How to Save Money on Halloween Costumes, Candy and Decor

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Halloween is right around the corner, and many parents will get spooked by higher prices.

Prices are up on everything this year, including Halloween costumes and candy.

But you can keep those prices down if you know where to shop.

The mother of two young boys, Kristin Vanover, was out costume shopping and finding Halloween costumes more expensive than ever.

“I have to buy two of everything! So I always try and look to save,” she said.

The National Retail Federation says families will spend an average of $100 this year on costumes, candy and decorations.

Melissa Cid with MySavings.com says the trick is buying early, because the longer you wait, the more prices creep up.

“You may be left with less popular candy at an undesirable price if you wait,” she said.

Save on candy

Cid says when it comes to candy, check out drug stores like Walgreens and CVS before you stock up at the grocery store: their sale prices may be lower.

She says to use digital coupons on top of sale prices.

Plus, she says, you can submit receipts for cash-back rebates through sites like Ibotta or Fetch.

“That can get your price really, really low,” she said.” Usually under $2 per bag.”

Save on costumes

To save on costumes, visit Walmart’s $5 and $10 section or stop by a resale shop like Once Upon a Child.

Store manager Laura Lewis says her slightly used costumes are half the price of new ones.

“Anything a child might want, you will find it here, and you will pay less, very much less,” she said.

Cid showed us some superhero and princess costumes at her store that were worn just once but were almost a third the price of new versions.

“This is Princess Jasmine,” she said, “and it is just $10.”

Save on party supplies

Meantime, for party supplies, Cid suggests you visit the local dollar store for table clothes, streamers and paper plates, often a fraction of the price of the supermarket.

Also, she says, stock up now on non-perishables like chips and soda, so you don’t have to pay top dollar the day of your party.

Save on pumpkins

Grocery stores may be the most convenient place to buy a pumpkin, as you can just grab one as you head into the store.

But they may not have the best prices, and the cost adds up quickly if you need more than two or three.

Cid suggests looking for less than 30 cents per pound pumpkins if they’re being sold at a flat rate (many garden centers sell pumpkins by weight).

If the per-pound price is right, she said, “you want to look for that biggest, nicest looking pumpkin that you can get at the cost.”

With some cheap pumpkins, discounted candy and a secondhand costume, you can have an affordable Halloween, and you don’t waste your money.

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John Matarese

John's goal is to help as many TV viewers as possible save money, avoid bad deals, know a rip-off when one comes their way, and be educated consumers. His informative weekly consumer segment "Don't Waste Your Money" now airs on 45 TV stations from San Diego to Tampa to Houston and Cincinnati. More.

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