First and foremost, settle on the theme of your costume. To do this, decide whether you are planning on dressing up as a character alone or do you plan to do a couple or family based theme. Whatever may be your choice, narrow down your options and stick on the costume idea. Next, you will have to research online or in books and magazines on what constitutes the whole outfit. Figure out what accessories and make-up you will need to complete the look.
The next part is actually shopping for the outfit. If you have chosen a theme that is relatively common, you will not have any problem finding the costume of your size in any Halloween store. However, if you choose to do this online, then browse through several stores online. If you have friends who have done this before, take a reference on which are the reliable online stores to choose from. Never settle for the first bargain you find. Look through multiple sites and see who gives you the best value for your money. We can recommend the Eventtrend for the best ideas.
Try and stick with online stores that have a return policy that does not charge you anything. This has to be considered especially if you are ordering plus size costumes or those that require a snug fit in order to look good. Make sure you place your order at least three to four weeks in advance so that you are sure to receive your costume. This will also give you enough of time to return or ask for alterations if needed. What would work in your favor is if the same store also deals with all the accessories and make-up that you will require. This reduces the work involved in researching and finding matching accessories.
For bargains, try and put your costumes together at a thrift store. Or else shop for your Halloween costume soon after the day. Stores often sell costumes at huge discounts rather than keep merchandise over till next year. You are bound to find some good bargains here.