If you want to save some money this Halloween, consider going green by making your child’s costume, hosting a costume swap or buying a "recycled” costume from a local thrift store.
Kids love homemade costumes, and crafty parents can take pride in creating something amazing based on their imaginations.
These local craft stores and hobby shops might help you out:
- Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
- Needlecraft World
- Hancock Fabrics
- Hobby Lobby
- HobbyTown USA
Hosting a costume swap is another great way to keep old costumes out of landfills. Have a party with a small group such as a preschool class, church group or scout troop.
Thrift stores offer an array of inexpensive “recycled” costumes for everyone from babies to adults, as well as a large selection of new costumes, masks, hats and Halloween makeup. You can also find used decorations such as pumpkin-shaped votive holders and Halloween-themed candles at a fraction of the price you would pay for new ones.
Bethesda Thrift Shop and Savers may have some thrifty finds to pitch in to your ultimate Halloween costume.
Decorate the outside of your home in an environmentally friendly way with pumpkins, squash and dried corn stalks, which can all be composted when the holiday is over.
What do you think? What are some examples of great homemade costumes that are easy to put together?