Halloween Hassle-Costume Crisis:

The minute Halloween ends, my kids start thinking about their costumes for the next year.  They give me plenty of time to find the best and most creative options for them at affordable prices.  What was once a year away becomes six months away, three months away, one month away and now a few weeks away.  The pressure is on.

Yes, it’s great to have a huge amount of notice to purchase costumes for Halloween, but as parents, we know our kids are always changing their minds.  In January, they wanted to be Sponge Bob and by June, it was a zombie.  As of last week, it was a skeleton.  I refuse to spend a lot of money on costumes, just for the reason above.  Today it’s one thing and tomorrow, another.

Of course we want our kids to be happy with their costumes and feel good about how they look as they head out to load up on sugar.  However, we want to be happy as well and ensure we don’t break the bank.

MH900422716Here are some tips to finding the right costume at the right price:

  • Avoid Halloween pop up stores:

These seem like the easiest and most convenient option, yet also the most expensive.  One year, I spent $49.99 on a Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle costume that looked like it cost $5 to make.  Yes the selection is huge and exciting, but this is a costume your kids may only wear once, so keep that in mind.

  • Buy your children’s costume one size larger than normal:

Costumes can be expensive and if you want to get your money’s worth, you hope your child will wear it more than once.  Costumes are not just for Halloween.  Every kid enjoys playing dress up and many schools have spirit days where a costume could come in handy.  If you buy a costume one size larger, you are guaranteed to get more than one year out of it.  For this year’s Halloween, make adjustments that can be reversed or that are temporary.  I know I tend to buy my children’s clothes a bit bigger so they will get more wear out of it, so why not apply the same school of thought to Halloween costumes?

  • Head to your local consignment shops:

This is my favorite option because you can get a ton of value for very little money.  In fact, this year, I spent a total of $6 (yes, $6) on a costume for myself and my son.  When the lady rang me up, I had to ask her to repeat the total price.  What a steal!!!  If you are concerned with your child wearing someone else’s cloths, wash after you purchase or spray with Febreze.  Some people equate consignment with someone else’s dirty junk but I have gotten some of my favorite clothes and household items from consignment shops at prices that should be illegal!

  • Swap with friends:

Get a bunch of friends together and have a costume swap playdate.  It’s a great way to gain a “new” costume for your child at no cost to you, along with social time for everyone.

  • Save your costumes:

If your child outgrows their costume, do not give it away just yet.  If you have multiple children, save it!  My two year old (and third child) decided to be a pirate this year, and is wearing the costume my now eight year old wore when he was two.  He is happy as a clam, has no idea his costume isn’t new, and I won’t freak out when it gets dirty or destroyed.

  • Make your costumes:

If you are a mom that can create something awesome at home, go for it.  When I was little, my mother was (and still is) seriously talented and could sew or make anything.  One year, I was “money” for Halloween and she turned a shower curtain with printed bills on it into a really cool costume for me.

Don’t let Halloween become a hassle this year.  Turn your costume crisis into a costume celebration!