How to Save Money on Halloween Costumes

How to Save Money on Halloween Costumes - Great money-saving tips that will help you find or make the best Halloween costumes on a budget!

Halloween costumes can be pretty pricey. Even a simple costume can cost between twenty and thirty dollars, and when you have to buy costumes for multiple kids, the cost can quickly add up. If your child wants the extra accessories or candy bags, you’re talking even more cash out of your pocket!

Even though Halloween costumes are generally expensive, there are ways to save a little money. Here are a few tips you can use to help save money this Halloween on costumes.


A great way to save money and get the perfect costume is to make one yourself! You can use multi-purpose clothing to create the main part of your costume. For example, you can use black pants and a shirt for a boy’s Batman costume. Complete the ensemble by making the accessories yourself. If you’re not very crafty, you can even buy the accessories from the store since you’ve already saved money on the main part of the costume!


A great way to save on costumes from year to year is to make use of those hand-me-downs. If you have multiple children, you can reuse costumes from child to child. If you only have one child or if your children have different interests, you can try to find hand-me-downs from friends and family or from resale stores.

Look Online

If you want to save money on costumes, sometimes you have to think outside of the retail box. Instead of heading to the costume store or retail store, try finding costumes for sale online. Sites like Amazon and eBay all offer new costumes for a fraction of the retail price. You can even get these costumes shipped to you free of charge with some sellers!

Skip the Accessories

Although costumes are expensive, accessories can really add to the cost. You can help save on Halloween costs by skipping accessories whenever possible. For example, if your daughter wants to be a mermaid, don’t pay extra for a long wig. Get creative with making her own hair look like a mermaid’s by pinning in small seashells.

Buy Them Out of Season

After Halloween is over, stores start selling costumes at a huge discount! You can sometimes find costumes up to 80% off, which is a huge price reduction. Plan ahead for next year’s costumes by buying them out of season. Estimate what size your children will be in and pick out something you know they’ll enjoy. You’ll be amazed at how much you save!

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