Korky Vann, the Hartford Courant’s “savvy shopper,” talks about how you can save money on Halloween costumes. Here are some tips:
- Create – rather than buy – your costumes. Visit Savers, Goodwill and other thrift stores for inexpensive items that can be mixed and matched into original costumes.
- Little monsters won’t wear last year’s costumes? Organize a swap with other parents. Whole Food stores, including the Bishop’s Corner store in West Hartford are holding costume swaps this month.
- Children’s consignment stores feature racks of worn-once-and-outgrown costumes at bargain prices.
- Off-price chains like Ocean State Job Lot, Big Lots, Five Below and dollar stores all stock inexpensive seasonal items, including costumes, masks, makeup, decorations and candy.
- Stock up for next year. Don’t forget to check stores for Halloween items up to 75 percent off. But get there quick. Retailers want to make room for holiday merchandise, so they’ll be marking stuff down and clearing things out as quickly as they can.
For more information visit Vann’s blog at www.courant.com/savvyshopper.