After the pandemic caused the cancellation of last year’s Halloween celebrations, supermarket chains, online stores and high street retailers are making the most of all things spooky this year with a vast choice of wicked and wonderful costumes and accessories for your little ones.
If your children are looking forward to an evening of fun, fancy dress and filling their buckets with sweets and treats – then read on to discover our pick of the best budget-friendly Halloween outfits for 2021, along with some inspiration for the perfect Halloween party accessories.
Halloween costumes for £5 or under
George at Asda is offering a full witch’s outfit for a fiver. The rainbow style costume is created using recycled polyester from textile waste and melted plastic bottles and has cute sequin detailing and a spider-web printed mesh overlay. The two-piece outfit also contains a tall, pointed hat for the perfect finishing touch.
Poundshop.com are offering a ‘Frankie-stein’ outfit for your little monsters. It includes a ‘bolt through the head’ headband and a cute – yet super scary – mesh dress for £4.99.
We also love this Tesco cat dress-up kit, which includes a pair of fluffy ears on a headband, a swishy tail and a cute silver glittery bow. At just £4, it makes a low-cost costume when teamed with a simple black t-shirt and leggings.
Little witches and wizards will love to accessorise their outfits with one of these pointed hats that have a choice of vibrant pink, orange or green hair attached. They can also add a touch of drama to their outfit with this black and gold embroidered-style cape. Both are at the bargain price of £4 when purchased online at Tesco before 28th October.
For the youngest of Halloween fans, Matalan is offering a cute long-sleeved ‘day of the dead’ skull and roses printed dress that starts from just £4 and can be purchased online in a range of sizes from 9 months, right through to 13 years old.
Spooky Halloween costumes for less than £10
Online retailer, Party Delights, is getting into the spirit of Halloween with this maxi-length grim reaper dress, which has long tattered sleeves and a lace-up style bodice. Add some face paint and you have the ideal ghoulish get-up for under a tenner.
Amazon is selling a bargain zombie outfit for just £6.80 – and if you’ve left it to the last minute it’s also available for Amazon Prime next day delivery. The costume includes a fake blood-splattered top and trousers, with skeleton bone detail. Add a pack of face paint to your order for £2.79 – and you have the perfect gruesome costume that costs less than £10.
Also at Amazon is this bloodthirsty vampire costume, complete with a cape, shirt and trousers – it’s available in a range of sizes – and at £9.95 it’s fang-tastic value for money!
Shein has catered for the littlest pumpkins, with a baby Halloween onesie with an all-over cute ghost, bat, spider and cat print for £6.99. The cosy jumpsuit has a round neck and long sleeves to keep your little one warm – and looking super-cute – on October 31.
Halloween outfits under £20
Not all Halloween outfits need to be scary – if your child would rather dress up as a character from their favourite movie, there is plenty of choices available. Frozen fans will look as elegant as Elsa in this satin and organza dress created for The Disney Store for £18.29.
Mini Buzz Lightyears can go ‘to infinity and beyond’ with this Toy Story inspired outfit from Argos. The costume includes an all-in-one printed spacesuit, removable fabric wings and a realistic-looking Buzz mask. Available in a range of sizes to fit 2 to 10-year-olds, the Buzz Lightyear outfit will set you back £16.
Of course, many kids love a scary costume – and this werewolf outfit for £14.99 fits the bill perfectly. It’s made using 100% recyclable materials – so your mini-wolf can do their bit for the planet – and features clawed blue trousers and a ripped orange t-shirt that exposes a furry tummy. The finishing touch is a super-spooky wolf mask, and a sustainable cut-out and colour treat bag to collect all those yummy treats.
For a more unusual outfit, this zombie prom queen dress has a skull-shaped sparkling tiara, black tulle dress with a lacy red mesh overlay and a gore-geous prom queen sash. Add to the look with a black rose corsage for the wrist, and a dribble of crimson fake blood. Prices start from £19.99.
Get the whole family involved with the frightening festivities with this three-pack of skeleton onesies, designed for parents and children. The black mini-me all-in-one jumpsuits are just £16.99 for all three and feature a glow-in-the-dark skeleton print.
Halloween accessories and treats
As well as a huge choice of frighteningly good costumes, families celebrating Halloween need plenty of spooky party food, decorations and sweets for the trick and treaters.
Stock up on a bucket of tasty treats to ensure you don’t get any nasty tricks with this tub of Swizzels sweets. It includes Drumstick lollies, Refresher chews, Fizzers, Parma Violets and mini packs of Love Hearts.
If you are expecting trick and treaters to come knocking, provide a wicked welcome by transforming your front garden into a crime scene with blood-stained banners and police ‘don’t cross’ signs. Alternatively, choose a chilling cemetery theme with gravestones, 3D skeleton models and mega-large spiders webs, all from a large range of outdoor decorations from Party Delights.
For families who are planning a freaky feast, there are also plenty of bargains to be had. Check out the Iceland Halloween store for frozen party food, such as chicken popsters, mozzarella sticks and mini deep-dish cheese pizzas.