Costume Countdown

Yesterday we got our annual catalog from, and the kids are excitedly flipping through it, fantasizing about which characters they’ll become this Halloween. Yes, it’s barely back-to-school season and here comes the Halloween stuff.

Every year we host a family Halloween party, and every year I do my best to get a good deal on our costumes, starting with the Parent Connection‘s annual Great Halloween Costume Swap. Gage was just 14 months old when I traded in the softest, sweetest Nordstrom blue bunny costume for the “scary” dino costume he wore for the next two years. You don’t have to be a member of the Parent Connection to participate in the exchange, and you don’t even have to trade a costume…simply purchase one for $10 if you prefer. This year’s event takes place on September 23rd at 11 a.m.

Last year we found a terrific Star Wars storm trooper costume (with astro blaster!) at Cory’s Closet, our favorite local resale shop. At checkout we were given a buy-back coupon offering 40% of our purchase price if we decided to return our costume after Halloween. What a deal!

Cory's Closet has their costumes out already!

That storm trooper wasn’t going anywhere though. My son was wearing it just the other day. But Cory’s Closet’s costume corner is open for business now so check it out if you’re looking for a great selection and the chance to make a little money back after the holiday. Or check out the mom’s guide list of resale shops to find a deal in your area. Most that I contacted are preparing their own Halloween sections now!

So many of my kids’ costumes no longer fit…princesses, clowns, Mickey Mouse, Power Rangers…and I’m thinking about setting my own price for them and selling them at the upcoming fall consignment events. Trunk Treasures, Just Between Friends and San Diego Kids Consignment each have fall sales scheduled. Consider them for selling or buying your own costumes this year.

P.S. If you love Halloween as much as we do, don’t miss Mickey’s annual Halloween party. It’s a great time and a great value considering the expense of a normal day at Disneyland. Check out last year’s blog article about that. Tickets are on sale now!

Here’s a picture of “Minnie” and “Batman” boarding Disneyland’s Star Tours at last year’s Halloween Party. No lines!

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