We all know I'm obsessed with Halloween. Not that I'm into the icky uber creepy stuff, but more that I LOVE to dress up, LOVE to throw themed parties, and LOVE candy…so basically modern-day Halloween was made just for me.
Jordaween. Has a nice ring to it…
Each year I insist on doing family theme costumes. I hope to milk it for as many years as possible until my kids realize how embarrassing, uncool, and wacko I am.
1. Mix store-bought costumes with DIY pieces.
2. Buy off season.
3. Buy used.
4. Use what you have, and borrow.
Can I get on my soap box about borrowing for a sec?
This year I got all my neighborhood ladies on a group chat app called GroupMe. All month long we've been messaging the group asking for things…”does anyone have a Cleopatra costume I can borrow?” “Snorkel goggles?” “A top-hat?” You rarely wear the same costume more than once, so why not swap?! It'll save you mucho dinero, folks. Oh, and be sure to check out renting a costume! High School drama departments and local theater companies do this to help subsidize their costs. Great way to get professional costumes for cheap!
5. Set a budget per-person.
- Bubba – $0
- Jordan – $7 (skirt and top, $1 nemo fish toy, the headgear was a bent wire hanger = free)
- Beck – $4 (frog costume + fleece)
- Hutch – $10 (Nemo costume)
- Priya – $14 (Monster costume + fleece)
- Ollie – $15 (Shark costume. Total splurge, but I couldn't help myself!)
- Total = $48, rather than $100!
6. Think up your costume idea FIRST.
(On Halloween night Bubba wore the basketball shirt AND the hoop and it was way funnier, just FYI)