23 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas from My Toddler’s Closet

I will preface this post by admitting that my child has a kind of obscene amount of clothing which definitely made this a little easier, but I wanted to challenge myself to see how many Halloween costumes I could come up with simply from things that were already in my daughter’s closet and around our house, and I was seriously blown away that I was able to come up with so many! I realize that not everyone is going to have all of these things, but some of them are seriously so easy — I’m sure you have at least one of these costumes already on hand. Also, many of these costumes will work for boys OR girls so everyone can be included in the last-minute DIY Halloween costume fun! Check out all my costumes and then let me know which was your favorite at the end! I’m kind of partial to the Beyonce costume.

  • 23 Last Minute Halloween Costumes From My Toddler's Closet

    23 Last Minute Halloween Costumes From My Toddler's Closet

    23 (yes 23!) simple DIY costumes that you can throw together last minute from items that just might already be living in your little one’s closet!

  • Mousketeer


    This costume is for sure my favorite in the bunch. An homage to Annette.

  • Risky Business

    Risky Business

    This probably wouldn’t work if you were actually taking your little one trick-or-treating, but if you’ll be attending a Halloween party or staying home passing out candy, I think this would be so cute! Too bad I don’t have any baby shades!

  • Rosie the Riveter

    Rosie the Riveter

    This is probably my second favorite costume of the bunch and it couldn’t be easier. Denim shirt + denim pants + any tennis shoes + red and white polka dot headband. Instant Rosie costume!

  • Hipster


    Striped shirt + skinny jeans + suspenders + classic sneakers + vintage toy camera. Ironic and cute.

  • Lumberjack


    Similar to the hipster costume, but sub out the stripes for plaid and swap in a beanie. Done!

  • Cat Burglar Baby

    Cat Burglar Baby

    This costume couldn’t be easier! Black tights with a black and white striped bodysuit and a black beanie. If your whole family dressed as cat burglars it would probably be even cuter. Just sayin’.

  • Cat Burglar for Toddlers

    Cat Burglar for Toddlers

    A stripey dress or any striped top will work for this. Then pair it with leggings or tights, a black beanie and black shoes and you’ve got yourself an easy peasy costume. Make a mask by cutting holes in a strip of black fabric and add a bag of cash if you really want to get serious.

  • "The Dude" from The Big Lebowski

    White t-shirt, Southwestern inspired knit sweater, baggy pants, and flip flops and your little one will be channeling The Dude in no time.

  • Safari Explorer

    Safari Explorer

    If your little one happens to have a safari green vest in their wardrobe then you’re halfway to having this awesome Halloween costume. Bonus points if your child is willing to carry around a safari stuffed animal and a butterfly net.

  • Minnie Mouse

    Minnie Mouse

    Anything red and polka dotted can be passed off as a suitable Minnie Mouse costume when you add ears. For added effect, I would add white gloves and black tights.

  • Mickey Mouse

    Mickey Mouse

    Red pants, black top, mouse ears, sneakers. DONE. Such a great and simple costume.

  • Fern Arable from Charlotte's Web

    Fern Arable from Charlotte's Web

    Overalls paired with a button-up shirt, sneakers and a pony tail make for a great Fern outfit. Have your little one snuggle a stuffed pig and then everyone will get it for sure.

  • Dorothy  Gale from The Wizard of Oz

    Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz

    I realize that not everyone is going to have a blue and white gingham skirt and shiny red shoes in their closet, but Fern does, so why not?

  • Suzy Bishop from Moonrise Kingdom

    Suzy Bishop from Moonrise Kingdom

    I got Fern this dress awhile back and it immediately reminded me of Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom. We also happened to have binoculars and a little yellow suitcase. It was too good to be true.

  • Boo from Monster's Inc.

    Boo from Monster's Inc.

    An oversized pink shirt paired with leggings, white socks, a teddy bear and those quintessential “Boo” pigtails. Bonus points if you dress up alongside your child as a different Monster’s Inc. character – preferably Sully.

  • Beyonce


    If you’re looking for a REALLY last minute idea than look no further than that plain black bodysuit in your little one’s drawer. Instant “Single Ladies” costume. Bonus points for every person you get to sing “All the Single Babies” for the rest of the night.

  • Toga


    Swaddle blanket + fake foilage crown = instant baby toga party.

  • 80's Aerobics Instructor

    80's Aerobics Instructor

    80’s is the go-to Halloween costume when you’ve got a last-minute party to attend and it’s no different for babies. Throw on some bright leggings, a brightly colored bodysuit over top and a different brightly colored headband and you’re good to go!

  • Cowboy or Girl

    Cowboy or Girl

    Overalls and a plaid or Western themed button up make a Halloween costume that couldn’t be easier!

  • Angel


    Layer on the white and you’ve got yourself an angel costume. Gold shoes and a gold pipe cleaner halo complete the ensemble, although I could only find my black pipe cleaners, but you get the idea.

  • Scuba Diver

    Scuba Diver

    I will admit that these aren’t typical items in a child’s closet – the goggles and shark hat are from our dress-up stash, but you could easily DIY something similar.

  • Hula Girl

    Hula Girl

    This is another dress-up item, but a grass skirt and flower necklace would be an easy enough DIY project.

  • Black Cat

    Black Cat

    Everyone has been a black cat at some point or another in their Halloween experience so why not start your little one off early? The easiest costume of the bunch.

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