easy halloween hacks

Busy moms know that anything to make the holidays easier is welcome, so we are coming to you with some fantastic costume Halloween Hacks.

All you need is a t-shirt! That’s right, between a t-shirt you probably already own and some simple accessories, you can have a quick, easy, and creative costume perfect for parties, trick or treating with the kids, or just sitting at home to hand out candy.

Are you ready? Let’s check it out!

easy halloween hacks

Sure, we should always try to be ourselves, but on Halloween, it’s ok to be a “Copy Cat.” Start with any black t-shirt or tank top and add a pair of cat ears. Make a sign that reads “<ctrl> C”, which is the keyboard shortcut for “copy” to hang around your neck or fix to the front of the shirt and you are ready to head “meow”t on the town.

easy halloween hacks

This one is devilishly easy. You’ll begin with a white t-shirt. Cut out an oval of yellow felt (or other fabric. You can even use craft paper if you’re in a jam) and fasten to the front of the shirt with fabric glue or by hand-stitching. Don your devil horns and voila, you’ve got a deliciously clever costume! Want to be a little extra? Complete the look with faux leather leggings and red heels.

easy halloween hacks

For this look, we recommend an old shirt you probably won’t wear again. White is great, but the color really won’t matter. Open up and flatten the wrappers of some fun-size candy (You may save the candy for use in a recipe, or just go ahead and snack on it while you work. We won’t tell). Use a hot glue gun or tacky glue to affix the wrappers and big google eyes to the front and back of the shirt. You were always gorgeous, but now everyone knows you’re the Eye Candy of the party.

easy halloween hacks

Turn our favorite, child-appropriate, expletive into a fun and easy costume in just a couple of quick steps! First, you’ll need to cut some black felt, fabric or craft paper into some cow-spot shapes. Sew or use fabric glue to attach to an oversize white t-shirt.  Complete the look with an angelic halo and you are good to go! Halloween hacks like this absolutely make the holiday so easy.

easy halloween hacks

That halo can do double duty with our “Holy Guacamole” Halloween Hack. This time, we are bringing to life the ever versatile avocado. Use a green t-shirt as your base. Make the avocado pit from an oval of brown felt or fabric, sewed or glued to the front of the shirt. Shine your halo to complete the costume and don’t forget to tuck a bag of tortilla chips under your arm for trick-or-treating fuel! Details matter!

easy halloween hacks

The Battle for Kitchen Stadium can now take place at your own Halloween bash. Preheat this Halloween hack with a t-shirt. Mix in joggers or leggings. With a steady hand, use fabric paint to write “FE” on the front of the apron (that’s the chemical symbol for “iron”) or just make a sign you can hold. Top with a chef’s hat. Optional garnish: carry a kitchen tool and maybe an unappetizing ingredient to really bring the look together.

easy halloween hacks

Everyone loves a meme… but that’s none of our business. Kermit sipping tea is one of our favorite Halloween hacks, and you can put this look together in a flash. You’ll need a green t-shirt and frog-eye headband. Use some contrasting green felt to cut out a Kermit neckpiece if you want to get a little more fancy. Then, just add a tea bag to a teacup and put on your best tea-sipping face (we recommend actually filling the cup with your favorite spooky cocktail, but that’s entirely up to you).

easy halloween hacks

Poor, sweet Nickelback: always the brunt of jokes. Lucky for us, that makes for a relevant costume and a super easy Halloween hack. Get yourself an old t-shirt, preferably one that was about to be torn up for cleaning rags, and a healthy handful of nickels. Glue the nickels to the back of your shirt and be ready to serenade the trick or treaters with your best rendition of “How You Remind Me.”

easy halloween hacks

Every party needs an animal, ready to break it down on the dance floor, and this year, it could be you! We love this look with a neon t-shirt, but any shirt will do. Add a birthday hat and animal mask. Raid your kids’ costume closets and dress up bins for fun beaded necklaces, feather boas and other party-themed accessories so people know you take your inner Party Animal seriously. Maximize the effect with a tutu skirt and cute heels.

easy halloween hacks

Pumpkin Spice and everything nice is the theme of this Halloween hack. You’ll need the labels or boxes from some popular fall spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Use that trusty hot glue gun to stick them on an orange t-tshirt for that pumpkin spice feelings. Top off your outfit with a pumpkin headband or hat and a pair of Uggs. For the perfect finishing touch, snag a venti PSL from the Starbucks drive-thru on your way to trick or treat!

And there you have it: the St. Augustine Moms favorite Halloween hacks. From just one simple t-shirt, you can create at least 10 cute, punny and clever costumes sure to make a hit. Looking for more easy costume ideas? Check out this take on inexpensive, last-minute costumes. Need a place to go show off your Halloween fashion. Our 2019 Fall Fun Guide is full of great events for the season.

Share with us your favorite Halloween hacks in the comments! We always love hearing your ideas.

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Jennifer
Jennifer was born and raised in New Jersey, moving to the Sunshine State to attend Miami (Go Canes!). After graduation, she began a decade-long career in Sports & Event Management in South Florida, but moved to St. Augustine to become a SAHM when she and her husband, Keith, were expecting their son. She and Keith are enjoying the crazy and rewarding adventure of parenthood with their middle-school-aged son, a grumble of pugs and a hedgehog. Jennifer holds leadership roles with both the PTA and BSA and believes in the power of community involvement and volunteerism. The family can be found traveling (both locally and worldwide), trying new restaurants, and toeing the start line of road races, near and far. Jennifer owns the blog Runs With Pugs and is a freelance writer and social media consultant.