How to Go Shopping For Halloween Costumes

So you have nailed down on a great Halloween theme for the family and is anxiously thinking of how to get the right costumes. Make your shopping for Halloween costumes a fun experience. These are some ways to make your shopping trip an enjoyable experience.

Make a Trip To The Local Costume and Novelty Shops

Before you decide to make a trip to the local costume and novelty shops, do a web search to get some ideas related to your Halloween costume themes. Selections are aplenty on the web and are easy to pick some costumes that you like. Map out a visual image of your favorite costumes. Make a trip to the local costume and novelty shops and check out the costumes featured there. Even though these stores may have limited selections when compared to web stores, you are likely to see their most sellable items prominently displayed; this gives you a hint of the popular trends. You can also get to feel the real garment, its quality and material, accompanying sizes etc. Very likely, the same costume you find and like at the local store will be also available from the web. Just note that costume prices at the local costume and novelty shops may be slightly higher than those featured in the web stores. But at the same time, you might be lucky to find a piece with substantial discounts, with some bargaining of course. The real advantage of buying from a local store is the ease and convenience of returning a faulty costume.

If you are planning to buy a costume online, make sure that you plan your purchase early. These are the things to look out for when making online Halloween costumes purchase online:

  1. Make sure you choose a reputable store with a good selection of costumes
  2. Check for shipping policies, rates and delivery time lines. You could save on any free shipping orders or consolidate your orders to qualify for free shipping (if any).
  3. Note the store return policy which may be printed in fine prints. Read the procedures related to item returns.
  4. Check out any Money-Back guarantees.

For online Halloween costumes purchase, the key is to plan and make the purchase early. Do not overlook the delivery lead time in order to receive your costumes on time. Having your costumes delivered earlier give you the extra lead time in case of returns due to faulty costumes. Remember, for online purchases, there are procedures and associated lead time for item returns; so comb through these procedures carefully. Very likely, you are required to file for a RMA (Returned Merchandise Authorization) notification, return the item by postal services and wait for the replacement costume. If not carefully planned, you might risk having to pay extra for priority shipping. Factoring these contingencies will help you. Risks associated with possible merchandise returns would potentially ruin your Halloween party.

Due to the seasonal nature of Halloween, some online shoppers prefer to wait till the last minute commit to an online costume purchase, believing that they might get substantial discounts during the rush last minute shopping spree. This is not always the case. Any marginal discounts gained would be negated by having to choose for the more expensive priority shipping methods. Besides, due to the end seasonal frenzy shopping spree, the costumes you have seen eyeing all this while may well be out of stock by then. Avoid any disappointments by planning your purchase early.

Swapping Halloween Costumes

If you have used Halloween costumes, consider swapping them with others. There is a growing trend to swap Halloween costumes nowadays, as judged by the growing numbers of website and forums dedicated to Halloween costumes swapping. Joins community groups in your neighborhood, or start one such group if it does not exists and gleans much fun from swapping costumes. The only drawback for costume swaps is perhaps the limitations to generic themed costumes. For more popular, trendy, movie oriented themes like Transformers Halloween Costume, GI Joe Snake Eyes Halloween Costume or Cleopatra Costume etc, most would opt for outright purchases.

Buying Used Halloween Costume

You can also get great value Halloween costume by buying a used one instead. Most of these costumes are “almost new” but be prepared to inspect the quality first. Perhaps a little refurbishing is all you need to freshen up the costumes and keep them in future to swap for others if necessary. These are the good places to find a used Halloween costume:

  • Online auction like eBay
  • Thrift Store and Flea Market
  • Garage Sales
  • Friends, relatives and coworkers
  • Classified Ads