The spooky season is upon us and soon the kids will be dressing in their finest monster regalia to go scare candy out of the neighbors. Naturally you’ll have plenty to worry about during this holiday; cavities and upset stomachs to start, as well as a dozen other concerns. But you know how to deal with these things already, no doubt. Keeping the kids safe and healthy on Halloween should be no problem, but the strain it can put on your check book seems almost unavoidable. Well, fear not. There are plenty of things you can do to find the best deals on Halloween costumes this year.
First of all, be sure to check out the second hand stores. Goodwill, Salvation Army, and local thrift stores are usually packed with discarded Halloween costumes around this time of year. You’ll often end up finding the same get-ups that the costume stores are stocking, for much less. Halloween costumes are a one shot deal for most, and as the season approaches many families will be clearing out their old costumes from previous years. Some may be incomplete, but this can be easily remedied with a little creativity. If you’re willing to do the leg work and visit a few thrift stores, you’ll find tons of great costume ideas.
Keeping up the creative thinking, consider how much a “costume” is really necessary. Most costume ideas can be achieved just as easily, more convincingly, and at a fraction of the cost, if you put them together yourself. Many costumes are based on normal clothes, for the most part. A witch’s costume can be fashioned out of any simple black dress, for example. Dracula? Creative use of dress clothes can make the look for less. Not only will this save you money–it can be fun too. Check out the kids’costume ideas and think about what you can make with things that are already around the house. The last few odds and ends will be negligible costs, and you’ll have the most unique costumes in the neighborhood.
For those must have items that simply can’t be replicated, take your shopping to the virtual market. Internet retailers are often a great resource for Halloween costume overstock, and you can also find coupons online for most of the prominent costume stores in your area. Now, as any other time, it pays to do your work in advance, so don’t wait until the day before. Start looking for the best deals now, and you’ll have the kids decked out like never before without spending a fortune on disposable clothes.
And remember, it’s never too early to start planning for next year. Many retailers will be having epic close out sales over the first few days of November in an attempt to clear out overstocked product. You can take advantage of this by picking out costume ideas for next Halloween in advance. As always, be creative in your shopping and there’s no telling what fantastic deals await you.