8 Last-Minute Kids Halloween Costumes

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For parents, Fall is crazy enough already without piling on added pressure about coming up with unique, creative, homemade costumes for Halloween, too. But what if I told you that with just one hour of shopping at your local Goodwill and some no-sew styling you could have totally clever costumes for the entire family -- for less than the price of one store-bought costume?


I shared some of my favorites with KXAN Studio512 Austin live in-studio last Friday, and here are the full details of how I put together at least eight last-minute kids' costumes from the Goodwill Outlet -- and for less than $20 total. Remember, at the Goodwill Outlet, you pay by the pound, so you really can get the most bang for your creative bucks!


Definitely one of the biggest costume ideas of the season, being a minion doesn't have to cost you more than a few bucks -- or anything at all! For children or adults, all you need is a bright yellow T-shirt or hooded sweatshirt, some overalls, black shoes, and black gloves. For the iconic minion goggles, I bound together two Mason jar lids with black pipe cleaners: two wrapped around the center, and two wrapped on each side to make the earpieces. A great costume idea for any age -- or better yet, a whole minion family! If you want to go ALL out, grab some yellow body paint from our Halloween section for your face, neck, and arms.


As Jonathan, one of my producers on Studio512, joked, "kids just can't let it go" when it comes to Disney's Frozen. No doubt, many kids in Austin want to be Elsa (or another Disney princess) this Halloween. For less than $2 at the Goodwill Outlet on Burleson Road, I grabbed this blue sequin cape, white satin Quincenera dress, and sparkly bachelorette crown. For a generic storybook princess, and another $2, I also grabbed this vintage purple velvet dress and a unicorn beanie baby. Just add play shoes and you're ready to rock the neighborhood sing-a-long for Halloween!


Classic characters are always a great idea for Halloween, and this super easy infant costume will inspire sweet nostalgia from all your friends and neighbors. Just take a yellow onesie, layer with a red tank top, and add a Tigger beanie baby friend or "hunny pot" to complete the look -- which also cost me less than $2 at the Goodwill Outlet.


Keep Austin Weird but yet not-so-scary with a Monsters Inc.-inspired costume this Halloween. I was totally inspired by these fuzzy monster slippers I found for about 50 cents at the Goodwill Outlet. Paired with bright blue monochromatic tee/pants/pajamas from your own closet and some face paint, you're a dead ringer for Top Kid Scarer (but ultimate softie) James P. Sullivan!


Caped crusaders like Superman never go out of style for Halloween, and this super easy costume came directly from Goodwill for less than $2! The cape and local superhero tee were kismet, but easy to make on your own from a simple red robe or XL tee -- just cut into cape shape and tie around the neck, then download, print & glue on a Superman S logo from the internet for the cape and the front of your blue T-shirt. Pair with blue pants, red underwear worn over clothes, and a yellow belt, or just wear the S-logo and blue tee under a white button-down shirt and jeans as Superman's alter ego Clark Kent.


At some point in every child's life, s/he wants to be the Sheriff in town. This historically inspired Western getup was about $1 and will have your kiddo deputized in no time. Just pin or glue a plastic badge to a vintage vest and pair with dark jeans and a light blue or white collared shirt. Tie and ten-gallon hat optional. With the popularity of HBO's True Detective this year, I'm betting this will be a popular adult-sized costume, too!


Not only have Broadway musicals made a comeback, but TV competitions like America's Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance have made theater and dancing really popular again. I found the Chorus Line party hat, jazz shoes, red sparkly dress and skater skirt all for less than $2 at the Goodwill Outlet. Use your imagination or do a Google image search for costumes from your favorite routines to create your award-winning look.


One of the major costume trends this year is paying homage to one of Robin Williams' iconic characters, and probably none hit home with Gen X parents more than Robin Williams in Mork & Mindy. Inspired by these funny headbands I found for about 25 cents at the Goodwill Outlet, I've been chanting "Nanu-Nanu" ever since about how easy this costume is to pull together! All you need are jeans or khakis, a baseball sleeve or wide-striped tee, rainbow suspenders, some random buttons, and you're ready for prime time. Trumpet optional!

Stay tuned later this week for my classic last-minute couples costume idea, or for more DIY Halloween Costume ideas, check out our new Pinterest page!



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