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If you're the kind of mom who pins ideas for Halloween costumes to a vision board tacked up in her craft room all year, go embroider something and leave us alone. For the rest of us, here are 9 scarily easy kids Halloween costume ideas. They're perfect for anyone who can barely hold a pair of scissors and won't realize they have nothing planned until the day before Halloween.

1. Ghost

Locate a white sheet. Cut holes for eyes (or not). Throw over child.

Boo.
Boo.
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2. Mummy

Wrap toilet paper around child until child is not visible.

Spooky.
Spooky.
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3. Burrito

Wrap foil around child until child is not visible.

Delicious.
Delicious.
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4. Generic superhero

Use Sharpie to draw first letter of child's name on an old pillowcase. Tie pillowcase around child's neck. This costume also builds character.

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Add goggles if you're some kind of creative genius.
Add goggles if you're some kind of creative genius.
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5. Olympic swimmer

Bathing suit.

Just throw a coat on top if it's cold out.
Just throw a coat on top if it's cold out.
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6. Overprotected child

Helmet, knee pads, participation trophy. Bonus: your kid will be really safe all night.

If you go as the kid's helicopter mom, it's a two-for-one deal.
If you go as the kid's helicopter mom, it's a two-for-one deal.
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7. Fireman

Start a small fire in a room in your house you don't use very much. When firemen arrive, ask if you can borrow their hat and place hat on child. Take some photos to send to Grandma.

Wow, so authentic.
Wow, so authentic.
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8. Extraterrestrial masquerading as a human to gather intelligence on our species

Ordinary street clothes with something slightly amiss, like a sweater worn inside-out.

Don't tell me this thought has never crossed your mind about your own kid.
Don't tell me this thought has never crossed your mind about your own kid.
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9. Whatever your child actually wants to be this year

Drive to store, purchase costume. Eat candy.

Congratulations, you're mom of the year.
Congratulations, you're mom of the year.
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