How to Save Money on Halloween Costumes

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by on September 30, 2013

How to Save Money on Halloween CostumesHow to Save Money on Halloween Costumes

Can you believe it is time to thinking about Halloween costumes already? Sure, you could buy a premade costume at your local retail store, but this could run you a pretty penny. Instead, get a little creative and see how you can save money on Halloween costumes by thinking outside of the retail store box. If you are not sure where to begin, take a look below at 5 ways to save money on Halloween costumes. Halloween is scary enough, don’t let your budget get spooked out this year too!

How to Save Money on Halloween Costumes

1. Find ways to reuse old costumes.
Use the bits and pieces of Halloween past to create new costumes for this year. When I was a child, my father took a princess costume from the year before, put a cutout of a tooth on my crown and wand (with plenty of glitter of course) and added wings from the dollar store. I went as a tooth fairy that year. Find ways to use the costumes you already have and transform them into new pieces.

With my boys, adding capes, swords, masks and or gloves can transform a costume. Check what items you already have and then you may only need to add a few accessories for a completely new costume.

2. Hit up the dollar store.
Dollar stores have tons of accessories you can use this Halloween such as wings, glasses, make up, boas, tiaras, costume jewelry and more. Peruse these items and get creative! See how you can add these accessories to this year’s costume and save.

3. Visit your local thrift shop.
Even if your local thrift shop does not have a costume section, you can still find some fun and funky secondhand clothing to use for costumes. Find an old flannel and overalls and you have a scarecrow costume! Look for old team uniforms for sport related costumes. You can find these pieces for just pennies.

4. Check on eBay.
There are thousands of costumes both new and used on eBay. Browse the selection and see what is available for both children and adults. Try to find a seller who offers free shipping.

5. Swap with friends.
Do you have friends with children? Why not pair up and see what they may have to offer in way of trade? Or, gather a few friends and host a costume swap. This is a great way to get the costumes you need for free!

See how easy it is to save on Halloween costumes? Give these simple tips a try and you can get dressed this Halloween for less! You will also want to check out my 10 Tips to Save on Halloween for ways to save on decorations and treats, too!


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  • In The Know Mom

    Great tips! I love to stock up after the season is over and everything is on clearance – great for the dress-up bin too!

  • Mariah

    I think this year we’re planning to use a college football outfit that my MIL gave us last year. He wears the t-shirt all the time but it also has little short pants that go with it. Add a football treat bucket/basket and I think we’re good to go!

  • Jennifer Medeiros

    Great tips! These are really great ideas n how to save money but still have fun halloween costumes!

  • Great tips! I have found several costumes at consignment sales. We try to reuse some elements from previous costumes every year.

  • Anne

    Swapping with friends is a great idea, I have to look into that

  • Reusing really helps – and it is amazing what you can come up with :)

  • That sounds super cute!

  • Oh yes, I love the after the holiday clearance sales!

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