Last updated on August 27th, 2021 at 08:38 pm
Do your children all need Halloween costumes, but your budget is tight? Or perhaps you and your significant other got invited to a Halloween party, but you don’t want to spend money on a costume you will never wear again? Learn how to snag Halloween costumes for less money, perhaps even for no money with these ten ways to save money on Halloween costumes.
10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Halloween Costumes
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1. Raid The Dress-Up Box
The dress-up box is the first place I sent my children to find a costume when they were little. Since I once ran a licensed family daycare our family’s dress-up box probably offered more variety than most, but chances are if you have children eight and under in your home, your dress-up box probably has a few pieces that could be used for trick or treating.
In fact, even though my children are now 15 and up we still have a dress-up box of sorts that we store up in the attic full of hats and props from various plays and performances in which the children have taken part in the past few years. Perhaps your family has a box like this too? If so, go and raid it–the perfect free Halloween costume might be waiting in it.
2. Host A Halloween Costume Swap
If the dress-up box only turns up costumes that have been worn so many times that your family just can’t bring themselves to wear them one more year, get some new-to-you outfits by hosting a Halloween costume swap with your friends.
Tell six or so families to come to your house at a set date with lightly used Halloween costumes in tow. You can make the night more fun by including a meal–potluck style of course! After dinner put everyone’s names in a hat and the first person whose name is drawn gets first pick. Continue until you are out of names. Any costumes that were not taken can be donated to your local thrift store.
3. Shop At The Dollar Store
In our town Dollar Tree usually has a great selection of Halloween costume items each year. These are generally costume props like fairy wings or wigs, but if you need just a few things to finish off your finds from the first two ideas on this post, your local dollar store just might have exactly what you are looking for.
4. Shop At Hollar
Hollar is an online low-cost variety store. I have been shopping with them for over a year now and have been happy with almost everything I have ordered. During the Halloween shopping season, they have a Halloween category that includes complete costumes for kids as little as $7.15. These include popular superhero costumes. They have costumes in adult sizes too starting at around $10.
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5. Use What Is Already In Your Closet
That black dress you never wear could become part of a pirate or witch costume. That red sweater that always was a bit on the big side could be the start of an M&M costume. Put on your outside the box thinking cap and if that fails, search Pinterest for homemade costume ideas for inspiration–trust me, the odds are hight that perfect costume for you is already hanging in your closet.
6. Raid The Recycling Bin
A friend of mine made an awesome costume one year by taping cereal boxes from her recycling box in various ripped up states to an old sweatshirt and then splashed it with red spray paint. She was a “cereal killer.”
Of course, you could always go with the less dramatic robot made out of boxes and grey paint.
7. Shop Thrift Stores
Thrift stores in the weeks before Halloween will often put costumes on one rack at the front of the store. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to this one rack. Vintage clothing exists all through the store. Become a child of the 90s, 60s or 50s depending on what you find.
8. Shop ThredUp
ThredUp is an online consignment store with a HUGE selection of items. They have a Halloween section available every year. I didn’t see many costumes in adult sizes, but I did see a vast selection available in children’s sizes and at good prices too.
9. Shop Poshmark
Poshmark is another online consignment store, but unlike ThredUp you buy straight from the seller. They also have a Halloween costume section.
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10. Shop Swap.com
Swap is a lot like ThredUp, but they sell more than just clothing items. They too have a huge selection of gently used Halloween costumes at great prices.
Bonus Tip: Make Sure To Shop For Next Year After Halloween This Year
This tip right here will have you picking up brand new Halloween costumes for up to 90% off. The trick is not to go shopping the first day after Halloween unless you want a particular costume. Instead, wait at least a week or so. At that time retailers usually mark down leftover costumes to 75% off or more.
These sales are also a gold mine for Christmas gifts for little ones in the dress up stage.
Thrifty readers, what tips would you add to my list?
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