When I was growing up my grandmother always made our Halloween costumes. She knew how to sew, knit, crochet, and even made her own children’s clothes when they were growing up. For her, making our Halloween costumes was easy. Unfortunately, her impressive skills were not passed down to me. I’m lucky if I can sew a button on to a jacket! As you can imagine, the idea of sewing an entire costume gives me chills! Luckily, there are options out there that even I can make work.
Have you ever made your child’s Halloween costume?
Kim Danger shares more than a half dozen costume ideas that cost under $10 and use items you probably have around your house. Children’s costumes usually cost around $30 or more, so with Kim’s suggestions you can make three costumes for the price of one. Score!
My personal favorite from Kim’s suggestions is her idea for a princess costume. If your daughter was a flower girl in a wedding (or attended any other type of even where she wore a fancy dress) she can simply wear the dress paired with a tiara and wand and woolah! She’s a princess.
While it seems that Kim is suggesting buying the tiara and scepter, I have something else in mind. If you’re feeling crafty you can find tons of DIY options for princess crowns and wands on Pinterest. Not only is this is a great way to save money, but your child will love having a hand in making her own costume!
Another great way to save on Halloween costumes for yourself or your child is to visit thrift stores. My trick is to head to the store right after Halloween. At the store near my home I’ve found some amazing costumes. People tend to donate them right after Halloween because they know they won’t be wearing them again. Last year, I was even able to dig up the costume’s accessories. A tiara that would cost $15 at the Halloween store was only $5 there.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in a thrift store (or if thrift stores just aren’t your thing) you can also head to stores that only carry a seasonal selection. One year my friend had a Halloween party the weekend following Halloween. I’d been busy with work so I waited until the last minute to find a costume. To my surprise costumes were marked up to 50% off, which made for some pretty sweet deals.