If you want to save some money this Halloween, consider going green by making your child’s costume, hosting a costume swap or buying a "recycled” costume from a local thrift store.
Kids love homemade costumes, and crafty parents can take pride in creating something amazing based on their imaginations.
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Hosting a costume swap is another great way to keep old costumes out of landfills. Have a party with a small group such as a preschool class, church group or scout troop.
If you know of any upcoming costume swaps, please tell us and your neighbors in the comments section below. Also, you and your organization could organize your own. These costume swaps are a great way to save money.
Thrift stores offer an array of inexpensive “recycled” costumes for everyone from babies to adults, as well as a large selection of new costumes, masks, hats and Halloween makeup. You can also find used decorations such as pumpkin-shaped votive holders and Halloween-themed candles at a fraction of the price you would pay for new ones.
According to Values Val at 11Alive News, there is a costume sale going on now where everything is 50% off, and many costumes are just $10. "Auction Liquidators on Collier Road has an early treat for Halloween shoppers: costumes and accessories at 50 to 80 percent off suggested retail."
Decorate the outside of your home in an environmentally friendly way with pumpkins, squash and dried corn stalks, which can all be composted when the holiday is over.
TELL US: What are some examples of great homemade costumes that are easy to put together? Be sure to upload photos of your green costumes and decorations in the photo gallery above.