If you want to save some money this Halloween, consider going green by making your child’s costume, hosting a costume swap or buying a "recycled” costume from a local thrift store.
Kids love homemade costumes, and crafty parents can take pride in creating something amazing based on their imaginations.
In Decatur and Avondale Estates, you can find stuff to make costumes at the Bead Shoppe and Mosiac Art Supply. You can buy materials at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, located outside the city limits.
Hosting a costume swap is another great way to keep old costumes out of landfills. Have a party with a small group such as a preschool class, church group or scout troop.
Thrift stores offer an array of inexpensive “recycled” costumes for everyone from babies to adults, as well as a large selection of new costumes, masks, hats and Halloween makeup.
You can also find used decorations such as pumpkin-shaped votive holders and Halloween-themed candles at a fraction of the price you would pay for new ones.
Locally, try Finders Keepers , Jack and Jill Consignment, Second Life Upscale Resale and the Salvation Army in Avondale Estates.
Decorate the outside of your home in an environmentally friendly way with pumpkins, squash and dried corn stalks, which can all be composted when the holiday is over.
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