Five Easy, No-Sew Halloween Costumes

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Uh-oh! Is it October already? Halloween is just around the corner, and you’re running out of time to put together costumes for your kids.

If you aren’t thrilled about the idea of spending big bucks on store-bought costumes, but you’re not exactly Martha Stewart with a sewing machine, have no fear. We have five fantastic last-minute Halloween costumes that you can throw together without sewing a stitch. Whew… with all that extra time, you can relax and indulge in a few of those tiny candy bars.

1.     Colorful Clown
This costume is a blast to make because the crazier you make it, the better it works. Find a combination of mismatched, oversized, brightly colored clothes from the closet or the thrift store, and don’t be afraid to use layers (great for chilly October weather). Add wild accessories—a wig, bow tie, ruffled socks, suspenders, gloves, hats, scarves and slippers—for the full effect. Top with face paint and a bright red nose, and the clown is ready to make people laugh.

2.     Swashbuckling Pirate
Yarrrrgh! Kids of all ages get excited about pirate ships, buried treasure and making people walk the plank. Cut up loose-fitting old clothes to make them appear older. Cut pants or a skirt in a zigzag pattern at the hem, and add a baggy white peasant blouse and vest. Throw in the perfect accessories: a bandana or tri-cornered hat, a rope belt, gold hoop earrings, boots and a sword for a fearsome result.

3.     Twisted Twister Mat
Buy a used Twister game at the thrift store. Take the spinner and punch two holes on either end of it. String a ribbon through the holes and tie under the chin to make a hat. Cut a hole in the middle of the Twister mat and make a simple poncho. Everyone will want to take a turn playing!

4.     Sugar Cereal Killer
This is one of the funnier (and punnier) last-minute Halloween costumes. Empty a bunch of mini cereal boxes and glue them closed. Poke plastic knives through each box and douse with a generous helping of fake blood. Glue or pin boxes to a solid-colored sweatshirt (black or white work well) and add extra blood as needed.

5.     Disco Queen or King
Who says disco is dead? Pair bellbottoms with a loud polyester shirt, then add funky accessories—big earrings, platform shoes, fake gold chain necklaces, huge sunglasses, glitter makeup and an Afro wig.

What are the best last-minute Halloween costumes you’ve ever put together?

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