If you’re looking for an inexpensive last-minute costume this list is for you.
Halloween is serious business, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time. (Come on, $1,000 for a Star Wars Stormtrooper costume. There’s a cheaper way to go about this people.)
Some of the best costumes don’t cost a lot of money. Here’s a list of places to go on every budget:
▪ Wee-Peats Resale Shop (10 Lincoln Hwy Suite 102A, Fairview Heights, 618-589-6099) This retail shop for kids could have the best deal in the metro-east for costumes. The store is offering 40 percent off of all Halloween costumes. That means you can get away with spending less than $5 on a costume for smaller children and less than $10 for bigger kids. Sweet deal.
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▪ Savers (10899 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights, 618-293-6516) If you can hold out until Oct. 26, this thrift store will give you 50 percent off of costumes and Halloween merchandise. Savers offers both new and used costumes. You could walk away with a scary costumes for the whole family with $50 or less in your pocket. The Halloween sale will continue through Nov. 4.
▪ Spirit Halloween (22 Lincoln Hwy, Fairview Heights, 866-586-0155) If you’re looking for a trendy costume or something that doesn’t require you to “do it yourself,” this pop-up shop is for you. The company offers online coupons. But it you want to keep things simple this year with a cap and wig expect to spend anywhere from $20 to $30.The franchise also has a location in Collinsville at 501 Beltline Rd No. 50.
▪ Halloween Express (10899 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights, 618- 310-2490) If you’re looking for a costume that will make your friends laugh, head to Halloween Express one of the largest seasonal retailers in the region.
▪ Tribout’s (517 S. Illinois St, Belleville, 618-234-0388) If you want to do it yourself, head to Tribout’s where you can find props and accessories. The party store also has a few $5 costumes left, too.
▪ Party City (10845 Lincoln Trail, Fairview Heights, 618-398-6864) You could shop in the store, but you’ll save more money if you shop online at Party City. The national retailer is offering up to 50 percent off select costumes online.
▪ Demetria's Dancewear and Costumes, LLC (1722 North Belt West, Belleville, 618-235-6032) Not into commitments? Rent your costume instead. More than 2,000 costumes are available at Demetria’s. How much does it cost? Rentals start at $10 and go up to $70 for more elaborate looks.
▪ Big Box Stores and discount retailers. From T.J. Maxx and Target to Walmart and other national retailers, Halloween costumes shouldn’t be hard to find this year. You can easily pick one up while you’re shopping for milk and eggs. Prices vary by retailer.
▪ A nearby Goodwill or Salvation Army Store. Looking for a bargain on an adult or kid costume? Head to your local thrift shop. You might come out with a cool costume while also making a contribution to the community
▪ Your own home. Have a red towel? Turn yourself into a coke can. What about an old feather boa? BAM, you’re a bird. Just glue the feathers onto your shirt, and image all of things you can do with a cardboard box.
Did your place to shop make the list? Let me know where to go for a cool costume. My daughter is dressing up as a strawberry this year, so I need something to go with her sweet look from T.J. Maxx.