Have I ever told you how much I love Halloween? It probably stems from my childhood, after all, my mother is the queen of Halloween. Every year she would have one of the most decorated and sometimes scariest houses on our block. From tombstones to hay bales, fog machines to creepy music and everything in between.
Growing up, my mom made a lot of our costumes. Sometimes she would make them from scratch using fabric. Other times she would put together clothing and accessories to create a costume for us. My mom is pretty creative, I like to think she passed that down to me.
I love that as a mom I now get to experience Halloween through my children’s eyes. Decorating the house, carving pumpkins, and making our annual trip to Value Village to get our costumes. These are moments that I hope my kids will remember!
This year I set out to get Halloween costumes for my children and new Halloween decor for under $100. We loaded up the van with the kids and headed out to Value Village to see what we could find.
Hailee was sure she wanted to be Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad for Halloween. We first checked out the large selection of new costumes and accessories to see if there was anything we could use for her costume.
We found some awesome new fishnets along with some gently used shorts, a tee, belt, and a bracelet. No luck on the bat at Value Village but I managed to get my hands on one from a friend. This was the beginning of my big DIY project ahead to turn Hailee into Harley Quinn.
Abby is in high school now and while she is in that transition stage to a young adult she still enjoys Halloween. She went in to Value Village with no clue what she wanted to be. She searched the new costumes and it sparked an idea of being an inmate from Orange Is The New Back. We popped over to the used costume section and scored this awesome orange jumpsuit.
Bella was in toddler heaven the minute we walked into Value Village. She immediately found a Dory costume, brand new, and the retail price was cheaper than other stores we had been to. We popped it into the buggy. In true toddler fashion she then found a Minnie Mouse costume and of course wanted that too. While I was at the checkout I realized the Dory costume while adorable would be too big on her this year so we went with the Minnie Mouse costume.
Once the kids costumes were in the bag I needed to find some new decor pieces to deck out my front entrance way table. I popped over into the housewares section and found some winners. The two candle holders were only $1.99 each and they are so vintage looking – perfect for Halloween. The skull was only $0.99 and the jars were $0.25 each. I stole the orange candles as well as the orange pumpkin (and white in photo below) from my mother’s house downstairs.
I used some glass tattoo’s on the jars and filled them with coloured water for a spooky look. The lace runner along with the gorgeous skull banner were brand new items at Value Village.
Last but not least the wicker pumpkin was only $1.99 and I may or may not have stashed a bunch of chocolate bars in there that the kids don’t know about!
Halloween On A Budget
Over the last week I have been up to my elbows in fabric paint and Sharpies creating Hailee’s costume. Abby’s I still have to do. It was on my to-do list before I fell ill earlier this week ending up in the hospital. I love getting creative. I think Hailee’s Harley Quinn costume turned out amazing so far and by doing a little bit of DIY I saved BIG! Still a few last-minute things I have to do but it is nearly complete!
Abby’s costume had I bought a brand new jail jumpsuit would have cost me over $30, her used jumpsuit was only $14.99.
A Harley Quinn costume is a hot thing this year and after looking into it I could have spent upwards of $60 buying new. With the pieces we picked up from Value Village paired with pieces we already had at home I only spent $19.
Bella’s has been a normal toddler this week and refused to have her photo taken in her costume. Her Minnie Mouse costume was $21.99 was brand new. I didn’t mind spending a bit more on hers as I already had two DIY’s on my hands and we didn’t find any used Minnie Mouse costumes that day.
The new and used decor I picked up totaled $20.
In total I spent $88.16 on the kids costumes and new Halloween decor!
Value Village is a hot spot for all things Halloween. They have an endless selection of new and used costumes and decor to keep you on budget. They are constantly adding new items daily. There is still lots of time left for you to go on a hunt and see how much you can save!
This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and the Value Village Halloween #ThriftorTreat sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.