Halloween is the time of the year where decorations of all shapes and sizes adorn our homes, gardens and neighbourhoods.
Whether you are hosting a Halloween party, or just want to give your trick or treat visitors a night to remember, decorating your home need not be an expensive exercise. It is also a time for pulling together a costume and trying to be as creative as possible, without spending a fortune on something that may potentially only be worn for a few hours, one night.
So what do you do when you want to ensure your kids have a great Halloween, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on a costume?
7 tips to an inexpensive Halloween costume
1. Get Creative
There is nothing wrong with making use of last year’s costumes. Not only can it be a cost effective solution, but it can make for a fun activity. Some new embellishments, face paint, or even a touch of webbing,
2. Look For Unisex Costumes
The best way to allow your costumes to be used over and over is to ensure that they are unisex.
3. Regular Dress-ups
Not every Halloween outfit needs to be a ghost, goblin or start skeleton. If your child has a dress up costume that they wear on the odd occasion (or every chance they get!) let them wear it on Halloween too. This way it gets a lot use and does not just sit in the cupboard for its annual outing
4. Last Minute Shopping
If you are adamant that you want a new outfit or costume, try to wait until the last minute to purchase it. You’ll find that there are great bargains to be found as stores try to get rid of potentially unwanted items.
5. Shop ahead
And then if you are really clever you can always shop way ahead of time and buy something as soon as Halloween is over. Post-Halloween sales are everywhere. Many costumes are one-size-fits-all or only come in a few size options anyway, so it won’t be as hard to buy ahead.
6. Avoid Accessories
You do not need to always buy the accessories that come with a costume especially if they cost extra money. Just buy the main costume and then get creative with accessories using things you already have and some fun makeup.
A bit of raspberry jelly can look like blood. Some black eye makeup can do wonders and an op shop outfit with a few ragged edges is all you need.
And don’t forget the safety element with any halloween costume.
Here are 5 tips to be aware of to ensure that your child’s halloween costume is not only fun (and inexpensive) but going to be completely safe for them!