It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s already here! It’s time for trick-or-treating, harvest fests and Halloween. Otherwise known as the moment of great panic for many parents across America because they don’t have a costume for their child, and they can’t afford to pick one up at last-minute prices.
You don’t have to go out and spend a fortune on the best costume in town. It’s usually only worn for one night anyway, and unless you’re trying to win a contest, it just has to look presentable long enough to grab some candy. You also don't need to be a whiz at sewing to create a great costume. A lot of creative costumes are made with glue and scissors.
Following are some helpful tips on how to save money on Halloween dress up cotumes at the last minute:
Thrift Stores – Goodwill and other area thrift stores are a gold mine around Halloween. Not only do they break out their costumes during this time of year, but they offer other inexpensive accessories as well. Besides the official costumes, these stores have regular clothing and accessories that are quite inexpensive and great to use to create your own costumes. Turn a plain sweatshirt into any number of costumes by adding paint, felt pieces, glitter or ribbons. Turn a hooded jacked into your favorite animal by simply adding ears. Use your imagination and create an inexpensive costume with minimal effort.
Household Items – Look around your house. You just might already have the materials you need to form a creative costume. Use household items that you were planning on recycling anyway, and turn them into a costume. Cut away plastic milk jugs to create great helmets. Use aluminum foil to create a tin man.
Old Dance Recital Dresses or Sports Uniforms - Put those old dance recital dresses that you paid a fortune for, but were only worn once, to good use. Turn your little one into a princess or a character that the dress resembles. Do the same with sports uniforms. Jerseys or karate Gi outfits make easy costumes in a hurry.
Shop Your Own Closet – Take a look inside your closet. Browse through clothing that you have but seldom wear. Some of these items might even already be vintage that you can step right into for a ready-made costume. Other items are great for turning into a costume of your choice.
Pinterest – Browse Pinterest for a wide array of ideas of how to turn household items or thrift store finds into a great costume.