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Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

By Edited Feb 1, 2016 1 3

Kids Love to Wear Costumes for Halloween

Here are some easy and cheap ideas!

Halloween costumes for kids can get quite expensive. At the same time, it is so much fun for children to dress up every Halloween that you hate to deny them the experience. What can a parent do to save money on costumes, and still give your kids the opportunity to do something fun and creative?

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Ways to Save Money on Halloween Costumes

One of the ways you can save money is to buy next year's costume as soon as Halloween is over each year. Your local drugstore, Target or Wal-Mart is likely to have a selection of costumes available at substantial discounts after the holiday is over. However, if Halloween is coming up soon, and you didn't remember to buy something last year, you might still find discounted costume kits on web sites like Amazon. They sell costumes the year around. In this article, if you see the name of a product written in "quotation marks," you'll know that is the exact name of a product you can search for online, or ask about at your local store. However, even if you don't use the exact name of a product, you should get some idea of the variety of affordable costume ideas that are available.  You may also want to use the link below to browse through the different costumes that Amazon has available, as the best deals vary from year to year.

Quick link to Halloween costumes for kids available on Amazon.

Another way to save money on costumes is to go to garage sales and thrift shops in your area. Many of them have Halloween costumes for sale. In addition, you can often come up with some items that are not being advertised for Halloween, but would still allow you to put together a great costume. Look for hats, vintage clothing, boas, scarves, fur stoles, bow ties, cowboy hats, old helmets and similar items that you can pick up for a few dollars and let your kids use as the basis of their costume. Kids often have more fun creating their own outfits from these little odds and ends than they would have if you purchased an expensive costume for them at a shop.

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Order a Cheap Halloween Costume Wig Online

If you don't find a hat, helmet or similar headgear to use with your Halloween costume, you may want to order a cheap Halloween costume wig online. With just a simple synthetic wig, your child may be able to find enough other items in their closet to dress as Alice in Wonderland, a member of a Rock 'n Roll band, or Strawberry Shortcake.  I love the wild wig in the picture above!

Easy to Make Pumpkin Costume

Make Homemade Halloween Costumes

You may also want to make your own Halloween costumes. However, you don't have to settle for taking an old sheet and turning it into a ghost ... that age-old favorite costume. Besides, have you checked out the price of sheets, lately? They can be quite expensive. Instead, you can buy some cheap fabric and use "Simplicity Sewing Patterns" which are available online or at many fabric shops. The Simplicity Pattern Company has patterns for costumes for characters from Alice in Wonderland, and the Wizard of Oz. If you want your costume to serve more than one purpose, you can choose "Holiday Christmas Costumes for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elf." With this pattern, you can whip up costumes that you kids will enjoy on Halloween, and reuse again at Christmas time!

Look Through Your Own Closet

If you think about it, you may not have to spend a dime to come up with some fun dress-up ideas that your kids will love. Remember how much they enjoyed playing dress-up in your old clothing? They'll still have fun digging through the old clothes in their parents' closets, looking for treasures to wear. That old straw hat, the 90's jacket with shoulder pads, the wide tie with the weird pattern, can all be perfect ways for your child to come up with a costume that will make you all chuckle. Perhaps you can even find an old photo of yourselves wearing those clothing items when they were new ... and you thought you looked great!

Raid Grandma's Closet

If you can't find anything in your own closet, ask if Grandma, Grandpa or another friend or relative might be willing to share some of their old things with your kids. It's amazing how many things linger in the back of a closet, unworn for years. In addition, you might be able to find some work clothing that will delight your kids. Does Grandpa have an old tool belt? How about coveralls from a job? Perhaps someone you know still has their waitress or nurse uniform from years ago. Once you begin to think about, you may be able to come with lots of ideas.

If your relatives don't have any of these items, your local thrift store can be a treasure trove of possibilities. Turn your kids loose with $10, and you might be amazed by what they can find!

Ask Friends with Older Children for Ideas

Do you have friends or relatives with children that are a few years older than yours? If so, they may have some old Halloween outfits they would be thrilled to pass on to you, if you ask. In addition to offering to loan you some old Halloween kits, they may have some costumes that they made, or some dress-up items that their own children are happy to pass on. Even a high school graduation robe can be a fun basis for a witches' outfit. All you need is a hat!

Fireman Hat from Amazon

Buy Cheap Costume Hats at Party Supply Stores

Many party supply stores sell cheap party hats that you can use. In fact, when one of our grandsons loved to play dress-up, I went to a party supply shop and bought him a cowboy hat, fireman's hat, policeman's hat, plastic football helmet, pirate's hat, and many other hats as a birthday gift. All of the hats were very inexpensive. You may discover that, with the right hat, there is very little else your child will need to do to assemble a fun Halloween outfit. The party supply shop also sold toy guns, plastic badges, and plastic swords that put the finishing touches on the costumes.

Quick link to the full line of Halloween costumes for kids available on Amazon.

Keep Halloween Cheap

Halloween is one of those holidays that should not be expensive. There is really no reason why any parent should feel that they have to spend $40 - $50, or more, on a costume that your kids will probably have outgrown by next year.

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Comments

Sep 3, 2011 12:58am
divaonline
Great, fun ideas here. I agree - Halloween should not be an financial hardship on the family. A little creativity can go a long way.
Sep 3, 2011 7:57am
mommymommymommy
I love your ideas! I could never understand why people spend so much money on a one time outfit. The only time my older daughter had fancy Disney Store costumes is when my brother bought them for her!
Sep 28, 2011 12:50pm
papajake
I found these really cool band helmets on ebay and I am thinking about ordering one for my halloween costume, I am going to dress up as a roman soldier. They are cheap and the shipping is free...GREAT DEAL.

Here is the link to the ebay item:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/White-Marching-Band-Helmet-Hat-W-Red-Plume-Case-Halloween-Costume-FREE-SHIP-/200655544966?pt=US_Hats&hash=item2eb800a286
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