Time and creativity trump money when it comes to Halloween costumes. As we did last year, we're using what we have for this year's Halloween costumes. We have a lot of dress-up clothes in our basement, which I've gathered over the years from yard sales, Freecycle, and after-Halloween clearance sales.
Last year, my son wanted to be Frankenstein, so I picked up a black suit jacket at a thrift store for $3 and used duct tape and a wire hanger to make the square shoulders. We borrowed a mask from a friend for the parties we attended, then did a full make-up treatment on Halloween night. One of the girls was a cowgirl, using a hat we've had in the dress-up pile forever (it was from the party store about five years ago), a Western-style shirt, and jeans. The other was a tiger wearing a clearance purchase ($5) from a few years' ago.
This year, I've challenged the kids again to use what we have in our dress-up bucket as the basis for their costumes. We can check Freecycle and thrift stores if we need extra parts.We'll see what they come up with!