Free, last-minute, and discount Halloween costumes and wigs create spooktacular savings.

One of the most popular holidays of the year for kids and adults alike, Halloween has become an elaborate and expensive affair. Last year, the average person planned to spend $66.54 on holiday, according to the National Retail Federation.

Save big this October 31st by shopping smart and creating fun costumes out of items every house has on hand and by shopping for the best Halloween bargains online.

Discount Halloween Stores Online

Online Halloween costume stores sell many styles of costumes in any price range. These sites often have a special section devoted to cheap Halloween costumes.

Get cheap Halloween wigs at the “Sale” page of Buycostumes.com. The boys’ Red Mohawk Wig will set any little punk apart from the crowd and sells for about $7.00 with an additional charge for economy shipping.

Organize a Halloween Costume Swap

Some neighborhoods, churches, PTAs, and other organizations organize clothing swaps at which families bring their cast-off duds and leave with new-to-them clothes. Throw a similar swap with Halloween costumes and let neighbors and friends enjoy an outgrown pirate or princess outfit. Hang signs around the neighborhood and at the local library to get a good selection of boys’ and girls’ costumes in the widest variety of sizes.

Free and Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Last-minute Halloween costumes concocted from items in the closet or basement storage area are usually the most clever. In warmer climes, a bathing suit, cover-up, sandals, and glam sunglasses create an instant “Bathing Beauty.” A gent who wears all of the t-shirts he owns, one on top of another can spend Halloween night as “My T-shirt Drawer.” Don a tool belt, flannel shirt, and jeans and become an instant “Handyman” or “Handywoman.”

Still, stymied on a last-minute Halloween costume? Take a stroll outside and let Mother Nature present her own ideas. For example, a strategically placed large leaf from the backyard over flesh-colored clothing transforms anyone into “Adam” or “Eve.”

Be Creative to Get Cheap Halloween Costumes

Whether fashioning a Halloween costume out of clothing and objects found around the house or shopping smart on the Internet, getting a cheap Halloween costume takes only a little creative thinking.