Maybe you planned a quiet evening at home, giving out candy to trick-or-treaters when a last minute Halloween party invite came in. Maybe your little one spilled spaghetti sauce all over their costume the night before Halloween. Maybe you just plain old procrastinated on picking out a costume until it was too late. Whatever the case, it never hurts to have a backup plan when it comes to Halloween costumes.

Anyone can throw some dollar store fangs in their mouth and call themselves Dracula. If you’re looking to keep your costume simple without looking lame, here are five creative, funny, cute and - most of all - easy DIY Halloween costumes for the entire family.

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Pink Shirt Girl and Blue Shirt Guy Emojis

  • Pink long sleeve shirt
  • Blue long sleeve shirt

Love the idea of a couples costumes but not the stress of making it? Try this cute and simple emoji costume!

  • Grab a shirt from your closet/ buy at a second-hand store.
  • Strike a pose!

Movie Theatre Floor

  • Black t-shirt
  • Assorted snack wrappers
  • Hot glue gun

Cute, simple and best of all you might even need to eat a few candy bars to tie this look together.

  • Carefully apply a spot of hot glue to the candy wrappers.
  • Arrange wrappers on your t-shirt, holding in place for a few seconds while the glue sets.
  • CAUTION: Take care with thinner wrappers as glue will be very hot!

Bulletin Board

  • Light brown long sleeve shirt
  • Florescent note paper, photos and/or receipts
  • Double-sided tape
  • Black pen or marker

Offering to let folks write and stick new notes to your outfit will make this costume the hit of the party.

  • Fill out a dozen or so notes with random reminders (ie. shopping lists, appointments, etc).
  • Stick notes to shirt, reinforcing with double-sided tape.
  • Bring extra pens or markers and notes with when going out.

Raining Cats and Dogs

  • Umbrella
  • 4-5 assorted stuffed cats and dogs
  • Fishing line
  • Large eyed needle
  • Scissors
  • Yellow poncho or rain jacket

This costume is a great one for kids. Not only is this adorable but it also keeps your little trick-or-treater dry if Halloween is rainy!

  • Using your fishing line and needle, carefully attach a line to a stuffed cat or dog and then secure the other end to a supporting rib of the umbrella.
  • Repeat the previous step, going around the umbrella while staggering the length and placement of the fishing line.
  • Throw on a poncho or rain jacket and get trick-or-treating!

Ghost Dog

  • Large piece of white fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hook and loop fastening strip
  • Hot glue gun

This simple costume lets the most important member of your family join in on the Halloween fun!

  • Mark and cut space for your dog’s eyes and muzzle while also trimming excess material that could become a tripping hazard.
  • Glue hook and loop patches to the inside of the costume by the back of the neck in order to keep the costume in place.
  • NOTE: Use your own discretion. If your four-legged friend isn’t comfortable walking in the costume then this outfit may be best suited for greeting trick-or-treaters at home rather than walking door to door with the family.