Last Minute Halloween Ideas: DIY Costumes and Treats

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Halloween is just a couple of days away. Depending on where you live you might be heading out with the kidlets to go trick~or~treating tonight, tomorrow night, or Sunday evening. Wearing something festive for Halloween shouldn’t be stressful. There are lots of costumes available in-stores but for me the fun is making our own. If you aren’t one that likes to “dress up” you can still dress festively for the occasion from items out of your own closet. Pair a black halloween or solid short sleeved shirt in fall colors with a stripped long sleeved shirt underneath. (Example: black halloween short sleeved shirt layered on top of a black and white striped long sleeved shirt).

DIY Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & Thing 2 costumes from items you might already have in your closet

I mentioned earlier how my kidlets are currently obsessed with everything Cat in the Hat. I wanted to share with you how we managed to make our costumes this year centered around this theme.

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    Cat in the Hat
    Since I have two little kidlets that want to be Thing 1 and Thing 2 for Halloween, of course they want me to go as the Cat in the Hat.

  • Matching black pants and shirt
  • 2 pieces of red felt
  • 2 safety pins
  • White and Red striped hat
  • Cat Tail
  • black fuzzy slippers
  • White gloves
  • Black eyeliner

To make the bow for the Cat in the Hat, I took 2 pieces of red felt. First I cut the bow part which is the shape of a bone. I drew the bone shape onto the felt with a marker, cut it out and then traced it onto the other piece of felt. I found that one piece of felt was two flimsy but two together makes the bow stand out. With the leftover felt scraps I cut out another long, skinny bone shape. Tied it around the center of the large bone shape to make a bow. Secure the bow to the top of the black shirt with a safety pin as well as the tale to the back of the pants.

For the face, I applied my makeup as normal. I applied a more dramatic eye with a bit of black shadow. With black eyeliner, I drew on the nose and two whiskers to make the cat look.

Stuff the hat with newspaper to make the hat stand up tall and sew the tale to the back of the black pants.

Put on the white gloves and furry black slippers. Say hello to the Cat in the Hat :)


Thing 1 & Thing 2
Thing 1 & Thing 2’s outfits were super simple to put together.

    All you need are:

  • 2 pieces of white felt
  • Black permanent marker
  • Craft glue (or that No Sew glue; washable glue is preferred if you plan on reusing the costumes)
  • Matching red sweat pants and shirts

Cut the circles for the numbers by folding the felt into fourths. Cut along the outside of the felt in a “c” shape. Do not cut the folded edges just the outer edges of the felt. Once both pieces of felt have been cut (for the little one, Thing 2, I cut his circle smaller) write the numbers 1 and 2 on the felt circles with a permanent marker. Glue numbered circles to the front of each sweat shirt. Allow to dry completely before wearing.

What about the hair? For the hair we opted to go for the color hairspray but you could also try and find blue wigs.

DIY Last Minute Halloween Treats


    Spider Cupcakes

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 can chocolate frosting
  • 1 can white frosting
  • 24 spider rings, washed well
  • cupcake liners

    • Bake cupcakes according to the package directions using the cupcake liners. Once cooled apply a layer of chocolate frosting. Spoon white frosting into a clear plastic zip sandwich bag. Clip off one corner of the plastic bag and pipe a spider web shape on top of chocolate frosting. We choose to do a simple swirl design but get creative if you want. Finish it off by putting a spider ring on top of the cupcake. And your are done!

        Spider Ice
        Nothing is creepier than finding a spider in your drink. Well, of course these spiders won’t be real. I remember my Mom making Spider Ice for me when I was a child, so this is her idea.


      • Ice Cube Trays
      • 12-24 spider rings, washed well

      Fill ice cube trays with water like normal. Before placing in the freezer, add 1 spider ring (make sure you wash the spider rings well before adding to the ice cube tray) to each cube. Freeze, pop them in your favorite drink, and enjoy!


      Dress up your Pets

      Who says that pets should be left out of the festivities? I found this adorable skull striped dog sweater at Walmart for a very reasonable price. Isn’t our furry member of our family adorable?

      What are some of your last minute Halloween ideas?

      What are you going to dress up as for Halloween?


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    • October 31, 2010 / 11:18 am

      LOL, I'm not joking when I say that the kidlets and I seriously considered turning Hubby into the Fish….LOL I just couldn't quite come up with how to make it happen. Paint Hubby's entire head orange? If you could figure it out, I bet it would be so cute to have the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and the fish! All you'd need is a Thingamajigger to get around in *giggles*.

  1. momhasherday
    November 7, 2010 / 7:00 pm

    Love it! Thanks for your comment on my Disney on Ice photos :) Sorry I only saw it now! Great costumes and sooo cute the 3 of you are all dressed up to one of my fav kid's authors!

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