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.

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.

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.

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!

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

 

Finding Scary-Good Deals on Second Hand Halloween Costumes

Enjoy this updated re-posting of a popular article from last year:

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.
  • Check 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.
  • You 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 SalesConsignment Mommies and Kids Consignment Guide.
  • 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.
  • Screen shot 2013-09-02 at 1.01.53 PMThere 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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How to Scare Up the Best Deal on Halloween Costumes for Kids [Part 2]

In part 1 of this article you learned a few Halloween costume shopping tricks. Now, find out where to find the best deals NOW.

The competition for your costume dollar is heating up. There are dozens of places to shop for your kids’ Halloween looks.

I wanted to find out where parents could find the best deals on new Halloween costumes, so I compared prices of two popular toddler costumes, the bumblebee and the dragon, at a variety of stores.  You’ll find the results below, but first, a few reminders:

  • New toddler costumes cost anywhere from $10 to $50.
  • Clearance prices will show up in mid October.
  • 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 (read this post to learn more). Costumes at stores like Old Navy or Gymboree are different.
  • As always, check for coupons and watch shipping costs before you buy.

PRICE COMPARISONS:

Kid-Clothes Stores and Discount Department Stores:

Note: Wide range of prices below is due to varying varieties/brands of costumes.

Target (good selection)

Current deal: Up to 20% off select costumes with free shipping on $50 purchase.

  • Bumblebee: $19.96 to $20.19
  • Dragon: $15 to $53.99

 Amazon (really good selection)

  • Bumblebee: $20.79 to $25.95
  • Dragon: $11.51 – $56.95

Gymboree

Current Deal: Redeem Gymbucks for $25 off $50

  • Dragon: not available
  • Baby Bumble Bee: $17.49

Old Navy

Current deal: 15% off with ONSAVEBIG

  • Dragon: $17.20 ($14.62 plus shipping after coupon)
  • Bumblebee: $17.20 ($14.62 plus shipping after coupon)

The Children’s Place

Current deal: 15% to 30% off with coupon

  • Dragon: not available
  • Bumblebee: not available

Specialty Stores

BuyCostumes.com

Current deal: 25% off with code MADNESS25 today.

  • Bumblebee: $12.99 to $34.99 before coupon
  • Dragon:$19.99 to $59.99 before coupon

CostumeSupercenter.com

Current deal: 15% off costumes of $30 or more with code GHOSTLY

  • Bumblebee: $19.99 to $39.99 before coupon
  • Dragon: $19.99 to $49.99 before coupon

HalloweenExpress.com

Current deal: BOGO 50% off orders of $35 or more OR 25% off orders of $45 or more. Details.

  • Bumblebee: $16.49 to $36.99
  • Dragon: $26.99 to  $36.99

Party City

Current deal: 25% off through today with code PCQ3V.

  • Bumblebee: $19.99 before coupon ($14.99 after coupon)
  • Dragon: $19.99 to $49.99 before coupon

OrientalTradingCompany

Current deal: Free shipping through October 2 plus $10 off $75 or more.

  • Bumblebee: $15 to $25
  • Dragon: $12.99 to $60

The verdict? Overall, I like the selection and prices at Amazon and Target the best.  Amazon, of course, has better shipping options. Old Navy had great prices after coupon but a smaller selection.

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.

 

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

There are dozens of retailers on line and off selling Halloween costumes. How on earth can you make sure you’re getting a good deal?

THREE STEPS TO FINDING THE VERY BEST DEAL

Step 1: Head to the store to browse

It’s really not that hard. The first step, assuming you haven’t been able to find a great costume second hand and don’t care to DIY, is to head to a brick and mortar store with a good selection and just browse to get an idea of what your child wants to be.

Choose a costume and look at the tag to find the manufacturer. There are really only a few manufacturers out there (that’s the secret retailers don’t want you to know). Once you know who makes the costume and what it’s name is, you can easily do a price comparison.

It’s also a good idea to find your child’s size while you’re in the store so that you can order online without fear that the costume won’t fit.

Step 2: Compare prices online

Next, go to the price comparison site of your choice and type in the exact name of the costume (for example, “Skelebones” instead of “skeleton costume”. That should bring up a list of the retailers that carry it. Expect prices to vary widely.  Don’t be surprised if you find that prices on the same costume vary by $10 or more.

It’s a good idea to manually check for the costume at discount stores like Walmart.com, Target.com, and Amazon.com. Be sure to get free shipping.

Check for coupon codes at the store (just Google the name of the site plus “coupon” to pull them up). If you like shopping through cash back programs (Upromise, eBates, etc.) be sure to do so.

Step 3: Wait for the best savings

Right now you can expect to find discounts of 25% to 30% on costumes. If you really want to save, it’s best to wait until after October 1 to buy. That’s when retailers start getting nervous about clearing costume inventory and marking down prices.

You should easily be able to find discounts of 40% or more on October 1, with discounts increasing to 70% or so by a week before Halloween. One year, Old Navy had Halloween costumes for $2 four days before the big day. Of course if the costume is hard to find, it may be better not to wait, since selection will be better now.

What are your best Halloween shopping tips?

See more Halloween savings tips on Baby Cheapskate.

National Halloween Costume Swap Day is Coming Up

Why buy a Halloween costume when you can swap one for free? It helps the earth AND your wallet.

Find dozens of local swaps in 30 or so states here. Most of the swaps are on the weekend of October 6th or 13th, though a few are a bit earlier or later.

Can’t find one nearby? See this post for many more second hand Halloween Costume ideas.

 

70% off Kids’ Halloween Costumes: Disney, Superheroes, More

A whole bunch of kids’ costumes are 70% off at 6pm.com right now. Choose from Disney Princesses, Ironman, Winnie the Pooh, Spider Man and much more. The Ariel costume shown here is just $8.10. It’s $25 at Walmart.com. Shipping is $6.95.