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How to Get a Deal on a Halloween Costume

Walmart will offer the best Halloween deals this year, but don't count out Kohl's and Amazon.
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If you're like Jack and Sally and think every other holiday pales in comparison to Halloween, you'll want to break out all things festive this month. Luckily, some of your favorite stores offer impressive discounts on costumes and decor to suit all levels of gruesome or cute!

We took a look at spooky seasons past to help you sort the Halloween deals from the duds in 2017.

Shop for Deals Before October 24

If trends from 2015 and 2016 hold, you'll likely see most deals drop during the period stretching from October 3 to October 10. (The best deals come around November 1, but that only matters if you're looking ahead to next year.)

Shop for costumes and decor during the first half of October to get the best deals.

The days between October 10 and October 24 also typically have at least twice the number of Halloween deals as the week before Halloween. And last year, a mighty 83% of the Editors' Choice costume and Halloween decor deals came in during the first half of the month.

Get Full Costumes to Cut Down Costs

If you want to shop for your complete look online, we recommend you shop full costumes, rather than individual pieces and accessories that can hike up the cost. You're likely to nab a good deal on a variety of full superhero and character costumes at Walmart.

But if you're throwing a festive bash and looking for ways to decorate your house on a budget, shop places like Kohl's and Target that'll allow you to collect items in-store — and thus avoid shipping fees on otherwise cheap items.

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Walmart Offers Big Deals on Cheap Costumes

When it comes to sheer value, Walmart has impressed our picky editors the most in recent years. In October 2015, for example, the store had the most Editors' Choice costume offers — 63% of the total listed! That year, the retailer dropped prices on adults' and kids' full costumes to as low as $3.50.

In 2016, Walmart offered Halloween costumes and accessories that were priced from 97 cents. However, in order to avail yourself of the best offers, expect to make the trip to your local Walmart to pick up your order after purchase.

Although Walmart has boasted great prices for single-item offers, Kohl's arguably hosted the best sale of the season last October. The retailer knocked up to 63% off a selection of costumes and decorations, then took an extra 15% off and a further 15% off via stacking coupon codes. Families on the hunt for a number of people or pet costumes should also look to Target this year, as it had a buy one, get one 50% off deal last year and a BOGO free offer in 2015.

Walmart has boasted great prices for single-item offers, while Kohl's arguably hosted the best sale of the season last October.

Another top shop to consider is Spirit Halloween — a dedicated fancy dress and decor store that embraces all things scary. In 2015, the store knocked an extra 20% off one item sitewide, including sale items. Last year, that went up to 25% off one item. Spirit also offered a printable coupon that took $10 off costumes.

As ever, Amazon is also likely to sport some of the best offers on costumes and candy this season. Last October, it slashed a selection of kids' Halloween costumes to $6 or less. Although you might spend a little more there than at Walmart, Amazon certainly boasts the wider selection.

Readers, what are you going to be for Halloween? Where are you planning to shop for your costume? Let us know in the comments below!

Content Editor

A former Fashion Editor and Boggle champion, Donna Doyle spends her time writing for DealNews, re-reading Harry Potter, and living in denial.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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