The National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend $7.4 billion on Halloween, including candy, costumes, and decorations.It’s big money for parents and kids. Americans are even expected to spend $350 million on costumes for their pets! Despite those staggering figures, you don’t have to ask for an advance on your allowance or raid your piggy bank to come up with a cool costumes and decorations.
So how can you cut costs and still get all the candy you can eat?
- Make your own costume. Use your imagination. Parts of last year’s costume can be turned into a new reinvented one. The princess costume can become a zombie princess.
Look around the house for old clothes that are clearly out of date and no longer being used. Be sure to ask mom before cutting, tearing, or gluing her late 90’s business blazer.
Be a shredder. Cut up old newspapers and attach them all over yourself.
Get an idea and go to the Dollar Store. It’s a cheap way to add a couple of accessories to your outfit. It might even inspire new ideas.
The important thing is to go for it. It’s a lot more fun making your own costume than some packaged costume that other kids are going to be wearing. *Remember it’s going to be dark. Nobody is going to notice if you goofed.
- It’s a little known fact that the more original your costume – the more candy you’ll get. And speaking of candy, recycle those cloth department store bags. You can transform them with a little decorating time (use orange or black paper) and cover up the store logo. Don’t forget to reinforce the handles with some extra tape.
- Buy that pumpkin a day or two before Halloween. Often stores will discount them because nobody wants a bin of rotting pumpkins.
- Another smart to do is going shopping the day after Halloween. Most of the costumes are discounted by at least 50%. Remember kids, you’re going to grow over the next 12 months, so buy the next size up. It’s better to error on too big than too small.
Here some more costume ideas to get your imagination running.