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Why I Don't Buy My Kids Halloween Costumes

I don't buy my kids Halloween costumes. I might buy them a particular piece they need, or take them to the thrift store to search for usable items, but I don't buy pre put together costumes. My kids make their costumes mostly from things around the house. I always made my own costumes growing up and it's become a project my kids really enjoy.


It Encourages Creativity

Making your own costume from scratch encourages creativity and can help develop problem solving skills. You have to come up with your own idea and your own design. You may have to think outside the box and use items in a way you might not immediately think of.

My daughter's been working on a genie costume for this year and made a really cool headband/tiara out of an old belt.

Allows For Mind Changes

I don't know about your kids, but mine tend to change their mind about 100 times before they make a final decision on a Halloween costume. So far my 7 year old has wanted to be Moaning Meryl from Harry Potter, a witch, a bride, Honey Lemon from Big Hero 6, and a genie.

Making your own costume eliminates this headache. My kids can change their mind as many times as they want up until Halloween day and it doesn't matter. Last year my daughter changed her mind from bride to witch on Halloween afternoon.

Store Bought Costumes Are Pricey!

I can't believe how expensive most store bought costumes are these days! Especially considering how low quality they tend to be. We bought my daughter a Princess Sophia costume on clearance a few days after Halloween a few years ago. It tore the first time she wore it. I was so glad we only paid a few dollars for it instead of the original price which was $35.

Making costumes from things around the house is much more affordable. I usually only end up spending a few dollars per kid, usually on costume jewelry from the thrift store, or headbands for making animal ears on.

It's Fun!

My kids enjoy getting to make their own costumes. It's a project they look forward to and plan for all year long.

How does your family handle Halloween costumes?

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  1. My kids are older now, so they don't dress up as much as they used to. In the past, we did make a lot of their costumes, but there were some that we bought. If we do buy anything, it will be accessories for the costume or supplies to make what she wants. My youngest is now 12 and the only one who will go trick or treating this year. She is already thinking about what she wants to be, so they can make the costume.


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