Halloween gives us the chance to be anything we want. For one night, we can be a princess or superhero, a zombie or witch. But as fun as it is to choose an alter ego, it’s just one night and we don’t want to spend a fortune in the process. Here’s a list of the best Halloween sales this year, plus tips for saving on a Halloween costume and storing them for next year.
Best Halloween Sales
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Target: Buy one, get one free on top kids’ costumes and accessories (Exp. 10/10)
Toys R Us: Save 30% off Halloween costumes (Exp. 10/10)
Amazon: Save 25% off Halloween costumes (Exp. 10/11)
Halloween Express: Save 25% off (Exp. 10/11)
Costume Express: Save 20% off (Exp. 10/11)
Disney Store: Save up to 40% off costumes & accessories (Exp. 10/11)
Halloween Express: Save 25% off your entire order with code SAVE25CJ (Exp. 10/11)
eBay: Save up to 50% off Halloween savings (Exp. 10/31)
Halloween Express: Save 25% off (Exp. 10/31)
Amazon: Save $10 off $50+ kid’s Halloween costumes (Exp. 10/31)
Frederick’s of Hollywood: Get free shipping on all Halloween costumes with code FREESHIP (Exp. 10/31)
Amazon: Save 50% or more on baby Halloween costumes (Exp. 10/31)
Disney Store: Save 25% on Halloween costumes (Exp. 10/31)
Carter’s: Save up to 50% off Halloween sale (Exp. 10/31)
BuyCostumes: Save 15% off (Exp. 10/31)
ShindigZ: Save up to 80% off Halloween costume sale (Exp. 10/31)
SuperHeroStuff: Save 15-40% off Halloween sale (Exp. 10/31)
HalloweenCostumes.com: Save $5 off $65+ (Exp. 10/31)
Spirit Halloween: Save 20% off any single item (Exp. 11/1)
Specialty Halloween Food, Halloween Decor & Halloween Travel Deals
Hotels.com: Haunted Halloween deals! Save up to 30% off + extra 10% off select hotels (Exp. 10/11)
Home Decorators Collection: Save 20% off select Halloween and harvest décor (Exp. 10/31)
ThinkGeek: Save up to 40% off Halloween decorations (Exp. 10/31)
Harry & David: Save 15% off $75+ (Exp. 10/31)
CheapOair: Fly to the spookiest spots in the U.S. with up to $40 off (Exp. 10/31)
Kmart: Save $5 off $40+ Halloween purchase (Exp. 10/31)
Chronicle Books: Save 30% off Halloween books + free shipping (Exp. 10/31)
1800Flowers: Save 15% off Halloween flowers & gifts (Exp. 10/31)
Cheryl’s: Celebrate Halloween & save 15% off spooky cookies & treats (Exp. 11/2)
The Popcorn Factory: Save 15% off Halloween treats (Exp. 11/2)
How to Save Money on Costumes
1. Shop for “dress up” clothes
There can be a bit of a mark-up when an item is designated for Halloween. Most toy stores have a dress up section that’s stocked year-round. Often you can get a princess costume for a lot less simply by shopping there.
2. Opt for face paint
Masks can quickly escalate the price of a simple costume. Instead, use face paint to get the desired look. Similarly, wigs can get expensive, so use a colored hair spray to change your locks without the hefty cost.
3. Host a costume swap
Costume swaps are a great way to recycle last year’s costume and pick up something new to you. Host your own swap or check for events in your community. Some public libraries host swaps in October.
4. Choose the basic costume
Many costumes come in two varieties, the simple version and then the deluxe version. Go with the basic costume and accessorize it yourself. You’ll save money and give your costume a personalized touch.
5. Shop for accessories at the dollar store
Shop for wands, gloves, and hats at dollar stores. So often the Halloween accessories are lost or broken by the end of the night, so there’s no sense spending a fortune on them.
6. Test your sewing skills
The costume stores aren’t the only ones offering great deals this month. Fabric and craft stores also have special promotions. It’s possible to sew items like capes and tutus without much seamstress experience, and the savings can be major.
7. Avoid brand-name characters
Despite the fact that Frozen premiered in 2013, it’s still on the top 10 list for children’s costumes this year. (Along with Batman, Star Wars, and Minions.) Often you’ll pay more when you go with a branded costume. Instead of Batman, encourage kids to make up their own superhero persona.
8. Shop online
If you want to avoid crowded costume stores, consider shopping from the comfort of your home. The stores above are offering great costumes and savings when you shop online.
9. Use coupons
It may be peak season for costume shopping, but stores are still competing for your Halloween dollars. Before you make a purchase, check for coupons and codes to save, like mobile offers you can use in-store on the Coupons.com mobile app.
10. Check discount stores
11. Shop last minute
If you’re not too picky about what you are, then you can typically save by shopping on Halloween morning. Pop-up costume shops want to clear out inventory, so often the deep discounts start before trick-or-treating begins. Shelves will be extremely picked over, though, so be prepared to make do with whatever is there.
How to store Halloween costumes for next year
1. Frame baby’s first costume
There’s something so precious about your kid’s first Halloween costume. Chances are they were only in it long enough to snap a picture, but you probably want to preserve it for years to come. Buy a jersey display frame to preserve it, then bring it out every October and hang it as Halloween décor.
2. Clean costumes
Even though they were worn for a single night, you’ll want to clean costumes before storing them. Those polyester fabrics can cause a lot of perspiration and sticky hands can leave stains, which may attract pests. Read the care label for washing instructions and when in doubt, dry clean
3. Clean accessories
Even those fabric cat ears and plastic swords should get a rinse. Hand wash accessories before stashing them away.
4. Choose the right place
If you’re going to be storing garments for the long-term, it’s best to choose a cool, dry, and dark location.
5. Don’t store them, use them
If your little one can’t get enough of their costume, why stop them? Buy a dress-up chest and continue to add to it throughout the years. You can even take advantage of after-Halloween costume sales to put together a dress-up chest as a holiday gift.
6. Start a scrapbook
Storing every single costume your kids ever wear can take up a lot of space. Instead, start a Halloween scrapbook. That way you’ll never forget a single Halloween costume, but the memories all fit neatly on a bookshelf.
7. Sell old costumes
Consider selling old costumes to a secondhand shop. It may be difficult to sell costumes after Halloween because stores won’t want them taking up space for a full year. Your best bet is to sell costumes in September or October.