by Andrea K. Clark

As most of you know, fall is my favorite time of year. I really get into Halloween. It’s not because I love all the scary things either. I honestly enjoy shopping for the pumpkins, carving pumpkins (we have an annual pumpkin carving party), exploring the nearby corn maze, attending fall festivals and of course picking out Halloween costumes!

Now that I have kids, this time of year gets even more exciting. While I still love the holiday, with more people to accommodate my budget has gotten a little tighter when it comes to Halloween costumes, decorations, etc. One of the easiest areas to cut down Halloween costs is with the costumes.

If you have ever spent much time shopping for the kids’ Halloween costumes, then you’ve probably realized just how expensive they are. It’s practically impossible to get out of a Halloween boutique with a costume for under $40 nowadays! Below are some affordable Halloween costume ideas for 2013 that should help you save a little money.

1. Symphony Conductor – If your son was in a wedding this year or another special occasion that required him to wear a tuxedo (that you purchased) then get another use out of it at Halloween and dress him up as a symphony conductor! All you will need to buy is the conductor’s stick and he’ll be good to go.

2. Funeral Director – Perhaps your son has a nice suit hanging up in his closet that doesn’t get a lot of wear, but still fits. Use it to dress him up as a funeral director for Halloween. After all, not only is it a unique costume, but it’s also an appropriate one too! For instance, I have this black suit hanging up in the closet for my son that will work perfectly!



3. Pageant Queen – Little girls who enjoy dressing up and pretending to be a princess, will enjoy being a pageant queen for a night! You’ve probably already have the perfect pageant dress and all you need to buy is a tiara and a sash for her to wear. If your daughter likes the darker side of Halloween (and is old enough) you could add a little makeup and make her a zombie pageant queen.



4. Farmer “Joe” – Most little boys have a pair of Wrangler jeans and cowboy boots. If you don’t, they aren’t that expensive as they also double as play clothes. In order to complete the Farmer “Joe” costume, add a plaid button down shirt, straw hat and a pitch fork (preferably a play pitch fork). You can also create the farmer look by substituting a pair of overalls instead of the jeans.

5. Busy Housewife – A lot of stay-at-home mothers have daughters who grow up watching them as they busily cook, clean, do laundry and tend to the needs of the family. If you are one of these women, why not suggest that your little one dress up like mommy for Halloween? All you need is an apron for her to wear over her clothing and a broom to carry and she will be able to tell people she is a busy housewife just like her mommy.

Halloween doesn’t have to be an expensive holiday to celebrate and can actually be a lot of fun if you have a little creativity…and, even if you don’t there’s Pinterest! Hopefully the suggestions above have given you a few ideas for how to create a unique and affordable costume for your kids this Halloween!