Finally the back to school rush is over! We have been back to school for roughly two and half weeks and the hectic, business that comes with back to school is slowing down and regulating. That being said, there are other other seasons and holidays to prepare for. As I skim through the calendar at the upcoming months, I’m shocked to see how fast time is passing and how little I’m getting done.
The next big event in our lives that needs preparation is Halloween. It is one of my children’s favourite holidays. From the moment that school starts and the back to school displays disappear, the ghost, goblins and princesses start making their way to the shelves. From 3 costumes to classroom treats to candy for the trick or treaters (we get on average 150-200!), Halloween can get expensive. I can’t believe how expensive costumes are! Starting at $15 for a cheap one to over $100 for an elaborate one, costumes are an item in our house that is used once and never to be used again. As a result, I am starting the costume hunt early this year. Here are three cost saving tips for find the perfect Halloween costume:
1. Make your own
Have you ever seen some dressed up like a bunch of grapes? Or maybe there favourite Movie star or character by being creative at home? Growing up, I think about 75% of our costumes were homemade. We would find bits and pieces around the house, throw on some make up and have some pretty cool results. This year, DS8 wants to be a character from Mindcraft. We are going to attempt to make him a ‘Steve’ mask from a cardboard box! Not only is this a fun and creative way to spend time together, but it makes the costume very personable and rewarding!
2. Hand me downs
Not as much fun, but a very affordable option. Some of the Mommy groups that I am apart of host costume swaps. The idea is everyone brings their costumes to an afternoon tea and they ‘swap’ costumes for a new one. This works best if there are both older and younger children in the group. Some of our favorite costumes have been passed down from DS8 to DS6.
Now that my children are older, they have very clear (and EXPENSIVE) ideas of what they want their costumes to be. No longer are no name characters acceptable. Instead they want the latest, greatest and most popular characters in the media to be their costume. One of my favourite ways to go about this is searching Kijiji. Kijiji is a centralized network of online communities for posting classified ads. You can buy, sell, or trade just about anything. From cars to pets to Real Estate to Halloween Costumes, whatever you are looking for, someone in your community is probably selling it! Its fun, easy and a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle old items. In my area alone, there are over 40 of the latest and greatest Halloween costumes at amazing prices! The best part is, with Kijiji I can sell my children’s last years costumes and maybe even make some money to buy this years costumes!