7 Ways to Save Money on Kids Halloween Costumes
Halloween costumes sure have changed since I was a kid! I remember each year having a 1 piece plastic costume that went over my regular clothes and it always came with a mask that made me feel like I couldn’t breathe and also made my face sweat. Yuck! The only good thing I can say about them are that they were very inexpensive. These days, costumes are soooo much nicer. Everything is made with real fabric instead of plastic and the quality is a big improvement. But, along with these upgrades comes an increase in price. Halloween costumes can cost a pretty penny, but there are some frugal ways that you can save. Check out these 7 ways to save money on kid’s Halloween costumes.
- Go through your kid’s closet and find things that can be paired with accessories for a great costume. A black leotard and tights are the base of a black cat costume. Buy or make the tail and ears and use makeup to draw whiskers on your little kitty. A red hooded sweatsuit is the start of a devil costume. Buy or make devil horns and a pointed tail and paint your little devils face red.
- If your kids don’t have their heart set on a specific costume, wait until the last minute to buy. Some stores will start marking down prices on costumes the day before Halloween. By then, the majority of parents have already purchased their kid’s costumes and the stores need to get rid of what’s left.
- Check out thrift shops and consignment stores. You can usually find a good variety of Halloween costumes that have only been worn once for a fraction of the retail price.
- DIY. Search online and you will find more homemade costume ideas than you could imagine! They are easy to do and inexpensive. Many of them use items that you probably already have.
- For a free, last minute costume use uniforms that your kids already have. One year we were invited to a Halloween party at the very last minute. My son wore his last year’s baseball uniform and equipment and we had a full costume for free. For girls, a leotard, tights and tutu from ballet class make a full ballerina costume.
- Go with classic costumes instead of current trends. You can save a witch costume as a hand me down for next year, but a costume that’s trendy now, like a character from the newest kid’s movie may not be so popular next Halloween after another kid’s movie is released. Classics never go out of style and are often more inexpensive than trends.
- Zombies are all the rage and make such a frugal costume. Add some rips and shreds to old jeans and an old shirt. Use Halloween makeup from the dollar store for your zombie’s face and you’re all done; instant zombie!
Halloween is a fun day with great costumes, parties, and trick or treating. It doesn’t have to cost a bundle to get your kids the perfect costume. Use some of our 7 ways to save money on kid’s Halloween costumes for a fabulously frugal Halloween.
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