Tips for saving money on Halloween costumes

Halloween is fast approaching, which means it's time to start thinking of what you want to be for Halloween. Costumes can cost hundreds of dollars and chances are you're only going to wear it once, maybe twice, and that's it. Not many have that type of money they can spend, especially if they also have kids they have to buy costumes for. Despite the usually high price tags, it doesn't mean you have to sit home on Halloween. There are several ways you can save money on costumes so you have cash leftover to pick up plenty of trick-or-treat candy that's on sale the day after.

Wear one from a previous year

Just because you wore a costume a previous year doesn't mean you can't wear it again, especially if you're going out with completely different people who never saw you in it. If you don't want to wear the exact same costume, switch things up a bit. For example, if you were a regular angel one year, spray paint the wings black, get a black halo and throw on a black dress and boots you already own and you have a brand new dark angel costume.

Make your own

Nowadays, there's tutorials on how to make every type of costume imaginable, so don't hesitate to try making your own. If you don't know how to sew, there's a variety of costumes you can make just by putting together a few different pieces. Even if you buy one or two small accessories to complete a costume, it's better than buying the entire outfit.

Buy at auction

Some quick research on eBay will pull up thousands of costumes, some of which currently have an auction price of a few dollars with only a day or two left. Now is the time everyone is trying to get rid of their old Halloween costumes that are lying around. Take advantage of the early listings and find a costume that's perfect for you.

Barter with or pay someone to make you a costume

If you want a particular type of costume but you're not handy at sewing, ask someone who is if they would be willing to make it for you. You could offer to pay them, but another option is to barter. For example, should you know someone who is skilled on the sewing machine but hates doing yard work, offer to do some of the landscaping in exchange for the costume.

Have a costume swap party

This is an especially great idea for kids who are in the same age group. Get together a group of costume-needing individuals who are relatively the same size and swap out costumes. If more than one person wants the same costume, throw the names into a hat and pull out the name of the winner.

Check out second hand shops

Late September and early October are usually when thrift stores, consignment shops and other second-hand stores start putting out their Halloween merchandise. Most will have no damage, but just in case, do a thorough check before you make a purchase. Check along the seams for tears and glance around for any stains and make sure to wash it anyway when you get home.

Halloween costumes don't have to be expensive. It's a holiday where you're supposed to enjoy yourself, not worry that you're short on cash to go out with because you spent it all on what you're wearing. The sooner you start looking, the higher the chances are you're going to be able to buy or make the costume you want for a small price.

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