5 ways to dress up and keep costs down for Halloween

Halloween costumes can be very expensive, especially if you are going to those temporary costume joints that charge anywhere between $40-$200 a costume. Here are a few other places you should look to pull together your Halloween ensemble.

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Raid the Closets of Your Friends

Your friends will often have some great threads you can borrow, or they might even have a costume box that they are willing to lend out. Consider borrowing your friend's costume from years before. My friend was a mermaid a few years back, and I asked to borrow her costume for the following Halloween. It was a perfect, unique costume, and I paid nothing for it!

Visit Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are a goldmine for period clothing, like '50s dresses and '80s sequined jackets. I have a friend who plans to wear an old garage jumpsuit she found. You can find hilarious vintage pieces for only a few dollars.

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Cardboard and Paint

The Daily Green offers amazing homemade halloween costume ideas like an Etch A Sketch, famous modern art pieces, and headless bride.

Rent Costumes

If you are looking for a more elaborate costume, consider renting it from a website or a local costume rental store rather than purchasing it new.

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