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Scrambling last minute to think of something fun? Check out these ideas--and snag a few laughs to boot for some dressing-up fun!Life has been a little crazy lately, thanks to fall busyness and pumpkins demanding to be carved? Scrambling like mad to think of a last-minute creative costuming idea that won’t take much work?  Too late to go out and gather up the props for an elaborate scheme?

It’s cool.  I’ve got you covered.

As I’m the least creative and original person in the world, these ideas aren’t going to be a flash of brilliance that will win you any amazing costume awards, but they will work in a pinch and hopefully bring a few smiles your way.

Snag up your spouse, partner or someone you can live with at least temporarily.  One of you will dress up as Mitt Romney and one of you go as a shout-out to President Obama himself.  This doesn’t have to be a lot of work.  Just stick a construction paper elephant or donkey to your chest and call it a day.  Try to really get into the role and imagine the household climate if you were shacking up with your political rival a week before the big race goes down.  Refuse to speak directly to each other without a campaign manager present, whisper secret messages in your phone, hang a curtain dividing the bedroom in half, etc.  If you have kids, try to split and divide them in an effort to set up political camps.  For example, the ladies in our house might talk up welfare reform ad nauseum (or at least Mommy will while Baby Girl points at our chocolate lab and scream “Dog!” as this is her newest word), while the men hole up in the bathroom and refuse to listen to any opposing viewpoints on their economic policies.   This costuming idea might get a little dicey, but is very fashionable and timely given the upcoming election.  Consider it.

Dress as a person without kids.  I know, I know.  This seems an insurmountable feat.  It can be done.  Just follow these instructions to a tee and trust me: wash your face (it’s the front part of your head, in case you get lost on this one).  Consider brushing your teeth, but in the end just chew on a breath mint because it will be easier.  Put on some clean clothing.  If you want to go all out, change your underwear and socks too.  If you can”t find a sitter, make sure your children’s basic necessities are covered (the TV is on and they have goldfish crackers at the ready), and refuse to allow yourself to say the words “potty-training” or “preschool” for 5 whole minutes.  The bonus of this costume is that it doubles as a vacation for you.  Enjoy.

Go all out and dress up as blogger.  This one is the easiest costume on the list.  Just affix your laptop, iPad, or cell phone to your head.  Probably most effective if you rock the yoga pants on this one too, but not necessary, and I understand stretchy black spandex might be a little awkward for some of the guys.  If your spouse wants to get in on this action, his/her only costuming requirement is to repeatedly shake his/her head in disbelief, as in “What in the world is my spouse doing?  Why are we dedicating our entire lives to this weird blogging thing and what exactly is a blog, BTW?”.  A very easy, do-able costuming idea for everyone.

Please share fun last-minute ideas you have any to add.  Halloween doesn’t have to only be about the ghosts, goblins, glitz and glitter.  Sometimes it’s just all about the snark, especially when a hurricane gets in the way of your preparations.

Have a good one, friends, and Happy Halloween!

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Meredith blogs at The Mom of the Year, dedicatedly earning her title one epic parenting fail at a time. When her kids aren't busy pummeling each other with Legos or requiring their 16th sippy cup refill of the day, she tries to offer quick, relatable laughs for fellow parents of the world and all their empathizers. She remains entirely terrified by crafts, promises to never share any useful household tips, and is fully committed to a less serious look at the world of parenting.

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  28 Responses to “Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas”


    ahahhahahahah!!! You are just too much!!! I love all the ideas!!! I was thinking of taking some binders (women with binders..get it?!) and calling it good!! 😛


    OMG, I love the blogger idea . . . because now my husband and I can just go as ourselves! It seems much easier than dressing like we don’t have kids – ha!!!

    This was an awesome post!!!


    LOVE these ideas!! May I also suggest as dressing up as a sleep-deprived parent? Literally zero effort involved, at least for this Mama. If my kid wakes up at 4:15 (which will soon be 3:15…..) one more time, I’m trading him in for a new Keurig.


      Definitely go for the new Keurig 😉 Perfect suggestion! Also very low-key and attainable for us hopeless parents! P.S. LOVING this upcoming time change…


    A few years ago as a last minute costume I taped a empty can to my chest with a rag hanging out of it and a label on it that said “Oil”, I then wrapped myself and the can with Christmas tree lights and went as a fire hazard.


    Ha just cracked up at your description of a person without kids costume. Changing your underwear and socks just put it over the edge. Love it!


    Hilarious. Love the tip about the face being the front part of your head. I’m gonna write that on a post-it note on my bathroom mirror just in case I forget.


    Person without kids… that was hilarious. Hilariously impossible. Who has time to put on clean clothes?


    You crack me up! Great ideas and with the prices we saw at the Halloween Costume Store this year ($45 for a 2T Thor costume!!!!) they are costumes we could actually pull off!

    Stopping by from More Than Mommies Mixer! Of course, we already follow you all over the place! Can’t wait for you to help us host next week! We have high hopes for our Mixer and want to thank you for helping us grow!

    Janene from More Than Mommies!


      These would definitely be money’savers! 😉 And I’m excited to see the link-up and happy to support however I can :)


    Haha, I love the “dress up as a blogger”. I have a feeling that a ton of people would have no idea what the costume was about and probably just think, a person who’s super-plugged-in can’t-live-without electronics. Which is basically true of life as a blogger–just add in a few kids and a dog and you’re good :)


      Kera, you’re right–the kids and dog would make for a complete blogger costume, Maybe a pot of coffee too? 😉 Thanks for visiting.


    I am following you now on G+ and visiting from the Sunday Hop. Your post is funny. :)


    ahahaha this is great!! Found you through the Sunday Sync!
    Helene in Between


    Newest follower here! I found you through the Sunday link up! Cute blog, I can’t wait to read more! Thanks for the tips, I’ll have to try that next year.


    Haha this is just too adorable! Why didn’t I think of the president idea or not,lol! The blogger dress up priceless. Meredith, you are hysterical! Just keep up the awesome posts!!


      Mel, I so appreciate your encouragement! You are truly my personal cheerleader. Just table these ideas so you are ready to go for next year, right? 😉


    Thank you for linking up with Super Sunday Sync this week. Hope to see you next week!

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