Halloween is such a fun holiday, especially because you and your kids get to dress up, go to parties, bob for apples, drink cider, and eat lots of candy. But, spending a lot of money on a Halloween costume, especially for kids who won’t wear it very long, and you have several kids to outfit in costumes, is not very appealing. Shopping for Halloween costumes in department stores is frustrating because the selection is often very picked over, and very limited, which is why it is helpful to know the best places to buy costumes online, and how to get them cheap.
So, I decided to do some researching and find out the best places to buy costumes online. I’ve even found out any promotions that are currently going on, as well as any shipping costs. Keep it mind that there is likely to be flash sales and other promotions and deals also happening from now until Halloween that may be even better than what I have listed below.
I’m also including current cash back offers from two of my favorite cash back websites – ShopAtHome.com and Ebates.com. Listing both of their rates will allow you to save even more, as you can take advantage of ShopAtHome.com’s 110% Cash Back Guarantee. If you see that the cash back rate listed is higher for Ebates.com, you can shop through ShopAtHome.com and they will match Ebates’ rate by 110%! Please note that all rates are subject to change.
Because there are thousands of costume ideas, I won’t go into details about which retailers have this or that, but I am including if their selection is varied or not, or if they have special offerings. However, you probably know what you want to be for Halloween already, which is great! Many of these sites are going to offer the same costumes, but at different prices. This should help you be able to find the best deal on the costume(s) you want. I’m even sharing some great places to find secondhand costumes (which is a great way to save!). I’ll start with secondhand shops, then department stores, then popular online retailers, and finish with online Halloween costume websites. Happy shopping and happy Halloween!
Best Places to Buy Costumes Online Secondhand
If you don’t mind your kids wearing gently used clothing, Swap.com is a great site to pick up very affordable Halloween costumes for kids! They currently have over 1000 costumes in stock, with some items as cheap as $5 or $6. Just type in “Costumes” in the search bar to see all the current listings. Some costumes are even still in their packages! You can get free shipping on your first order of $10 or more. Otherwise, there is free shipping on orders of $50 or more, and a $4.99 flat rate for orders less than $50. However, they can only ship to addresses in the contiguous 48 US States.
Best Places to Buy Halloween Costumes from Popular Retail Stores
New costumes being added to JCPenney. Only kids costumes and accessories. 131 options. free shipping anywhere over $99 or to stores over $25.
Kmart and Sears
A favorite retail store thanks to all of its cardholder perks and special discounts and promotions during the year, Kohls also offers a huge selection of Halloween costumes online! There are over 1000 adult costumes and almost 1500 kids costumes. Stack up some Kohls Cash and take advantage of some sales and promos (listed below) and they could be a great place to pick out your newest costumes.
A favorite department store for many people, Target offers some fun Halloween costumes for the whole family, as well as decor and candy. The great thing is that Target allows you to stack a lot of savings. If you are shopping in store, make sure to check out their Cartwheel App (Android, iOS) to see if costumes are on it. And then be sure to use your Target RedCard to save an additional 5% and get free shipping (if buying online). Otherwise you can get Free Shipping on purchases of $25+. And they may have special online coupons or mobile coupons for costumes too as Halloween nears.
Best Places to Buy Costumes from Online Retailers
Of course Amazon has a large selection of Halloween costumes – they’re Amazon! Amazon is great because they work hard to beat competitors prices (in fact, if you find a lower one, they’ll often match it!) plus Free 2-Day Shipping for Amazon Prime members! If you aren’t a Prime Member, you can do a 30-Day Free Trial of Amazon Prime! Even without Prime, many items ship free anyway.
Bid. Shop. Browse. Find great deals. is a great site for finding hard to find and unique Halloween costumes.
If you want something truly unique and one-of-a-kind Etsy is a great place to get fantastic (and probably better made) Halloween costumes. On Etsy you will find unique selections that you won’t be able to find anywhere else because most of them are handmade! They may not be all that inexpensive though, but they’ll look awesome.
LightInTheBox offers some really great and authentic-looking adult cosplay costumes as well as the regular assortment of Halloween Costumes. The Cosplay costumes are pretty great and much more affordable through this website! They offer Free Standard Shipping on orders $89+ for Cosplay and Costumes. Plus, they offer their own special rewards program, giving you cash back on most purchases. Their costumes are marked down up to 70% retail prices all the time.
Zulily is a great site for more unique Halloween costumes for kids at great prices! There are new and exciting listings happening everyday, so you’ll want to check in regularly to see if your kids’ costume of choice pops up as one of their hot deals. Remember that all of their listings are for limited times only. I really like the adorable Mermaid and Pirate costumes from Adventures Under the Sea listed today! Plus, if you share the deal with friends, you have the potential to earn $15. Keep in mind that some items can take up to 2 weeks or longer before they show up at your doorstep. Shipping is $5.95, but after your first order, all the other orders that day will have free shipping. Shop Now.
Best Halloween Costume Websites
Anytime costumes boasts itself as the one stop shop for all costume needs. They will continue to get new costumes in stock every day for Halloween! Right now you can get
Costume Discounters is one of the lowest prices online for costumes, even cheaper than Party City. Plus they are offering some great promos right now too!
More than just a Costume shop, Costumes4Less provides a wide selection of Costumes, Party supplies, Special Occasion shoes, sexy lingerie, and wedding supplies. For Halloween they have a fun Costume Finder to help you figure out what you will be for Halloween. They have thousands of options for adults and children! Free shipping on purchases $50+.
With costumes for all seasons and occasions, Costume SuperCenter is a great place for fun and affordable Halloween costumes. They specialize in adventure, fantasty, and imagination. And they even offer a College Discount!
Like many other specialty sites, HalloweenCostumes.com offers a huge selection of 4000 adults costumes and kid costumes plus great Halloween decorations. But, they also has some great exclusive features like Rental Costumes, Trade-ins, and Pre-Owned costumes!
Trendy Halloween offers a large selection of popular Halloween costumes as well as funny and more traditional costumes. You get Free Standard Shipping on orders $75+. Otherwise shipping starts at $10.99. Delivery is within 3-8 business days.
Wholesale Halloween Costumes
Besides great costumes, Wholesale Halloween Costumes offers great kids party supplies and Halloween decor for indoor and outdoors, in case you need those too.
What are you going as for Halloween this year?