Halloween is just over a month away, so it’s time to dust off the ol’ broom stick and figure out how to make this the best Halloween yet. We asked Daddy Mojo blogger, Trey Burley, for his expert advice on costumes, trick-or-treating and how to save money along the way. Check out all his helpful hints.
What costumes do you anticipate will be trendy this Halloween?
Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a great costume because it works for groups of four (it’s ideal for a family) and offers the chance for massive creativity. Create your own Groot, have dad paint himself green and more.
What are some of the ideas on your kids’ Halloween costume lists?
Our children want to be dinosaurs or some sort of zoo animal. I suspect they’ll end up being zoo animals. It’s looking like we’ll be a family of lions.
What suggestions do you have for parents shopping for hard-to-find items?
Go online and go now. There are lots of great accessories that you can find online and most of the costume places I’ve seen have money back if the costume doesn’t fit.
How early should parents start shopping / looking for costume additions for their kids? How late can they wait?
Now, start shopping now. As our children get older they know what they want to be for Halloween. In previous years we could go to a garage sale a couple weeks prior and find something that worked. Now we start looking in early September.
What are your favorite tips and tricks for saving money on Halloween costumes?
Don’t be afraid to make your own. Even for popular costume you can DIY it, especially a turtle costume or Drax from Guardians. Also accessories can go a very long way towards completing the outfit.
Do you recruit your kids for DIY Halloween costume work? If so, what are some tasks that they can help with?
Not yet, ours are just 5 and 3 this year. In future years for DIY costumes we’ll DIY it. My wife and I have DIY’d it many times.
Do you have any tips for parents who are chaperoning older kids while trick or treating?
Some friends of ours send them up the street and just wait for them. That, plus the fact that the kids have cell phones on them, makes things better.
Any tips for parents who have very young trick or treaters?
Don’t feel like you have to go to every house. When ours were younger we would do maybe 10 houses. That was enough excitement for the younger one. Also go out early, know which houses to visit and don’t give them a bag that’s too big.
Do you have safety tips (any and all) for parents / trick or treaters?
Get a big flashlight and use it in case there are cars moving when you’re out.
Are there any items that you recommend parents wait to buy and why?
Plastic pumpkins and most halloween decorations. We buy ours after Halloween and that does the trick for us.
How do you work out wish-list discrepancies with your kids?
If there is something that is really wanted we’d look for it on sale. Figure out what stores sell it and then compare it online, check for gift cards, apps with discounts, etc.
Trey is also known as Daddy Mojo and produces the content on that site. There, he’ll write about parenting things, DIY projects, reviews and anything that revolves around ‘poop culture’. He’s the stay-at-home-dad to two active, young boys. Trey’s background is in management, animal shelters, media and education.
Prior to being a dad, he renovated a couple of houses and created lots of crafts. He still tinkers with the house, is teaching his sons about tools and does some crafting. Trey and his wife Jenny live in Alpharetta, Georgia. When he’s not being a dad or writing for his Daddy Mojo he also does some work in social media.