Halloween is a holiday that falls on a Monday this year, so if you’re looking for some quick and easy ways to save money over the next few days, there are plenty of options. 

You could give out candy for free (though we’d advise against it). You could go door-to-door asking people if they want your candy, but that’s not much fun for anyone involved. And you might even be able to find a bargain or two at your local grocery store. But where can you really get a good deal on costumes? If you’re a thrifty shopper who loves a good costume bargain, then you should check out these five tips to help you make the most of the upcoming Halloween festivities. 

Don’t forget the kids’ costumes. Many parents don’t think about buying costumes for their children until the last minute, which means many stores will have plenty of deals in place when October rolls around. Make sure your little ones are covered by picking up a cheap plastic mask from your local dollar store and sticking them in something comfortable — like an old t-shirt. Then just add a pair of pants and a hoodie — you’ll easily knock off $20 or more. 

Check out the clearance racks. If you’re feeling particularly thrifty, try checking out your favorite department store’s clearance racks. Often times, these items sell for half off the regular price, so you can get a lot of great costumes for your little ones for very little money. Plus, you won’t be competing with the other families in town for that one perfect costume. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into before making a purchase — a lot of these costumes are made cheaply, so you may be buying quality that isn’t worth the price tag. 

Shop online. With the internet, you can shop online without leaving home! Not only do you have access to millions of costumes right now, but sites like Amazon offer incredible discounts on Halloween costumes on a daily basis. If nothing catches your eye in the stores, take a look at Amazon first. Sometimes you’ll find a killer deal on a costume you’ve been eyeing for months. 

Check out Etsy.com. Like Amazon, Etsy.com offers hundreds of thousands of unique handmade Halloween costumes, decorations, and accessories. The site also has a ton of unique vintage merchandise that you probably wouldn’t see anywhere else. If you’re looking for a specific item, search for “halloween” plus whatever item you’re interested in. For example, if you’re looking for a vampire costume, type “vampire” in the search box. 

Look for secondhand/used stuff. You definitely want to avoid paying full retail price for a new Halloween costume, but you also don’t want to pay too much either. One way to get a great deal is to check out thrift stores, yard sales, and eBay for used costumes. Not only will you likely find the costume for less than $10, but you’ll also get the added benefit of knowing that you’re supporting a small business instead of going big box. 

Barter for stuff. If you’re really short on cash, you can barter for things. For example, if you need a Halloween costume for your child but don’t have enough cash on hand, you can trade your child’s birthday party supplies. Or, if you need a Halloween costume, you can trade your services as a babysitter for the family’s Halloween costume. It’s a win-win situation because everyone gets what they want. 

There are all sorts of ways to save money this month. From homemade treats to cheap costumes, you can put together a great costume for $0 if you follow the tips above. Happy shopping! 

What are some of your best tips for saving money during the holidays? Share your ideas below! 

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