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October 5, 2006

Your Halloween Tips, Part 1: Best Bargain Costumes

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Thanks to those who filled out the online survey, sharing your costume tips and favorites for babies to age four. Here's a compilation of your recommendations for low-cost costumes:

Target. They are inexpensive, and since my kids will probably only wear them once, they're good enough.

Tot Swap, Target, and BabyCenter.com

Value Village Thrift Store (University Blvd. in Langley Park, MD). A HUGE selection, and cheap.

CostumeExpress.com They have some of the cheaper prices I've seen for a lot of the standard costumes. However, I've also noticed they have some really cute toddler costumes that I haven't seen anywhere else. They process orders very quickly. I ordered my son's costume before noon on Wednesday, and it was shipped the same day. I got it via standard mail several days before it was expected. The quality is the same as most standard Halloween costumes!

Consignment sales (e.g. Dani's Duds & Tot Swap) and yard sales. Mommy-group websites (e.g. MOTH) are a good place to get costumes - often the upscale ones that were worn once the previous year that people are trying to unload for less than $10.

Target - you can see what you're getting for the cost.

Toys R Us, OneStepAhead.com, Children's Place

From moms in my playgroup who have slightly older kids. My seven-month-old will be wearing a 6-12 month size lion outfit that a friend bought from Children's Place last year for her now 18-month-old.


Last year there were good, inexpensive choices for infants (my son was six weeks old) at The Purple Goose in Alexandria.

Target - they are inexpensive, easy to get, and I can piece together a great costume not only from their Halloween department, but from the rest of the store as well!

Target or Old Navy. Good prices, easy to wear.

Online, because it's easy to shop and compare.

I actually bought mine on the military base.

K-Mart. They go on sale at the last minute and have a wide assortment.

Wiggle Room - consignment store in Bethesda - great deals!

Old Navy and Children's Place - inexpensive and good selection.

The Unique Thrift Shop on Gallows Rd., just past Fairfax Hospital. I like it because they are barely used and it goes to a charity... Lupus, I believe.

Old Navy.

Yard sales or consignment stores, because kids don't really understand the meaning of Halloween, especially babies and young toddlers. And you can get them for a low price for using the costume only once.

My daughter is seven months and it's my first year as a mom, so I'll go to Wal-Mart.

DisneyShopping.com, becaue they have great sales and free shipping with coupon codes.

BJ's, Party City, and LillysKids.com

Marshall's, because they are affordable and you can return them if they don't fit before Halloween day.

Online from Sensational Beginnings . The sizes are pretty acurate and my girls just pick out which costume they want, and all I have to do is order.

Joann's Fabric Store. They usually have a cute selection of bagged costumes and accessories. If you're on their mailing list, you can get a 40 percent off coupon and then the prices aren't just reasonable, but cheap. Also, they often have sales where the Halloween costumes and accessories are very reduced.

One Step Ahead catalog - affordable, lots of variety, and best of all, I can shop from home.

Target, Target, and more Target!

Stay tuned: Coming this weekend, a compilation of your recommendations for fancier, hi-end Halloween costumes.

Posted by Sarah at 2:05 PM.