After Halloween Savings

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November 1st Sale Costumes 

My favorite part of Halloween is the after holiday sales.  I don't do after Christmas sales because I'm usually WAY too tired from the holiday to bother.  After Halloween is another matter entirely!

Here's why after Halloween Sales are so great:

- Most people don't think to bother with after Halloween Sales, so the crowds are usually light
- Deed discounts on costumes
- It's the fastest cheapest way to restock the dress up drawer
- Lots of Christmas crossover.  Yes friends, there are lot of Halloween decorations that can be used for Christmas.  More on that in a minute
- Lots of everyday items at deep discounts (I'll elaborate below)

Here's what you need to know:


-  NAME YOUR PRICE!  If you shop at or before Halloween prices are usually clearly marked.  After Halloween many or most costumes are out of their original packaging and/or missing pieces, tags and labels.  Commonly the cashier will ask me "how much is this?"  As there is OFTEN no way to tell, I tell him what I want to pay.  If a manager is present there is sometimes haggling involved.  If no manager is present they give me the price I name.  Now let's be realistic, I'm not saying "I'll pay .10 cents each, but I've NEVER had a reasonable price refused.  

-  USE THE IN STORE SCANNER.  Some costumes will have a bar code on the size label or somewhere inside the item.  Use the in store scanning station to scan these costumes.  If there is no size tag bar code expect to name your price.  This is especially true at Walmart.


So much of bargain shopping is thinking outside the box.  The BEST way to save money is to purchase an item designed for one purpose and use it for something else entirely.

 Here are a few examples:

Halloween Lights become Christmas Lights
Green Halloween lights can also be used for Christmas.  These lights were in the 50% off Halloween aisle.  So for $1.74 you've got 70 mini Christmas lights.

Skeleton Cookies become Ginger Bread Men
This spooky Wilton cookie kit could easily become Gingerbread Men.  Add your own (brightly colored) frosting to create a festive Christmas treat!  Store the cookies in the freezer until Christmas to keep them fresh!

Cupcake liners can be used at any time of year
 Skip the pumpkin and spider cupcake liners and go for the solid colors or stripes.  These liners can be used for just about any holiday!  And at .97 cents for 100 you can't go wrong!

Dual Duty Skull Cookie Cutter
This skull cookie cutter can do dual duty.  Turned right side up it's a skull.
Christmas Ball Cookie Cutter
Turned upside down it's the shape of a Christmas tree ball!

Seasoned parents already know that leftover Halloween costumes are the BEST source of dress up clothes for the kids.

Princess Dress for the play closet!
If you can find them on the cheap, buy as many costumes as you can afford for hours of imaginative play.  Don't forget the accessories!

Mario/Luigi mustaches .49 cents each
Butterfly/Fairy Wings $2.25/each

Petticoat at half price!

There are always everyday items hiding in the Halloween aisle.  There's no reason in the world not to pinch a penny by snapping up these items.

Shopping Lists
Who cares if your grocery list is on Halloween themed paper.  At .49/pad this is a great bargain!

Glow Sticks
Glow sticks are great for trick or treating, but they also make a great party favor for birthday's or other kid-centric events.  Or if you happen to be stopping by a rave!  Again, at .49/each you can't go wrong!  These keep well over long periods of time as long as you keep them in the package and don't bend or squash them.

It should go without saying that the MAIN reason to shop after the holiday sale is costumes for next year.  As the kids get older this can be a tricky proposition.  As friends begin to have more influence shopping ahead can be dangerous and potentially wasteful. (Sizes might change a lot, so might what's in style)

When I shop ahead I keep the costumes generic.

Skeletons, Zombies ghosts and other generic costumes are the best way to go.  One year Duck Dynasty is all the rage.  The next year nobody cares about those guys.  Skeletons are the favorite at my house.

Skeleton from several years ago!
This skeleton costume was first worn by my teenager when he was just 6.  Now, 9 years later,  it was worn by my 7 year old to a Halloween Party.  He calls it "that boney guy".

Buy big!  My children are now 7, 10 and 16.  In the past I've bought costumes a size or 2 larger than their current size.  These days I ONLY buy adult costumes.

We live in North Jersey and it's (usually) COLD at Halloween time.  In the last few years the costumes have been covered with coats and hats.

By buying adult size costume tops by kids can wear the costume on top of winter coats and hats.  The entire coat is covered but the costume is not so long that he trips over it.

Adult size Biker Dude Costume Shirt OVER a winter coat.
The Biker Dude costume even has tattooed arms.

Costume Arm Tats

Adult side Skeleton Costume over a winter coat
If you live with them you already know - teenagers can be a pain in the neck!  There really is not much a mom like me can do to please a "know everything" teen.  The kids can't wear costumes to school and this kid doesn't want to come home and change before going trick or treating with friends.  SO - I buy him spooky graphic tees.  He LOVES a graphic tee, plus it doubles as a Halloween costume.

Teenager Halloween Wear
Here is another one of his favorites!

Costume Alternative
This Robin picture is actually from the first day of school.  He wears graphic tees year round!

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