Are you like me and hitting the stores for the best after Halloween sales this week? I know that I’m always excited to see what kinds of discounts and markdowns I can find on decorations, home decor, candy, costumes and more.
In fact, the day after Halloween (aka All Saints Day) I went to two stores, just to test the waters. One was my local supermarket. The other was my local Rite Aid pharmacy store.
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The supermarket hadn’t gotten around to marking anything down yet on November 1. That was disappointing.
However, I hit pay dirt at Rite Aid. Everything Halloween was discounted 50 percent. Some items were marked down 75%.
Even better, there were plenty of items on those after Halloween sales shelves that were for Thanksgiving. For example, pumpkins represent both Halloween and Thanksgiving.
So if you needed to stock up on decor for Thanksgiving, you could really go to town. But more about that in a bit.
Where to find the best after Halloween sales
I don’t know about you, but I started seeing decor for Christmas at the same time that stores were putting out Halloween costumes. This picture is from my local Costco. Look at all of the Costco costumes near the Christmas decorations.
Anyway, I’m sure plenty of retailers want to encourage us to start shopping for the holidays. For example, Target’s Deal Days have already started.
Therefore, they need to make room in the store by getting rid of Halloween goodies as fast as possible. So any store where you might stock up for Christmas is likely marking things down now from Halloween.
Truly, I was surprised that all the black and orange candy in my supermarket was still full price. You would think that the supermarket would be bringing out the red and green or blue and white candy as soon as possible.
Pharmacy and drug store after Halloween shopping
Whenever I go shopping the day after a holiday, I always seem to do my best at drugstores or pharmacy shops. You know–Rite Aid and CVS, to name a few.
So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to find such great deals at my local Rite Aid. I think what surprised me the most was the deals you could find on Thanksgiving items.
Use after Halloween sales to shop for Thanksgiving
Until I visited Rite Aid, I never would have thought to suggest that you use after Halloween sales to stock up for Thanksgiving. But check out some of the pictures I took of items marked down 75% the day after Halloween.
These are definitely items you can use for Thanksgiving. In fact, they could be part of your entire fall decor if you wanted.
So you could buy these items this November, and then use them next September to decorate your home. And you will have bought them at a sick, low price.
In conclusion, I would look for markdowns on things called harvest decor. That’s how Rite Aid referred to it.
Best sales on costumes after Halloween
You can even find dog Halloween costumes on the sales racks.
Check out deals at thrift stores
In addition, I know that thrift stores are great places to find costumes on the cheap. Well, before they put away those costumes for next year, hit up your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Where I live Goodwill has $.99 Sundays. That is, anything with a barb that matches that week’s color is $.99 on Sundays.
I’ve even been able to get new-with-tags clothing and home decor on Sundays at Goodwill. And each item really was just $.99.
Pet Halloween costumes on sale
Also, if you like to dress up your pet for Halloween, look for markdowns on costumes at Petco or Petsmart.
Even stores like Old Navy stocks pet costumes. After Halloween they’re usually marked down at least 30%, if not more.
Plus, you must check out Chewy for its after-Halloween deals.
Halloween candy sales
I’d mentioned above that you can find deals after Halloween on decor that you can use for Thanksgiving. Well, the same could be true for Halloween candy.
Since Halloween colors include orange and Thanksgiving colors include orange, you just might be able to recycle Halloween hued candy for Thanksgiving.
Truth is, you can do this with any Halloween candy that you find on sale. For instance, do you use Hershey’s kisses on top of cookies?
Then, who cares what color foil they came in. Get them while they’re cheap.
Final thoughts on the best after Halloween sales
I hope I’ve helped you figure out how to make the most of the sales in the days after Halloween. With how retailers have already started pushing Christmas, I don’t think you’ll have very long to grab Halloween deals.
On the other hand, maybe retailers will be more aggressive this year with marking things down. And by the second week of November, everything from Halloween will be practically free! We’ll just have to see.
Finally, it never hurts to look for Halloween candy on sale in a local salvage store, like Marden’s in Maine. It’s where stores like Target send their overstocks.