With Halloween just around the corner, and if you tend to party, you’ve no doubt started thinking about a costume for you and the kids. And if you price it, You may have some sticky shock. Buying a ready-made costume can cost you $30 or much more.
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But what about buying a used one or even making one yourself? To give you an idea of some of the easy-to-create costumes—and their cost—we came up with three options and figured out what you’d pay for new ones, if you made and used them yourself. You’ll be amazed at what great costume you can get with a little creativity, simple crafting skills, and less than $20. Here to celebrate fall fun without breaking the bank.
Fred Flintstones costume for kids
Fred Flintstone is an immortal character that many children know today, introduced by parents and grandparents to a stone age quarry employee. All your child needs is to start practicing the phrase “Yabba dabba doo” to get into the character.
buy new: $44.99 and up
Fred Flintstone is a simple wardrobe – just an orange jacket with black spots and a blue tie. (You’ll want to add shoes and shorts or pants, of course.) Despite his uncomplicated wardrobe, dressing like Fred isn’t cheap. Medium-sized youth costume is $44.99 at HalloweenCostumes.com and $46.99, plus $6 for shipping, from a third-party seller on Amazon.
they make: $15 or less
Creating a Fred Flintstones costume requires effort and limited cost. Head to the T-shirt aisle at your local Michaels store and grab an oversized orange one. You are more concerned about length than width at this point. Next, place a container of black fabric ink on the shirt in your cart. For a necktie, you have a lot of options. You might have an old light blue men’s shirt in your gift bag that can be cut and made into a tie. You can find leftovers at a local fabric store. From, if you want mass shopping, just buy a blue Michaels shirt to cut it into a tie.
Cut out the sleeves of the orange t-shirt in a unique style. Next, turn the T-shirt inside out and gather enough fabric on each side to form a better fit. Pin it, then use a simple paint stitch to hold the fabric together. Safety pins will also do the trick if you’re not using a sewer. No sewing machine needed.
Cost to supply: T-shirt, $4.99, and canvas ink, $4.49, both at Michaels. If you don’t have something at home to use for a tie and buy a second shirt instead, your costume will cost about $15. Michaels frequently offers coupons or discount codes that lower the price.
buy used: $20 and up
Sellers on eBay used costumes for sale, starting at about $20, including shipping.
Verdict: Buying fashion is the most expensive option, and more than double the cost of buying second-hand or DIY clothing.
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Do Halloween tastes tend to get scary? There is not much horror of bats. Or easier to make.
buy new: $42.99
On Amazon, you can find the Spooktacular Creations Woman’s Black Bat Zip Hoodie Costume, an all-black creepy costume paired with black stockings, which are not included.
they make: About $23, but could cost a lot less, depending on what supplies you have
Look through your wardrobe, and you may have what you need: a black hooded sweatshirt and some kind of black pants – sweats, running, yoga pants or leggings would be fine. (We’ll assume you have black pants.) If you need to buy a sweatshirt, Walmart stocks one in the women’s department for about $15. To make the wings, you will need a black umbrella. If you don’t have a broken one, as many of us do, Walmart sells it for $6, but you can have your local dollar tree for $1.25. Use an old cardboard box to cut out the ears and wrap them in black electrical tape (80 cents at Walmart). Fold it at the bottom and use heavy-duty safety pins or a hot glue gun to secure it to the hood.
Cut the awning in half and use electrical tape around the hinges to keep the awning racket open. Safety pin each half on either side and arms of the sweatshirt to create your wings.
buy used: $30
eBay has a variety of bat costumes available for women, some of which are as low as $10, but they don’t quite live up to the Spooktacular costume or our imitations. The Spooktacular costume was listed for $30 on eBay in a recent check.
Verdict: Again, buying an outfit is the most expensive option, but this one is pretty easy to create. No need to buy new.
Want to shine and dress like the leading man in “The Bachelor”? You have some options.
buy new: $69
Amazon currently has a compression tuxedo suit priced at $63, down from $80. You don’t have to worry about the exact suit or pants size. This is a onesie version of the tuxedo suit. Just step in, and press it up. Add a red long-stemmed rose from your local florist for $6, or an artificial variety from Hobby Lobby for $3 or less.
they make: $10 or less
A bachelor does not usually wear a tuxedo. Get your best suit out of the closet and spend $3 to squeeze your best shirt. Wear it with a tie or wear it with an open collar, depending on the shirt. Add a rose, and you still won’t spend more than $10.
buy used: $31 to $41
You may be able to put together a decent-looking set at a thrift store for $25 to $35, but you depend on finding a suit and shirt in your size. This may be difficult. Don’t forget to add the rose.
Verdict: Break into your own closet for this room and have a great time at the Halloween party. You’ll probably give that “first impression” you make at the end of the night.
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