It’s that time of year again!  Time to shop for Halloween costumes.  (Unless you’re the crafty make it yourself type, which I know I’m not.)  Costumes can get expensive so I have a great giveaway for one lucky winner. is sponsoring a giveaway for us – one lucky Mommies with Style winner can enter to win a $100 gift card to  That should be enough to cover a couple of kids Halloween costumes!  Woo!

Budget-Friendly Tips for cutting halloween costume costs

We’ll spend a frightful amount of money on Halloween this year: $6.86 billion. From costumes to colorful cosmetics, candy, decorations and more, costs quickly add up when prepping for the big night. This year, don’t get tricked out of funds and treat yourself to monster savings. Get creative and take advantage of limited time online offers for the best savings!

Here are a few tips to keep savings on your side:

1.      Browse your closet for costume creations. Old clothes and even curtains and sheets can be transformed into festive attire. Unworn shirts can be cut up for a sash or vest, a bridesmaids dress makes a great princess or harem girl costume and an oversized orange sweatshirt is the perfect pumpkin for your child. Also browse the internet for DYI ideas—the key is creativity.

2.      Search thrift stores for inexpensive costumes and accessories. Buying old clothes saves money and also helps green-up the environment. Don’t forget to look for used costumes on the Internet at Craigslist or eBay.

3.      Use online coupons for costume savings. Sites like and offer hundreds of money-saving coupons for costumes, decorations, accessories, candy and more. These sites have special Halloween categories that are currently featuring promotional codes for 15, 30, and 40 percent off Halloween costumes and accessories, including special discounts from Halloween Express.

4.      Organize a costume swap. Get your friends together and trade children and adult costumes. Or you could do this within your neighborhood or office. Others will love your money-saving idea, plus you’ll probably get a free costume!

5.      Buy next year’s costume at extremely discounted prices after Halloween. Start saving for next year now and shop after the haunting celebration to score anywhere from 60 to 80 percent off costumes and accessories.

To enter the giveaway, comment below and tell us about yours (and your kids) Halloween plans this year!  One winner will be selected at random after October 11th.

Extra entries:
– Tweet about this contest!  Make sure to @WhitneyMWS so I know you’ve done so.  One tweet per day equates to one additional entry each day.
Sample tweet: “I entered to win a $100 gift card at on Mommies with Style @WhitneyMWS”

– Follow on Facebook, and tell them Mommies with Style sent you.

– Follow, tweet to @shopsaveshare and include #spookysavings while telling us what you’re dressing up as for Halloween


  1. Rather boring – pass out trick or treat candy and hope there’s plenty leftover!

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  3. Renee Richardson says

    We plan on going to our zoo for Halloween. Ever year they have an event called “Boo at the Zoo” after that we will probably go downtown because there are a lot of safe events there.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  4. It will be low-key. We’ll decorate, dress up, hand out candy, but no parties this year.

  5. We are going to hand out candy and go trick or treating on our street. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  7. My daughter will be Minnie Mouse and my son will be an ER Surgeon.. We will trick or treat in their Great Grandma’s neighborhood or go to small parties.

  8. I’m staying home but my daughter is going to be a zombie school girl.

  9. i have class on halloween night. astro lab to be exact. so i am finishing it up super fast and fleeing to west hollywood for the giant halloween block party!

  10. My two grandsons will be going trick or treating. They’re both ninjas this year. And I will stay at home to hand out candy. We are planning on going to a Halloween carnival the night before Halloween. The kids can’t wait.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  11. we were all doing a star wars theme but my son refused and wants to be thomas. So we are going as a family of jawas and we are riding caboose to the extemely difficult and tantrum thowing thomas the train. We will go early to all our relatives and after dark with travel our small neighborhood for full sized candy bars and goodies care of awesome neighbors and a lack of trick or treaters.

  12. Rebecca Peters says

    The adults are going to be celebrating halloween on the 29th but on the 31 I will be taking the kids out trick or treating

  13. Keya Millionie says

    This year for Halloween we are all going to a local haunted house then watching movies/having a halloween party

  14. My little grandson will come to our house and we will take him out trick-or-treating.

  15. Tonya Dean says

    My daughter is going to a Halloween party and then we plan on staying up all night watching scary movies.


  16. Tonya Dean says

    I like on Facebook, and told them Mommies with Style sent me.


  17. We’ll be going trick or treating by grandmother’s house.

  18. Kari neace says

    We plan to hand out candy and go trick or treating with the kids. Were keeping it really simple this year, I have an 8 year old and a 6 month old. So this year should be pretty interesting!

  19. Jen Harriman says

    I have “grown up” parties to go to on the weekend & will take the kids trick or treating! 🙂

  20. We will be handing out candy in our neighborhood and having friends over. I’d love to get the Gumby costume!

  21. Diane Baum says

    We’re going to have a party at our house

  22. My oldest daughter is going to be Lady Gaga my youngest daughter is going to be a zebra and my 16 year old son and his friends are going to be the Powerpuff girls.

  23. Theresa Mahoney says

    Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and keeps us busy, busy, busy! First we will have a party (this saturday) and have about 18 kids in attendance, ages 2-13. Then our friend has a party the following weekend. After that we go to a relatives neighborhood to TOT because they always have it on a Saturday. Then that Monday, actual Halloween day, we will TOT in our neighborhood!

  24. Theresa Mahoney says

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  25. Theresa Mahoney says

    I like on facebook and left a message on their wall:

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  27. mistysunrise says

    my daughter wants to be a princess

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