Halloween costumes don't have to break the bank. Of all the holidays, Halloween is third, behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day, when it comes to spending money. While very fun, the cost of a Halloween costume can be frightening.
But not if you're smart about it! There are plenty of ways to cut the budget without cutting down on the fun. We promise the night won't be any less exciting or memorable when your child has a cheaper costume, and you'll love the peace of mind that comes with knowing you're within your budget.
Get A Little Help From A Friend
Call your friends and family. Perhaps they have old Halloween costumes that are just hanging in closets. Most children don’t want to be the same character two years in a row and you can borrow the garb for free!
Re-Use And Recycle
What do you have on hand? If your children are in sports or involved in activities such as dance, then perhaps your child can wear their uniform. You have already invested the money in the clothing, so it doesn't hurt to get a little more mileage out of it. I know my daughter dressed as a gymnast complete with her warm-up suit and medals one year.
Every fall, those cute pajamas are pushed out on the store shelves. And some of those Halloween pajamas have skeletons on them. Why not dress your child in the pajamas? Then you can get “double duty” in that they can sleep in them and wear them on Halloween.
Mask The Issue
Sometimes, putting a costume together can be as simple as buying a mask. If your child has an outfit in all one color, then a mask tops it off and they can be off to collect their candy!
Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace
Consider checking Craigslist. Oftentimes, there are great deals with like-new costumes that you can spend a fraction of the cost on.
Narrow Down The Choices
Decide what you have on hand or what you are willing to spend money on. Then, give your child a choice of different costumes that fit your budget. Asking them the wide-open question, “what do you want to be for Halloween?” can come back to haunt you.
Go Thrift Shopping
Many thrift stores can provide an open field of creativity when putting together a Halloween costume for your child. Have a little fun and explore what is out there!