Now that the back to school rush is over, its time to move on to the next Mom project ~ Halloween!
While my family loves all the preparations involved in Halloween preparation, from selecting the perfect pumpkins and adding more pizazz to our decorations than the year before, the most crucial element is finding the perfect Halloween costumes at affordable prices!
I used to make my children's costumes when they were younger, but now our busy schedules demand pre-made costumes. While my kids' enthusiasm for costume hunting is boundless, this Mom hated the annual trip to the local Halloween store.
Hundreds of people crammed into the narrow aisles, desperately seeking this year's hot costume among the abused and torn packages. Unless you have the time to wait an hour to get into one of the two "dressing rooms" with a plastic tablecloth for a curtain, you are left with the option of trying to gauge the appropriateness of the size in the aisle. Invariably,. we could never find the right size. We'd either leave with a young trick-or-treater's hopes dashed or a costume that Mom would have to try to re-size. (insert miserable groan)
To add insult to the injury of shopping at this season stores, if you arrived home and found missing pieces or the wrong size in the taped up package, you were out of luck! Don't even bother trying to appeal to the store's sense of responsibility by trying to even do an exchange.
Thank goodness for online shopping at Costume Discounters!
Costume Discounters offers an extensive selection of both the latest, hot Halloween costumes as well as clearance options at even greater value. Browsing their costumes, you'll find sizing recommendations, as well as a wide selection of accessories and costumes for the whole family and even for your family pets!
As a Mom, I love that they appreciate the one challenge of online shopping - buying without being able to see your selected costume in person. Whether the fit isn't quite right and you need a new size, if your costume arrives uncommonly damaged or missing an element or if the costume you selected just isn't making your trick-or-treater's eyes sparkle, you can utilize Costume Discounters free exchange program and the shipping is on them!
It is this Mom's opinion that the nominal flat shipping rate of $4.99 for ground and free two day shipping for purchases over $70 (use code FREE70) is well worth never setting foot into one of the local costumes shops again!
|Zombie Ghost Face Costume|
The costume arrived well packaged, in good condition and as we expected, courtesy of the descriptions and great photos on the Costume Discounters website. One hint, however, if you order a costume that contains a mask: the masks do arrive folded and require a day or so to "unfold". We simply dressed my son's Darth Vader helmet with the spooky mask to allow it to breath and "reset" sans the fold. While I had initially suggested we store it inside my son's closet, he gets a huge kick out of moving it to different locations in his room, startling his unsuspecting mother!
Due to the dark fabric of this particular costume, for trick-or-treating safety, we will add some reflective tape, as well as carry flashlights and use our glow in the dark treat buckets when we go out on Halloween night.
I received a costume from Costume Discounters for the purposes of exploring to create this feature. The opinions above are both honest and my own. Images and information sourced from Costume Discounters site. Pumpkin Image.