Fall is such a fun season when you have kids! Between apple picking, hay rides, and tromping through pumpkin patches, there’s no end to the activities to share with your little ones. But the end of October brings a source of both excitement and minor stress - Halloween. The day itself is a blast, but the weeks leading up to it when you’re running from store to store looking for bits and pieces to throw together costumes for the kids? Not so festive. If you’re on the lookout for something simpler this year, try one of these no-fail ideas that can be whipped up with ease (but will make it look like you spent hours planning)!
Does your child excel at math, or are their music skills prodigy-level? Maybe they love to read or are great at art. Whatever your kid’s “super” is, show it off with their costume! A colored t-shirt and pants make an easy base for this costume. With some fabric paint, emblazon the shirt with whatever symbol matches their superpower, cut out a felt mask, pick up a cape, and voila! Instant superhero.
A pointy hat, magic wand, and the ability to fly on a broom - who wouldn’t want to be a witch? All you need for this costume is a pair of black tights, a leotard or black long sleeve shirt, black shoes, and a colorful tutu! Top it off with a witch hat and wand, and you’re ready to go. Flying broom optional, but not required.
At some point in their life, every little girl will want to be a cat. Let their dream come true for the night by putting together a simple cat costume. The easiest part of this outfit is the clothing - a black tank top or leotard paired with a black skirt and tights. You can even make your own kitty ears using a headband and some pipe cleaner craft stems shaped into triangles! In order to make the cat look really come to life, though, you’re going to need a little makeup or face paint. Whiskers and a nose are the necessities - you can go as elaborate as you want beyond that!
When a pirate’s life is the life for them, grab a striped shirt, a vest, pants, and a bandanna. The second you add a hat and draw on a moustache, you’ll have to resist the urge to break out in pirate speak. If you’re brave, you can supply them with a sword - just be prepared for a few battles with other pirates before the night is out!
This costume is just as simple as the cartoons make it out to be! You really do just need a white sheet and dark clothing underneath. Just be sure the sheet isn’t long enough to be a tripping hazard and cut out eye holes so you’re not leading a blind specter around all night. If you have extra time, you can sew or glue sheer black fabric over the eye holes so that they can see out, but all others will see is spooky darkness!
While it can be fun to go all out on incredible costumes, keep in mind that the important aspects of Halloween have nothing to do with the candy or the costumes. The thing that makes it all worthwhile is the time you spend with your family and the memories you’re creating that will last a lifetime.