Each year, a new influx of Halloween costumes gets shipped from manufacturers to online retailers and local stores and each year, moms and dads shop online to help their kids (or themselves) find the right costume for school, parties and trick or treating.
How to Shop for the Right Costume
Shopping for Halloween costumes can be a little trickier than just shopping for regular clothes. Because it’s a popular holiday, stores everywhere sell out fast – so your first job is to shop early.
Many smart consumers start shopping in the summer before Halloween. This ensures that not only can they find the right costume as far as character or theme goes, but they can also find the right size.
Even more convenient is to shop online because most local stores don’t get their supplies in until pretty close to the exact date, and as soon as they’re there, you have to fight off crowds of other moms and dads who are set on getting their kids the right costume, too.
For me, shopping online is really the only option because I live in a small town and there’s hardly any choice in local stores. If we don’t want to show up to parties wearing the same costumes as 30 other families, we need to shop outside the area – and choosing to shop online is by far the most convenient way to do that!
When you shop online, you also get the chance to compare prices across several retailers, get perks (like free shipping) and find lots of accessories to really bring the costume to life. You can also find plenty of consumer reviews to help you decide whether or not the costume’s right for you.
Where possible, you want to look for costumes that have great quality, not something that will fall to pieces the second you or your child puts it on. You might pay slightly more for better quality, but that means the costume can be worn again – which is especially important if you like to keep your child’s costume so they can use it for dress up play (or go in for a little private “roleplay” yourself, of course! *wink*)
Sometimes size can be an issue when you’re shopping for Halloween costumes. You might find you need to buy a size bigger or a size smaller than the one you normally wear. There’s no such thing as a “standard size” so if possible get the costume’s actual measurements before ordering.
That’s where consumer reviews also come in handy. Other buyers can tell you if something runs large or small. It’s also a good reason to shop early – if something’s not the right size, you’ll have time to send it back for a correct fit and many online suppliers offer free returns for exactly this reason.