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Tight budget this Halloween? Here are a few costume ideas

Posted at 4:34 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 13:51:04-04

The average person spent $82.93 on Halloween in 2016, according to a report from the National Retail Federation.

Since 58 percent of Americans plan on dressing up for the holiday, we asked a local Savers store in Las Vegas (near Decatur Boulevard and Sahara Avenue) for a few budget-friendly costume ideas.

The following outfits can be put together at just about any thrift store, and even a few non-thrifty costume shops:

Cowboy and Cow

Created from donated materials, this costume features a cowboy hat, a plaid shirt, overalls and boots for a total of $35. A kid-sized cow onesie will cost $7.

Killer Bride

Using a new baby mask and prop knife, as well as a donated dress and teddy bear, the total cost for this outfit is $20.


The mermaid dress for this outfit is new, while the shirt and jewelry are used. The final price is $30.

Steampunk Gunslinger

For $40, this outfit features a new brown top hat, goggles, prop guns, skirt, and belt.

Mad Hatter

A new hat and wig, combined with a used ascot, vest, shirt, pants, socks, and shoes, brings the total cost for this outfit to $25.

Savers also teamed up with Edelman Intelligence to survey 1,044 Americans over the summer this year, and they found a few interesting facts about the way we shop for Halloween costumes:

  • Females are more likely to plan their costumes 1-3 months in advance, while males are twice as likely to wait until the last minute to decide what to wear.
  • 43 percent of millennials say they feel deflated when other costumes are better than theirs. 24 percent of those aged 34 to 54 felt the same way.
  • 44 percent of people try to wear a costume they know will make others laugh.
  • Half of millennials say they like to match their significant other, compared to about 25 percent of those aged 34 to 54 and about 15 percent of those 55 and older
  • 50 percent of Americans say Halloween is their favorite holiday, and over 93 percent of millennials plan to dress up in celebration.