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5 Ways to Save on Halloween Costumes

With Halloween just a week away, it’s time to get serious about this year’s costumes. Whether you’re the one getting dressed up or you have to outfit your kids, buying costumes can be expensive — almost $30 per costume on average. That’s a good chunk of change, especially since most costumes will only be worn once. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to go all-out on Halloween costumes without spending a lot. Here are five ways to save on Halloween costumes:   Three cute kids in homemade Halloween costumes, a cat, a witch and a pirate

Borrow or Trade — For the kids, see if you can borrow last year’s costumes from friends and family with kids around the same age, and offer them your kids’ past costumes in return. Everyone gets the fun of wearing a “new” costume without anyone spending a dime.

Let Pop Culture Be Your Guide — Popular movies and TV shows are great sources of costume inspiration, if you’re willing to be creative and put your imagination to work. The Walking Dead, Mad Men, Stranger Things, Breaking Bad and many more all have iconic, instantly recognizable characters that you can easily replicate in costume form.

Shop Thrift Stores — Many thrift stores arrange special Halloween pop-up shops featuring costume-ready merchandise. Along with clothing from every decade you’ll find hats, capes, wigs, scarves and other accessories, plus new — and discounted — Halloween makeup. Thrift stores are perfect for finding unusual items that ensure your costume will be one-of-a-kind.

Use What You Have — Many kids are happy to simply dress up in things they already have such as sports gear, dance recital costumes or martial arts uniforms. You can add to the look with creative makeup or face paint to make it special, or craft a homemade gold medal to add to a sports uniform to turn your child into an Olympic champion.

Shop Deep Discounts After Halloween — Costumes and other Halloween merchandise go on deep discount immediately after Halloween to clear space for holiday merchandise. You can save 50% or more if you buy and put it away for next year. While you’re shopping, be sure to pick up discounted bags of wrapped Halloween candy to freeze and use for stocking stuffers in a few months.

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