Halloween is great fun! I remember how exciting it was going around town in my Halloween costume, getting candy from all of the neighbors. I still get to enjoy that now through my kids!
Do you remember those old Halloween costumes? You know the ones that came in a box and it was made up of a thin plastic mask with eye holes that hurt and it was held onto your head with an elastic piece that usually didn’t last the night and the body of the costume was a plastic sack-like piece you climbed into which also didn’t make it through the night? Those were great! I remember one year I was Chewbacca and another I was Yoda ( I remember terrorizing my younger sister with those masks too; I was such a stinker!). I’m sure I was Superman and Batman as well.
But have you seen the price of Halloween costumes these days?!?
You can easily spend $25 and up on a kids’ costume (adults even more)! That’s a lot for a couple hours walking through the neighborhood trick or treating!
Here are some suggestions to think about before you go and buy a costume:
See what Halloween costumes you can cook up with items around the house. I know one year I was a hobo made up of old clothes around the house. Look around and see what you can come up with. You may be surprised what you find in the back of your closet or in the garage.
Use last year’s costume
If the kids are young it can be easy to do this. If they are older then maybe you can revise the Halloween costume in some way to make it new? Our daughter was the Corpse Bride last year (yes we bought the costume). This year she’ll be a zombie. Not a big difference but with a little makeup change we can re-use the costume!
Look for hand me downs
Most times these costumes are worn one night and that’s it. Then the kids grow out of them. If you have friends or family with kids they may have something you can use. Remember the previous two suggestions: be creative and find a way to use that old costume in a new way!
Don’t get the latest fad
One sure way to make sure your costume won’t be used again is if it’s this year’s fad. Whereas, a costume like a vampire, princess, or a pirate can be worn any year! In fact, when we bought a pirate costume for our son, he loved playing pirate so much he wore it at times throughout the year. We definitely got our money’s worth on that one!
Wait until the last minute to buy
This can be tough, but if you are willing to compromise on the costumes that are still available at the last minute then you can find some great deals. See, Halloween costumes are seasonal and stores don’t want to be stuck with them in inventory. As a result, they tend to offer better discounts the closer you get to October 31st. In fact you could…
Buy next year’s costumes this year
Know when costumes are the cheapest? The day after Halloween! If you can, buy next year’s costume this year to save.
As I mentioned our daughter will be a zombie using her costume from last year. Our son will probably be a monkey. We bought his costume for last year and we’re shocked and pleased to find out that he still fits it (it was real big last year).