Toddler and Baby Costumes: Deal Roundup [10/8]

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 9.48.45 AMHow have costume prices changed since last week’s roundup? Read on and find out:

I’ve listed prices on a couple of popular costumes–Captain America (by Disguise, Inc.) and Lil’ Mermaid (by California Costumes)– at nine retailers so that you can compare deals and prices. Note: prices listed below are before coupon (where applicable).

Reminders

  • New toddler costumes cost anywhere from $10 to $50.
  • We’ll see the most clearance prices in mid October, though selection is better now.
  • Costumes at stores like Walmart, Target, and Amazon and the specialty stores are made by only a few manufacturers, like Morris, Rubies, Fun World and  Seasons. That means you can compare prices easily.
  • As always, check for coupons and watch shipping costs before you buy.

Discount Department Stores

Target (good selection) Current deal: Up to 40% off Halloween costumes.

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 9.26.40 AM Amazon (really good selection)

Walmart.com Current deal: Free shipping on orders of $50 or more or free pickup in-store.

Kohls.com Current deal: 15% off costumes with coupon code TRICK15

Costume Specialty Stores

BuyCostumes.com Current deal: 20% off with code TWENTYBC

CostumeSupercenter.com Current deal: 20% off with code X20

HalloweenExpress.com Current deal: $10 off orders of $40 or more with code RMN1040

Party City Current deal: 20% off orders of $60+ with code SAVENOW20

Oriental Trading Company Current deal: $5 off $59+ purchase and free standard shipping with code CE144576

The verdict? The early discounts have ended, and the deeper discounts just haven’t started yet. We’re starting to see availability issues. If you really want to save, and you’re not nervous about a particular costume going out of stock, wait until next week to buy. I’ll be posting a new roundup next Wednesday!

Have any Halloween shopping tips? Be sure to share them in the comments.

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Finding Scary-Good Deals on Second-Hand Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes don’t get a lot of wear, so it’s pretty easy to find great deals on gently used costumes on the second-hand market, especially if you start looking NOW. In fact, you may be able to get your child’s costume for free!

Here are my best tips for saving 50% or more on Halloween costumes for babies, kids and toddlers:

  • Costumes often don’t change much from year to year. Start your search by browsing new costumes online and choosing a few favorites to hunt for on the second hand market.
  • The Baby Cheapskate Baby Gear, Toy and Coupon Exchange (nearly 5,000 members strong!) is a great place to hunt for gently used costumes and unload outgrown ones. Type “Halloween” and/or “costume” into the search function to bring up all costume-related posts.
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 9.44.04 AMCheck your local Freecycle board for freebies. Mine had a few when I looked this morning. If you don’t see anything, post a “wanted” message and see if anyone responds.
  • Find local swap events near you by Googling the name of your town or county and “costume swap”. by Googling the name of your town or county and “costume swap
  • Finding Scary-Good Deals on Second-Hand Halloween CostumesYou might also organize a costume swap with friends, your neighborhood, church, or preschool. You could do it via email or get together in real life.
  • If you don’t mind a little hunting, thrift stores and consignment sales are great places to score costumes on the cheap. Start shopping thrift stores now for the best selection. There are probably some consignment sales near you this weekend. Find them at sites like Kids Consignment Sales or Consignment Mommies.
  • Call your local consignment stores to see if they have any in stock. They might cost a little more there, but they’ve been checked over more carefully than some of the other second-hand sources.
  • There are lots of costumes on Craigslist right now. eBay.com is a great place to look, too. Each has its plusses and minuses. With Craigslist, you’ll have to arrange to pick up the costume from the seller. On eBay you’ll have to contend with bidding or buy it now and possibly pay a higher price. I searched for  two popular toddler costumes– the bumblebee and the dragon– on Craigslist and eBay to see what I could scare up: The Bumblebee was as low as $8 on my local Craigslist. On eBay, it was as low as $12.99 in the Buy it Now section. The Dragon was as low as $15 on Craigslist and as low as $8.95 on eBay.

Keep in mind that you can also use these sources after Halloween to recoup some of your costume costs.

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8 at $30 or Less: Handmade Kids’ Halloween Costumes from Etsy

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 4.42.13 PM8 at $30 or Less: Handmade Kids' Halloween Costumes from Etsy

If you’re looking for a handmade Halloween costume and don’t want to DIY, try Etsy.com, where a recent search for “Halloween Costumes” turned up over 6,000 results. Here are a few of my favorites for $30 or less. Order early, as some are made to order!

