Coupon Reliability Report: Where to Find the Best Halloween Promo Codes

We all love shopping for the latest Halloween costumes, and even better is when we find a working promo code that takes 40% off our pricey costume bill. There are a ton of Halloween costume stores online to choose from, so a little research can go a long way to find the best costume with the best quality and at the best price.

At Dealspotr, our community of 30,000 members works together to ensure that we have the best, most accurate, and most reliable coupon codes for all the popular Halloween stores. Why search Google for coupon codes, when you're most likely to find expired, invalid, or even outright fake coupon codes posted by fly-by-night operations? If you like comparisons, Dealspotr is the Wikipedia of deals - we're run by a community of real people who are coupon enthusiasts, but more importantly, real shoppers just like you, and we all see the value in building and curating a truly accurate database of deals where you don't have to deal with the spam and fake deals found on other sites.

We don't just talk the talk, we hold ourselves accountable, and we regularly conduct in-depth studies to research exactly how reliable our coupon codes are versus our most well established competitors. We publish our findings in this series, the Dealspotr Coupon Reliability Report.

In this installment, we take a look at some of the most popular Halloween costume stores, and compare the promo codes published by leading coupon sites, and see how Dealspotr compares. We select stores based on popularity and availability of coupons (some stores do not offer coupons, so we skip those), and then we compare coupon sites that appear most prominently when searching for that store's name along with the term "coupons" as these are the stores shoppers will most likely encounter. We then go through an exhaustive process of hand-testing each coupon code at each store's website, as if we were shoppers completing a checkout. We read the details and exclusions provided by each coupon site, and only if the coupon site provides accurate information about how to use the coupon, and we are able to successfully secure a discount, do we count it as a working coupon.

For this study, we looked at six highly popular stores for buying halloween costumes: Halloween Express, Costume Supercenter, Disney Store, Spirit Halloween, Oriental Trading, and Party City. We conducted the test on September 7, 2016. On our test day, we visited the most visible coupon sites offering coupons for each of the six stores, gathered the promo codes listed on their sites (and marked as "working"), and then tested each discount code on the e-commerce checkout pages of each costume store.

Halloween Express

Halloween Express is a popular costume site that appears prominently when you search Google for Halloween costumes. Halloween Express actively offers coupons to shoppers. We tested promo codes for Halloween Express from Retailmenot, Coupons.com, Groupon, and Dealspotr.

Halloween Express Data captured on 9/7/16
Retailmenot Coupons.com Groupon Dealspotr
See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page
Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid?
BTS2016Yes BIGSAVINGS2016Yes SAVE25CJYes BIGSAVINGS2016Yes
BIGSAVINGS2016Yes FS2016ZLAYes BTS2016Yes
FS2016ZLAYes 2016FASTEST5Yes FS2016ZLAYes
2016FASTEST5Yes 2016FASTER4Yes BXDT865011381ZTEYes
May2016No SPOOKY25CJ16Yes
SPRING2016No BXIR115988432ZTFYes
2016FASTER4Yes HOP2016No
LUCKY2016No SAVE25CJNo
SCOREBIG2016No LDAY2016Yes
WELCOME2016No BXWL976921668ZTGYes
BXDT937710934ZTFYes
2016FASTER4Yes

For HalloweenExpress.com, Dealspotr had 10 working promo codes, offering a range of discounts. This compares with 5 working codes at Retailmenot, 4 working coupon codes at Coupons.com, and 1 working code at Groupon. Dealspotr has the most comprehensive coverage of working promotional codes for Halloween Express.

Costume Supercenter

Another popular online costume store, Costume Supercenter is known for low prices and offers a wide range of coupons and offers for shoppers. Based on a Google search for this store, we compared the promo codes offered by Retailmenot, Coupons.com, and Coupon Sherpa.

Costume Supercenter Data captured on 9/7/16
Retailmenot Coupons.com Coupon Sherpa Dealspotr
See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page
Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid?
NDSUEDUNo 75FSYes 75FSYes CSFSYes
75FSYes GOT10Yes FSALLYes FBFANYes
XMAS50No UPROMISENo 2CFRNo 75FSYes
PROMO10No PSC25No H155No 2CFRNo
H155Yes H15No NEW20Yes
MAY75No PSC25No DEALN10Yes
H15No W20No 20ALLYes
2CF5No SUPERTWENTYNo FLASH25Yes
2CFRNo WELCOMENo FSALLYes
FREE45No PSC5Yes
SAVETENYes
TYTENYes

For CostumeSupercenter.com, Dealspotr had 10 working coupon codes. This compares with 2 working codes at Retailmenot, 2 working discount codes at Coupons.com, and 2 working codes at Coupon Sherpa. Dealspotr shows the highest coverage of working promotional codes for Costume Supercenter, and importantly, shows the fewest expired coupon codes. This saves shoppers time spent trying out invalid coupons.

