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A chilling shiver runs down your spine as you realise Halloween has crept up on you and the kids have (of course) outgrown all of their fancy dress clothes.
Thankfully, this particular horror story has a happy ending – as there are still plenty of options for those in need of a last minute costume for a child (you just have to know where to look).
Consider us your caped heroes, as we've found the shops offering next day delivery on kids' Halloween costumes and have rounded up 14 spooky options below. There's something for children aged from 0 to 14 years old and the outfits range from adorable to truly terrifying, so brace yourself before scrolling down!
(To avoid disappointment, always check cut off times for next day delivery before ordering.)
Wicked Costumes Kids Unisex Skeleton Jumpsuit Halloween Fancy Dress | £18.95 at Amazon
Simply add some black and white face paint (or improvise with black eyeliner) and your child will be ready to go with this black jumpsuit decorated with white bone imprints. This costume is quite thin so it is wise to layer up with leggings and a long sleeved T-shirt underneath if going trick or treating.
Baby Yoda Children's Costume | £19.99 at John Lewis & Partners
This is, without doubt, the cutest costume of the year. 'Baby Yoda', otherwise known as 'The Child' was the star of the Disney Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian and this adorable outfit with attached hand covers and headpiece will ensure your child is the star of any Halloween party. Select Morning Delivery (£10.95) or Next Day Delivery (6.95) at check out for the fastest delivery times.
Vampire Woven Dress-Up Costume | £12 at Selfridges
No King or Queen of the night would step out in an outfit that wasn't dripping with gothic details and this caped top packs in a lot, as it features a silver medallion and pocket watch, as well as a gold trim on the collared cape. In sizes suitable for kids aged 5-8 years old. For next day delivery, select nominated delivery at check out.
Fabelab Dragon Wings | £22 at Kidly
If you're after a costume with longevity, these organic cotton wings with sparkly gold straps are suitable for children aged 3+ and would work equally well as part of a fearsome fire breathing dragon costume or a spooky bat outfit. Easy for even toddlers to pull on themselves, as they're sure to get lots of play action.
Kids' Black Cat Halloween Fancy Dress Costume | From £12.79 at Amazon
Many cat costumes just include a headband with ears, but this one also comes with a full catsuit and a tail that attaches with velcro (so it can be taken off for sitting). It is available in sizes for kids aged 3 - 13 years old, but reviews say it comes up small, so best buy a size up.
Morphsuits Official Zalgo Urban Legend Kids Halloween Costume | £24.99 at Amazon
Zalgo is an internet legend about an "ominous entity", but don't worry if you've never heard of it before, as even the creators of this costume admit "we don't know what it is either, but it's creepy" – and this costume most certainly is creepy.
Featuring quick release velcro on the hood for easy removal, this all-in-one spandex costume features less dense fabric on the face, so children can see through it and even drink through it.
Velvet Skirt With Stars And Moons | £12.99 at Zara
Witches, wizards, sorcerers or any creature of the night will look the part in this black velvet skirt with shiny star and and moon appliqué. Available in sizes for kids aged 3-5 years old. For last minute orders select next day delivery at checkout, and there is even the option of same day delivery for addresses in certain London postcodes.
Devil Hooded Cape | £8.99 at Smiffys
Little Devil by nature? This hooded cape with black devil horns and tail can be worn time and time again, just pop on some red or black layers underneath and you've got a very easy costume.
Ghostbusters Costume Set | From £15 at Argos
Who ya gonna call (for a last minute costume)? This set features a rucksack in the style of a proton pack (with plenty of room to store Halloween treats), and a beige all-in-one Ghostbusters flight suit, Available in sizes to fit kids aged 3-10 years old. For next day collection in-store, order before 2pm.
Wicked Witch Costume | £9.95 at Smiffys
No Halloween round up would be complete without a pointy witch's hat. This sweet black and green set includes both the dress and the hat (although you will need to fashion your own broomstick). Available in sizes for kids aged 6-14.
Meri Meri Silver Cobweb Headband | £12.50 at Kidly
From creepy spider to cobweb draped ghoul, this headpiece featuring a silver glittery web atop a neon orange satin ribbon Alice band is designed to fit kids aged 3+ and is sure to get plenty of wear over the years. It could also work as part of a roaring 20s outfit or as a glistening tiara.
Zombie Clown Child's Costume | £19.99 at Smiffys
If your child is after something truly bone-chilling, this terrifying zombie clown costume fits the bill. The set includes a red and green printed top, blood splattered trousers, a latex mask and hair. Available in sizes for kids aged 4 -12.
Pretend to Bee Blue Monster Onesie | £17 at Amazon
Little monsters will get everyone cooing in this monster onesie with a cute little tail that will wag as they crawl or toddle around. Available in sizes for kids aged 6 months to 3 years.
Pirate Children's Costume | £14.99 at John Lewis
Top off this pirate jumpsuit with a little pale face powder to create a swashbuckling crew mate of The Flying Dutchman. The best part about this costume is that it is made entirely of recycled materials. Available in sizes for kids aged 6-8 years old.