If you’re wondering how to get awesome Halloween costumes that won’t break the bank, you’re in luck, because I have some money saving tips for you today.
I’m shocked at the retail price of many Halloween costumes. Costumes that are usually only worn once or twice. That is nonsense! There are so many ways to save money on Halloween costumes. Here are a few tips…
Halloween Costumes That Won’t Break the Bank
Buy Second Hand
Sites like Kijiji, Craiglist, Ebay or more local sites like Milton Moms are excellent ways to purchase costumes second hand. If your children do not particularly care which costume they get, you have free reign to find a good deal you know they would like.
If Junior is desperate to be a superhero, begin searching earlier to find that more specific costume.
Also, Gymboree has the most adorable costumes for kids and they are excellent quality. If you can find a second hand deal on a Gymboree Halloween costume, snatch it up.
Purchase Off Season
Full-price costumes in September and October can be reduced by up to 90% off the day after Halloween. I have scored ladybug and flower costumes for $3 for my niece (regularly $25 at The Children’s Place).
My husband has also had great luck buying costumes after Halloween at Walmart and Real Canadian Superstore. These included Buzz Light Year and a Clone Trooper for less than $5 each.
Use More Than Once
If you pay $20 for a costume that is worn once, that is an expensive investment. However, if you pay $20 for a costume that gets passed down from child to child, and used in the dress up box for almost a decade – not such a bad deal. We have a Hulk costume that no kid can resist when they dress up at our house!
We have had a few theme parties that gave our kids and their guests a chance to dress up. We had a jungle party in October and our son got to wear his giraffe costume again. We offered to lend out a few extra animal costumes we had on hand so other moms didn’t have to scramble, too.
Swap With a Friend
Finished with a costume? Pass it along to a friend with a younger child. Or, shop for costumes with a friend so you each buy one costume and then trade after one Halloween, for the next year.
Create Homemade Halloween Costumes
This is probably my favourite way to “find” Halloween costumes that won’t break the bank. My childhood memories around Halloween center on the thrill of creating our own costume from items on hand.
Fisher Price doctor kit with my dad’s white shirt and a stuffed dog? Veterinarian!
Glasses (taped), with pencil protector and too-short pants? Nerd!
Pinterest has now revolutionized internet searches for costume ideas. If you’re an all-out kind of person, start planning now! Here a few of the cutest Halloween costumes I found:
Sell Your Costumes
You can make most of your money back on costumes if you’ve purchased them at a reasonable price and kept them in good condition. Market them as dress up clothes, or sell them in September/October to get top dollar.
With October 31st fast approaching, there is no better time to start getting costume ideas. If we start early, we can avoid last-minute scrambling (my specialty). I hope these ideas help you find cheap Halloween costumes your kids will love.