Halloween is nearly upon us, so if you still need an Halloween costume for you or your kids, we have some ideas of where to get them – on the cheap!
Before long, the stores will be running low on options, so why spend $30 for a generic, poorly fitting nylon costume when you could get creative for much less and have a more unique costume? Many of these easy DIY Halloween costumes can be created with items you have around the house and/or a little makeup; others may require a trip to the thrift store. Either way, your costume will require very little time and money.
Whether you are looking for something scary, clever or funny, or if you want to dress like a real person, profession, an animal, or as part of a group costume, you’ll find plenty of ideas at Living on the Cheap.
Locally, you can exchange gently used kids’ costumes from last year for new ones this year at the Respook, Rewear, Rescare: Halloween Costume Exchange at the Worthington Community Center on October 7. You must drop off costumes to exchange for a ticket in the days/weeks before the event.
Other great options are on local Facebook buy/sell groups (meet in a public place), through friends, or keep an eye out for sales at retailers. Target usually offers 40-50% off costumes once or twice throughout the season via sales or the Cartwheel app.
Don’t put more pressure on the costume hunt for kids than you need to, because kids will have fun with Halloween whether or not they have a perfect costume. When my daughter’s costume didn’t arrive in time for an early Halloween party, I put some leg warmers over tights and called her an aerobics instructor.
Looking for somewhere to take these costumes for a drive? Check out this list of over 100 fall and Halloween events around Columbus this year, which also contains links for pumpkin patches and fall farm events, haunted houses, community center Halloween parties, and the trick or treat schedule (when available) for Columbus and Central Ohio.
Finally, I’ll leave you with Halloween picture from 1980. None of the costumes are perfect, some aren’t even recognizable…but I can guarantee each kid had fun trick-or-treating.