Finding cheap Halloween costumes is next to impossible without also sacrificing quality. Many of the costumes we looked at were complete garbage…poorly made crap that will not even last the night.
And yet people spend an astounding amount of money on Halloween costumes. According to this 2013 Forbes article, the average amount spent to make or buy a costume is about $28.
In total, Americans will spend about $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes with that total broken down as follows:
- $1.04 billion on kids costumes
- $1.22 billion on adult costumes
- $330 million on pet costumes
So how did our spending compare to the average American?
My oldest daughter is going to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Her costume cost $28 and a pair of red ruby shoes cost another $10 for a total of $38.
My middle daughter is dressing as Hermione Granger. Her robe cost $25 and we also got her an Hermione wand for $7 and a Gryffindor tie for $10. That’s a total of $42.
We got by a little cheaper with my son who is going as Super Mario. His costume came with everything he needs for just $24.
So for three trick or treaters we spent a total of $104, or $34.67 per kid.
That’s a few bucks above the national average but I’m ok with that because I know we got quality costumes.
I don’t want to dress my kids in something that will fall apart as they are out trick or treating. Ideally, I’d like them to be able to wear it a few times (trick or treating, their school dances, and a costume party at our neighbor’s house) so I can’t have some rags held together by a flimsy piece of velcro.
After Halloween, they sometimes continue wearing their outfits when they play dress-up with their friends. Or, maybe I’ll sell them on Craigslist to recoup some of the money spent. I did that this year with an old Spongebob costume my son wore two years ago.
What about you? How much did you spend on Halloween costumes this year?