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How to Save Money on Popular Halloween Costumes for 2016 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the average American plans to spend $82.93 on Halloween this year. That’s nearly $100 for a one-day event.

Don’t get me wrong, Halloween is fun! I love getting dressed up and eating candy just as much as the next person, but what if I told you that you could have just as much fun at a fraction of the cost? Last year, I donned three different costumes for different events and spent about $10 by using what I already had and getting creative.

If you want to dress up in one of the year’s most popular costumes, but don’t want to pay the costume store prices, here are a few tips to save money on five of this year’s most popular Halloween costumes.


How to Save Money on Popular Halloween Costumes for 2016 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

It’s probably no surprise, especially if you have kids, that superhero costumes take the cake in popularity. The NRF reports that, for the first time in 11 years, superhero costumes will be more popular than princess costumes.

The costume companies know these are in-demand outfits, so you can expect to pay a pretty penny for a Batman or Wonder Woman getup. If you or your little one have your heart set on a specific superhero costume, a great place to check for deals is your local thrift store.

A lot of people don’t hold on to those costumes, so they get donated to thrift stores and consignment shops. It’s no guarantee that you’ll find the costume you’re looking for if you buy it second-hand, but it’s worth looking if it can save you $30 to $40.


How to Save Money on Popular Halloween Costumes for 2016 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Don’t worry, just because princess costumes have been knocked down from the top spot, they’re still very popular.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a great way to save some money on these frilly costumes is to buy the dress second-hand. Unlike superhero costumes, princess dresses are much easier to find. Even if it’s not a costume dress, if you can find a dress that is long, puffy and sparkly (second-hand stores are filled with these), you can dress it up even more and turn a pretty dress into something royal.

Pair your beautiful dress with a crown and/or some sparkly jewelry. You can find princess crowns, as well as costume jewelry, for a few dollars at a party supply store. Look in the themed aisles that have goodies to fill gift bags at birthday parties.

Even better, if you already have jewelry that will add some glitz to your princess costume, save even more money and use your own.

“Star Wars” (Finn, Rey, BB-8)

How to Save Money on Popular Halloween Costumes for 2016 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

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The new “Star Wars” films are giving us a whole new slew of costume ideas. The classic Hans Solo, Princess Leia and Darth Vader costumes are still great options, but this year, the newcomers are taking center stage. Don’t be surprised when you have countless Finn, Rey and BB-8s lining up at your door come trick-or-treat time.

The great thing is these costumes can be created pretty easily with items you may already have in your closet.

If you have a pair of black pants and a brown leather jacket, Finn is pretty easy to recreate. The only thing you’ll have to buy is a prop weapon. You can purchase a toy phaser at just about any costume shop.

Rey’s outfit is essentially just layered sand-colored clothing. Start with brown boots and tan pants, then layer sand-colored clothing on top and finish off with a brown belt. Don’t forget about the hair. Check out this helpful tutorial to get Rey’s three-bun hairstyle.

BB-8 will take the most work to recreate, but you can do it inexpensively. You’ll need a white shirt; a white beanie; and orange, gray and black paint. Grab a picture of BB-8 and trace out its lines onto the shirt and beanie with a marker or a pen. Fill those lines in with the orange and gray paint. Once the orange and gray paint are dry, outline again with the black paint.

Pokémon Trainer

How to Save Money on Popular Halloween Costumes for 2016 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog


I’m not sure anyone escaped the impact of “Pokémon Go”! Even if you didn’t play the game, you undoubtedly saw people walking around the neighborhood, staring at their phones trying to find Pokémon. For several weeks, the app was all anyone could talk about.

In the game, you are a Pokémon trainer on the hunt to “catch ’em all.” Luckily for anyone wanting to dress up in the spirit of the game this Halloween, a trainer’s uniform is pretty easy to replicate.

You pretty much dress like you’re going to the gym: track pants or athletic leggings, a long-sleeve shirt or zip-up, a baseball cap and sneakers. Throw on a backpack (for all of your poke balls) and get a red or white dodge ball. Paint the ball to look like a poke ball and you’re ready to battle.

If you want to go a step further, bring your favorite stuffed Pokémon with you. You can have it peeking out of your backpack for a fun addition.

“Stranger Things”

“Stranger Things” is the Netflix original series that took the world by storm. People binged watched the thrilling series and talked about it in great lengths. Given that the show was so popular, you’re likely to find a lot of costumes inspired by the show at your Halloween parties.

The great things about “Stranger Things” Halloween costumes is that they can be created with a few ’80s-inspired pieces. If you have corduroy pants and a striped sweater, you can make a “Stranger Things” costume.

One of the most iconic looks from the show is Eleven’s pink dress, blue bomber jacket and bloody nose. If you don’t have a dress and jacket on hand, they’d be an easy find at a thrift store. Use fake blood for the bloody nose effect, and you’ll have yourself a top-notch pop culture costume for just a few dollars.

Whether you’re dressing up for a Halloween party, to go trick-or-treating, or just a fun day in the office, these tips will make your wallet happy. Do you have any tips to keep costume costs down? Let us know in the comment section!

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