Halloween is only a few weeks away, and if you haven’t already gotten yourself or your little trick-or-treater a costume yet, here are 10 ways you can save BIG! Because let’s face it, we all only wear the darn things for a few hours…and some of those costumes can really cost a fortune.
- Watch the daily deal sites for deals on Halloween costumes and decorations! (And don’t forget to sign up for our FREE daily deal email, and get deals from sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, Plum District and more all in one place). Here are some current deals:
- Today, Groupon’s offering $30 Worth of Costumes, Accessories, and Decorations from Halloween Mart for only $15!
- And you can get either $15 for $30 or $19 for $40 Worth of Halloween Costumes and Gear from WowMyHalloween (and if you’re a new customer for SaveMore, you’ll get a $10.00 credit, which means you can pay as little as $5.00 for this deal!).
- PlumDistrict is also offering $40 worth of credit at Halloween Mart for only $25.00, and if you use the code “plumlove” you can get an additional 30% off.
- Shop on ebay for new or gently used costumes – you can find some pretty excellent deals here, even on designer costumes! But be sure to check the seller’s rating before you purchase, and don’t be afraid to ask questions first before purchasing.
- Shop Craigslist or Backpage or your local newspaper for gently used costumes – Again, another way to save a lot of money (usually at least half-price). If you’d rather see the costume in person before buying, this is a good option. But be sure not to bring anyone to your house–arrange to meet them during the day in a well-populated area (I usually go to my local Starbucks). You just can’t be too careful!
- Check Amazon for up to 50% off – Amazon’s Halloween Shop has costumes, decorations, wigs and more, and a lot of the items are already discounted by 50%. You can usually get free shipping for purchases over $25 as well.
- Attend a kid’s consignment event – I just got an amazing deal on a brand-new Gymboree ladybug costume for my daughter at the Lolliposh event here in South Florida–I paid $20.00 and it still had the tags on! There were also gently used costumes for $10.00 or less. (I admit I bought a couple of those too, even just for dress-up!) Check Just Between Friends for an event near you, or if you’re in the South Florida area, Little Stars Kids Consignment Sale’s next event will be held November 4 – 6, 2011, at the Kmart Shopping center in Pembroke Pines, and there will be another Lolliposh event in mid-November as well (you can at least shop for next year’s costume!)
- Make your own DiY or no-sew costume – here’s a link to a great article from Parenting magazine featuring 35 No Sew Costumes. I haven’t braved this attempt yet–I know my limits! But if you have time and are feeling creative, go for it. And here’s another article with 75 easy costume ideas.
- Find gently used costumes on ThredUp.com – I’m not super crazy about using this site–because the items I’ve received were not exactly as described, and there were no photos and I prefer to at least see what I’m getting, but this option might work for you. Pay only $13.00 to ship an entire box full of clothes (usually about 10 items). Of course, you also have to list items to swap in order to get a box, which wasn’t ideal for me…but again, it could work for some of you out there! Visit www.thredup.com for more info.
- Borrow from a friend, or swap costumes – I have so many costumes in my closet my friends LOVE to “shop” there for Halloween. If you have a friend you can borrow from, for you or for your child, why not ask? Or swap costumes. Of course this depends a lot on sizing, but it can be a great option. There are also several costume swap events coming up nationwide, and there may be one in your area. (If not, why not start one?) Check out Green Halloween for more details and to find a Costume Swap near you.
- Check your local thrift store for used costumes, or inexpensive clothing you can use to make a costume – about 15 years ago I paid $5.00 for a dress that I used for a Cleopatra costume. In fact, a friend just borrowed that dress from me last year–so I’d say I definitely got my money’s worth!
- Shop the stores AFTER Halloween for next year – I did this last year for my costume. Party City has great sales, and so do Spirit Halloween and BuyCostumes.com–even Walgreen’s! It takes a bit of planning, but you can usually save 50-75% and sometimes nab free shipping for the online stores as well.
Hope these tips help! If you have any you’d like to share, give me a shout out below!