1) Reuse or Re purpose
One of my go to's for costumes of any kind is to use what I already have. You can come up with a lot of fun ideas this way. My all time favorite is when Jozy was a little angry bird.
That same year, Ladybug wanted to be a witch. We searched through the house to find something that would work perfect. Again with her we only needed to buy a cute witch hat.
One of the best things about this option is that all the items are reusable. The girls wore all the piece through out the rest of the year (except the witch hat which is now decoration.)
Another example are these super cute super hero costumes. We scored the shirts on super sale the Halloween before, and just added matching tutus. The girls LOVED these outfits and had so much fun with their new found powers.
2) Shop sales, garage sales, and consignment.......
This shouldn't be new to most people. If you are on a budget or simply don't want to spend a fortune on a one day thing, then shop smart. Jozy's first Halloween the girls went as the Wicked witch and a flying monkey.
3) Make it yourself
Now a days there are tons and tons of tutorials on DIY costumes. So look around and find something you like. Its not hard to go from there to finding an easy tutorial. Last year the girls wanted to be a Fall fairy and an Alacorn horse. Finding these costumes was nearly impossible, so I decided to make them myself.
I hope these tips are helpful and that you get some wonderful ideas. I can't wait to do tutorials on the girls costumes this year. I am already using these to put together three great costumes. And as a bonus Hubbins and I will be joining in on the fun too! I can't to share.