With three kids under the age of 10 at our house, there is a lot of anticipation for Halloween every year, and let’s face it, a little dread about the potential cost of costumes.
Thankfully, there are ways we get the kids on board the DIY Halloween costumes bandwagon, saving a little money and having fun:
- Dollar and thrift stores. As Halloween approaches, a thrift store like Value Village or a Dollar Store is where we head for last-minute deals. For my 8-year-old’s Monster High costume, she found everything in her own closet but a pink wig and legwarmers. Both items, new, cost less than $6.00 total at my local thrift store, and will be saved for other costumes down the road.
- Look in the Tickle Trunk. Speaking of saving, our favourite way to stretch every dollar spent on costumes is to use them all year long. My kids play-time costume bin now rivals Mr. Dress Up’s and is filled with old and hand-me-down costumes, random garage sale finds and accessories that would have otherwise been donated. This is where my 3-year-old found her butterfly costume of hand-painted wings (saved from a school play) and antennae we made together from an old headband and pipe cleaners: for a cost of … nothing!
- Yard and garage sales. On summer weekends, we take coffees to go and give our kids a twoonie each to hunt and bargain for costumes on their own. Our garage sale find of the year: a $2.00 Transformer’s Helmet for my 6-year-old son. Adding a rolled up camping-mat-turned-laser-gun from our basement, and we are ready to trick-or-treat.
For a grant total of $8.00 and the little time we invested, Halloween is a whole lot happier at our house now that the price tag for costumes is far from scary.
Images Left to Right: Butterfly costume for my 3 year old $0, Monster High costume for my 8 year old $6.00, and Bumblebee Transformer costumer for my 6 year old $2.00