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Last Minute Costume Supplies

spock-costume-halloweenAs my boys are getting older, gone are the days when we start planning Halloween costumes in April. No, we open up the dialog around October 29th. I’m not normally a last-minute type of person, but this Halloween has proved me wrong.

Maybe I’m a little too confident with my arsenal of craft supplies, but I must admit Darice sparkle tape came through for me BIG TIME this year.

My boys are totally obsessed with Star Trek. Scratch that. My husband is obsessed with Star Trek and therefore so are my boys. All three of them can do the “Live long and prosper” thing with their fingers – not me. My ring finger and pinky don’t seem to like each other.

Anyway, a few days ago my older son decided to be Spock. I didn’t even need to use the force (sorry, that’s a Star Wars reference) to lead him to such a simple costume that we really could pull off at the last minute.

All he needed was a blue shirt turned inside out. Black pants and shoes. He had all these things. Then some simple details that were pulled together with gold sparkle tape. Oh, and the ears – hello Premo Sculpey clay!

So if you’re in a pickle and need to make a Halloween Costume for the unprepared, here are some useful craft supplies that can help you throw something together.

Craft Supplies for Easy DIY Halloween Costumes


1. Darice Sparkle Tape – sticks really well to fabric. I used it for my sons Spock costume, or use it for fairy wands, battle armor or Super Woman’s crown.

2. Premo Sculpey clay – There is so much you can do with clay. To make my son’s skin tone for the ears I mixed white and yellow, a pinch of red and a tiny (BB size) amount of dark blue. If you want to be a Walking Dead zombie, for instance, you can make clay flesh for open wounds or eyes are always fun!

3. Old Clothes – why sacrifice any part of your wardrobe when you can hang onto something old until October 31st so you can splatter red (blood) paint all over it. Or cut it up into a Papa Smurf Hat.

4. Pom Pom balls – with no sewing needed you can hot glue pom poms onto clothing to make a human gum ball machine, or even arrange them into a poodle on a skirt and you’re a 50’s chick.

5. Pipe Cleaners – You can transform a plain headband into just about anything with the addition of creative pipe cleaners. This works great for devil horns, bat ears (any animal ears, actually) tiaras, or a giant spider.

Happy Halloween!!

Boldy go where no costume has gone before!


I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to Last Minute Costume Supplies

  1. Lucy Schmidt October 31, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    I can’t do the “Star Trek salute” either. Great costume idea. I like the sparkle tape and can foresee lots of uses for it. I hope all your boys (what’s your husband’s costume?) have a safe and fun Halloween.

    • Eve October 31, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

      Thanks, Lucy! My husband and I are dressing up in…our winter coats. Ha, ha.

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