We know this scenario well, parents. You’ve got a lot on your plate, and somehow, pulling together Halloween costumes has fallen to the bottom of the list. And with a few short days left until trick-or-treating, you’re scrambling to find something your child will love. Never fear!  Check out our options for easy, DIY costumes that you can throw together quickly and affordably.

Gumball machine


Photo credit: Women’s Day

With a few supplies you can put this costume together in a cinch. All you need is a white shirt, red pants (and/or tutu), paper for your sign and most importantly (and easy to find): pom poms! Glue to shirt and headband and she will be good to go!

Emoji Heart

Photo credit: Pinterest

Photo credit: Pinterest

Once again, easy as pie! With this yellow theme, any combo will work — dress, shirt and pants or skirt/tutu! Then, either draw 2 hearts and a smile with a fabric marker, or cut out hearts and a smile using construction paper and attach to clothing. Red heart sunglasses are a fun addition but not necessary to make the outfit smile.

Clark Kent

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Superman (or is it Clark Kent?) never looked so cute. This outfit can be achieved with a Superman onesie or t-shirt, collared shirt, pants and tie. Rimmed glasses from the Dollar Store complete the look. It’s a bird, it’s a plane…

iPhone Stroller Baby


Photo credit: Cool Mom Picks

Not sure your baby or toddler will want to wear a costume all night? We love this idea from Rookie Moms, which entails decorating your stroller instead of your child! Easy instructions can be found here.

Mummy’s Munchkin


Photo credit: Eighteen25

One last option, because hey, it doesn’t get much easier than this one! This “mummy’s mummy” costume comes from Eighteen25, and it’s simply requires a white onesie, medical gauze that can be sewn or glued on to onesie, and googly eyes. Boo!