Costumes - FLUFF :)

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Costumes - FLUFF :)

I was reading this article:
How Much Did You Spend on Halloween Costumes This Year? | Team Mom - Yahoo! Shine

And I was surprised at what people pay! Do you have a price cap you put on costumes/accessories? Do you make your own, or just buy pre-made?

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A good friend with no children sent the girls costumes this year. When Alyssa was a baby we had much less money than we do now and I could not afford to buy her a costume so I made her a bunny rabbit costume. Other years I have either bought a costume for $10, made a costume, or my friend has sent a costume. After Halloween last year I bought 3 sets of bunny ears and tails. Because by friend sent costumes, we will save those for another year. My younger two also wear costumes that are passed down for her sisters. I am not willing to spend a lot of money on something that is only worn once a year.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

I am not willing to spend a lot of money on something that is only worn once a year.

That's exactly what I think!!! We don't have any little cousins or family friends to pass them on to. I've always said 20 or less per kid. We used to only make them, then I got busy and I started buying. This year I went back to making them, because it's fun!!
Marcus is going as Minecraft Creeper Smile His costume was awesome fun to make. Megan is going to be the red angry bird, and I had fun with hers too Smile Probly still spent the same amount lol but it was fun!

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I usually buy used but this year Jason wanted to be Jake from Disney's new show so my mom bought a $20 costume for him and I bought the $12 sword that is a toy. The baby's costume was $12. next year I'm going to try to make them. I want them to be Yogi and Boo boo.

We have a store here that takes the overstock from other stores and some of the costumes were only .50!!! I bought 4 or 5 for my Godbabies and one for a friends kid for less than $10.

eta-My sister bought a Rapunzel online for $60 and she's a witch today because they didn't send the right size. So my sister is going to keep it for her dress up box. Drives me batcrap insane when she tells me things like that.

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"smsturner" wrote:

I was reading this article:
How Much Did You Spend on Halloween Costumes This Year? | Team Mom - Yahoo! Shine

And I was surprised at what people pay! Do you have a price cap you put on costumes/accessories? Do you make your own, or just buy pre-made?

I wish i was crafty enough or resourceful enough to make home made costumes that were on the cheap side. I'm not!

This year i put a cap of 25 dollars per costume...and then admittedly let my oldest daughter spend a tiny bit more than that. In years past its been less, more like a 20 dollar cap, hardcore.

My husband has actually made a few costumes for the kids in the past. But when we add up the materials to do that, it really didn't come out to be too much less.

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I hit the stores after Halloween when the costumes are 75% off or more. Target goes down to 90% off. I can usually get at least 2 or 3 costumes per child for about $10-$15 (The nicer costumes too). I put them up until next year and then let them decide which one they like. Sometimes they will even get to wear more than one if they go to a Halloween party or Trunk or treat or something they can wear a different one for that. Plus they just have fun putting on the costumes and playing around the house.

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This year I bought DD's costume for $17 dollars, which is more than I wanted to pay, but the cheaper witch costumes looked so....cheap Smile I got DS's off a facebook group for free. Last year my mom managed to snag a bunch of Disney costumes for $5 each so she sent us those and we didnt have to pay anything. I try to buy for the next year when things go on sale, but it gets so picked over by the time I get to them. On the plus side, after halloween we put the costumes into the dress up drawer and they use them all year round for dress up, so at least we get some wear out of them.

Oh, and the baby gets to wear an orange and white stripped sleeper.....same one his sister wore her first halloween, and next year he gets to be a robot, just like his brother was a few years ago, and so it will go until he is old enough to make his own choice and fight me on mine Smile

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It varies. I cap at about 20.00 but I don't think I spend that much.

This year my youngest is going as a cat and my friend gave me the costume.

Oldest isgoing as Zoe from Sesame (minus the hair so she's really a ballerina lol) and I spent 6.99 on the tutu, we had the leotard from my niece and 4.00 for the tights.

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"ftmom" wrote:

I try to buy for the next year when things go on sale, but it gets so picked over by the time I get to them.

Ya I probably couldn't do that if I lived in a rural area. Being in the Dallas area I have multiple places to choose from so I can go to a store that has more leftovers.

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I went into Value Village this year to find a fireman's coat for DS and OMG I could not believe all the new costumes they had. Super cheap, and wigs in every style and colour imagineable.

I spent $5 on DD's witch wig and $13 on DS's coat. Smile

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I am not crafty enough to make the costumes, so I buy. I usually spend around $20 on it, but I honestly don't feel too badly about it. After Halloween I put the costume in T's dress up box (other items in the dress up box include pirate gear, a spider man mask, a fireman hat, et cetera) and let him play in it when he wants to until he outgrows it.

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I'm so not crafty, so I always buy the boys costumes. We've been able to hand down some of the costumes since I have all boys. I'd say normally we spend about $20-$25 per kid.

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I spent more than usual this year - $30. But she is really into costumes and dress up this year so she will use it a lot. If it was only going to be worn once I wouldn't have spent so much. Normally I try to keep them in the $10-$15 range. And I make as much as I can. I enjoy crafting and costuming.

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My DS's costume was $3, but he didn't get to wear if because he didn't go to day care as we spent the mornign at hospital. It was $1 for the pillow case and $2 for the roll of ribbon to make a super hero cape, he has a shirt with a superhero that says awesome on it, and was going to wear undies over his shorts

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I do not let my girls play with their costumes throughout the year. One year I did and it was ruined by the time it fit my next child. I try to keep it nice for the next child to wear. I was just thinking I do not know what I will do with the lady bug costume because I do not have someone to pass it down to. I hate to give it away after just being worn one time, but it will not fit in a whole nother year. Plus I do not normally do the same costume two years in a row. It was so adorable though.

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I really enjoy picking out coordinating costumes for my girls and making them to the best of my ability (I don't sew....AT ALL, lol). This year they went as Cookie Monster and Elmo (and a good friend was Oscar) and I made some really cute tutu dresses with felt faces. They were absolutely adorable and the total cost was $18 for both of them. We are already starting to come up with ideas for next year!

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"Alana*sMommy" wrote:

I really enjoy picking out coordinating costumes for my girls and making them to the best of my ability (I don't sew....AT ALL, lol). This year they went as Cookie Monster and Elmo (and a good friend was Oscar) and I made some really cute tutu dresses with felt faces. They were absolutely adorable and the total cost was $18 for both of them. We are already starting to come up with ideas for next year!

Holy Moly! I just looked at your pic of Madi, and she looks exactly like a little girl I know IRL. I actually thought you were here for a sec. Pretty sure you arent though, from other info I know about you......but weird Smile