Another little known secret about Halloween-on-a-budget can be found at Savers. When it comes to costumes and other fun Halloween accessories (make-up, wigs, stockings, masks, etc, etc) - they do maintain pretty darn reasonable prices on all the goods (many of which are new)!
If you get stumped, and can't find what you want... or if your kids are older - you can browse the items at Good Will. It's still cheaper there than brand-new, and they have plenty in all sizes - including adults! But you have to be more careful, as they do accept stained and torn items there.
I recommend starting at the top of my little list, and working your way down it in the order provided. Between the 3 stops, you're bound to find something you & your kiddos love! There - Halloween's not so scary anymore, now is it? ;)
TIP! Around this time of year, Once Upon A Child begins taking the fall/ winter discards. Bring in your kids' costumes from last year, and get some $$ for them (along with any other out-grown items in good condition that fit the season.) Use that $$ and check out the selection for this year. You find something wonderful, and it's basically an exchange! :):)
A QUOTE: "Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with 'scary,' 'spooky,' 'haunted', or 'forbidden' in the title." ~Shaggy, From Scooby-Doo
WHIDFML: Had fun browsing the adorable and hilarious selection of cute kids' costumes!