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Halloween Costumes on a Budget

Costumed man and woman dancing at a Halloween party.

Halloween is a great time to get creative with costuming. From office parties to haunted house tours, there can be many opportunities throughout the season to dress up as your favorite ghoul. But some price tags on garments and accessories for you and your family can feel like more of a trick than a treat.

Luckily, there are many do-it-yourself costume options and money-saving tips from CreditGUARD that won’t scare your wallet. Frugal choices can still lead to daring looks.

Use What You Have at Home

Sometimes the best costume options come from your own wardrobe. Still have that cap and gown from high school? Add a book and some eyeglasses, and you become a nerd or a scholar.

Pay attention to TV and movies and see if an outfit you have on-hand is similar to one that a favorite character would wear. Grab that old prom dress, add a long ribbon and plastic crown, and you can become a beauty pageant winner for minimal fuss.

Check the closet at your parents’ house or boxes you have in storage; dressing in vintage wear can often resurrect the funk of a past era.

Keep Your Options Open

If you want to be Tyrannosaurus Rex, there are only a handful of options at your disposal. Most of which involve a puffy plastic suit from a store.

But, if you are more flexible with your choices, you can easily dress as a caveman using bright T-shirts that you cut jagged edges on, a belt and bits of felt. Or add a bit of makeup or white face paint, and you can develop a more skeletal look.

By broadening your choices, you increase your chances of saving money.

Shop Thrift

Sometimes, you can find awesome deals on excellent, vintage looks at consignment shops or donation centers. To find dress clothing that has been gently worn or nearly new, see what you can buy second hand.

For greatly reduced prices, you might be able to find a nice tweed jacket or tuxedo coat to accessorize your look. Children’s costumes are also easily available at many of these stores, and some of the choices have never been worn or only worn once.

Consult Your Friends

Seeking out adult costumes can be more challenging, but it also gives you the chance to talk to your friends and neighbors to see if they might trade costumes with you.

Use Your Skills

Life hacks, like sewing and crochet, come in very handy at Halloween. It gives you the opportunity to create your own unique look with rolls of fabric and thread. Also, patterns are available from the library and online that should provide you with the necessary guidance. Be careful with the glitter and the sequins shedding, but you can add a good bit of sparkle inexpensively.

Plan Ahead

Once the holiday is at its end, stores will liquidate their stock at drastically marked-down prices. That is the best time to buy costumes for you and your family for future use. Keep in mind, growing children require different sized clothing every year. Plan accordingly.

If your current debt situation has you feeling the blues about your Halloween costume, fear not! CreditGUARD provides money management tips and qualified, experienced credit counselors to help you navigate holiday expenses and plan for your financial future without fear. Call CreditGUARD Today!

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