Looking for the perfect accessory to round out your own creation? There are tons of cute crocheted hats, custom tees and onesies, leather booties, tutus (a gazillion of them) and more at Etsy.

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The Halloween Costume Shopping Secret Retailers Don’t Want You to Know [Updated]

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 3.49.47 PMIf you’re like me, you’ve already received a few Halloween costume catalogs in the mail from retailers like BuyCostumes.com or Party City. Take a look at them, and you might notice something weird.

The costumes are the same. The photos are the same. In fact, a handful of costume manufacturers are behind 80% of the costumes you see out there. Knowing that will allow you to save big, because although the costumes are the same, the prices are not.

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Take the toddler Captain America costume shown here. It’s distributed by a company called Buy Seasons. The photo top left is from OrientalTrading.com, where it’s $20.77 right now. The image at right (hauntingly familiar, eh?) is from Target.com, where the same costume is on sale for a low $15.97. As of this writing, it’s $19.99 at BuyCostumes.com, $22.09 at Kmart.com, $24.28 at Amazon and $21.24 at Kohls.com. Walk into other retailers and you’ll see the same costumes on the racks.

The lesson? When you see the costumes you (or your kids) want, don’t buy them then. Find the brand name (look for something capitalized), Google it, and do some bargain shopping. Many stores are offering discounts of up to 30% right now on costumes and free shipping to boot.

Some stores, like Disney Store and Pottery Barn Kids have more unique costumes that aren’t carried everywhere, so keep that in mind, too.

(Of course for the best bargains, there’s still time to shop your favorite second hand sources–kiddie consignment stores, Craigslist, ebay, thrift stores, and even Freecycle.)

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The Early Shopper’s Guide to Halloween Costume Savings

The Early Shopper's Guide to Halloween Costume SavingsIt’s early September, and you’ve probably noticed that the Halloween costumes are already out at many stores. Should you buy now? Wait until later? When can you expect the best deals?

Here’s an early shopper’s guide to Halloween costume savings. Enjoy!

  • If you like the idea of a handmade costume but don’t think you can do it yourself, check Etsy.com for handmade costumes for less. Etsy also offers lots of accessories to spice up costumes that you may be making or buying. Search for “Halloween Costumes” to find thousands of offerings. Order early.
  • Start watching your local Freecycle.org board now for costume freebies.
  • Try ebay.com for good deals on second-hand costumes.
  • Start shopping consignment stores and thrift stores now for the best selection. Checking in at your local Craigslist board’s not a bad idea either. Used costumes are a great savings. After all, most kids only wear them once or twice.
  • Want a new costume? Do your research now, but wait until you can save at least 30% to buy (25% off if you’re shopping at DisneyStore). Start by making a list of possibilities and scout out a few retailers that carry your top picks. Write down the prices, and make your target price about 70% of full price (or less). Then keep an eye out for sales
  • If you like shopping flash sale sites like Zulily, keep an eye out there for costumes there. I’ve already started seeing them. Be sure to take shipping charges and shipping dates into consideration.
  • When should you buy? We should start seeing deeper discounts on costumes soon. Look for 25% to 40% off online. Retailers will also offer shipping deals and extra savings via coupon codes to help move their wares.
  • Procrastination means better prices, but less selection. Wait until mid-October to buy a costume and you’ll find prices of around 40% off.

Readers, Share your advice below! Do you make your own costumes? If so, what are some easy ones to make? Do you buy your child’s costume? How much do you pay? Where do you find the best deals?

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Toddler and Baby Costumes: Deal Roundup and Shipping Deadlines [10/17]

Screen shot 2013-10-10 at 8.35.12 AMStill procrastinating about costume shopping?

I’ve listed prices on a couple of popular costumes–Garden Gnome and Dinky Dragon– at 10 retailers so that you can compare deals and prices. I’m also including shipping deadlines this time. Note: prices listed below are before coupon (where applicable).

Reminders

  • New toddler costumes cost anywhere from $10 to $50.
  • We’ll see the most clearance prices in mid October, though selection is better now.
  • Costumes at stores like Walmart, Target, and Amazon and the specialty stores are made by only a few manufacturers, like Morris, Rubies, Fun World and  Seasons. That means you can compare prices easily.
  • As always, check for coupons and watch shipping costs before you buy.

Discount Department Stores

Target (good selection) Current deal: Up to 40% off. Free shipping on $50 purchase.Screen shot 2013-10-17 at 8.54.45 AM

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $52.24
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $36.99

Shipping deadline: 10/27.

