31 Oct
Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes
Happy Halloween! Can you believe it's the last day of October? I can't!

I'm excited to be back with my friends at WSIL News3ThisAM. Last week we talked about Halloween Tricks and Treats. Today we're talking about Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes and Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating.

Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids and Adults

Strawberry on Real Simple

Iron Chef on Real Simple

Pink in a Blanket and How to Make Pig Ears and Nose, both on Real Simple

Raining Cats and Dogs on Real Simple

Holly Golightly - How to be Audrey Hepburn/Holly Golightly for Halloween
Last Minute Halloween Costumes

More DIY Halloween Costumes

Airplane Costume by Oh Happy Day

Cotton Ball Sheep on Babble

Hamburgler on Babble

Dorothy on Babble

Adorable Clown Costume by Oh Happy Day

Need more ideas? Check these sites for inspiration:

Curbly's 11 Quick & Easy DIY Halloween Costume Roundup

Today's Parent No-Sew Halloween Costumes

Chaos and Coffee Last Minute Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating

1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with trusted adults - parents/aunts uncles/grandparents/church group leaders.

2. Add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags to help drivers see you and/or your children. Walking on sidewalks is the safest bet. If you must walk on the road, walk on the far edge facing traffic to stay safe. Using a flashlight is also a great idea. If you're driving around on Halloween night, drive extra slow to avoid accidents.

3. Examine ALL treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating.

4. Do not eat handmade treats from strangers. Only factory-wrapped treats.

5. Always test make-up on small area before using all over your face to avoid skin and eye irritation.

6. Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible and eye-holes in masks should be large enough for maximum visibility which will help avoid falls and other unnecessary accidents.

7. Older children trick-or-treating alone - be sure to discuss and set up a safe route both kids and parents are familiar with. Have them check in regularly to ensure they do not deviate from the planned route. Also set a time that should return home.

8. Don't forget your furry friends too - make sure all treats are out of animals reach. Chocolate can be deadly to dogs.

9. Last but not least, to prevent candy overload, prepare one of your kids' favorite meals for dinner before trick-or-treating! If bellies are full of a healthy, hearty meal there won't be as much room for sugary snacks!

Many thanks to Center for Disease Control and Prevention - check their site for more details and additional information.

You can visit my Halloween Pinterest board for even more ideas, resources, and links.

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