Seasonal & Holiday

Easy Ways to Save On Halloween Costumes

Do you worry that the winter holidays will put your personal finances in the red? Do you want to avoid overspending in October so you have more money to spend in December? If so, here are a few quick and easy ways to cut back on Halloween expenses, particularly Halloween costumes.

Compare Prices

The same exact Halloween costume can cost vastly different prices depending on which websites you visit and what day of the week you are looking to buy. Before making any decisions compare prices online. Make certain to check stores that specialize in Halloween apparel as well as big box stores like Walmart and Target. Once you narrow down the best prices search for online coupon codes at When comparing prices be certain to compare shipping prices too.

Wait As Long As You Can to Buy

The closer the date moves toward Halloween the faster prices drop. The retail price of a costume in September often matches the MSRP. The week before Halloween that price may fall by more than 50%. If you don’t have your heart set on a specific costume then simply wait as long as you can to pick your costume. If you purchase the costume online check shipping timelines to ensure it will arrive before the big holiday.

Check Out the Thrift Store

Costumes are worn for such a short period of time that they are often in near perfect condition when you take them off at the end of the night. Before buying a brand new costume try searching your local thrift store for pre-worn costumes that look like new. This works particularly well if your child wishes to dress up as something generic, like a clown or ninja warrior.

Search the Clearance Sections of Local Stores

Our local Babies-R-Us recently had infant pirate costumes on sale for over 80% off. If you know of a store that sells Halloween costumes skip the big displays at the front of the store and instead walk straight to the back. You can often find last season’s costumes at deeply discounted prices.

Plan Ahead for Next Year

If you want to recoup a little money wash your Halloween costume and hold on to it until next September. A lot of consignment stores purchase Halloween costumes in advance of the holiday, particularly children’s costumes. You won’t earn much for your items, but you’ll earn back at least a little of what you spent. To make a little more money try listing your unwanted items on eBay.

You can also buy next year’s costume this year. Costumes are often deeply discounted after the holiday and you can save 80 to 90% by preparing in advance!