Happy Halloween! Need a quick costume?

So it's Halloween and you need a costume stat! Maybe you didn't remember that it was today. Maybe your plans got more exciting and you need o dress up for a party now. Maybe your child's school only allows animal costumes and you forgot.  Whatever the case, here's an easy quick costume you can make in less than 10 minutes.  (Probably 5 minutes if you have some coffee.)

Like most good ideas, this mouse costume was inspired by a cup of coffee. I needed to come up with a cute, easy animal costume for my daughter's class party. I was staring blankly at  my drink when I thought, "Hey that mermaid is just the right size for mouse ears!"

Normally I just wonder if she gets kicked out of undersea street races for illegal speed modifications.

Normally I just wonder if she gets kicked out of undersea street races for illegal speed modifications.

You'll need: 

2 drink sleeves (Starbucks ones are great because you don't need to do any tracing) 

Hot glue and gun (you can use duct tape if you're in a time crunch)

A headband

Cut a small circle, roughly the size of the Starbucks logo, from the front and back of the drink sleeve.  Glue the front and back pieces together, leaving a little room at the bottom to fold over for gluing onto to the headband.  Do the same with the second drink sleeve.  Hot glue your two ears onto your headband, with whatever spacing looks convincingly mouse-like.

You know these will soon be on sale at the Starbucks Main Street location in Disney's Magic Kingdom (as soon as Disney's lawyers get finished with me).

You know these will soon be on sale at the Starbucks Main Street location in Disney's Magic Kingdom (as soon as Disney's lawyers get finished with me).

You could stop here and look like a hybrid of America's two favorite corporations or you can decorate your ears.  Maybe grab a Sharpie and color them in.  We used some tinsel that we got at the dollar store.  (Good thing Christmas decorations were out before even the Pumpkin Spice Latte.) A bonus of hot gluing tinsel to the DYI mouse ears meant that leftover tinsel could be duct-taped to a pants seat for a makeshift tail.  It's not a real costume until duct tape is involved, anyway.

There you have it!  Super fast and easy, and now you're not the only one in your office not dressed up.  So hit up your favorite coffee shop and dollar store on your lunch break and get to celebrating!