5 Ways to Green Your Halloween Costume.

Have you decided what you are going to be for Halloween this year? How about the kids, have they decided? Jayson and I have decided to reuse our costumes from last year and make a few adjustments to make them “seem” new. Eben has decided on a costume that is not only hilarious but easy to make, since we have everything that will be needed. {More to come on that soon.} If you haven’t purchased a costume, here are some alternatives.

1. Rent A Costume:: Have you considering renting a costume? Many Halloween and speciality shops rent Halloween costumes. This is a great alternative, especially if the costume you want is expensive or elaborate. Jayson, Eben and myself rented ‘Star Wars’ costumes for Eben’s 7th Star Wars Birthday Party. Jayson was Obi Wan Kenobi, I was Padme and Eben was Luke Skywalker. Jayson and I rented our costumes from a Star Wars collector and I had a friend make Eben’s, so he could keep it and use it again and again, which he does. {This was THE most elaborate party I have ever thrown and I am exhausted just typing about it.}

2. Reuse A Costume:: Use your costume from last year and make a few changes. Switch out pieces of the costume, to make it seem “new”. Jayson and I decided to use this idea this year. We really wanted this Halloween to be a ‘buy nothing new Halloween.’
3. Swap A Costume:: Did you love the costume, your best friend or sibling wore last year? Ask them if they would be interested in swapping with you. You can also swap costumes for your children, since kids rarely want to be the same thing two Halloween’s in a row.
4. Make A Costume:: There are tons of costumes that you can make yourself that are easy and fabulous. Last year for a Halloween party, I made Eben and myself bat costumes. We already had black clothing, and I used an old umbrella to make the wings and glued felt ears onto a headband {for me} and a snow cap {for Eben}. Check out your local thrift stores for fabric and enjoy making a costume yourself. This year Eben is going to be something completely new and different, but the items used to make the costume we already had from previous Halloweens or just laying around the house.

5. Give A Costume a 2nd Life:: Visit your local thrift store and check out their Halloween costume section. I guarantee they will have one this time of year. We have found fabulous costumes at our local thrift store that have only been worn once and cost a fraction of the price the 2nd time around. The costumes Jayson and Eben are wearing here cost me a total of $10. I threw them both in the wash on the gentle cycle and they were ‘brand new’ again. The fun idea here is when you find the costumes at a thrift store, you get to decide what it is. Eben was ‘certain’ this was a Lochness Monster, which was exactly what he wanted to be that year.

What are you and your little ones going to be for Halloween?

How are you going to get your costume?


8 Responses to 5 Ways to Green Your Halloween Costume.

  1. ecokaren October 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    I LOVE your STAR WARS costumes! My son was a Darth Vader for three years in a row and my daughter was Princess Leah for one year. That movie provided lot of costume ideas, didn’t it?

    Great idea about swapping costumes! My favorite method of greening your costumes!

  2. alexkeller October 20, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    loving the Star Wars theme! that might actually be us this year….

  3. one4earth October 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these suggestions and the pics of you and yours…so great!

  4. Sweet Greens October 20, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Hi EcoKaren,
    Star Wars definitely has inspired so many costumes. Eben was Luke Skywalker twice and for his birthday party. He also wore the costume to see ‘The Clone Wars’ at the theatre. Hee Hee. Swapping is my fave too.
    Sweet Greens.

  5. Sweet Greens October 20, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    Hi Alex Keller,
    Star Wars costumes are so much fun.
    Sweet Greens.

  6. Sweet Greens October 20, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    Hi one4earth,
    Thank you, I am glad you like the pics.
    Sweet Greens.

  7. Tanya October 21, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    Love the bat costumes! Great idea to swap, thanks 🙂

  8. Sweet Greens October 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    Hi Tanya,
    Thank you and you are welcome.
    Sweet Greens.

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