How To Get Your Halloween Costume On A Budget In Connecticut

October 15, 2013 8:00 AM

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Tricks and treats for this Halloween means creating great looking costumes for very little money. When it comes to the best Halloween costumes, there are plenty of tricks in creating show-stopping costumes. Forget about candy. The real treats are the savings you’ll gain by foregoing costume shops and ready-made costumes. Ironically, the most memorable costumes don’t come prepackaged. With a focus on fun and a vivid imagination, creating a great Halloween costume does not mean spending a lot of money. You just might be surprised at what you can come up with by rummaging through your attic or heading to the nearest thrift store or flea market. Crank up your imagination and enjoy plenty of costume tricks and lots of deliciously inexpensive treats.

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The Elephant’s Trunk
490 Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776
(508) 265-9911

With enough odds and ends to jump start any imagination, there’s nothing better than heading out to the Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market. Charging $2 per person admission, the price tag is worth every cent because there’s no telling what treasures will be found here. Certainly, browsers can find everything from costume jewelry with big hoop earrings, a colorful scarf to wrap around one’s head and perhaps even a tambourine for a great gypsy costume. Add a vest, pants or flowing skirt and voila, a male or female gypsy. There’s plenty to choose from for children too.

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What’s In Store Consignment
485 Hartford Road
Manchester, CT
(860) 643-5633

Going to a Halloween party? Many adults who are invited to Halloween parties don’t want to look silly and don’t want to spend a lot of money for something they will probably never wear again. That’s when heading out to What’s In Store Consignment makes perfect sense. Owner Sherry Metzler said, “I’m located next to a senior center that sponsors theme parties. One couple came in and found just the right items for attending a party as cowboy and cowgirl.” There’s no telling what you can find in this shop. One thing you can always find is a low price tag.

Kid Around Resale
345 Main Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 858-0329

What little girl wouldn’t want to dress up like a ballerina or princess? Maria DeVito, owner of Kid Around Resale, said that not only does she have a couple of tutus in the shop for $5.50-$6.50, but she also has tap shoes and fancy shoes. You might even pick up a tiara. With items that come and go quickly, one never knows what can be found here. However, this resale shop even sells used children’s Halloween costumes. The real deal is that everything in the shop is very inexpensive. Most kids do not want to wear the same costume twice. Therefore, this shop is ideal.

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Consignment Originals
959 S. Main St.
Cheshire, CT 06410
(203) 271-0475

Tina Espinosa, the manager of Consignment Originals, says that the consignment shop has a lot of materials in her three Connecticut-based shops that could easily and inexpensively help create a Halloween costume. As a matter of fact, it has plenty of Halloween costumes for children and adults for a fraction of the cost. One of the employees said that sometimes the shop gets really “weird” things that could easily be incorporated into a costume. Conveniently located in Connecticut in Cheshire, Orange and Rocky Hill, Consignment Originals is ready for Halloween.

The Upper Room Thrift Shop
262 Main St. N.
Southbury, CT 06488
(203) 264-8150

Located on the second floor of the Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal Church in Southbury, Dorrie Johnson said that customers could pick up some Halloween costumes for children for as little as $2 or $3. “This is an outreach program of the church,” she explained. The shop carries all sizes for adults and children and never knows what’s going to come in next. However, everything in the shop is very inexpensive. “We’re on the second floor, so we don’t have big items,” she said.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at

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