I was in the grocery store the other day and noticed the seasonal aisle was already being stocked with big black and orange bags of miniature candy. This can only mean that Halloween will soon be upon us and the sweet little ‘boils and ghouls’ in your house will need to decide what costume they’ll wear when they go trick-or-treating. Don’t get stuck sewing a custom-made Dorothy costume the night before All Hallows Eve. Plan ahead and the whole family, including Mummy and Deady, will have something ‘boo-tiful’ to wear on Halloween.
Search For Spooky Selections
Secondhand stores and thrift shops take their cues from the big retailers and start putting out their costumes on display early, too. Make a point to stop in after work once a week to check out the selection – the sooner you get there, the more selection you have.
While you’re there, you can scan the inventory for decoration ideas. An old lampshade can suddenly become a witch’s hat http://www.shelterness.com/diy-witch-like-lampshade-for-halloween-decorating/. A scuffed chair can easily be spray painted black and hung with a sign asking trick-or-treaters to ‘sit for a spell’. Or, pick up some mason jars to make adorable Halloween luminaries http://www.celebrations.com/c/read/diy-halloween-decorations-mason-jar-luminaries.
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Last year’s Halloween costume can make for some great dress up clothes. They can also be used for another walk around the block. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends or family what they have laying around the house for you to reuse. Frilly dresses and superhero costumes never go out of style. Make the costume your own with a few extra touches. For instance, swap out the facemask on last year’s ninja costume for a pair of goggles (and some painted liter bottles) and you’ve got an awesome scuba diver costume http://www.parenting.com/article/scuba-diver-21354920.
Easy, Homemade Costumes
If you’re willing and able, DIY costumes can be just as much fun to create as they are to wear. With more than a month before Halloween, you have time to think about your get-ups and then get creative. The skies are the limit! My brother was an x-ray machine one year. We cut holes in a big box and then printed off a skeleton, colored it in and taped it to the box. That same year, I was Little Miss Muffet. We used clothes I already had but sewed a fake spider to my shoulder. I carried around a plastic bowl to collect my candy.
A quick Internet search will bring up all kinds of inventive costume ideas if you’re having trouble thinking of one yourself. Try your hand at something homemade and not only can you come up with an outfit no one else will be wearing, you can guarantee the fit and warmth of the costume and trick or treat in style. http://www.savvysugar.com/Cheap-Homemade-Halloween-Costumes-20064402#photo-20064624.
Kat's Money Corner is posted on Dollars & Sense every Tuesday. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little one, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, click http://twitter.com/savinmavens