As I've shared before, costumes don't have to cost a lot. As we head into the weekend, you still have time to pull a costume together without shelling out big bucks in a last-minute panic. If you don't want to create a frugal DIY costume, follow these steps:
Use What You Have
Rather than spend money, I send the kids down to our basement and have them pore through our dress-up clothes. A black cape can be used in many ways. Last year, we used a witch hat we'd had for years as the basis of this inexpensive no-sew tutu costume. We used a black Halloween tee as the top since we already had it on hand. With my daughter's pirate costume, we used two white shirts and some black leggings–just her regular clothing.
Borrow From Others
Ask around–with young children, most homes have a dress-up box. Maybe you can borrow a hat as the basis for a costume or one other piece that will get you started. Send an email out to your moms' group or preschool friends. You can also put a request out on Freecycle for specific costume parts.
Spend Very Little
To jazz up the pirate costume a bit, I purchased these boots at the thrift store for just $2. I also bought some red fabric for $1 at Walmart to make a sash and add a dash of color. Now my daughter feels like her costume is “new,” with just those little bits added. Total spent for this year's costume is just $3!
How are you celebrating a Moneywise Halloween?