 Amazon (really good selection)

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): starts at $38.30
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): starts at $30.73

Shipping deadline: 10/28 on Prime eligible costumes for Prime members.

Walmart.com Current deal: Free shipping on orders of $50 or more or free pickup in-store.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $62.58 from retailer Unbeatable Sale.

Shipping deadline: 10/18

Meijer.com Current deal: 30% to 50% off off costumes plus free shipping on orders of $59 or more.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $48.99

Shipping deadline: 10/18

Kohls.com Current deal: 15% off with coupon code APPLE

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $59.99

Shipping deadline: unknown. Order within the next couple of days to be safe.

Specialty Stores

BuyCostumes.com Current deal: 25% off with coupon code MUMMY25BC (ends today).

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $54.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby):$54.99

Shipping deadline: Order today and get your costume by Oct. 26.

CostumeSupercenter.com Current deal: 20% off $30 or more with coupon code OCT20

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $49.99

Shipping deadline: Allow five business days to ship. See shipping calculator at website.

HalloweenExpress.com Current deal: Free shipping on orders of $40 or more with coupon code at site.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $59.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $61.97

Shipping deadline: Allow five business days to ship. See shipping calculator at website.

Party City Current deal: Save 20% off Halloween items with coupon code SAVEPC. Free shipping on orders of $60 or more.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $59.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $49.99

Shipping deadline: Allow five business days to ship. See shipping calculator at website.

Oriental Trading Company Current deal: Order through tomorrow and get free shipping on any order. Costumes up to 40% off with sale.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $40.63

Shipping deadline: Order by tomorrow to receive costume by Oct. 31. See calculator at website.

The verdict? This week I still like the selection and prices at Amazon, and quick Prime shipping lets you procrastinate a bit more. BuyCostumes.com has the best coupon among the specialty stores.

Have any Halloween shopping tips? Be sure to share them in the comments. See more Halloween posts.

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Toddler and Baby Costumes: Deal Roundup [10/10]

Screen shot 2013-10-10 at 8.35.12 AMCostume shopping online can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many “costume outlets” and “costume superstores” that you don’t know where to begin. Hopefully, this will help.

I’ve listed prices on a couple of popular costumes–Garden Gnome and Dinky Dragon– at 11 retailers so that you can compare deals and prices. Note: prices listed below are before coupon (where applicable).

Reminders

  • New toddler costumes cost anywhere from $10 to $50.
  • We’ll see the most clearance prices in mid October, though selection is better now.
  • Costumes at stores like Walmart, Target, and Amazon and the specialty stores are made by only a few manufacturers, like Morris, Rubies, Fun World and  Seasons. That means you can compare prices easily.
  • As always, check for coupons and watch shipping costs before you buy.

Discount Department Stores

Toddler and Baby Costumes: Who’s Got the Best Deals?

Target (good selection) Current deal: Free shipping on $50 purchase.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $52.24
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $52.24

 Amazon (really good selection)

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $30.59 – $38.75
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $38.15

Walmart.com Current deal: Free shipping on orders of $50 or more or free pickup in-store.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $62.58 from retailer Unbeatable Sale.

Meijer.com Current deal: 30% to 40% off off costumes

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $48.99

Kohls.com Current deal: 20% off with coupon code FAMILY20

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $56.24

Specialty Stores

BuyCostumes.com Current deal: 25% off $100 or more.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $54.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby):$54.99

CostumeSupercenter.com Current deal: 20% off with coupon

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $49.99

HalloweenExpress.com Current deal: Free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $59.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $61.97

Party City Current deal: Save $20 on $60 plus free shipping when you spend $49 or more.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $59.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $49.99

OrientalTradingCompany Current deal: Save up to 60% during sale.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $40.63

The verdict? This week I like the selection and prices at Amazon Specialty stores’ selection is declining, though coupons are a bit better overall. We’ve got about a week left before shipping by the big day becomes an issue. 

As the big day approaches, I’ll keep you informed of the best deals on kids’ costumes. Have any Halloween shopping tips? Be sure to share them in the comments. See more Halloween posts.

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Toddler and Baby Costumes: Who’s Got the Best Deals?

Toddler and Baby Costumes: Who’s Got the Best Deals?Costume shopping online can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many “costume outlets” and “costume superstores” that you don’t know where to begin. Hopefully, this will help.

I’ve listed prices on a couple of popular costumes–Garden Gnome and Dinky Dragon– at nine retailers so that you can compare deals and prices. Note: prices listed below are before coupon (where applicable).

