Halloween costumes can be so expensive! And the cost of it starts to really add up if you have more than one child. Here are some ideas to help you find and make inexpensive Halloween costumes for your kids this year.
1. Look Around the House
Look around the house, through your closet, your children’s closets, and the costume box to see if there are clothes that can be turned into Halloween costumes. A football uniform could become a child’s favorite athlete. A cowboy hat, flannel shirt, jeans, and boots could become a cowboy costume.
This year, my 4-year-old daughter wants to be a princess. We happen to already have a princess costume that she received for Christmas, so I’m happy that this year’s Halloween costume is already figured out.
2. Consignment & Thrift Stores
Thrift stores and consignment shops sell second-hand clothing for kids, which includes Halloween costumes. Since children only wear Halloween costumes a few times before they outgrow them, you should be able to find costumes still in great condition. Be sure to watch for costumes early because they will likely be sold quickly. It’s also a great time to watch these stores after Halloween when people are getting rid of costumes the kids have outgrown. You can pick up a Halloween costume for next year for a great deal.
3. Costume Swap
Get a group of friends together to have a costume swap. This will definitely save some money, plus the kids will think it’s fun to try on a new-to-them costume for Halloween.
4. Ask Family and Friends
Talk to your family and friends to see if they have any costumes around their house your kids could borrow this Halloween. Some family and friends might just give the costume to you for free if their kids have outgrown it or it’s taking up space in their house.
5. Watch for Sales
Many stores such as Kmart, Shopko, and Target are having sales on Halloween costumes right now. And some of the costumes are up to 60% off. Keep an eye online to see which stores are holding sales. This will help you save money so you aren’t paying full price for a costume.
6. Make Your Own
Rather than purchasing a costume, save some money by making a homemade Halloween costume yourself. Here are ideas of inexpensive costumes that you can make. And some of them you don’t have to sew!
- DIY Halloween Costumes (Real Simple)
- 29 Halloween Kids Costumes (C.R.A.F.T.)
- Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids (DIY Network)
- Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costumes (Parents)
- Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes (Parents)
- DIY Halloween Costumes (Pinterest)
- More DIY Halloween Costumes (Pinterest)
If you’ve found a way to get a Halloween costume inexpensively or you’ve made a costume for your kids, I’d love to hear what you’ve done!