Shopping the World Wide Halloweb

Shopping the World Wide Halloweb

My first real job was working in a place that sold, along with novelties and magic tricks, masks and costumes. 

As you can imagine, we were busy at Halloween…very busy.  The last few days before, we’d have a lineup as long as 300 people waiting to get into the store.  We’d let people in ten at a time, and they got five minutes to shop (with our help, of course).

Fortunately, you don’t have to do that now.  You can relax on your couch and have a wider selection of choices than we could ever have had for you.

I’m going to give you some links here…have fun!

Spirit Halloween

You know those Halloween stores that just pop up shortly before Halloween?  You can sip the trip and order from the company on-line.  It’s a very professional site, with 925 men’s costumes and 1294 women’s costumes.  They have costumes for kids, babies, groups…even pets.  They have wigs, masks, decorations (including animatronic figures up to almost $500), and more.  Shipping is $4.99 for orders over $65.

UPDATE: these are more coupon codes for orders from Spirit.  I don’t know how long they last.

  • $10 off $75 GET10
  • $15 off $100 GET15
  • $30 off $150 GET30

How about a 110% price guarantee?  Yep, if you buy a costume here, and then send them qualifying evidence that somebody else has it cheaper (and there are specific restrictions…no auction sites like eBay, has to be new), they give you a refund.  2235 women’s costumes, 1881 men’s costumes…and they claim to be “the web’s most popular costume store”.  They have hundreds of clearance costumes…and there’s a special coupon code (extra20) good through Monday, October 11 for an extra 20% off.  There are good adult costumes for under ten dollars!  Even though it’s called BuyCostumes, they do decorations as well.  They have free economy shipping and $1 faster shipping…but again, with a coupon code, and again, only through Monday, October 11th.  The coupon code is FREE50.

You may know DeepDiscount for their great DVD deals with free shipping (if you don’t, you should).  Well, they do books, music, videogames…even fragrances.  They also have a Halloween section!  Over 1100 women’s costumes, and over 1000 men’s costumes, gives them a nice selection.  You can order by October 20th for Halloween delivery.  They also have a coupon code (BOO5) for 32% off…and that’s on top of discounts they already offer.  They have decorations (including those big inflatables)…and with free shipping!  They also have a wish list feature, which is nice if somebody else might buy it for you.  It’s a good site year round, and I’ve been happy with their service in the past.

 This is a year-round party shop, but they really push Halloween.  They say, “Nobody has more costumes for less.”  They have a limited time coupon (PCSCARY50) for free shipping on orders that include a costume and are over $50.  They have party supplies, too…that can be a good mix.  The site is fancy: they have a survey to help you pick a costume and an interactive game.  Oh, and they can analyze your FaceBook profile to make a suggestion! 

Oriental Trading Company

 Yes, they do costumes and decorations, but they also do candy and very inexpensive toys.  Some people like to give little toys instead of or in addition to candy to trick or treaters, and this is a great place to get those items.  You can get 250 toys for $29.99.  Not going to have that many visitors?  $8 gets you 24 toy-filled plastic Jack-O-Lanterns.  They also have a feature where you can upload your picture and they make a Halloween video you can share…sort of like, which is doing free Halloween e-cards with your face.

Here are a few more…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.


2 Responses to “Shopping the World Wide Halloweb”

  1. Joe nelson Says:

    I think having parties for the kids is the way to go this year- Trick-or-Treating has gotten a little scary…

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Joe!

      That’s definitely an option. For little kids, I think they do something really good in my area. The mall does trick or treat…the kids get in costume, and go from store to store trick or treating. Peope from the store give out candy (the stores are otherwise effectively closed). That works well with under fives…when they tire out, you can take them right out to the car. It’s also a safe environment, with hundreds of kids and parents around.

      I’m not sure if you mean scary because of decorations (some people go with quite frightening displays) or because of actual danger. The year that changed all of the when I was growing up was the year of the Zodiac Killer. We were in that area, and the Zodiac had threatened children already. The year before, we got lots of trick or treaters, apparently by themselves. That year, parents would drive kids up to the house and walk with them to the door. Quite a change, and I’m not sure that we got ten percent of the kids that we had had the previous year.

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