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children's costumes

Trick-or-Treating is such a fun activity for children. They love dressing up and going out in their search for lots of candy. Halloween, like all holidays, can be very expensive. It’s actually more fun to involve children in creating their own costumes and trick-or-treat bags. There are so many ideas and instructions on the internet to help you keep Halloween frugal. There’s no reason to spend big bucks when you can find things around the house to use.

Children will enjoy using their imaginations when putting together their costumes and candy bags. If you need any materials to complete your projects, try the dollar store or thrift stores. Many of my children’s costumes came out of their parents’ closets or thrift shops. Here are some great links that will certainly get your creative juices flowing:

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Plain fabric tote bags can be used to create a custom Trick-or-Treat bag for kids. Start with a cotton tote without any printing or decorations and let your children decorate their own bags. There are many great ideas for using pre-cut designs or fabric markers/paint.

Using some of the amazing design ideas in the above links, moms can create a very professional and one-of-a-kind Trick or Treat bag for their children.

Some of the ideas above show the child’s name painted on the bags. This could be a safety concern, so I wouldn’t recommend that. Instead, using fabric labels inside the bag, would be much safer. This can help your children keep track of their bag and prevent children from arguing about the bags after they are done.

Name Bubbles has so many types of labels. You can create custom labels for children’s clothes or their possessions. When they go places with friends or attend school or activities, it’s important to keep their items safe. Labels make it clear who the items belong to. Use code: SPOOKY20 to get 20% off sitewide. Check out the great labels. I reviewed them here. The code for these washable labels is valid through November 5th.

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How are you planning on decorating for Halloween? Since my children are grown, there are no more festivals to attend. But, I love seeing my grandchildren in their costumes. There’s nothing cuter!

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4 Comments

Piroska · October 12, 2021 at 3:01 pm

I’ve always had so much fun making props and costumes for the kids when they were little. I now help my daughter with the grandkids.

Lauryn R · October 13, 2021 at 2:52 pm

I love the holidays and doing DIY decor and costumes! I love the idea of having the kids make their own treat bags. I think I will do this this year! The dollar store is a great place to get supplies for the holidays!

Jodi Hunter · October 16, 2021 at 1:42 pm

Awesome post, thanks so much for it.

Sarah L · October 17, 2021 at 12:16 am

Thrift stores are great places to find ideas for cheap costumes. And Dollar stores are good for fun things.

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