With Halloween 2020 being a massive letdown, many consumers are on board to make Halloween this year an epic holiday. Unfortunately, that attitude combined with supply chain disruptions and shipping delays means we might see empty shelves much sooner than November 1.
To avoid disappointment when October 31 rolls around, check out our guide on ways to save on Halloween this year.
10 Ways to Save on Halloween This Year
Shop Beyond the Halloween Candy Displays
Looking for cheap Halloween candy? Grocers and other retailers create massive displays in an effort to get you to buy a particular type of candy (and the supplier actually pays for shelf space). These displays are made up of spooky themed treats, but don't fall for this trick. You could end up spending more by opting for candies in themed wrappers or by not shopping around. Instead, head to the candy aisle and check what other sweet selections the store has to offer. You may find great Halloween deals.
Buy Candy in Bulk
An even better way to find the best Halloween candy deals is to shop in bulk. Halloween sales at stores like Target will often involve buying multiple bags of fun-size treats in a buy more, save more type of promotion. However, if you want to be the best house on the block, you might want to consider heading to a warehouse club.
True, buying those commercial packs of candy there might mean skipping the Halloween themed wrapping, but you could also be known as the full-bar house instead. Honestly, buying in bulk allows you to save a bundle on Halloween candy, even if you don't visit a warehouse store. Why? For one, you can typically get a lower per-unit price on the candy. Also, retailers and manufacturers expect tons of people to come out and shop, so they offer discounts to meet their needs.
Hand Out Pre-Portioned Treat Bags
To pre-portion or not to pre-portion? That's your call. But keep in mind that during a normal year of trick-or-treating, you'll probably have to replenish your supply several times if you don't control how much candy is being dispersed to kids. Plus, by pre-portioning the bags, you can also allow kids to reach into a larger bowl and grab one bag, rather than having to repeatedly toss in a handful of candy to each kid's bag.
Check Out Drugstores for Halloween Candy Deals
Don't forget to check out drugstores when shopping for treats. Historically, they've offered some spooktacular deals on Halloween candy, and we don't expect this year to be any different. See if there are any Halloween candy coupons you can use — either from stores or manufacturers — that can increase your savings, too.
Ditch the Halloween Candy Altogether
If money's tight, you may want to ditch the candy for other yummy treats — Halloween-themed snack cakes, for instance. Check prices thoroughly before buying several boxes of Little Debbie Fall Party Cakes or Cosmic Brownies, though; you'll want to make sure opting for those over a bag of bulk candy is worth the cost.
You can also spring for other cheap items that kids may like, including crayons and small coloring books, glow sticks, and pencils.
Consider a Costume Swap
Looking for the perfect Halloween costume but don't want to spend a fortune? Consider hosting a costume swap with friends. Not only will a trade basically net you a new costume for free, but it could also be the start of a fun new tradition.
Shop for Costumes the Week Before Halloween
If you'd rather buy new, then put off your costume shopping for now. Retailers don't want to have loads of costumes lying around after Halloween. So to entice customers to buy them, they often offer great prices. And the closer you get to October 31, the steeper the discounts often get, especially on the more trendy picks. Beware that the longer you wait, the less selection you could see, though.
Do It Yourself
Whether you're looking for costumes or decor, if you wait until the last minute, that could mean dealing with crowded stores and limited selections. You could order online, but you may have to pay shipping fees. Another option? Save yourself the money and headache by making your own costume or decor. You may even be able to put something together using items you have lying around the house. If you can't, head to stores like Michaels, and be sure to check out their coupons before you go.
Shop Strategically for the Teal Pumpkin Project
The Teal Pumpkin Project is an initiative by Food Allergy Research & Education. It's meant to make "Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick-or-treaters," according to FARE's website. It caters to trick-or-treaters with food allergies, as putting a teal pumpkin in front of your home indicates that you have non-food treats to give out.
Wondering how to participate without breaking the bank? Shop online via sites such as Oriental Trading and Five Below. Many of the items are sold in bulk, and the more you buy, the more you may save. Also check out party stores, as they typically have trinkets for sale in bulk, and look at dollar stores, too.
Get a Head Start for Next Year
You'll likely have to wait a bit to shop the best sales on Halloween candy and decor. Want to guess what stores do with leftover holiday products? If you hadn't noticed before, shop at any store offering Halloween items, and you'll see steep discounts on November 1. It's the perfect time to grab all the candy you didn't want to spend full price on and indulge. You can also get the decor you'll need for next year.
What About Halloween Pop-Up Stores?
If you look inside any of those massive Halloween pop-up stores, you'll quickly realize that they're super convenient. Not only do they carry pretty much anything you can think of that's related to Halloween — including decor and costumes — but they're also usually staffed with enthusiasts who are willing to help.
But they aren't without flaws. In fact, you may find that you spend much more at these pop-up stores than you would elsewhere. Furthermore, consumers are known to complain about poor-quality items and issues with getting in touch with the store, according to the Better Business Bureau. So if you're thinking about visiting one of these stores, proceed with caution, and carefully examine your items before making a purchase.
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