Better Ways to Save: Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is ten days away! So, if you still don’t have a costume, now’s the time to make your purchase.’s household savings expert, Jeanette Pavini, went on the Better Show this week to talk about trends and show viewers how they can save big on this year’s costume.

First thing’s first, what do you want to be this year? You can always go with the popular vote. A survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF) revealed this year’s top costumes.

Top 5 Adult Costumes:

  1. Witch
  2. Batman
  3. Vampire
  4. Zombie
  5. Pirate

Top 5 Children’s Costumes:

  1. Princess
  2. Animal
  3. Batman
  4. Action/Super Hero
  5. Spider-Man

Even pets are joining the fun. The NRF estimates that 22-million Americans will dress up their pets this year. Top pet costumes include pumpkin, hot dog, cat, devil, witch and superman.

Now that you know what you want to be, it’s time to save money! Jeanette brought three costumes with her to the Better Show to show viewers just how much they can save when they shop smart and use coupon codes.

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Ninja Turtle
Halloween Express
Retail Price: $59.99
Sale Price: $49.99
Jeanette Paid: $39.99
Coupon Code: Save $10 off $30+ with COUPONS1013





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Hunger Games Training Shirt
Spirit Store
Retail Price: $39.99
Jeanette Paid: $29.99
Coupon Code: Save 25% off one item with WALKING





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Monster University Mike
Retail Price: $32.99
Jeanette Paid: $26.99
Coupon Code: Save 20% off one item with AFC166BC





Final Word: Jeanette will be back on the Better Show this Wednesday with Better Ways to Save on DIY Halloween projects and candy savings. The link will be here on the blog, but you can also watch the segment when it airs. Check local listings at!




52 thoughts on “Better Ways to Save: Halloween Costumes

  1. I will be one of the 22-million Americans will dress up their pets this year – my 2 shelties will be a clown and a bumble bee

  2. Great savings…Halloween can certainly add up fast! When I was a kid we often had to do DIY costumes…but they always turned out to be the most fun anyway!!

  3. The cheapest costume I ever made was to get a white flat sheet and cut eye holes all over it. Accessorize with a small brown paper lunch sack with a few rocks inside. Charlie Brown!

  4. Would have to be a Witch. I always love being that every year, but doing a different style each year. I love this! My boys would be batman and the girls princesses. I’m definitely buying next yrs at a clearance price.

  5. I love all the deals and savings on Halloween costumes and so much more! Thanks for sharing a very helpful tip using coupons & codes is the way to go!

  6. I had nooo idea being a pirate would be so popular when I made the decision. I actually kept thinking I’d have a hard time finding stuff because I didn’t expect it to be popular. Whereas the rest of the top costumes are obvious, it wasn’t until after I started searching for my costume that I started seeing tons of pirate stuff all over the place. I’m not one for fads but I’ll —- it up this year. Still excited to be a pirate. haha

  7. I don’t usually dress up for Halloween, but this year there is a party at work and I think it is required. I don’t like the undead, so I’d have to go with a female pirate look.

  8. I Plan on being a Zombie this year for Halloween, it’s always been my dream to dress up as that so, I said hey why not!?

  9. I have a confession to make- I usually do not buy costumes brand new… we go to Savers or the Sal Army thrift store and OH my gosh do they have the used costumes! When you have five kids to dress up, you need to really save $$$.

  10. i like these suggestions. i like to stock up when things on on clearance each year after halloween and save them for next year, but the kids like new trendy costumes each year.

  11. Another great way to save is DIY costumes from items already in your home. We have done this a couple of years now.

  12. LOL I’ve never dressed up my pets but I should! I have a huge pug who would be cute as a hotdog or cheeseburger! lol The lists are nice, I usually make my kids costumes because I don’t have to buy anything at all but all in all nice post. =) Thanks

  13. I wish I would have gone through you site to snag a discount. Sometimes I can believe how pricey these costumes are and the material is so cheap. I’ll be following your advice next year!!

  14. My daughter wants to be Batman. Thank you for sharing the tips to save. Sometimes costumes get out of hand with prices and take the fun out of the holiday.

  15. Thanks for the tips! Kids get their feelings hurt if they don’t get a “cool” costume, and sadly the markup on many of them in retail makes it challenging for a lot of families. Halloween can be a fun event without spending a ton of money, as you have proved here!

  16. It seems like the old favorites are popular every year. You can’t go wrong with a witch, a pirate, a vampire, a zombie or a super hero costume.

  17. great ideas and I love 2 use coupon codes on products and shipping online.
    My daughter found cute items this year at a thrift store 2 dress her 2 yr old son as an old man. and he will be so cute:)

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