YEG Sourced Costumes for Kids

Okay people, we are now officially less than a week away from Halloween, and I’m sure I’m not the only mom out there who’s under the wire to find a costume for their little one.

Before we get into a few recommendations, I just want to give a shout out to all of the amazing moms who made their kid’s costumes this year. For me it’s an accomplishment when I get to take a shower so going above and beyond and hand making a costume is no minor task. I truly do applaud you.

I am not even minimally skilled with a sewing machine so I’ve decided to turn to buying a premade costume, but of course there’s still a little room for creativity when it comes to where you decide to shop this Halloween. I wanted to avoid the big box stores this year, so here’s my guide for finding a last minute kids costume in Edmonton without defaulting to Walmart. 

First we made a trip to the gently used baby thrift store Once Upon a Child on St. Albert Trail. I always turn to them when I am in need of an item that I don’t want to pay a ton of money for. We found a whole whack of adorable costumes for babies and toddlers. These super cute giraffe and firefighter costumes were a few of my favourite and all of the prices are significantly discounted from retail so I knew I’d be saving a bundle. 

Next I took to Kijiji, another one of my favourite second hand sources. There are so many posts out there for children’s Halloween costumes, I’ve bought a ton of baby accessories and household items from ads on the site and I’ve always had a great experience. There are literally pages and pages of ads from parents looking to get rid of their gently used costumes for $5-$10, so do a little bit of browsing and see if anything peaks your interest.

Finally, I’ve got to give a shout to out to a local crafter. Yvonne Epp from The Eclectic Dandelion typically sells her adorable Peacock and Owl Kids Costumes on Etsy, but because she’s local you can email her to purchase one of her handmade creations. I am a big owl fan and when Paisley is big enough to dawn her cute costumes you better believe I will be scooping one up. You can contact Yvonne at


In the end we decided to go with the Giraffe costume we found at Once Upon a Child. My best friend is a huge giraffe lover so I just couldn’t resist. One of the best parts – I only paid $6.50! I’m telling you, shop second hand and you will never go back.

Wishing all of YEG a happy and safe Halloween!