Halloween costumes don’t need to be scary expensive.

It’s easy to break the bank on a new costume, but there are simple ways to save money on your outfit and stay within budget.

Head to The Thrift Shop

Before splurging on a brand-new costume you’re going to wear only once, take a trip to the local thrift store or consignment shop to see if there are any gently used materials you can use. Consignment shops are also a great place to make a little money on last year’s costume.

If you’re looking for a vintage costume, check out the closest antique store. Often, they’ll have a clothing section featuring authentic pieces at discounted prices.

Trade with Friends

Ask your friends if they would like to do a costume swap for Halloween. This can work for adult costumes, but it works especially well for kids since they constantly grow and move into bigger sizes.

Don’t Be Afraid to DIY

Make your costume at home! Before heading to the store, walk through the house to see if there’s anything you already have that could complete your costume.

If you have a sewing machine, use that to your advantage. Remember: your Halloween costume doesn’t need to look like designer clothing.

Here’s a list of affordable homemade costume ideas.

Trick or Treat!

Whether you trade, sew, craft or buy your costume this year, remember to have a good time and collect as much candy as possible. Happy Halloween!

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