Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

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Need a quick, cheap and easy Halloween costume? Read on for nine Halloween costumes from FamilyFun.com, including a Rock 'n' Roll Drummer costume perfect for children in wheelchairs.

Detailed instructions for making the costumes are included in a link below each photograph. Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Costume

Little Bearded Garden Gnome

This Little Bearded Gnome is one of the simplest costumes for little ones -- he dons a fake fur beard and has a getup made from felt, fabric, hot glue and ordinary kids' clothing. The homemade beard uses white fake fur -- found easily at a craft or fabric store -- white elastic cord and a beard template downloadable at FamilyFun.com. Just make a red felt hat and then pull together the rest from your kid's closet.


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Fairy Princess

Who doesn't believe in fairies? With this costume, a beautiful fairy will magically appear on your doorstep. Her pink outfit can be a bodysuit and tutu from the household dress-up box. These whimsical wings are made from aluminum wire and panty hose, which you can dazzle up with glitter and star garland. Even the adorable necklace looks like "fairy dust" glitter, giving the costume a touch of something special.


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Halloween Costume

Busy Busy Bug Catcher

For a taste of art imitating life, slip on this simple adult costume -- ideal for chasing kids, of course. All you need is an inexpensive one-piece painter's coveralls (about $8 at home improvement and paint stores), a few yards of netting or tule, a butterfly net, and plastic bugs and bees galore.


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Blue Butterfly Costume

This costume's hat, boots and plump belly are just right for those cool autumn nights when most little creatures prefer to stay safely tucked into their cocoons. Draw the butterfly wings on one piece of the cardboard that extends roughly from the top of your child's hips to the back of his head and decorate them using cut-outs and cellophane. The rest is blue tights, socks, hat, and shirt -- super simple!


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Halloween Costume

Road Trip

Want an easy and inexpensive ride? With a few toy cars, Velcro, and electrical tape, your trick-or-treater's everyday sweat suit becomes a road trip extraordinaire. Don't forget to make a symbol for your local interstate (or trace a template from FamilyFun.com) and you'll be a speed demon ready to go.


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Halloween Costume

Rock 'n' Roll Drummer

This drummer costume truly rocks -- and rolls! Great for the kid whose wheelchair becomes just another part of the costume. The base drum is made with a hula hoop and Fome-Cor, whereas the small drum is made from a large recycled cardboard coffee can container wrapped with gift wrap. You can also cut down large plastic bottles into a cylinder shape.


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Halloween Costume

Come-Clean Washing Machine

Kids can't resist airing their family's dirty laundry in a cool appliance that's loads of fun to wear. To start, all you need is a cardboard box, white Con-Tact paper, packing tape and cutting tools. Before taking this costume for a spin, be sure to incorporate the clear plastic plate (just ask your grocery store's deli counter for one) and some laundry -- clean, of course.


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Ham & Cheese Sandwich

To serve up a costume that will make taste buds water, all you'll need is a quick trip to the fabric store. Materials include 2-inch-thick white upholstery foam pads, brown and green acrylic paints, craft foam, pipe cleaners, green vinyl mesh (also called waffle), and, of course, a wooden dowel and blue cellophane for the fancy toothpick at the top of the head.


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Halloween Costume

King of the (Asphalt) Jungle

Your kids are sure to go ape for this famous gorilla, complete with a building perch and pint-size damsel in distress. To make the building: seal one end of the box with masking tape and then paint. For the gorilla, you'll need a black hooded sweatshirt, about 3 feet of shaggy black fur fabric sold at fabric stores for about $15 a yard, and a gorilla mask, which you can find at party stores. Don't forget the damsel in distress. Barbie will do just fine.


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