Thursday, September 16, 2010
Halloween is just around the corner, which can be a nuisance for some parents who have waited until the last minute for costume ideas. For any parent who takes a trip to the local Halloween store, costumes seem to be getting more and more expensive every year with elaborate gruesome masks to super hero accessories. It is no longer acceptable for your child to sport an old bed sheet to pass for a ghost, your kids want the best and coolest costumes out there. It is a good thing that in this day and age there are many ways to provide your children with an amazing outfit without spending a fortune. Sometimes all you need is a little bit of planning, some creativity, and time to find the perfect costumes for your little gremlins.
Try shopping at the end of the Halloween season. Although this may take some foreseeing into the future, some costumes like vampires, and super heroes never go out of style. All costumes hit the clearance rack at the end of the seasons, which means prices could be cut to even half of the original price. Plan ahead by considering what your child’s size will be next year and be sure to make purchases that are age appropriate. You don’t want anything so frightening it will scare the other children. When you end up making a decision on the right costume, store your costume out of site until the next Halloween rolls around. Chances are your child will have forgotten about it by then and it will be like new.
Consider rummaging through your parent’s closet to find items that could be used for a costume. Start brainstorming and get creative about putting together items that are original and unique. Several costumes, like a hippie, or flapper can be made out of clothes, or accessories you already own. Be open-minded and try out several combinations of items on your child to find the perfect look. Sometimes adding an oversize pair of sunglasses, or bellbottom jeans can be the final touch to your kid’s costume. In the end, this will help you save a significant amount of money and can be still used from day to day.
The best and most affordable place to find costumes is any second-hand shop. Many children’s thrift stores carry used Halloween costumes during the fall season. Be sure to carefully select your costume and look out for any stains, or damaged fabric. Most of the time the costumes are gently used because they are typically used only one day of the year. Try your best to shop early in the season to allow yourself a wide selection of sizes and costumes.
To save money on Halloween costumes, consider organizing a local Halloween costume swap. This can be a fun and exciting opportunity for you and your children to socialize with friends while selecting their Halloween costume. Ask other parents to help you organize the event and make flyers to post around your community. Costumes are typically left in great condition and can be worn again. Chances are kids of a similar age group would be interested in the same kind of costumes. Swapping will allow for everyone to leave with a costume of their choosing without having to spend a nickel.
Kyle Simpson writes for a website that specializes in audio books where you can find audio book reviews and read the latest industry news.