The best solution we found was to shop the week *after* Halloween for the following year. For instance, my daughter wanted us all to be characters from the Wizard of Oz. We could not afford the costumes in time for Halloween 2010, but they were 75% off the first week of November! We just bought hers a size too big. She is very excited to wear it in 2011. So shop in Nov. for 2012.
When you hit the November sales, be sure to think outside the box and consider picking up some dress-up clothes, too. We bought some lovely fairy outfits (75% off) that made fantastic Christmas and birthday gifts for my daughter and her friends. A pirate costume cost us $2.00. What a terrific year-round gift for a little boy.
The big costume shops will have sales like this, and the big box retailers will, too. If you can plan a year ahead, it's certainly worth the wait.
By Natasha from Boston, MA
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