These 4 Tricks Can Save You a Bundle on Halloween Costumes

Since it is now officially falls, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. I realize that sounds crazy, especially because it is still warm outside. Halloween is right around the corner and it is all our kids have on the brain right now. They are currently trying to decide who or what should they be for Halloween this year. While that is great and wonderful for them, all we are thinking about is how much these costumes might end up costing us. So, with that in mind, here are four great tricks that can help save you a bundle on your kids Halloween costumes.


Since we are a pretty financially savvy, or frugal, household, we are always trying to save money. Halloween costumes are no exception. So re-purposing clothing or items we already have lying around the house is a general first stop for me.

Re-purposing means that you get to find things you might already have at your disposal to work with and create an awesome costume.

The first step, when you are considering re-purposing, is to go through all of the shoes and clothes in your house. You don’t have to do an in depth search initially, as you just want to take a quick inventory of your options. This initial search includes any kids dress up clothes or accessories that may be hidden at the bottom of their closets or under their beds. You just never know what you might find under there!

Once you have your basic inventory of things that can be re-purposed, it’s time to bring in the cavalry. What ideas can the kids come up with to create their own costumes? Can they mix and match different items to create something new for their costume this year? And can it be done without having to go out and buy anything else?

If you can’t find everything you need at home, then consider going to a local second hand store first, like Goodwill.

Another option is to take a look at Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor or Craigslist. Here you can see what people may be giving away or selling for fairly cheap.

This is a great time to include your children during the process because it helps teach them just how much things cost. And we are always looking for ways to continually teach our children about money. We want our kids to understand that Halloween costumes can get pretty pricey. So if they can use their problem solving skills to come up with a great idea that costs very little to nothing, then we all win.


Another great way to save on Halloween costumes is to share previous Halloween costumes between kids. Since we have 5 kids, we add this practice into our regular arsenal of tricks. Since they are different ages and sizes it makes sharing fairly easy. And it is another way to keep our costs low and stick within our normal monthly budget.

While this may seem fair to the younger kids, they seem to enjoy it. But, it’s not only the younger kids that we do this with. The older kids like to share and swap either whole costumes or pieces of their costumes. This way they put their heads together and come up with some pretty unique twists on the normal costumes. And, this can be a lot of fun for us to watch!

A good example of this is one of our children wanting to wear the main part of one costume but then adding pieces from another completely different costume. The main body was a black suit and the accessories he wants to add are mostly his homemade creation of weaponry. He is basically creating his own video game character. And while we don’t actually understand who he is trying to be, he does and he is thrilled with it, so that is all that matters.

Watching them create new costumes and share with each other really makes this holiday worth it for us. We love how they are willing to share and put their heads together to create something new.

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Get Creative

Almost every year, we end up at one of the local craft stores during the Halloween season. Now this option does end up costing something, but most of them send out a ton of coupons right before Halloween. Plus, they have specials and sales on a lot of the items you might need and/or want during Halloween. Combining the sales, specials and coupons can really help reduce your overall costs on items that you couldn’t dig up at home.

For us, these trips are usually to find the final touches to costumes. The things that I am usually looking for include:

  • Fabric
  • Face makeup
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Pipecleaners (these things really come in handy for all sorts of applications)

As of right now, I should have enough items for final touches this year. But that remains to be determined until the kids come up with their final Halloween costume ideas. Until then, I will keep this option in my back pocket just in case I have to make a craft store run.

Halloween Clearance

Once the other three options have been completely exhausted, then the clearance section is my last resort. More often than not,though, this where most of the more generic costumes live.

Sometimes you will get lucky and find some of the more previously popular costumes, but they aren’t popular this year. The challenge with this is convincing children that they really want to be something they don’t, because I would rather spend $10.00 on a costume, if I absolutely have to, versus $40.00. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on a Halloween costume!

The next challenge, IF you can find something they like and are willing to be, is finding the right size. Now that can be the biggest challenge of all with this particular costume option.

Overall, it is inevitable that the kids will come up with some really fantastic Halloween costume options this year. Some of the best options to have great costumes, and still save a bundle, are:

  • Re-purpose
  • Share
  • Get Creative
  • Halloween Clearance Section

I am excited to see what our kids come up with and how much I really end up having to spend. My hope is very little to nothing. But let’s just see how that pans out, especially with the rest of the holidays right around the corner.

What are some of the best ways you have found to save money on Halloween costumes?