While it might be too late to buy costumes and decorations for this Halloween, that does not mean you shouldn't shop for items, such as inflatables and masks, for next Halloween. In fact, the best time to get the best price on holiday products is late in the season or even after the holiday ends. This is because retailers want to get rid of as much inventory as possible to make room for Christmas.
Inventory reduction events do not last long. Sellers understand that attention quickly shifts to the future. In a day or two, no one will be thinking about Halloween, so the products won't sell, no matter how much they are marked down. To get the deepest discounts, you have to act fast.
Here's a list of items broken down into five broad categories (costumes, Halloween home décor, decorations, inflatables and games and party accessories) to help you find what you're looking for quickly.
This alluring skeleton costume is made of stretchy, form-fitting spandex. With its glow-in-the-dark effect, you'll make a statement at next year's Halloween party.
You can channel the infamous plague doctors of history with this creepy costume. The set includes a bucket hat, a leather plague mask, a wooden cross necklace, a black robe, gloves and a scepter.
These costume onesies double as comfy loungewear. The brand offers 23 animal-inspired designs, from barnyard animals to ocean creatures.
Another fun nod to history, this costume mimics the court jesters of medieval times with an evil twist. The costume comes with a shirt and attached skulls, pants, a waist sash and jester headpiece with attached skills and a mask.
This inflatable dinosaur costume is sure to bring on the laughs. It comes with a fan for easy inflation, which requires four AAA batteries (not included).
This washable kids costume is good for more than just Halloween. It's designed for ages 3 to 6 and comes with a short-sleeved scrub top, stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, baby doll and more.
These realistic-looking black eucalyptus stems fit the Halloween theme. These five artificial plant stems are approximately 14 inches tall each; keep this in mind when choosing an appropriately sized vase to display them.
This set of four throw pillow covers depict the iconic Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas". The zippered covers fit 18-by-18-inch pillow inserts.
This cute bat-themed wine opener is great for Halloween. As you crank the opener to remove a wine cork, the bat wings flap up and down. After the spooky season is over, you can still enjoy this quirky tool all year long.
A black tinsel Halloween tree is an awesome decoration. This one also has 60 orange and purple LED lights to make it even more festive. The accompanying timer turns the tree on and off for you each day.
This affordable Halloween decoration set offers lots of value. The spider web-themed decorations include a table runner, rectangular and round tablecloths, a fireplace mantel cloth and bat decals.
These waterproof Halloween string lights are suitable for both indoor and outdoor displays. They feature eight modes for different lighting effects, and the 500 LED lights cover 164 square feet.
This coffin-shaped letter board gives you the opportunity to get creative. It comes with over 500 letters and a variety of spooky emojis for you to play around with.
This inflatable black cat decoration towers 6.5 feet high for a dramatic, larger-than-life display. The cat's eyes light up and its head moves side to side. It's made from polyester fabric that's durable enough for indoor or outdoor Halloween decor. If you're not set on the cat, the brand also has pumpkins and dinosaur skeleton inflatables to consider.
This inflatable stone gargoyle glowers at you from its base, rising to 8 feet tall. Nine LED lights are placed throughout the gargoyle's body. The included fan inflates the display in minutes. The brand offers a variety of other inflatables that work for Halloween, including a graveyard train, spider, monster hearse, Frankenstein, a zombie and more.
In the Disney Haunted Mansion game, you explore all the classic rooms of the manor, including the graveyard, to collect ghost cards. It's suitable for two to six players and has a 30-minute game time.
Would you rather eat scabs or put hot sauce in your eyes? In this gross-out game, you get to pick your poison. Because of its vile nature, this card game is ideal for Halloween.
Copying the popular Monopoly theme, this ghostly game is all about buying haunted properties. It even comes with Trick and Treat cards to help (or hinder) your chances of victory.
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