Reminders

  • New toddler costumes cost anywhere from $10 to $50.
  • We’ll see the most clearance prices in mid October, though selection is better now.
  • Costumes at stores like Walmart, Target, and Amazon and the specialty stores are made by only a few manufacturers, like Morris, Rubies, Fun World and  Seasons. That means you can compare prices easily.
  • As always, check for coupons and watch shipping costs before you buy.

Discount Department Stores

Target (good selection) Current deal: Free shipping on $50 purchase.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $54.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $40.49

 Amazon (really good selection)

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $37.15 – $59.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $11.51 – $56.95

Walmart.com Current deal: Free shipping on orders of $50 or more or free pickup in-store.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): unavailable

Toddler and Baby Costumes: Who’s Got the Best Deals?Specialty Stores

BuyCostumes.com Current deal: 20% off over $75

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $54.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby):$54.99

CostumeSupercenter.com Current deal: 20% off $25 or more

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $49.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $49.99

HalloweenExpress.com Current deal: 15% off with coupon code GOMOMMA.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $59.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $61.97

Party City Current deal: Save $20 on 60 plus free shipping on all orders. 

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): $59.99
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $49.99

OrientalTradingCompany Current deal: Save up to 60% during sale.

  • Garden Gnome (toddler): unavailable
  • Dinky Dragon (baby): $60

The verdict? Overall, I like the selection and prices at Amazon and Target the best. Amazon, of course, has better shipping options. Costume Supercenter had the best prices of the specialty stores I surveyed. 

As the big day approaches, I’ll keep you informed of the best deals on kids’ costumes. Have any Halloween shopping tips? Be sure to share them in the comments. See more Halloween posts.

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10 Not-Too-Scary Halloween DVDs for Toddlers and Preschoolers

10 Not-Too-Scary Halloween DVDs for Toddlers and Preschoolers

When my son was a toddler we couldn’t take him to our local stores around Halloween because they had this super-scary life-sized zombie thing at the front of the aisles that would make him scream and cry.

Let’s face it. some Halloween stuff is too scary for little kids. At the same time, youngsters are fascinated by all the Halloween excitement. Here are some fun Halloween DVDs for the five-and-under set that won’t make them worry about what’s hiding in the closet.

  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Tricks and Treats (2011): “A new spooky adventure this DVD brings, with The Cat, Nick and Sally, Fish and the Things. Meet the eeriest critters you have ever seen, arrived just in time for this Halloween! There will be lots of tricks and, of course lots of treats, to share with the animal friends you will meet! There’s a coconut crab, spider monkeys and bats, and plenty more fun with The Cat in the Hat!” $4.99 at Amazon.
  • Kaboom! Halloween Spooktacular (2012): . Ten episodes from Franklin, The Berenstain Bears, George Shrinks, Elliot Moose and Timothy Goes To School. $9.99 at Amazon
  • Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013) “Halloween is almost here and George can’t wait for the festivities to begin: carving pumpkins, costume contests, and especially the Annual Boo Festival. Eager to get the festivities started, George and Allie visit Renkins’ Farm to pick out the perfect pumpkin. There, they are told the spooky tale of the Legend of No Noggin. As the story goes, No Noggin is a hat-kicking scarecrow who appears on Halloween to kick people’s hats off. On Halloween night, George and Allie are determined to get a picture of No Noggin and prove he’s real once and for all. Will they be able to get the proof? Only the curious will find out!” $9.96 at Amazon.
  • Nick Jr. Favorites, Happy Halloween: (2010) Features the Halloween adventures of four faves: Dora the Explorer, The Wonder Pets, Yo Gabba Gabba, Blues Clues and Kai-Lan. $9.47 at Amazon.
  • Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Halloween Two-Pack (2012) Includes “Wubzzy Goes Boo!” and “Fly Us to the Moon”, an all-new collection of favorites. ”There’s singing, dancing, trick or treating and kickity-kick ball too, plus plenty of positive values like creativity, patience and responsibility.” $9.99 at Amazon.

I’ve linked to the movies at Amazon so you can learn more about them. See if you can check them out from your local library or pick them up used. Thrift and consignment stores are also great places to look.

Have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

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25% Off Select Costumes from Disney Store [Plus Free Shipping]

Screen shot 2013-09-26 at 8.33.10 AMSelect costumes and accessories have been marked down by 25% at Disney Store online (priced as marked).

Choose from Disney Princess, IronMan, Spiderman and lots more.

You’ll also get free shipping on your entire when you purchase a costume or costume accessory and use coupon code TREAT.

Related: How to Scare Up the Best Deal on Kids’ Halloween Costumes

 

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