First 5 LA’s Five-Minute Halloween Costumes for Busy Parents

Too busy to think about a Halloween costume? Never fear, parents — First 5 LA is here to help!

Bunch of Grapes

You will need:

  • Purple or dark red balloons*
  • Safety pins
  • Green or brown clothing — shirt, pants, beanie/hat
  1. Blow up the balloons and knot them closed.
  2. Pin the tops of the balloons to the torso of your shirt, making sure there are enough balloons to cover the whole shirt.
  3. Don the hat and you’re good to go!

Silly Mouse

You will need:

  • Gray and pink construction paper
  • Tape
  • Headband
  • Eyeliner
  • Pink face paint or blush
  • Gray clothes
  • OPTIONAL: a hunk of cheese, yarn
  1. Cut out two large gray circles for the mouse’s ears. Cut out two smaller pink circles and tape them inside the gray circles.
  2. Tape the ears to the headband, making sure they are properly placed on the sides.
  3. Use face paint or blush to draw a pink, upside-down triangle on your nose. Add some whiskers with the eyeliner.
  4. OPTIONAL: For a funny addition, carry around a hunk of cheese or a ball of yarn!

Mummy

You will need:

  • An old white bedsheet
  • Scissors
  • White clothes
  • Black eyeliner
  1. Cut long, thin strips out of the bedsheet.
  2. Dress in white and tie the strips around yourself one by one, connecting each piece to the last. Tie a strip around your forehead like a headband.
  3. Use eyeliner to draw circles under your eyes for a “living dead” look.

Spooky Bat

You will need:

  • Black long-sleeve t-shirt
  • Black trash bag*
  • Black eyeliner
  • Safety pins
  • OPTIONAL: Fangs
  1. Cut the trash bag diagonally into two triangles. Safety pin the short side of each half-bag to the arms of the shirt.
  2. Safety pin the long side of the half-bag to the sides of the shirt. When you lift your arms, the bat wings should stretch out.
  3. Draw a black, upside-down triangle on your nose. For an extra-spooky touch, wear plastic fangs!

*Children 5 and under should be supervised when using these materials

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