Fancy dress parties are good fun for young and old, but if you’re dressing up the whole family the cost can start to pile up! Donning costumes is swiftly becoming a tradition that extends beyond Halloween as well; many children’s parties involve some sort of theme and adults like to get in on the fun at the same time. Avoid sticker shock by using these handy tips.
Recycle old costumes
What better way to save money on your next costume party than by reusing one you already have? This may not work for growing children who need a new size, but adults tend to keep old garments that can easily be repurposed or re-worn. Add a few new accessories to an old costume and you’ll have something that feels fresh. And even if your children have outgrown their costumes, they may still be able to reuse the accessories. For example, last year’s Star Wars fancy dress might include light sabres, belts, or other pieces that could be added to pirate, alien, or robot costumes.
Organize a costume swap
Another way to get new life out of old costumes is to sit down with your friends and family and arrange a swap. You may already do this with clothing that the children have outgrown, and it’s easy to do with costumes and fancy dress as well. A clothing swap can be a party in itself, as you allow children to play dress-up!
Buy costumes online
If you prefer to purchase new costumes, a good way to save money is to shop online rather than in the pop-up type of retail shops that appear around Halloween. This post has been written in collaboration with Funidelia, an online costume shop that offers a variety of options throughout the year. Shopping online lets you compare prices first, and you can also read reviews so that you know you’re purchasing something that’s not going to fall apart after only one use. This is also useful if you’re not sure what you want to wear just yet – browse through the options and something like a Funidelia Ninja Turtle costume just might pop out at you.
Take advantage of end-of-season sales
Fancy dress parties take place throughout the year, but the big sales push for costumes is just before Halloween. If you shop for a costume at a different time of year, you can take advantage of sales and discounts. Another option is to friend costume retailers on Facebook or Instagram, because they may publish flash sales or offer special discounts to their social network.
Make it yourself
Finally, the tried and true way to save money on fancy dress is simply to make it yourself! You don’t have to be a master behind the sewing machine to do this; there are plenty of great patterns out there and Pinterest in particular is always a good source of inspiration.
The main takeaway is not to leave it until the last minute. With a bit of planning, you should be able to take your time and find a costume that fits the theme of the party as well as your budget!
This is a collaborative post