Are you trying to stretch your dollars and in need of cheap Halloween costume ideas? Take a Saturday morning or two and visit a few yard sales in your neighborhood with Halloween costumes in mind. It’s surprising what you will find.
We have three little ones – admittedly not so little any more – to dress. They love dressing up at Halloween so much that they dress up several times and like to change their minds often about their final decision for their Halloween events. There are always extra Halloween parties and events that call for costumes along with half a dozen extra kids who want to get in on the act.
Save Money on Halloween Costumes by Collecting Accessories Over Time
By collecting the makings of various costumes ahead of time, you’ll have lots of Halloween doo-dads and costume pieces when the Halloween event rolls around each year… Just throw those ten-cent belts, buckles, swords and tiaras into a well-marked plastic bin to create a Halloween treasure chest. Your kids will love dragging out the holiday plunder when dress-up time rolls around.
Cheap Halloween Costumes from Saturday Yard Sales
Check out these six costumes gathered from three yard sales this past Saturday morning:
1. Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz
I spied the familiar blue gingham pinafore from across the yard. It still had the accompanying white blouse with puffy sleeves. It was clean, washable and cheap. My niece loves Dorothy and everything related to the Wizard of Oz. She would love this. I had given her a 10-cent pair of red ruby slippers last year, and even if they didn’t fit, we could take some old shoes and glue red glitter all over them.
What else? A small straw basket with a handle and a little stuffed dog to fit inside. We already had both.
2. A white fabric sheath decked out in red, blue, green and yellow circles
When I spied the word Twister spelled out in huge letters around the bottom hem, I knew it was a keeper. We could add a cardboard spinner hat, some cute little white, green, red, yellow or blue shoes and ease on down the road. How many of her friends would be dressed like a Twister game?
3. A short, ruffled, glittery dance costume
I knew we already had at least one feather boa in the treasure chest, so it was a buy. Oh, a top-hat would look great with this. Did we have one? I think so. Price? A quarter. We planned to use it on a snowman if it ever snowed in the South.
4. A red oriental kimono out of silky fabric. It even had the belt and a red bow for either the waist or the backside
I had hesitated to pick this up since we had done an oriental birthday party and I thought the kids would want something new. As it turned out, this kimono was my grand-niece’s favorite piece. She claimed it in the car before anyone else even saw it. We are adding chopsticks to her hair. We also have leftover oriental parasols in a tub in the storage building. Cheap black flip-flop type shoes will round out this costume that cost under a buck. We already have the chopsticks and flowers for her hair.
5. A red-and-white cheerleader outfit, complete with pom-pons
My seven-year-old niece was still wearing this one as I drove out of the yard on Sunday evening. She was practicing her cheerleader routines. Between Labor Day week-end and Halloween, there will be many such practice days. All it needs is a pair of sneakers, pig tails and maybe a red ribbon or two in her hair. We already have some old megaphones.
6. A yellow skirt with a white blouse with attached black legless leotard bottoms
I had no clue we’d find a use for this one since I didn’t even know what it was. However, my ten-year-old niece snatched up this costume, too. “It’s a 1970s outfit!” she exclaimed. What she meant was that it was a 1950s outfit, but she isn’t old enough to connect just yesterday with twenty years earlier. Teaching moment here.
She was right. This outfit, with a bright silky scarf tied around a ponytail and a pair of saddle oxfords would transform her into the bobby-sox gal she wanted to become. For her Halloween birthday party, she now wants a 1950s party. I already have the 45-r.p.m. records for wall decorations. We may have to buy the bobby-socks.
7. A few odds and ends.
Costing ten cents or a quarter each, an old straw hat, a Statue-of-Liberty crown, a purple tablecloth we could turn into a cape, a black piece of fabric and a box of assorted masquerade masks will find places in our plastic storage-bin treasure chest.
My total spending on all this?
Five dollars. Less than one pumpkin would cost.
When it comes to finding cheap Halloween costume ideas, check out the nearest yard sales. Even if you’re not a yard-sale person – I wasn’t for many, many years – there are treasures galore awaiting you as folks clear out their stuff. Most of these treasures are bargains indeed.
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