Best Place To Buy Halloween Costumes
Halloween only happens once per year for most people. Or at least that’s the way it is in the United States. People, friends, family, co-workers, business partners, Moms, Dads, and even 3-month old babies take pleasure in parading around in costumes. Is there a best place to buy Halloween costumes? Shopping Hog has some best places that top their list. Be sure to read to the end where you are welcome to share your comments about some of your favorite places.
When we at Shopping Hog think of shopping for anything (which shopping for anything is our favorite thing to do), we consider shopping to be an event. So with any event, there are specifics we look for in finding the best place to buy Halloween Costumes for the newborn baby all the way up to the seasoned party-host. Here is the criteria we used and the stores that made our list:
We did say we consider shopping to be an event, correct? Well who wants to go to an event without all the fanfare? To Shopping Hog that is not much of a party. We want to see the decorations, take in the colors (we can start with orange and black), hear the sounds, and see the costumes on display. Sure you can find costumes at your local drugstore, but if you want a shopping experience, then you will agree with us that stores such as The Spirit of Halloween and Party City offer a Halloween shopping experience that gets people in the mood for the holiday and in the mood to shop.
It is such an experience to have so many costumes to choose from. If you don’t find a costume, at least you can enjoy all the hoopla taking in all the store displays and watching others who are equally stimulated.
The return policy is an important part of the buying process – especially when many times the return policy changes just for a particular holiday season and limits your options to get your money back. For example, a store that normally has a liberal return policy, will tighten the reins on any seasonal items that will take up space in their warehouse until they sell it again the following year. In 2018, one local Party City store limited the return date on Halloween-themed returns to a few days prior to October 31st.
Which stores have the best return policy on Halloween costumes? Think big retailers with big warehouses and you will guess correctly. If your mind conjures up Wal-Mart, Target, and Sears, that is a good start and you are correct. These retailers have the space to store any left over seasonal items. They also have distribution channels to sell unsold merchandise to discount stores.
How many times have you walked into a store “just browsing” and come away with some sort of gadget, having been talked to by the most knowledgeable sales associate on the planet? Maybe you learned some new details about your particular item that peaked your interest to buy. Or what if the attendants at the dressing room tended to your need for a different size or different color? That type of personal service is at the top of our shopping list. Good sales associates are like walking encyclopedias where one nugget of information leads to more discovery and more interest and before you know it you are buying more and more.
Although Halloween is not a holiday shared by all, it is still a busy kick-off preceding Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our hats go off to those retailers who hire additional cashiers, baggers, sales clerks and other personnel during Halloween to keep up with customer demand. Look for stores that have a reputation for just basic customer service. Our list for best personal assistance during Halloween shopping is Party City and Wal-Mart.
The stores that offer a variety of the best of the best in every category of costumes suited for the young and the old, the tall and the petite, the traditional dresser and the futuristic one are the stores that make this list. Some costumes in the minds of some people are something as simple as a mask or even a t-shirt. We want to include even the simplest costume to the most elaborate because everyone’s costume is particularly important to each person who desires to portray any character different than themself.
It would be easy to point to any specialty Halloween Store to top this category because they traditionally have the broadest selection. Instead, here below are stores and their particular offerings which we think makes them worthy to make the list:
- Salvation Army, Goodwill, any thrift stores – vintage clothes and shoes, period-influenced costumes
- Medical Supply store – medical staff clothing for medical costumes (nurses, doctors, lab technicians)
- Beauty Supply store – various wigs, hair pieces, hair extensions, make up
- Arts and Crafts stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby and A.C. Moore – masks, supplies to decorate t-shirts and costumes
- Fabric Stores like JoAnn Fabrics – fabric to make ghosts, costume patterns, supplies to decorate costumes
Halloween is a fun time for family and friends to get together, dress up and impersonate different characters, and make lasting memories. People spend anywhere from $1 (a mask or bandana) to hundreds of dollars on a costume. Different considerations are made on where to buy the best costumes. There are retailers who specialize in selling only Halloween items and those who offer some Halloween goods for sale in their stores. Then there are stores selling items that customers buy and use as a Halloween costume.
We at Shopping Hog believe in the importance of the whole shopping experience that appeals to as many of our senses as possible. When a store associate gives personal attention, it is considered a plus on our list. Shopping and buying and taking home something wanted is a great feeling, but it can easily turn sour if the customer needs to return an item for a refund and is not able to do so. The return policy is just one aspect of Halloween shopping that is worth noting.