Tuesday, September 27, 2016, AM | Leave Comment
It’s always fun to have an amazing Halloween costume, either for yourself or your kids.
As the holiday gets more and more popular, people are going to great lengths to create or purchase memorable costumes.
You might even be attending an event with a costume contest. Finding the perfect costume, however, can be costly.
Here are five ways to save money and still come up with an intricate costume.
Buy Your Costume Early
The winter holiday season seems to be starting earlier each year, with stores now putting up decorations before Thanksgiving.
A similar trend is occurring with Halloween. What was previously considered a rather trivial children’s holiday has become a major event.
This means that costumes and decorations are going on sale earlier than ever before.
If you want to find the best deal, make sure you purchase your costume or materials to make your own well in advance.
If you wait until the last minute, you can expect to pay top dollar for everything.
Make Your Costume
This takes some work, but it’s the cheapest way to get your costume. While it helps if you have sewing or crafts skills, it’s not necessary.
There are many ways to go about creating DIY Halloween costumes.
One approach is to use make-up creatively. For the costume itself, you can purchase materials at fabric stores.
You might even be able to use curtains, drapes or sheets you have at home. This is a fun and creative way to save on your costume.
Makeup can be a costume in itself or it can be a stunning accompaniment to a costume. Using makeup is generally cheaper than purchasing a costume.
You can use makeup you have at home or purchase some at a reasonable price.
Of course, if you want to purchase professional quality theatrical makeup, it will cost a little more.
You may be able to enlist the help of a friend who’s good with applying cosmetics.
Makeup can be used in innumerable ways to transform yourself into a hideous or hilarious character.
Buy Your Costume Online
As with so many other things, you can often find the best costume deals online.
There are now sites where you can choose among a wide variety of costumes, for both children and adults.
For example, if you’re looking for Star Wars Halloween costumes, you can choose your favorite character, whether that is Luke Skywalker, Han Solo or Darth Vader.
You can also choose your size. When ordering a costume online, make sure you order early enough to ensure that it arrives on time.
Shop at Thrift and Surplus Stores
One way to save on Halloween costumes, as well as decorations and props, is to shop at thrift, surplus or other discount stores.
Surplus stores carry items that are marked as irregular or damaged. Many of these products, however, only have very slight defects.
Thrift stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army carry all kinds of used items. Even if you don’t buy your entire costume here, you can often find great deals on accessories.
For example, you might find an outrageous hat, toy sword, cape or piece of costume jewelry that will go well with your costume.
If you’re making your own costume, you can buy cheap materials at such stores.
Saving money on Halloween costumes takes some planning and creativity. You can use some or all of the above tips to help you create a wonderful costume while sticking to your budget.
The earlier you plan your costume, the easier it will be to put it together at a reasonable cost.
Anica Oaks is a Freelance writer and web enthusiast. Read some of her published work on her Google+ page.