Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, but it may cost a pretty penny to purchase a costume. And if you wait until the last minute, not only will you end up scrambling to come up with something, but your Halloween costume will cost you even more. To avoid getting into credit card debt this fall, check out these tips for saving on Halloween costumes!
5 Spooky Ways to Save on Halloween Costumes
- Make DIY Costumes. Even if you’re not crafty, it’s easy to make your own costume. Browse our Halloween Pinterest pins to come up with family costume ideas. Use objects laying around the house to turn into costumes, such as cardboard, posters, and markers. Search recipes online to make your own hair dye, fake blood, and more. Even turn yourself into a vampire or zombie by applying flour to your face and dark red or black lipstick!
- Shop Thrift Stores. Not only can you find Halloween costumes for less, but you can find some great vintage pieces at almost any thrift shop. So channel your inner flower child and look for some decade-inspired clothing. You might even be able to make a little quick cash by selling last year’s costume.
- Swap Costumes. This is a fun and popular way to save money! Get a group of friends together for a costume swap. Or swap costumes with a friend who has kids about the same age as yours. This way, you can exchange the costume your child wore only once for something almost as good as new!
- Stick to a List. Do you really need to buy an entire costume? Don’t get lured into more consumer debt by sticking to a list. Have a minimalist approach to your costume. You might even already own accessories that you need for your Halloween look.
- Stay on Budget. Make sure to hold yourself accountable when shopping for costumes. Just because you’re masking your identity on Halloween doesn’t mean that you should neglect your financial responsibilities. If something costs more than you can afford, don’t buy it. Remember your budget this Halloween.