If you’ve got a couple of kids, Halloween costumes and accessories can get expensive. Finding ways to offset the costs of new Halloween costumes can still leave you with money being spent out of pocket, so what’s the best way to get Halloween costumes, for free?
Host a Halloween Costume Swap
- Send out the invites. First, decide who you’re going to invite to the swap. Using Facebook or Eventbrite to manage the event helps to keep track of who’s going to come. When sending out the invite, ensure that you’re sending invites to parents and caregivers with various ages of children.
- Tag the costumes. Use labels or a color code system to mark the costumes and determine who brought which costumes. This way, costumes that haven’t been chosen at the end of the swap can be given back to their original owners.
- Hand out tickets, or track the costumes brought along. A person should not leave the swap with more costumes than they had originally came with. Using the tickets, it’s easy to track. You bring three costumes, you can leave three costumes.
- Make it fun. Have snacks and games for the children to play while they are trying on the costumes to see what fits. Finding fun snack ideas, Halloween crafts and themed activities can make the playdate fun, while saving parents money on Halloween costumes.
- Don’t forget the accessories. Search through the costumes to find not only the fun dress up and costume pieces, but bring the accessories too. The accessories can make the costumes, and are an important part of the festivities.
Have you ever hosted a costume swap to save money on Halloween costumes? What has worked best for you?
Tip: Want to attend a local costume swap? Mommy Connections is hosting one and you can swap your outgrown costumes for something new. Get the details, here.