When I worked in an office and had co-workers, I dressed up often for Halloween. See the photo to the left. I was “Miss Orondo,” Orondo being the rural center where I grew up in Central Washington.
These days, I don’t buy or create a costume often unless I get invited to a Halloween party. And, of course, during the pandemic, party-going was limited.
For Halloween this year, whether you’re looking for great deals on Halloween candy or searching for a fun costume on a budget, you can expect them to start dropping in price during the first few weeks of October. However, if you wait until the last few days before Oct. 31 to get your Halloween shopping done, you may find you have limited choices.
Consumers plan to spend about $100 for Halloween candy, decorations, cards, and costumes in 2022, the National Retail Federation estimates.
Here’s what you can expect for Halloween sales this year, according to DealNews.com:
Forty-seven percent of Americans plan to dress up in a costume for Halloween this year.
Stores such as Kohl’s and Target have already started their sales, with costumes for all age groups and even pets.
This year’s federation Halloween survey indicates that 96 percent of consumers will be spending money on candy, making it the most popular Halloween purchase – decorations come in second and costumes third.
To save on Halloween candy, buy it in bulk from stores such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, or specialty stores like Party City and the Oriental Trading Company. Bulk candy prices usually range from $10 and $25, but you can expect those prices to drop even more as Halloween approaches.
If you’re looking to decorate your front yard for trick-or-treaters this year, check for deals at Overstock.com and Target. As October continues, you can expect greater discounts on decorations.
If you’re planning on do-it-yourself decorations this year, stores such as Michaels are always offering coupons and promo codes both online and in stores.
While the federation found that many Americans will do their Halloween shopping in-person, it found that 31 percent of people plan to shop for spooky items online this year. You likely find special deals you can’t find in stores. Check your favorite retailers online offerings and Amazon. Amazon always has Halloween savings for Prime members on candy, costumes, and decorations.
Discounts ranging from 50 percent to 80 percent off on all Halloween items, not just candy, are common. If you want to get a jump-start on Halloween 2023, you can stock up on the heavily discounted decorations and costumes at your favorite stores on Nov. 1. For candy, hard candy will last a year. Chocolate-covered candy bars in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags will maintain best quality for about 12 months.
So, have a fun Halloween. If you have leftover candy, see my article on what to do with it.