The key to creating a simple, last minute Halloween ensemble is to embrace your inner slacker. Halloween is all about having fun. If costumes are stressing you, you’re missing the point. If KIDS are stressing you ABOUT costumes… Well, we feel your pain.
Besides the very specific easy costume ideas in our video, here are some easy costume ideas and tips to inspire you!
Work with what you have – Easy Tin Man
Look at every day objects strewn about your home and see what their appearance suggests. A kitchen funnel turned upside down is a great Tin Man hat! Add a gray shirt and gray sweats and you’ve got Slacker Mom’s version of a classic Wizard of Oz character.
Play around with words- Serial Killer
Look at the objects in your home and see if their names sound like anything else. A great example is a bunch of empty cereal boxes stapled to an old T-shirt makes a great “serial” killer.
Embrace your natural state – The Mombie
Instead of concealing the bags under your eyes, dry-shampooing your dirty mom hair and changing into cleaner yoga pants, just go as you are. Tell everyone you’re a “Mombie.”
Go Against Your Natural State – A Woman Without Kids
Dig out that old cocktail dress, actually style your hair and get all made up. Your kids will wonder where you are going. Tell them you are a woman without children to take care of.
Steal your kid’s costume from last year. – Mutant Lion
My child was a lion last year. I squeezed his lion outfit over my yoga clothes and said I was a radioactive mutant growing lion. The second-graders totally bought it.
Think Outside The Box – Smushed Bubble Gum
Dress your kid all in pink and then tie a shoe to the top of her head to make her a piece of gum someone stepped on.
Put Your Kids In Their Natural State – A Tornado
Tie a bunch of your kid’s plastic toys (toy animals, trucks, houses) on strings and then attach those strings to your child. When you child turns in circles, he looks like a tornado.
Obviously, the easiest solution is a store-bought costume. Heck, my kids have been sporting those for years. With Amazon Prime, I can have thousands of different costumes to choose from that arrive in my mailbox in two days. Check out our original post on MomCaveTV with links to some super cute costumes we’ve bought for our kids in the past.
Jennifer Weedon Palazzo is the creator of MomCaveTV.com an online network of award-winning comedy shows for moms and associated blog. She’s a working actress in NYC who has appeared in films, commercials, and some very off-off Broadway plays. When she’s not writing about the funny side of being a mom (for blogs like Scary Mommy, Huffington Post, and Mamalode) Jennifer can be found eating Reese’s Cups while furiously bidding on vintage clothing on eBay. She lives with her husband, Evan, bandleader of The Hot Sardines and their two rascals. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.