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Halloween sale signHalloween's almost here!

That means party supply shops and department stores will be pulling out all the stops when sales and doorbuster specials take center stage leading up to Halloween 2023 this year falling on Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

Actually, it all begins in September, when many discount chains and dollar stores kick-off the season with aisles of candy, decorations and costumes.

But even if you start late, fear not! The closer it gets to October 31st, the better your chances for monster savings.

In fact, a little patience may sometimes result in a 50% discount or more on many items for which you would have paid full price at the beginning of the month, including Halloween napkins, plates, and tableclothes.

NOTE: The above doesn't necessarily apply to costumes, the hottest of which sell out fast every year. While the prices may be high in September, the selection is the best you'll find, so be ready to pounce when Halloween costumes hit the shelves.

Shopping online? Before you click the "BUY" button, don't forget to check out even more savings to be had with discount codes & coupons offered by major online retailers and party shops.

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In October watch for Halloween pop-up shops and temporary costume stores to open almost overnight hawking a huge array of Halloween decorations, makeup and costumes.

Many of these stores take advantage of short-term leases on storefronts that will close as quickly as they open. Prices are usually a bit higher, but the good news is that these places can give you more opportunity to browse for hard-to-find costumes.

The bad news? They won't be around for long -- so make sure it's exactly what you want and pay close attention to the price and quality. Once the doors permanently close November 1, getting a refund or return from a Halloween pop-up shop will be next to impossible.

Neighborhood thrift stores can provide inspiration for a retro look, a glamorous movie
role or fashionable zombie! But be sure to shop early before eveything sells out.

Finally, there are local neighborhood thrift and vintage clothes stores, but you'll have to act fast before Halloween arrives.

For example, at Goodwill and the Salvation Army, Halloween is like a weeks-long Black Friday sale -- when outlets are packed with DIY costume makers leading up to the big day.

PRO TIP: Get there extra early (think SEPTEMBER) and you'll find aisles and bins filled with old fedora hats, boa scarves, and other accessories that make homemade costumes extra affordable.

REALLY planning ahead

Of course, the very best time to shop is right AFTER Halloween. That's when Party City, Walmart, Target, CVS and local discount stores offer the best prices of the season -- with discounts of 75% - 90% on Halloween party goods.

If browsing the candy aisle, hard candies can be stored your pantry for up to a year. It's best to avoid the chocolate and caramels which, even if stored in the refrigerator, probably won't stay fresh as long.

On the morning after, simply grab up all the Halloween party goods and decorations you can find and head for the checkout counter -- knowing that you are going to have the most inexpensive fun Halloween ever -- next year.

Happy Halloween!

More about Halloween sales around the Web:

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