4 Sneaky Tricks for Finding a Costume on a Budget

4 Sneaky Tricks for Finding a Costume on a Budget
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    Halloween is around the corner and this is such a major holiday for so many children.

    Though it may be filled with talks of scary ghosts and goblins, most children are excited about the costumes and loads of candy they'll receive.


Since the fun costumes are a major part of the holiday, it’s important to find an awesome one. However, the prices for a typical costume in the costume stores can run pretty high. Thankfully, there are different tricks and tips to get around the high price tag. Bookmark these four sneaky ideas and get your Halloween costume on a budget.

1. DIY

The sky is the limit with a DIY option. You can literally build a fun costume from scratch. Check out sites like Pinterest to get ideas of great Halloween costumes to try. For example, a picnic table is a creative costume that’s easy to build.

After getting two pieces of cardboard, cut out two pieces of red plaid fabric for the table cloth. Using a hot glue gun, stick a small picnic basket and plastic versions of foods that are typically enjoyed at a picnic (hot dogs, chips, burgers, etc.). Use two straps to hang the picnic table costume on your child’s shoulders. This will truly be memorable, creative and budget-friendly.

2. After-Season Sale

Once the season is over, everyone is usually overstuffed with candies and don’t want to see another holiday costume. In fact, everyone is usually getting ready for Thanksgiving. However, whenever any holiday season is over, stores mark down the prices of holiday merchandise to get rid of it. You can get a lot of steals when you shop after the holiday season is over.

In this case, find out what your kids would like to be for next year’s Halloween and find costumes at different sizes. Don’t forget that children grow rapidly so make sure to purchase items a few sizes up. This will help ensure they can get good use out of the costume in the following year. This concept applies to the costumes and not the candy. No one wants to eat year-old sweets!

3. Thrift/Vintage Stores and Yard Sales

Thrift stores and vintage stores are some of the greatest places to find antique jewelry and gems to attach to any Halloween costume. These are also great places to add some flair to your costume and make it more unique. There’s no telling what you can find in a thrift store so go with an open mind.

During the warmer months, check out the local yard sales to see if any Halloween costumes are available. At yard sales, the prices are normally a fraction of what most people find in the store. In most cases, the costumes are brand-new or in gently-used condition. What someone else might’ve considered as trash, you can now use as your own Halloween costume treasure.

4. Online

In addition to the thrift stores, consider trying the online thrifty route as well. Sites like eBay and Craig’s List are amazing for pinpointing and personalizing what you’re looking for. eBay is also great for gaining inspiration. Take a look at the trends online to see what other parents are buying for their children and see if there’s a website that has it for a better deal for that pirate costume.

If you choose to use and do an exchange using Craig’s List, make sure you meet the person in a public place with someone else. Your safety is more important than a Halloween costume. Furthermore, don’t hesitate to check sites like Freecycle.org. Someone might be desperate to get rid of extra things they have and a free Halloween costume could be in the mix.

Out of all four options, at least one will work perfectly for you. Don’t hesitate to mix and match these tricks together. As long as you get the best deal and your child looks awesome, that is what’s most important!

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