Halloween ranks on everyone’s list of favorite holidays (okay, maybe not everyone). But as much as we love it, it’s no fun paying $50 or more for flimsy kids’ costumes, or even one for yourself. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Halloween is about showing your personality, and there are countless ways to put together a wonderful costume without blowing a bundle. Here are just a few.
Starting your costume search two days before is a recipe for disappointment. You’ll be elbow-to-elbow in a panicked frenzy, fighting over what’s left in the costume aisles. Plus, last-minute shopping always costs you more in the end. So get an early start. It also helps to have some extra time to add the finishing touches. You really can’t start too early, so keep your eyes open year-round for the best costume ideas and you’ll be surprised how the ideas appear when you’re not even thinking about it.
Look around you
Start your costume search at home. You probably have more than you realize (for instance, that graduation robe will work perfectly for a Harry Potter costume). Just rifling through closets will give you some ideas, but there are also plenty available online that can spark imagination, especially for timely, current event-related costumes. Pinterest and even YouTube are also great resources for ideas.
Secondhand and thrift stores are Halloween meccas. Vintage pieces, used work clothing and accessories can be mixed and matched in thousands of ways. Remember, a great costume is about the details, but that doesn’t mean getting every detail perfect. Just a couple of well-observed pieces can really turn an outfit into a costume.
Make it a date
Couples costumes are super fun, but let’s be honest – they work best if you assemble them together, right? Isn’t there (wink) far too much risk of mismatch if you don’t do it together? You see what we’re getting at here? That’s right. Turn the couples costuming into a really fun date. And encourage each other to save at the same time.
There’s always a way
Halloween is about being creative. Want to make your own costume/s but can’t sew? Try fabric glue. Making a tutu for one night of trick-or-treating is different from making something that’s going to see the ballet stage. There are hacks available for getting almost any costume through a night. If you have an idea but aren’t sure how to put it together, check online – there’s probably a YouTube tutorial that can walk you through it.
No matter how you do it, Halloween costumes are just darn fun. And now, cost doesn’t have to be prohibitive.