7 No-sew Halloween costumes
The party is today, no time for creating a stegosaurus or Princess Jasmine. Try these quick fixes.
The time, money and effort that it usually takes to create Halloween costumes, is guaranteed to scare parents. But fear not! We’ve dug up easy, no-sew options for your little ones this year.

Ninja (South African style)

Looking for a distinctly South African flavour for your child’s costume? We have Die Antwoord.
  • Find a pair of oversized silk boxers.
  • Team them with some fake gold chains and white takkies and socks.
  • Draw on a variety of tattoos with a black eye pencil (the more the better) and you’re done!
Rubik's Cube

Feeling the 80’s vibe? We found this one among a number of other homemade costumes on Gearfuse. Cute!
  • Find a square box (for young children a 40 X 40 cm works best) and cut the flaps off.
  • Measure and cut holes for the arms.
  • Measure out and create nine squares on each side of the box with black electrical tape.
  • Either paste red, blue, yellow, white, orange or green paper into each square, or paint them different colours.
  • Wear black leggings and top underneath to make the colours really stand out.
Garbage Bag Witch

It’s rubbish that Halloween outfits have to cost a fortune…
  • Turn a good quality black rubbish bag upside down to the sealed side and cut holes for the head and arms.
  • Cut away at the bottom of the bag (the open skirt side) so that it has a ragged edge instead of a smooth one
  • Cut a strip lengthways off another black bag to use as a sash to tie around the waist.
  • Make a pointy hat by rolling and stapling a piece of black cardboard into a cone-shape.
  • Staple leftover strips of black plastic to the bottom of the hat to look like long, lank witch hair.
  • Get an old broom out of the cupboard and your little witch is ready to fly around the neighbourhood.
This Little Piggie

This costume will definitely hog all the attention!
  • Cut the sleeves off an oversized pink t-shirt.
  • Paint a pipe cleaner pink and fashion it into a twirly-whirly tail and glue it onto the back of the shirt.
  • For ears, cut two triangles from the cut-off sleeves and glue them to a pink (or white) swimming cap.
  • For a snout, cut an empty toilet roll in half and paint it pink (or cover it with left over pink material from the sleeves). Glue two pink ribbons inside the toilet roll (to tie the snout onto the head) and a large pink button on front.
  • For the finishing touch, add pink tights underneath.
Caspar the Friendly Ghost

It’s an oldie, but it’s a goodie.
  • Find a white sheet that you won’t need again.
  • Measure to get the spacing right and cut out holes for eyes and one for the mouth (how else is Casper going to get those sweets in?).
  • Put the sheet over your child’s head and fasten under the arms with safety pins.
Incy-wincy spider

We’ve adapted this from a more complicated version by Martha Stewart. Not a good idea if you suffer from arachnophobia.
  • Find eight black socks, fill them tightly with stuffing and staple them closed at the top.
  • Cut out a cardboard rectangle the length of your child’s back and paint it black.
  • Staple a piece of black ribbon to each long side of the rectangle (to tie around your child’s waist).
  • Staple the socks to the black cardboard and tie the cardboard around your child’s waist. Little 8 legs is ready to go.
Spud on the braai

And if you’re looking for something very last minute…Wrap your child in tin foil from head to toe and send them out as a baked potato!

What are your quick-fix party costume ideas?
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