Getting an Early Start on Discount Halloween Shopping

There are a number of areas where getting a head start often pays major dividends, and a great example as we get into the fall season is Halloween shopping. While some people reading this will be doing so at least a month and a half before the spooky day actually hits, Halloween has become such a big deal for many kids and parents alike that many people begin their planning and shopping this early, or even earlier.

At NPS Store, we're happy to offer a huge variety of discount goods that may assist you in these efforts, including discount clothing, discount beauty products and many areas in between. If you're looking to get a head start on your own or your children's Halloween shopping and get some great deals this year, we're here to help. Here are some basic tips on how to approach this.

Start Early

It's the entire theme of this blog, but it's something that too many people don't think about when it comes to Halloween. By starting your shopping now, you can take advantage of all sorts of great sales that likely won't be available as we get closer to the holiday. That's especially true if you're looking for more specific items like costumes or accessories, which may be in limited supply as Halloween gets closer. For example, there will typically be several costume types that are enormously popular among kids each year; if you wait too long to start shopping, those may be all gone by the time you get around to it.

Utilize Discount Stores

As one of the top discount stores in Utah, we at NPS Store can give you numerous examples of how our major discounts allow our customers to save big on Halloween and other holiday shopping. That's especially true if you have multiple children, as the costs of costumes and candy can really add up.

In addition, we offer a wide variety of party supplies that may come in handy for your own Halloween celebrations this year; by getting these items at a discount now, you can free up your budget for other things like food and decorations.

Focus on the Essentials

Of course, it's important to not get too ahead of yourself; while it can be helpful to start your Halloween shopping early, there's no need to go overboard and buy everything in sight. Just focus on the essentials like costumes, candy and any party supplies you may need, and you'll be in good shape.

Bulk Candy Purchases

If you're the type who likes to decorate your entire home and make a big deal out of Halloween, then you may want to consider making a bulk candy purchase now. That way, you'll have everything you need on hand well in advance, and you won't have to worry about making last-minute trips to the store.

Candy is one area where too many people wait until the last minute, and it can be a big mistake; by starting early, you can take advantage of bulk discounts and have everything you need without having to worry about running out. No one wants to be in a grocery store with bare bulk candy aisles the day before Halloween, so it's best to avoid that if at all possible.

Consider Costume Swaps

In some cases, you won't necessarily have to purchase new costume materials for every person in the family every single year. Rather, it's sometimes possible to do costume swaps between family members, or even with friends. If you have a child who's outgrown their costume from last year, see if you can find someone who may want to trade; the same goes for any costumes that may still be in good condition but aren't needed anymore.

This can be a great way to save money and get more use out of the costumes you already have, so it's definitely worth considering.

Save Decorations Year Over Year

One way to ensure you're not breaking the bank every year on Halloween is to save as many of your decorations as possible from one year to the next. Obviously, things like pumpkins and perishables won't last, but things like fake cobwebs, lights and other non-perishable items can be used again and again.

In fact, many residents stick to an approach where they stay with the same general home decoration theme every year. Many love to become known as "that" house that always goes all out for Halloween, so if that's something you're interested in, it's definitely worth considering.

Wait on Pumpkins

There's one particular Halloween item that often serves as an exception to our "get started early" theme: The pumpkin. While it's true that you can usually find pumpkins for sale well in advance of Halloween, buying them this far out comes with the major risk that they won't last or look as good by the time the big day actually arrives.

If you're planning on carving pumpkins, it's usually best to wait until closer to Halloween to make your purchase. This will help ensure that they're fresh and in good condition, and it will also give you a better idea of how many you'll need for your planned decorations.

In addition, most pumpkin providers tend to overstock early in the season. By the time you're a week or two away from the big day, many will have too many pumpkins left, and will be offering them at a discount.

For more on how to get all your early Halloween shopping done at a discount, or to learn about any of our discount warehouses and how we'll help you in this area, speak to the team at NPS Store today.