You are not alone if you wait until the last minute to figure out Halloween costumes for your little ones. I once made sure less than a week before Halloween that my son’s costume bought earlier that year still fit. Here are some tips to make Halloween more affordable for your family.
1) Use what you have lying around.
Check out what you already have. Those green sweatshirt and sweatpants can become a dinosaur or lizard with some scrap cloth and a Sharpie. One of your shirts or nightgowns can become a dress for a young child. Let your imagination run wild. Your child will have a unique costume. You’ll get to take a trip down memory lane. And you’ll both have the pride of having a homemade costume. Here’s a story from Country Lane with some more ideas to help get the creative juices flowing: https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g1360/halloween-costumes-for-kids/
2) Thrift Stores are your friend.
Every thrift store in the country has a special Halloween section this time of year. There, you will find used costumes for 50 percent or more off the price of a new one. They can also be useful for filling in the blanks in your homemade costume from idea No. 1.
3) Thinking ahead.
Halloween costumes go on sale on November 1. Take your best guess at what size your child will be and buy ahead. It will take the stress out of figuring out what to be from year to year so you can just relax and enjoy the holiday. This is also a good idea for buying candy for your local trick-or-treaters. Most candy won’t go bad in a year.