Usually I roll my eyes at the thought of a girls night out for Halloween. In my twenties, I would have done it in a heart beat but these days I’m thinking to myself, seriously….dressing up for Halloween?
But my friends managed to twist my arms (yes it took twisting both to get me to go) and have convinced me to go to not one but TWO Halloween parties this year. Oy!
Before I get to the inexpensive part of creating a Halloween costume, I have to throw in my biggest pet peeve about Halloween.
Handing out candy.
Yep, I said it. Handing out candy annoys the heck out of me, that’s why I never do it. I’m “that” house that is pitch black on Halloween without a soul in sight. Ladies reading this, some of you are going to think that is totally weird and some of you will get what I’m saying.
I just don’t understand why I’m expected to hand out candy to strange kids?
When I was younger, my parents only took us to houses where we knew the people. We didn’t randomly go into neighborhoods with our hands out expecting things! Now granted, I did live in a small town where I knew most everyone but still, we didn’t go to the house of EVERY SINGLE PERSON we knew. We just went to family and friends.
I don’t know…I just don’t get it!
Ok now on to the inexpensive costume ideas….I’m going to give you my list of tips and also show you some of the pieces I got this year. I’m not going to reveal who I’m going to be until the end of the post. So you gotta read to the end to find out!
How to Create an Inexpensive Halloween Costume for a Girl’s Night Out
1. Decide What/Who You Want to Be:
One of the easiest ways to make your costume cheap is to have at least 3-4 ideas for what you want to be. As you start piecing your costume together, you may find somethings that are too cute or too inexpensive to pass up, but it may not work for what you originally wanted to be. Having 3-4 ideas will give you a little room to work with and get creative!
A costumes I’ve done in the past are 80’s Prom queens (this was a good one with a group of friends), Black Eyed Pea (black eye, letter “p” on shirt, Miss Understood (shown below) just to name a few!
So figure out who or what you want to be but give yourself a few other ideas just in case you can’t find the perfect costume that fits in your budget.
2. Shop Your Closet:
I will be wearing this glorious piece as part of my costume:
Yes I know each and everyone of you reading this post are so jealous you do not have a custom made, purple leather coat that you found at a yardsale for $1, but hey I know you all can’t be as cool as me. I’ll be bringing this gem out for Halloween as part of my costume (mainly because it will be cold out) but also because this piece is just downright cool.
When you begin your costume hunting, start with your closet. If you can’t find anything good in your closet, go to your best friends closet or your parents closet. And start digging!
3. Shop Goodwill and/or Thrift Stores:
If you can’t find your whole costume in your closet (or someone else’s) it’s time to move on to the Goodwill store or thrift stores. I found these wonderful items for my costume at my local thrift store:
Your local Goodwill and most thrift stores will have a lot of great potential for your costume. The year we went as prom queens we were able to find our costumes at Goodwill, cheap! Yardsales are another good source for cheap items but in some areas, yardsales aren’t that frequent in October.
Don’t be afraid to hit these discount stores, you never know what you may find! And a bonus, you may actually wear what you find again (which I likely will at some point with the above mentioned items!)
4. Shop Party Supply Stores (With a Coupon!):
I’m a little annoyed with myself. I need a wig for my costume and I went to the party supply store but forgot the dang coupon!!! Well I scored a sweet blond wig anyway that I can most likely reuse later on. For Halloween, I promise.
Party supply stores tend to be a little cheaper than those stores that are only selling Halloween costumes. You can piece some things together or buy a whole costume, whichever you prefer.
5. Shop Regular Stores (On or Offlince – With a Coupon!)
If you still can’t find what you are looking for, it’s time to shop at a regular store like Wal-mart, K-mart, or Kohls etc. I found these faux leather pants at Kohls (with a coupon) for $10. Now I know I will wear these again so I wasn’t too upset about buying them!
Ok now the thing with shopping at a regular store is it’s easy to get carried away and spend too much! So don’t do that! Have a budget and stick with it and if you can, make sure you get something you can wear again. You can also shop online using discount codes or try and search for some discount Halloween costume sites. The downside to these are you have to wait for them to ship and if they don’t fit or look right, you may not have enough time to replace it before your Halloween party!
6. Put It All Together & Have Fun!
Ok I’ve pieced my costume together for you, now here is the picture of it all together:
Can you guess who I’m going to be???
Gwen Stefani, the lead singer for No Doubt! No Doubt was actually the first concert I ever went to and they just came out with a new album and I thought, hey why not?! I was actually thinking of going as P!ink but I couldn’t find the right wig so Gwen worked out better.
7. Save it For Next Year!!
This may be one of the most important parts of creating your inexpensive costume. Once Halloween is over, stash your wig, shoes and other accessories that you won’t use again in a tote marked “Halloween”. I put all my Halloween decorations in this as well so everything is in one place. That way, next year you can reuse some pieces (hopefully) or swap out what you won’t use with friends! It will make dressing up a little less expensive for you all!