Faith is now 6 1/2 and of all her costumes, I have been most excited and proud of the ones I’ve made or put together. I haven’t spent much on any of them, refusing to purchase a store-bought costume for almost $30 that will likely only be worn once (and that’s just the main costume…nevermind wigs, shoes, props!). Before I show you my daughter’s costumes thus far, here are a few tips to save you some money while costume shopping:
- Get creative and see what you can make yourself. I have some very creative friends who have come up with knock-your-socks-off-awesome costumes, but you don’t have to be inherently creative to do this. That’s what Pinterest is for! It may mean a little glue here, some electrical tape there…nothing that requries mad skill. So before you assume you can’t, search the www for some inspiration and see if maybe you actually can!
- Shop Goodwill and thrift stores, or ask around for “parts” of a costume that you need. Oh, and think outside the box. My friend recently came up with the cutest Terrence (from Tinkerbell) costume for her son with a couple women’s Goodwill shirts, girl’s brown boots and a ball cap turned acorn hat with just a little strategic fabric gluing! You don’t even have to be creative! Our Goodwill has a large selection of costumes for kids and adults before Halloween. They’re not super cheap but area at least half of what you’d pay new.
- Borrow or trade! Know someone who has a child a year or two older than yours? With the exception of using a costume for dress-up clothes, it’s not likely they’re using a costume from years past, so ask around if you can borrow one.
- Spend the bulk on clothing or items that can be worn again or reused. This is the third year where the main part of Faith’s costume is an actual item of clothing that she can wear after Halloween. The accessories make it a “costume”!
- Resell past costumes and make some of the money back.
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