Halloween costumes is a “must-have” for many children, and pressure is mounting on parents to find the scariest outfit in time for trick & treats. The only problem is that costumes can be very expensive and are often worn only once or twice. Therefore, we have listed a few different options to help you avoid splashing out more than necessary.
What are the most popular Halloween costumes in the UK?
1. Harley Quinn
Inspired by DC’s popular villain, Harley Quinn is a popular outfit for any little superhero or supervillain fan. Inspired by comics and more recent movie adaptations, you’ll get this costume with a matching belt, wristband, and mask. Looking at the number of Google searches leading up to Halloween 2021, Harley Quinn is the most popular costume in both England and Scotland.
2. Witch Costume
With pointy hats, magical wands and broomsticks in hand, little witches appear all over the UK on the scariest night of the year. While in second place in the UK, witch costumes are the most popular fancy dress for Halloween in Northern Ireland.
3. Devil Costume
An all-time favourite Halloween costume, devil costumes are popular for both boys and girls. Devils are the ultimate Horror symbol and are synonymous with evil and death and there’s a Devil inside of all of us, it just depends if you’re naughty or nice! The devil is in second place in Scotland, while in fifth place in Wales.
4. Pumpkin Costume
Vibrant orange in colour, Pumpkin Halloween Costumes are a great alternative to dark and drab outfits this season. A popular choice for babies and toddlers, pumpkin costumes are on top of the list in Wales and in 4th place in the UK as a whole.
5. Spiderman Costume
Halloween costumes ranked in England, Scotland, Wales and Norhern Ireland
- Harley Quinn
- Harley Quinn
- Harley Quinn
Northern Ireland Ranking
- Harley Quinn
Make your own DIY Halloween costume
It’s 2021, and what’s more trendy than recycling your own worn-out clothes, creating a zero-emission outfit that saves you money at the same time! You’ll have lots of fun with the kids in the process, and importantly you’ll have a unique costume compared to half of the street showing up in Tesco’s latest. If you are not the creative type, don’t worry! There is plenty of inspiration on the internet; we usually check out Instagram and YouTube first for ideas.
Second hand Halloween costumes
In addition to checking out the nearest high street charity shops, eBay is the place to go for second hand Halloween outfits. Having a look at sold listings, more than half of the kids’ costumes were sold for a fiver or less, so plenty of opportunities to make a bargain!
Shopping for Halloween costumes online
Many of us are likely to end up having a costume conveniently delivered to our doorstep, and to no surprise, Amazon has a huge selection of cheap and cheerful outfits. If you are in a hurry, be aware of smaller sellers sometimes having long delivery times. Take a close look at the reviews, especially if you are looking for higher quality items.
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Cheap Halloween Costumes from Supermarkets
Supermarkets like Tesco or Asda have gone to great lengths when it comes to covering all our Halloween needs. As opposed to shopping online, you get to see how it looks and even try it out before you buy. Keep in mind that supermarkets usually acquire a few different models in huge quantities to get the best prices from their suppliers. This is good because they keep the price low, but it also means that many kids will be wearing the same costume. In terms of price, it’s often matching Amazon.
Asda fancy dress section for kids
From Halloween orange beanie hats and baby pumpkin outfits to skeletons and cat costumes, Asda usually has a very solid line-up of terrifying costumes for kids. Asda’s clothing brand George has several affordable options such as £5 for a basic two-piece skeleton set in 100% polyester to around £15 for the more elaborate Hey Duggee Dracula Fancy Dress Costume
You’ll also find some alternatives in cotton, like the funny Peppa Pig toddler Halloween pyjamas. The range of fancy dresses in the online store is usually much bigger than when going to an Asda superstore, but if you’re doing last-minute shopping popping by Asda might be one of your best and cheapest options to get a costume in time for the festivities.
Tesco Halloween Costumes
Few supermarkets take Halloween as seriously as Tesco, offering everything from Trick or Treat essentials and pumping carving kits to light up pumpkins and spider web decorations. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all your Halloween shopping, Tesco definitely comes high up on the list.
Tesco’s clothing brand F&F is available in all the bigger Extra stores as well as online. With their focus on sustainability, Tesco gets a thumbs up from our side making an effort to offer products using responsibly sourced Cotton through the BCI Cotton Initiative which promotes better standards in cotton farming and practices. Many of the fancy dress costumes are also made from recycled polyester, helping to reduce the enormous waste generated from Halloween every year.
Aldi Kids Halloween Costumes
Another supermarket store big on Halloween is Aldi. With prices as low as £3.99, you’ll look hard to find cheaper options. Aldi usually has a very limited range of costumes in the actual stores, so make sure to check online well in advance to get the best deals. Sizes are from age three to 10, and you’ll find a good range of outfits like classic pumpkin costumes for toddlers.
Lidl Fancy Dresses for Halloween
Lidl doesn’t have a huge range of different types of costumes but will offer a few popular versions in their middle aisle. Unfortunately, you cannot shop online as the store doesn’t offer home delivery so you’ll need to head to one of their 800 stores in the UK. The “Middle of Lidl” deals are launched every Thursday morning, and popular items are often ripped off the shelves very quickly.
Shopping for Halloween fancy dresses at Sainsbury’s TU clothing brand you’ll find everything from super cute pumpkins to scary black cats, wild werewolves, spooky jesters and a range of other frightfully fun costumes. You’ll find the biggest selection in the online store, but if you’re shopping last minute it’s probably better to pop by one of their stores to see if there are any additional discounts.
The Range Fancy Dresses
Sporting more than 70 different Halloween costumes and masks, The Range is well stocked and ready for the spooky season. For £18.99 you’ll get a highly detailed Harley Quinn costume which is one of this year’s most popular choices for girls. Or what about a Werewolf costume for £9.99 for boys? Whether you shop for costumes in one of their 180 UK stores or use the online store you’re doomed to find a devilish terrifying outfit at The Range.
Getting your costumes from old school costumes shops
If you are after something unique, quality is important, and you have a slightly bigger budget, seeking a fancy dress shop might be the best option. London has no shortage of independent costume shops tailored to your exact needs. While buying a costume might be expensive, you can also find shops renting them out for a more reasonable price. The vast majority of costumes end up being used only once or twice, so renting is quite a good option to consider.