Halloween Costumes With Costs That Won't Haunt You

(Cody, Wyo.) - There’s a definite chill in the air and pumpkin spice lattes abound, so you know Halloween is right around the corner. Between coming up with costumes and enough candy to satisfy the neighborhood kids (and your own sweet tooth), the costs of Halloween can sneak up on you. If you’re trying to scare up some unique, affordable costume ideas, Pinterest is a great place to look for inspiration. You can search for do-it-yourself instructions on how to make almost any costume imaginable, from Pokémon to a pumpkin spice latte (anyone else have a craving?). There are even great ideas for group costumes in case you and your coworkers want to show a little team spirit.

Your kids probably already have a pretty good idea of who they want to be this Halloween. If you find an affordable ready-made costume that makes them happy, by all means go for it! Sometimes, saving time is worth its weight in fun-size Snickers bars. But, If you want to save some cash or can’t find what you are looking for in the stores, making your own costume together can be almost as fun as trick-or-treating.

Why not dress up as one the great people who have called Cody home? Go west and dress as Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley or Calamity Jane. There are tutorials for making western vests and chaps out of paper bags and cowboy hats out of cardboard. For the cowgirls, add some paper bag fringe to the bottom of a skirt or dress and add a simple neckerchief (what a great word!). Or, for those with an artistic side, nothing could be easier than going as the famous painter Jackson Pollock, who was born in Cody. Get some paint splattered jeans and t-shirt, a paint brush and a paint can for treats and you are the picture of the artist!

Check out our Pinterest page for links on how to create the all sorts of great, cost-saving costumes. We love to see all the kids in their costumes, so be sure to stop by Valley Federal Credit Union when you’re out trick-or-treating this year. Candy and goodies will be available in the lobby from 9am - 5pm on Monday, October 31st. We consider Cody our home, so come knock on our door — we promise just treats, no tricks!