How To Save Money On Halloween Costumes

Save Money on Halloween Costumes

photo credit: lil sugar

It’s the first week of October, and that means Halloween is coming! I love Halloween. There’s just something exciting about dressing up like someone else. Especially zombies. Zombie costumes are my favourite.

The thing about Halloween costumes is that they are often quite expensive. Have you seen the cost of these things lately? Last year I saw a little dragon costume for a toddler – it was $65. Sixty-five dollars! For a tiny little costume. Ridiculous.

This year I did some digging and researched the best ways for saving money on Halloween costumes. Here are 7 ways:

1. eBay

There is always a huge assortment of Halloween costumes on eBay, and thankfully, the prices aren’t too bad (usually).

One great benefit of shopping on eBay is that you can search for exactly what you want. If you already have a costume idea in mind, that is.


Related: How to Make Money on eBay
Selling on Ebay is just as great as selling on websites such as Kijiji or Craigslist. You can make some extra cash just by posting something on the internet. Fantastic!

2. Thrift Stores

Most thrift stores have a section for Halloween costumes and it is often bursting at the seams come October. New stuff is being added every day, as more people drop off old costumes that they no longer want, so if you don’t find something on your first visit, try again another time.

There are some thrift stores (Value Village especially) that even sell brand new Halloween costumes, with prices as much as 50% off the original. The closer you get to Halloween, the higher the discount will be, but this also means your selection will be more limited.

3. Online Classifieds

Websites such as Kijiji and Craigslist are great places to not only find Halloween costumes, but to sell your old costumes.

Just like eBay, this is an easy way to find a very specific costume, since you can just type what you’re looking for into the search box.


Related: How to Sell Your Stuff Online with Kijiji & Craigslist
Making money from online classifieds, such as Kijiji and Craigslist, is not as simple as posting the ad and watching the money roll in. In order to make the sale, you have to be prepared to put in a little work.

4. Costume Swap or Borrow

Get together with a couple of friends and/or family members and either borrow a costume (or more) from them, or swap costumes entirely.

I personally find that a clothing swap is the way to go, since then you don’t have to worry about returning anything. Less work = perfect for me.

5. Do it Yourself

One very frugal way to save on Halloween costumes is to simply make them yourself.

There are many websites with easy DIY Halloween costume ideas for adults and children. If you have a bit of a crafty side, this may be the route to take if you want to save money on Halloween costumes.

6. End of Season Sales

We all know that shopping at the end of a season is one of the best ways to save money. Right? Knowing the sale cycles is your best bet to saving big on winter clothing, snowsuits, swimwear, sunscreen, Christmas items and… yep, costumes (and other Halloween goodies – including candy!).

If you don’t mind purchasing next year’s costume this year, you will be able to save some serious dough. Keep in mind that the longer after Halloween you wait to purchase these costumes, the more limited your selection will be.

7. Dollar Stores (for Accessories)

If you need to buy face paint/make-up, hair colour spray, hats, jewellery, tiaras, swords, shields, wigs, eye patches, or almost any other Halloween costume accessory, check out your local dollar store.

Most stores (good ones, anyway) have at least one row full of Halloween items. I’ve even seen actual Halloween costumes at some dollar stores (usually only for babies, though). If you’re into dressing up your pet, there’s often costumes for them, too.


Related: Why I Love Dollar Stores
Looking to save money? Head to the dollar store. They have so much stuff, and it is all inexpensive. The quality is actually very good as well, these days. Dollarama is my favourite dollar store, but there are other good ones, too.

There is absolutely no need to spend a ton of money on a costume that you are likely only going to wear once.

If you’re buying a costume for your child that you plan to use as a hand-me-down for future children, then you might want to spend a bit more for quality, but a Halloween costume should never cost you more than $30 (even less for young children).

How do you save money on Halloween costumes & accessories?

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  1. SeriousSally says:

    Thrift stores are great for any accessories/costume parts as well if you’re making your own costume. You’ll always find cool retro stuff on the clothing racks and lots of sparkly shirts, jackets and pants for the tweens. Last year my son needed a white dress shirt which he was going to trash anyway with (fake) blood stains and he was able to find one at Value Village for $3.

  2. Linda S says:

    This year is not going to cost me a lot. Both girls wants to be princesses haha. We will just pick something from the dress up chess 😉 I will however figure out what I will wear. My oldest wants me to be a princess too lol I will look if some of those Maid of Honour dress still fits me and will add some bling to it. We usually dress up in the same theme. My husband will be a prince (again my oldest idea). He will wear a suit that he already have.

  3. Laura says:

    Homesense also has some AMAZING costumes for reasonable prices. The costumes were comparable to the really high end ones that my mom bought for my little ones that I’m sure cost her $50+ each. The ones in Homesense were $10-$25. Not cheap by any means, but they were stellar quality and design.

  4. Linda says:

    When I was a kid (I don’t have kids, so can’t talk of that) our mom told us we had to make our own costumes every year. One time, an acquaintance of my mom’s gave her these (really awful) curtains. My mom was going to throw them out, but I said I wanted them. I made my own princess costume and even had a tiara made up. I remember another time we were ‘hobos’ or such. Dad’s old clothes and a cork that has been burned with a flame to put ‘5 o’clock shadow’ on our faces. I am glad my mom made us make our own costumes. We were always more original than our friends and the memories can’t be beat.

  5. Christine Weadick says:

    When my kids were small I would make the costumes out of blanket fleece using a jogging suit pattern. I would go one size larger than they were wearing at that time so I could fit jackets and what ever was needed underneath to keep them warm while out. After we went out collecting I would wash the costumes and the kids wore them as jammies for the winter……They loved it!!!!! One year I had 3 dalmations out and about the streets. I made separate hoods and mittens too. Most of those costumes went to work with my daughter as she works at a daycare for the kids dress-up chest. Big hit!!!! And everything was/is washable!!!!!!

  6. Christa says:

    my sister just went to Value Village and pickedup some costumes, hats and accessories then we went to the dollar store and picked up some more hats and accessories. Her daughter and my granddaughter had a riot all day yesterday playing dressup.

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