Buy ahead: After Halloween, many superstores slash prices their costumes by 50 percent or more. This is prime opportunity for costume vultures to pick-up versatile costumes (e.g. witch, vampire, fairy, etc.) and statement accessories for the next year. By doing so, you’ll save money and won’t have to brood about what to be for next year. I’m sure a costume party will arise soon.
Donate and Get Savings at Goodwill: Most people purchase Halloween costumes for single-use, and then donate them the next day. By visiting your local Goodwill or thrift store, you’re not left shouldering costume depreciation costs and can easily walk out the door with a costume under $10.
Make your own or burrow from a friend: If you don’t find cheap Halloween costumes that suit your tastes, you can build a costume or burrow some for a unique look. Have a favorite TV show, movie or pop-culture personality? Scavenge for clothing and accessories for a look that can’t be duplicated. Most family and friends will still keep costume parts from their previous years. If they dont, they should! If they throw it away, at least donate it.
Craigslist has everything: Online forums like Craigslist.org help you search locally for a Halloween costume that stands out. List prices are reduced by $15 or more, and those with a silver tongue can negotiate an even better deal. Another perk is that this savings hunt takes place in the comfort of your own home.
Coupon Codes Online: Search on-line for coupon codes to help chip away at retail price tags. Many dedicated costume stores like BuyCostumes.com provide on-site coupon codes for free shipping and mark-off discounts.
Also, coupon websites like retailmenot.com offer lists of potential money saving coupon codes from major Halloween shops like Spirit Halloween, and their success rate so that you get the Halloween costume you want, at a price you can afford.