It’s Halloween and you have no time to spend crafting, baking and turning your home into the perfect eerie destination. Don’t stress we’ve got you covered. Here are some quick and easy Halloween ideas to get you and yours ready for some spooky fun!
Easy Costume Ideas for your Kids
These Halloween costumes can be put together at the last minute.
Take some brightly coloured paper and make a cone. Tape the end to make sure it keeps it shape and cut off the excess so it rests flat on your child’s head. You can punch to holes on either side of the horn and use string or yarn to fasten it to your child’s head. You can also use the string to secure the horn to a hair band. It really depends on the time you have.
Add some glitter around their eyes using some of your own eyeshadow. Dress your kid in bright colours. If you have any tutus or any other pieces from their dress up box, which you can mix and match.
To make a witch hat you need card or Bristol board. Paper would work but you may have to stuff the tip with something to keep it firm.
The best colours are black, grey, purple, blue or red.
You need to average the circumference of your child’s head. With that in mind cut two circles out of the material, making sure one of them is larger than the other. On the smaller of the circles, you can decorate with a spider web, any kind of spooky pattern or leave it as is. Make a cut into the circle almost to the middle and then shape it into a cone. Secure it with glue or tape.
Now you need to make a ‘donut’ out of the larger circle. Rest the base of the cone in the middle of the larger circle and draw around it. Take your scissors and cut out the inner circle, staying within the circumference of the one you have drawn. Slide the donut over the top of the cone. It should remain snug at the base. You can use some tape here, to keep the brim in place. Use any ribbon, cloth or remaining paper of card to hide the tape, it also adds some style to the hat. Job done!
If it doesn’t stay on, on its own you can attach string to either side of the hat and tie it where your child feels comfortable.
If you don’t have enough material for a full sized hat, make a small one, and attach it to a hairband or string. It has the same effect.
No card or paper around, use an old T shirt for a quirky floppy witch’s hat.
The great thing about a witch’s hat is that your kid can wear whatever they want. They can wear dress all in black or wear something colourful outfit they already own. Cut out a star and clue it to the end of a chopstick or wooden skewer and your witch becomes a good witch or a fairy God Mother.
If you have more than one tyke, dress the other as a cat.
To make the ears cut two triangles out of black paper and another two out of pink paper. Make sure that two pink triangles are a bit smaller than the black ones. No coloured paper to hand? Use white and colour the triangles using markers or paint. Glue the pink triangles to the middle of the black ones. Once dry, fold the bottom of each triangle around the left and right sides of a hair band.
Use some eyeliner to give them a little kitten nose and whiskers.
Your little one doesn’t have to wear all black they can wear whatever they like.
If you want to make a fancy cat you need to make a tail and bow tie in addition the ears. To make the tail you need any old bit of clothing and a used pair of tights. Cut up the old bit of clothes into pieces and stuff it down one of the legs of the tights. Once it’s at a length you both like cut it, tie a not and pin it to whatever they’re wearing.
For the bow tie, cut a bow out of what’s left or paper. Glue or stich it to the neckline of your child’s top head and call it fancy. Naturally, he or she can wear whatever they want.
You can add more bits and pieces if your little cat doesn’t think it’s fancy enough.
Costume Ideas for you
The next two ideas are perfect if you have leftover chopsticks from takeaway orders or a plethora of drinking straws and pipe cleaners.
Make yourself a set of cat ears following the instructions above, only this time leave out the pink. These cat ears need to be all black much like the rest of your outfit. Style you hair however you like. Now for the burglar bit. Make yourself a mask by cutting two eyeholes out of a strip of black cloth. For a faster method, use eyeliner and eyeshadow to give yourself a raccoon look.
Photo booth prop.
You can finish this in no time. Make the prop using a wooden skewer or chopstick and construction paper or card. The colour of the paper depends on the kind of prop you’re making. You can draw and cut out: a vampire’s mouth complete with fangs, a moustache or even a crazy pair of glasses. Let your imagination run wild but not for too long.
Once you’re satisfied with your cut out, stick the left or right side (depending of your dominant hand) to the top of the dowel or chopstick. What you wear is then up to you, you can dress preppy to suit the glasses, all in black for the vampire or like a hipster for the moustache.
You can have a go using this print out.
Props To Use
Hanging Bat silhouettes
Black paper, scissors, tape and string at the ready! Find some bat silhouettes you like, at least 2 different ones. You can draw them out, or print them off online and cut them out. Once you have a decent amount of bats, tape different lengths of string to each bat and hang them from the ceiling, on walls even doorways.
Be sure to hang any sleeping bats upside down, this adds to the fun.
Here are some batty silhouettes, you can print out.
Scary Fairy lights.
Perfect for recyclers. What you need: any empty jars, bottles and their lids, permanent marker and a string of fairy lights. Feel free to use one from your Christmas stock.
Draw scary faces on each of the jars, you can copy faces you find online. Make holes in the lids and pop a light into each hole. Set the string of lights and lids on mantle, window sill, dining table, and path or near the front door. Flip the switch and watch the creepy faces glow.
If you find the jars getting too hot, remove the lids but be sure to leave the fairy lights hanging over the top of each jar.
Can’t find any fairy lights; keep the lids off the jars and use tea lights or small candles or glow sticks.
If the ink from the markers doesn’t show, you can always draw them on paper (black if you have) cut them out and stick it to the front of the jars.
Melt some chocolate, add the cereal (plain cornflakes or Rice Krispies work best) and mix them together. Make sure the cereal is coated. You can use a spoon but I find hands work best. Shape handfuls of the chocolatey mixture into balls, place them on a baking sheet or tray and pop them in the fridge.
No time to melt chocolate, use Nutella instead.
You need marshmallows of any size (white ones work best) and edible black ink pens or markers. Draw bat silhouettes and ghost faces on one half of the marshmallows. On the other half write Halloween themed words like trick, treat, boo, spooky, witch’s brew, grim, scream! etc. The size of the marshmallow dictates the length of words.
Creepy margarita fingers
You need bread, tomato sauce, cheese and a bell pepper.
This makes good use of any bread in the house. Spread tomato sauce on each slice, top with cheese and bake until golden brown or the cheese melts. It’s down to personal preference.
While they’re still warm slice them into thin strips. Using the bell pepper, cut triangle shapes no wider than the strips of pizza bread. Press them into the top end of each strip and it looks like creepy fingers. The colour of the pepper doesn’t really matter but I find red or green ones work best.
No peppers? Try any vegetable tiny cut into triangles. I find carrots or tomatoes to be substitutes.
If you don’t have the time to get Halloween ready any combination of these tips will get you and yours set for the scary holiday. If you have the time, these treats are fun to make with your children too.