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OK, I will say it before you do. I know that we just got over Grandparents Day and pumpkin spice lattes were just released, but here I am already talking about Halloween. However, if you are like me and have a hectic life, you may appreciate this reminder.
Have you thought about what you are going to do? Are you going to make your kids’ costumes this year? Are you going to buy them? Either way, Halloween can get very expensive. Before you head to your local store and just buy the first thing you see, you may want to consider a few things.
Can you make your child’s costume? I’ll admit, I’m that mom who wants to make her kids’ costumes as long as I can. Obviously, I know there will be a time that I will not be able to make whatever it is my kid chose to be. Luckily for me, my kids are small enough to where I get to make the decision on what they are going to be.
There are plenty of DIY tutorials on the internet to help make your child’s costume dreams become a reality. Before you commit to buying expensive costumes, do some research into making your own. For example, my children are going to be Pebbles and Bamm Bamm. I know — cute, right?
When I looked up the costumes online, they were running around $45 each. Before I pay that much I will buy $10 in felt and make those sweet babies their costumes. Pebbles is a little green top with blue bloomers, and since my baby girl already has red hair, no need for a wig! A little brown and orange outfit for Bamm Bamm (baby boy has blonde hair) and voilà!
I understand that everyone cannot sew and whip up a Bamm Bamm outfit in the next few weeks. Let me be honest, neither can I. Luckily, I have a friend who is willing to help make my costume dreams a reality.
If you don’t know anyone as handy as this, maybe look around your house at other things you can use to make a costume. Maybe you are a nurse and have access to a white nursing sweater or jacket. Maybe Dad is a PE coach; borrow his whistle, throw on a Panthers polo shirt and become Ron Rivera. The possibilities are endless.
If you absolutely do not have the time to make costumes, I get it. Try looking at consignment shops or online trading pages. The majority of people will buy their children a Halloween costume, the kids wear it one time, and they are done with it. The costume will typically sit in the closet until Mom finally is tired of shuffling it around, and then she will sell it.
She will want it gone ASAP and list in on a mom trading page for $5. You can’t get much better than that. You may get lucky and find a mom Halloween page that is just for trading costumes. This is the best case if you are looking to get rid of a costume and get another for this year.
Get used costumes and be flexible to save the most money on Halloween costumes. I recommend going through your home first to look for uniforms you already own, and to find fun items that you can use as part of a costume.
Halloween costumes are meant to be fun; make them fun for your wallet, too, by carefully utilizing what you have and by shopping carefully for what you don’t have.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!
Chelsey Edens writes a monthly column for The Wilson Times.