We all know that kids speed through their clothes. It seems like they wear a pair of jeans once and they outgrow them. Halloween costumes are even worse. Just a couple of hours of wearing time and there goes $20+ dollars out the window.
So here are a couple tips on how to reuse a Halloween costume and get the most bang for your buck.
- Wear more than once. Wear the costume to the neighborhood halloween party, the pre-halloween event at the mall, to the grocery store. Whenever you can put it on your child without getting strange looks (or even if you do), put it on.
- Handmake a costume. See what existing clothes you can repurpose (i.e. those old jeans mentioned above.) Tape old candy wrappers and say you’re a movie theatre floor. Or take a box, cut a hole for arms and legs, and make colored squares all over. Then say you’re a Rubiks Cube.
- Shop consignment. Head to your local consignment shop or thrift store. Often there are costumes consigned or donated since someone else’s kid has outgrown last year’s costume.
- Participate in Costume Swaps. This National Costume Swap that has a variety of locations across the country where folks can participate in a costume swap. Bring a gently used costume and leave with one. This website also has great green halloween tips and costume ideas.
Do you have any ideas to share?