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How Much Is Too Much To Spend On a Kid’s Halloween Costume?

Mom Jeanine
October 20, 2010


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I am not at all a Halloween person. I wasn’t really allowed to dress up as a child and for the last two years haven’t dressed my daughter up for Halloween either.

Well, she’s two now and definitely more aware of her surroundings. She gets all the Halloween talk and constantly talks about costumes. I made the mistake of asking her one day if she wanted to be a pumpkin or a cupcake for Halloween and she enthusiastically responded, “A cupcake!” Ever since then, she’s been fixated on being a cupcake.

Back in September there was a cute, cheap cupcake costume at, but it sold out within a week and of course I didn’t buy one. For the last two and a half weeks I have been looking for cupcake costumes to no avail. So finally, I just bought the Old Navy cupcake costume… on eBay. For $50.

The costume was probably $25 at most when it was on, so basically I paid double for a costume she’ll only wear once and for a holiday I’m not even psyched about. It was an impulse buy that I totally regret now.

But what do you think? Is $50 too much to spend on a Halloween costume for a 2-year-old? I am not crafty, so there’s no way I could have made her one. And I checked out Pottery Barn Kids and their costumes are like $59, so maybe $50 is actually okay. Let me know your thoughts on what’s an acceptable amount to spend on kids’ Halloween costumes in the comments.

Still searching for a Halloween costume? It’s not too late to order one online. Here are a a few cute kids’ Halloween costumes for less than what I paid:

Chili Pepper Bunting ($20)

Madeline Costume ($17)

Yo Gabba Gabba Plex Costume ($30)

Plus, find more baby Halloween costumes, boys’ Halloween costumes and girls’ Halloween costumes in our buying guides.
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  • Lori Z.
    October 21, 2010

  • I made our costumes this year. It’s not only fun, but it’s cheap too. Even when I bought our costumes, I didn’t spend $50–however, you can consign it next year or sell it on Craig’s List and get probably $15 back for it. Plus the pictures will endure. It’s a cute costume.

  • Rosey
    October 21, 2010

  • I think it’s ok to impulse buy once in awhile. We’ve all been there; done that. :) She looks adorable and what’s done is done, so I recommend just going out and having a guilt-free blast (cupcakes always give us guilt in some form or the other, don’t they? LOL). And you can sell it on eBay next year if you feel like it. I always sell our costumes, and they always go for a good price.

    Happy T-o-T’ing! :)

  • Stacie
    October 21, 2010

  • I am BIG into Halloween (I just love the colors, the costumes, and the candy!) so I go all out with both my girls every year. Fifty dollars seems just about right to me for a costume (though I have been known to spend considerably more). Even when I sew their costumes, which is a little more than half of the time, I end up spending that much on material and notions.

    However, costumes aren’t a one-time-wear in our house; as soon as Halloween is over, the costumes go into the dress-up bin and the girls are free to use them for play for as long as they fit. It’s kind of funny to see Tinkerbell and her “pet spider” running through the house in the middle of June!

  • StacieDale
    October 21, 2010

  • I don’t mind spending $50 if it’s a really great costume but on a toddler cupcake, I think I would have gone the make-it-myself route. Little kids don’t care as much as older kids about how it looks and my kids love making their own or helping me make their costumes. It definitely takes time but it’s alot of fun. You’d be surprised at what you can make out of a cardboard box and some paint. There are alot of great make-it-yourself costume ideas online. Plus, there’s no chance of someone showing up in the same costume as them… which is always a little deflating.

  • Laura P.
    October 21, 2010

  • $50 is a little pricey for a toddler costume but not outrageous. I am sorry you had to spend double the original cost. However, that being said, I am sure your daughter will look absolutely adorable in it and have a lot of fun. Plus, there are far worse things to spend money on than a super cute Halloween costume,

  • sarah
    October 21, 2010

  • Unless you have plenty of disposable income, I think paying more than $15 for a costume is pretty silly. I mean, if it’s something that the kid can put in their dress up box and wear again and again for at least the next year (think princess, jedi, fairy, knight, etc…), then $20 could be reasonable. Anything else is just stupid.

    I would have told her that I could no longer find the cupcake costume anywhere and that I was sorry but that she was going to have to pick something else out. Disappointment is something even kids need to experience and this was a perfect opportunity to learn that relatively painlessly.

    I am all for giving my kids nice things and helping them find things they love but $50 for a cupcake costume that she will wear once for a holiday you don’t even care for??? NO WAY!

  • lillie
    October 21, 2010

  • I paid close to 55 for my daughter’s princess Tiana costume, including the tiara and wand. I do feel like i spent too much but my only consolation is that i get to keep it for my younger daughter!

  • Justine Pierson
    October 21, 2010

  • I don’t think it’s too much if that’s what you wanted, sometime it costs almost as much to ‘make your own’ unless you’re really innovative…Anyway just sell it next year on ebay if you want to make at least half of your money back or craigslist if that’s easier although you won’t get as much…I always resell my kids’ costumes every year to buy the new ones, it works out pretty well!

  • Bibzees
    October 21, 2010

  • If you are that worried about it then it may have been too much. However, if you have the extra money I have to say it is adorable. Not to mention, I love the comments above about consigning it. It may just turn into a $25 costume!