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Here are a few tricks for creative last-minute Halloween costumes

Posted Monday, Oct. 29, 2012  comments  Print Reprints
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Thanks to our models: Carissa Stowe, Cayman Spence, Keagan Church, Demi Landeros and Mister Gardner.

Costumes made and styled by Courtney Ortega.

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With Halloween just two days away, the hunt is on to find last-minute costume ideas for your little ghouls and goblins.

But before you rush out to the nearest specialty store or retail chain, we've got you covered with five creative and easy costumes. Made with easy-to-find items from your home or local craft store, these homemade costumes will have everyone fooled into thinking you spent hours putting them together.

Hula girl

Hawaii may be more than 3,000 miles away, but that doesn't mean you can't channel the spirit of the islands in your costume this Halloween. Using a little Aloha inspiration, as well as some items around your house, you'll be looking like one of the island locals in no time.

Colorful T-shirt

Foam paintbrush

2 colors craft paint

Brown grocery bag

Scissors

Masking tape

Ribbon

Colorful cupcake liners

Stapler

Thick, braided elastic cord

Glue

1. Lay your colorful T-shirt out on a flat surface. Then, taking the foam paintbrush and one craft paint, freehand draw the word "Aloha" in block letters on the T-shirt. Go over the letters until they look just right, then let dry. Next, taking the other craft paint and the brush, outline the letters. Go over the outline until it looks just right, then let dry.

2. To make the hula skirt, begin by taking a grocery bag and carefully tearing the handles off. Next, take a pair of scissors and cut the bottom of the bag out. When you have done this, cut down the middle of one side of the bag. You should now have one long piece of paper. Now cut 1-inch-wide strips (stopping about 2 to 3 inches from the top) from one end of the bag to the other. Repeat until the skirt looks completely frayed. Measure the bag around your child's waist so that you can cut off any excess. When it's time to wear the hula skirt, secure it with a piece of masking tape.

3. To make the lei, begin by cutting a piece of ribbon that is long enough to be looped and placed over your child's head. Once this is done, take two cupcake liners (stacked inside each other) and bunch them up so that they resemble a flower. Staple the liners together so that the liners hold their shape. Next, take the flower and glue it onto the piece of ribbon. (Tip: Depending on what you have available, you can also use a stapler or masking tape to adhere the flowers to the ribbon.) Repeat until the ribbon is covered with flowers. Tie at the ends to complete the look.

4. To make the headpiece, start by taking a braided elastic cord and measuring it around your child's head to see how much you need for the headpiece. Cut the cord and staple the ends together. Then, using the previous instructions for the lei, begin making the flowers that will adorn the headpiece. This time, however, instead of gluing the flowers, you will staple them to the piece of cord. Repeat until the piece of cord is covered with flowers.

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