Without the costumes, all the Halloween parties, trick-or-treating and gorging on candy corn just wouldn’t be the same.
Some people cut down on costume costs by going the DIY route, but that can be a time suck– especially when the missing button on your favorite shirt has been neglected for months.
So, the question is, how do we get the costumes we want for a price that doesn’t scare our wallets? This list brings you 11 different ways to get your Halloween costumes for a fraction of the cost.
1) Time Your Shopping
If you’re interested in wearing a store-bought costume this year, then you may want to time your purchase for the best deal.
This usually involves shopping well in advance of Halloween or snatching up last-minute deals. The only downside to this strategy is that you may not be able to find the specific costume that you had in mind since inventory will be scarce.
If you are buying your costume online, just make sure that the item will be shipped in time for the big day!
2) Pool Resources
Meet up with your friends and family and have everyone bring all the accessories and costume pieces that they own. Not only will this serve as inspiration for costume ideas, it will also give you the opportunity to exchange different items and save on parts that you would have had to buy new.
3) Be Flexible
If you have your heart set on dressing up as the White Queen this Halloween – we get it.
But you should know that the more flexible you are with your costume choice, the easier it will be to shave off a few extra dollars.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t go with the specific character you had in mind, but you don’t have to buy the first one that suits your fancy. Shop around for the best deals and get creative with the accessories to find a costume that fits your budget.
4) Sell Last Year’s Costume
Even if you don’t want to wear your old costume again this year – someone else might.
By selling last year’s costume on sites like eBay, or to a secondhand store, you can put that money toward buying a new costume. Just keep in mind that you will have the best luck selling these items in September or early October. Any later than that and you may not have any takers.
5) Buy One Great Item
Rather than spreading yourself thin by buying an assortment of pieces for your costume, try focusing on one amazing item to use as your foundation.
This will often reduce the total cost of your costume and also look better than the collection of cheaper items. You can also take advantage of makeup and items around your house to enhance your look.
6) After Halloween
If you really want to get the best deals, then shopping right after Halloween is a killer way to slash those costs.
By shopping a year early, you will gain access to deeply discounted costumes that you can save for next Halloween. The trick here is to make sure that you don’t get a costume you will lose interest in or a size that will no longer fit you or your growing children 12 months from now.
If you can’t bring yourself to commit to an entire costume, you can still take advantage of discounted accessories that you can use in the future.
7) Wait for the Right Deal
Some stores, like Costume Craze, offer deals on costumes throughout the year. Keep an eye out for daily deals, weekly deals and seasonal specials to get the costume you want for a great price.
If you take the right approach, you’ll never have to pay full price for a costume again.
8) Shop Online
In addition to avoiding crowded stores and having access to a wider selection of inventory, shopping online regularly offers the benefit of steep discounts.
If you are worried about getting the right size, you can try on the specific costume you are interested in at a store first and then purchase it online.
9) Choose the basic costume
Many popular costumes come in two varieties, the basic version and the deluxe or premium version.
If you’re trying to save money, the basic costumes will be more affordable. There is also more room to personalize this type of costume with accessories and the like.
10) Buy Something You’ll Wear Again
Sometimes savings don’t involve the lowest price – they offer the highest value.
If you opt for a high-quality costume, it can last for several years and will give you the chance to squeeze the full value out of your purchase. Accessories like wigs, shoes, and bags can also be used to make your costume pop.
11) Take Advantage of Makeup and Accessories
The details of your costume are often the most important part.
Let’s say that you are looking for a Kid’s Ghostbusters Costume. If you only purchased a jumpsuit and failed to add an inflatable backpack to the mix, your child may never forgive you.
Like seriously, we’re talking years of “remember that one Halloween…?”
This year, you can spend less and look better for the upcoming festivities.
With the right makeup, accessories, and stealthy shopping tricks you can cut down on the total cost of your costume and create a unique look that stuns the crowds.