Stock up now for next Halloween–for CHEAP!

This might seem like a no-brainer, but just like Black Friday is a great time to shop for the holidays, and after-Christmas sales are the best time to stock up on things like wrapping paper and decorations–today and the next few days are the best time to score Halloween goodies on the cheap.

No, I don’t mean buy candy and save it for next year, lol. And it’s certainly hard to think ahead as to what you want to be for next year’s office party. 

But if you’re in need of things like costumes, decorations, party supplies, or those smaller accessories like Halloween makeup, wigs, or hats–now’s the time to shop!  Stores usually discount their leftover Halloween items at 50-75% off, right after Halloween is over. Although there’s not always a lot left, you can always find something at a deeply discounted price. Places like Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costo– even Walgreens and CVS (or whoever your local drugstore is) are great places to find deals.

And for me, now’s the time to replenish what I hand out to the trick-or-treaters. I don’t give out candy–I prefer to give out little toys, as it’s better for the kids’ health. Last year I found amazing treasures at my Walmart Neighborhood Store (grocery store). I found Halloween themed activity books, bracelets, bubbles, erasers–all in packs of 20. I think I paid no more than $1.00 for each, possibly only 50 cents for each pack of 20. I also got a huge package of 90 Lisa Frank Halloween items at BJ’s for about $5.00.  So I’ll definitely be stopping in

Halloween treats from Oriental Trading

today to see what’s on sale!  (Because those kids completely cleaned me out last night. I had probably 60 little ones stop by, it was awesome!)

And if you don’t have time to scour the sales at your local brick and mortar stores, Oriental Trading Company is a fantastic online company with a great variety of Halloween itemsand they’re 70% off right now! 

But don’t wait too long. Usually the best of what’s left has been picked over by the end of the week. I know I’ll be heading to Target this evening, and checking out Oriental Trading’s sale sometime today.

Plan ahead, and save, save, save…

Spooktacular Halloween savings still available from BuyCostumes, SpiritHalloween, Amazon and more!

If you’re still in need of ghoulish garb for Halloween, there are some great deals out there right now. Here’s some of what I’ve found out there: is offering 20% off any item until October 28, 2010, or $4.99 shipping on any order over $65. is currently offering 10% off $40.00 or more They’re also still running their 5 Deals Under $5.00 every Monday through Friday.

Goodshop, which is a fantastic way to shop because they also donate a percentage of your purchase to a charity of your choice (courtesy of has several coupons available. These are just a few:

  • Several discounts for Halloween Express, such as 10% off the purchase of $35.00 or more, or 20% off the purchase of $100 or more
  • $5.00 off $50.00 or more at Annie’s Costumes (this is an amazing online store that used to be local in Plantation, but went online only a few years ago)
  • $5.00 off $50.00 or more at Costume Cauldron (cute name!) or 20% off various items.
  • $25% off all Halloween contact lenses at Coastal Contacts. They have some really incredible colored contact lenses–including a “Rave” lens that glows under blacklight. Makes me wish I were going to a Halloween party this year!

Party City is offering different specials that change nearly every day. At the time of this post, they’re offering Buy One Costume, Get One at 50% off, with FREE 2nd day air.  That code expires on October 22, 2010. is also offering $10.00 off a $50.00 costume purchase–on select costumes only. And of course, if you’re a Prime Member, you get free two-day shipping.

As a little bonus, VistaPrint is offering a free customized Halloween tote bag ($14.00 value. You just pay shipping, which costs about $6.00.  I had one made for my little one this week, and I paid expedited shipping (7.00) and also chose to add the image on the back of the bag too. My total cost was $10.00, not bad for a personalized Trick or Treat bag that can be used for years to come!

Only a few days left before Halloween is here…so don’t wait! Take advantage of these great savings…but as always, make sure your shipping costs don’t exceed the savings…and check your local newspaper circular this week for coupons to your local stores.  I received a few yesterday.

Happy Halloween!