October 08, 2019

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

Kiddo still need a Halloween costume? There’s no need to panic (yet) with these ideas for the fastest, easiest, cheapest Halloween costumes for kids.

With Halloween right around the corner, so is that creeping urgency to find unique, creative costumes for your kiddos (ideally without spending a ton of time or money!). Brand-new costumes can be super spendy, especially if your kiddo is only going to wear it once, and honestly so can DIY costumes if you get too elaborate! That’s why we are loving these cheap and easy ways to get your kids costumed this year.

Work With What You Have!

The average Halloween costume is nearly $100. This statistic helped spark our creativity as we surveyed our kiddo’s closet, and we hope it helps you too. 😉 So many clothing items you already have can be turned into the perfect Halloween costume. Take a red long-sleeve and a cut-out letter A to turn into Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks. A yellow dress, some black tape, and pipe cleaner wings can become the cutest homemade bumblebee on the block.

Here is our Minnie Makeover for inspiration:

DIY Minnie Mouse costume

Encourage Dress-Up!

Does anyone else take the price of an item and divide it by the times you wear it? 🙋‍♀️ Enter: the dress up box. Use your costumes year round for imaginative play (and occasional trips to the grocery store. We see you, toddler T-Rex in aisle three).

Check Out Our Nearly-new Costumes!

We scored a literal truckload of pre-loved costumes from our clothing distribution partners. Right now you can add a nearly-new Halloween Costumes to your Kids on 45th bundle for just $7.99 per costume - excellent bang for your buck, given how much even thrift store costumes run these days! You’ll get a “surprise” costume in your kiddo’s size, which is a pretty fun way to approach this most imaginative, creative holiday. Stock up on a couple mystery costumes for the spooky season and beyond. Your kiddo can mix and match to create a totally unique costume, dress up as two different things (one for school, one for trick or treating), or stash them in the dress-up bin for future playtimes.

How do you Halloween? We’d love to hear! Share your quick, low-cost costume ideas in the comments below!


We want to see the costumes you get in your Kids on 45th bundle! Snap a photo of your kiddos in their Kids on 45th costumes (or the homemade costumes you create with Kids on 45th clothing) and tag us on Instagram (@kidson45th) for a chance to win a box from Kids on 45th. T + C: Must be 18 years or older to enter. U.S. Only. Winner will be randomly selected on or after November 1, 2019, and contacted via Instagram direct message. Prize awarded as a $65 credit good at kidson45th.com