Buying Tips for Frugal Halloween Costumes!

Blog | October 9th, 2012

Buying Tips for Frugal Halloween Costumes!

Halloween is a favorite time of year for many! Kids everywhere enjoy dressing up in colorful Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating around the neighborhood.

Of course, the holiday comes with a price tag. The costumes often cost upwards of $50; pretty expensive when you consider the short amount of time they are used! Here are some wise suggestions you can consider before you decide to buy a costume.

1. Get Creative!

You can scan around the house and see what types of Halloween costumes you can already create! You’ll be surprised to find what you can come up with! A combination of old clothes and accessories can easily create some memorable costumes for your kids, including a nerd, a mad scientist, a superhero or even an “old man” or “old woman”!

2. Recycle Costumes!

Costumes can be used more than once! It is as easy as this – every kid needs a costume, right? Just because your kid doesn’t want to be the same thing two years in a row doesn’t mean the costume has to sit in the closet. Maybe you can use part of last year’s costume to create a whole new outfit. Also, ask around and see if your children’s friends want to swap costumes! If you have friends or family with kids, they may also have something that you can use! You can then apply creativity and reuse the costume in a whole new way!

3. Don’t Go for the Latest Fad

If you go with the popular costume of the season, you might run into a few problems. First, it’s bound to be expensive! Second, you likely won’t be able to wear it again as the fad will end. Third, there will likely be a bunch of people out on Halloween with the same costume. You want to be unique, right? Choosing a costume that doesn’t go along with a current trend will save you money this year and in the long run.

4. Wait Until the Last Minute

If you’ve found yourself late in October and still don’t have a costume, you can actually benefit from waiting until the last minute. When Halloween approaches, stores will want to get rid of their supply. Of course, this means that your costume selection will be limited, but you’ll be sure to find some great deals. To avoid being stuck with inventory, stores tend to offer better discounts the closer you get to October 31st. If you’re unsure of what you want to be, consider buying a last-minute costume!

5. November 1st Sales!

Do you when costumes are the cheapest?  November 1st! If you want to get a really good deal, consider buying next year’s costume for a discounted price at a store’s after-Halloween sale.

What Halloween costumes are you planning for your kids this year? Do you have any other ideas to add to our list? Share them with us by writing your comments!