Every year, a new influx of Halloween costumes gets shipped from manufacturers to online retailers and local stores and every year, moms and dads shop online to help their kids (or themselves) find the right costume for school, parties and trick or treating.
Shopping 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.
Lots of smart consumers begin 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.
Online shopping is much more convenient 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.
Also, if you shop online, you can also shop by comparing prices and 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.
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.
Occasionally size can be an issue when you’re shopping for Halloween costumes. Some manufacturers have them sewn so that you might need to buy a size bigger or a size smaller than what you normally wear.
This is where consumer reviews 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 sized appropriately, you should still have time to send it back for a correct fit.