It’s considered a universal fact that parents usually spend a considerable amount of money during Halloween and other holidays. If you’re like many parents, you’re probably wondering what to do with your child’s costume after he’s had his fair share of trick or treat and parties on the said occasion. You could always stash the costume for next year, of course. This would be a very sensible idea for parents who have younger children, or for a single parent who really wants to stretch her budget. But the thing is, with a little dose of creativity, you can actually find a number of recycled uses for your little darling’s Halloween costume. Here are a few helpful ideas for parents:
Consider bartering the costume
If trading in your little one’s costume for another set of Halloween attire has never entered your mind before, it’s probably about time that you consider doing so. Go around your neighborhood to see if there’s an annual costume swap organized by other parents – there’s a likely chance that there is. Otherwise, you can check with fellow mothers with little children in your vicinity. By doing a trade off, you can get your little angel a new costume for next Halloween, while at the same time getting rid of something he’ll outgrow, anyway – without spending another dime.
Have another party
It is not uncommon for parents to find their kitchen littered with leftover treats after Halloween is over. If you want to clear up on stocked food and give your little one another good reason to wear his costume, why not host another party? It doesn’t have to be expensive; you can actually hold it in your backyard or living room. The point is this: utilizing an assortment of leftover goodies to organize an activity your child will enjoy. Not a bad deal, right?
Donate the costume
Parents who are feeling generous can just troop to the nearest orphanage or charity office and donate the Halloween costume. You can also bring your little angel along, so you can personally teach him the value and joy of being able to help those who are less fortunate.
If you’re a single parent who knows how to work with thread and needle, you can alter the costume and transform it to something that can be used on an everyday basis, like a pajama or playsuit. That way, you can really get your money’s worth.
Parents may feel a bit frustrated that holidays are often associated with spending. However, it just takes a little resourcefulness to make the most of your hard-earned money – and relieve some of your stress.