilliant. This one might take a little hunting for a few of the pieces, but we sourced most of it from Amazon easily. See the post for all the details!
Birds of a Feather Costume
Most of our costumes are real people, but I love a pun costume too! We made this Birds of a Feather costume for a mom and baby, but it would work for couples, siblings, or a whole family. Fast, easy, and cheap!