When it comes to saving money, we often forget those little things throughout the year that can add up. Things such as birthday gifts, unexpected repairs, and even Halloween costumes can cause a huge dent in an already tight budget. So what can be done to save money on Halloween costumes? That’s exactly what we’re going to show you in the rest of this post.
Consider Making Your Own Costumes
Some parents love taking the time to make their kids’ Halloween costumes. It can be their favorite part of Halloween. However, if time is an issue or if you’re like me and can’t sew two pieces of fabric together to save your life, consider using some around the house basics to put together a costume. Parenting.com has a great section on Halloween costumes including several DIY. Check out the Rosie the Riveter costume and the Captain American Superhero costume that use Rock Bottom T-Shirts baby bodysuits.
While making your own costume can be fun, sometimes this option just isn’t practical. Either lack of skills, time, or both can put a damper on what could really be a fun experience. There is also the option of buying the day after Halloween (a year in advance), but choosing the right size for a child’s costume so far in advance can be virtually impossible. So for those parents who are tight on time with growing children, here are some ways to save money on already made Halloween costumes.
Save Money with the Gently Used Costume Route
The best way to work Halloween costumes into your budget is to buy gently used costumes. When you think about it, there’s really nothing safer than buying used because more than likely the costume was only worn once. So starting in early September, keep an eye out for garage sales and online sites such as Craigslist or E-bay because you can often find good looking costumes at great prices. Thrift, consignment and resale stores may have great options as well.
Swap to Save on Halloween Costumes
Another idea that can help your friends and neighbors out with budgeting as well is to try a costume swap. Host a pre- Halloween party where everyone brings their old costumes and everyone leaves with one that is new to them. We do it with regular clothes, so why not costumes? You could even ask everyone to model costumes that still fit. This works both for adult as well as children’s costumes and you can even let the kids pick their own.
Recycle Dress Clothes into Costumes
Another great idea for children’s costumes, though it seems counterproductive to tight budgeting, is to invest in high quality dress up clothes. If your child loves to play dress up, make sure any dress up clothes that you purchase can be multifunctional and are durable. This can create a readymade selection of multiple Halloween costumes right in your own home.
Turn Old Costumes into New Ones with Face Paint
Additionally, if you already have numerous princess or policemen costumes and your kids want something different, just buy some face paint and become a zombie princess or policeman. The paint will cost much less than a new costume and you won’t waste money on clothes that only get worn once.
And by the way, if you are a little handy with a needle and thread here’s an idea for you-you could turn one of our tees or bodysuits into a costume (see Jennifer’s t-shirt example above). We hope that you enjoyed our post and that it helps you save a lot of money. Don’t forget to post your costume photos to our Fan Page when you’re done-thanks!