Whether you want a classic Halloween costume or your child wants the latest trend, there is a tip here for everyone with these Halloween costume ideas for less.
I hate the idea of spending $10-$30 on an outfit my child will wear for 1-2 hours (and won’t be able to fit again next year). Here are some ways you can save money on Halloween costumes:
Host a Swap
Host a swap with other families for their gently used hand-me-down costumes. Get a group together with similarly aged children. Put the costumes on display. Everyone leaves with a new (to them) costume!
Shop Consignment Stores
Once Upon a Child or other consignment stores offer Halloween costumes for at least 50% off regular retail. Check local consignment stores in your area to see what they have to offer.
Thrift stores, like Goodwill and Salvation Army offer costumes for at least 50% off regular retail. Styles and sizes may be limited, but it’s definitely worth it if you can find a great costume for under $10!
Craigslist, online Halloween retailers, Amazon.com and auction sites like Ebay feature new and used costumes for every budget.
Look for Sales
Look for advertised sales 1-2 weeks prior for Halloween costumes on sale at stores like Kmart, Target, and Walmart. You can also check discount department stores like Michael’s, Ross, and Marshall’s have a small selection of costumes that are deeply discounted, too.
Tip: Prepare for next year by shopping the clearance Halloween costumes at CVS & Walgreens for next year, beginning the day after Halloween. Save from 25% at the beginning of the sale to 90% at the end of the sale. I got my decorations and kids’ costumes for 90% off , spending less than $10 for all.
How do you stick to and stretch your Halloween budget?