But the kids love Halloween, and I love seeing them happy, so I’ve found ways to save money on kids Halloween costumes:
Ask around. Perhaps a friend or relative has costumes from last year that they would lend your child. Ask on Freecycle.org if anyone has Halloween costumes to spare.
Shop the secondhand stores. Thrift stores and kid’s consignment shops can be a great resource for inexpensive costumes. Garage sales can also be a good source – but you have to remember to start looking far in advance.
Create your own costumes. A simple internet search on inexpensive Halloween costumes for kids will pull up oodles of ideas – many of them don’t require any sewing!
Use what you have. Look over your child’s wardobe and see what you can use for the base of the costume (think solid color shirts and sweatpants, for example). Perhaps you can fashion an old hooded animal bath towel into a costume for a toddler. Use egg cartons, toilet paper tubes, paper plates and aluminum foil to create your costumes.
Think ahead. If you’re buying a costume, think ahead. Try to find a durable costume that could be passed on to another child or sold on consignment later. I especially like costumes that can be used to play dress-up later (firefighter, princess, etc). I also like costumes that could be repurposed for next year. One child could be a princess this year and a younger sister could be a fairy the next with just a few minor changes. (Oh, and fairy dust!)
Shop the clearance. Halloween patterns, fabrics, and costumes will all go on deep discount within a few days after Halloween. Start thinking ahead for next year and you could save 50 to 75 percent off.
How do you save on kids Halloween costumes? I’d love to hear your ideas!