Disney Store

Always a kids fan favorite, the Disney Store is another popular destination for Halloween gear. We tested Groupon, Retailmenot, and Brad's Deals to see which deal site offered the best promo codes for The Disney Store.

Disney Store Data captured on 9/7/16
Groupon Retailmenot Brad's Deals Dealspotr
See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page
Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid?
FREESHIPYes DRVCTREATYes DRVCMEMBERYes BONUS40No
SHIPMAGICYes SHIPMAGICYes SHIPMAGICYes DEALS25No
CASTLEYes FREESHIPYes TYC5PYes
DOONEYYes CASTLEYes BAFM6Yes
DRVCMEMBERYes DOONEYYes PAYPALYes
No TSPECD5Yes
3EMFSYes
T6FNCYes
BAKSTKYes
CASTLEYes
SHIPMAGICYes
JN56CYes
DRVCMEMBERYes
DRVC15TREATYes
AGFL6No
SAVE20No
FREECASTLENo
PARKDEALSNo
DOLLARPZNo
EXTRA30No
FREESHIPYes
DOONEYYes

When it comes to coupons for DisneyStore.com, Dealspotr wallops the competition with 14 working coupon codes. Groupon and Retailmenot came in with 5 working promo codes, and Brad's Deals displayed a total of 2 working codes for Disney Store.

Spirit Halloween

Spirit Halloween is the megastore of Halloween costume shops online with millions of visitors charging into the site to browse the latest costumes every Halloween season. The top coupon sites which come up with a quick Google search for Spirit Halloween coupon codes are Retailmenot, Coupons.com, and Groupon. Let's see which site offers the most reliable coupon codes, and compare against the Wikipedia of deals, Dealspotr.

Spirit Halloween Data captured on 9/7/16
Retailmenot Coupons.com Groupon Dealspotr
See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page
Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid?
TIER2016AYes COUPONS20Yes HIGHTIERYes OPEN16Yes
20OFFREVYes HIGHTIERYes GROUPON20Yes SCARE50Yes
BIGAUGYes OPEN16Yes 20OFFREVYes DESCENDANTS25No
SHIPIN16Yes SHIP16Yes BIGAUGYes TAKE20No
OPEN16Yes TREAT50Yes TIER2016AYes HIGHTIERYes
GET20Yes GIFT2016Yes SHIPIN16Yes OLOGY20Yes
SPHA16DCYes SHIPIN16Yes GIFT2016Yes NIGHTS20Yes
AUGDEALYes TIER2016AYes AUGDEALYes COUPONS20Yes
COUPTIERYes BIGAUGYes EMAIL16Yes
SCARE50Yes AUGDEALYes GET20Yes
HIGHTIERYes 20OFFREVYes OPEN16Yes
OPENFB16Yes SPEN16No AUGDEALYes
NIGHTS20Yes COUPTIERYes GIFT2016Yes
RMN20Yes BIGAUGYes
SHIP16Yes SHIPIN16Yes
GIFT2016Yes TIER2016AYes
CRAZY20No SHIP16Yes
OLOGY20Yes COUPTIERYes
SPIRIT16No 20OFFREVYes
SAVEALOT15No BIGAUGYes

All four coupon sites did reasonably well in covering the available working coupon codes for SpiritHalloween.com. Dealspotr displayed 18 working codes, with 2 expired codes shown. Retailmenot had 17 working promo codes, with 3 expired deals. Coupons.com showed 12 working coupon codes, with 1 expired code. Groupon followed with 8 working discount codes, and no expired codes shown.

Oriental Trading

Oriental Trading is a massively popular party supplies store, with supplies for all occasions. A top choice for craftier Halloween shoppers, Oriental Trading offers art supplies to create costumes as well as a large selection of pre-created costumes covering super heroes, movie themes, funny costumes, and more. We compared three popular deal sites against Dealspotr to see which offered the best selection of working, valid promo codes. We tested Retailmenot, DealsPlus, and Promocode2016.

Oriental Trading Data captured on 9/7/16
Retailmenot DealsPlus Promocode2016 Dealspotr
See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page
Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid?
OTC165492Yes DLPLUSYes OTC165492Yes OTC16COUPONYes
AFFOTC15Yes AFFOTC15Yes 15PLA39No OTC165492Yes
OTC16COUPONYes OTC16COUPONYes OTC165468No CE165298No
ACAUG16Yes IGIVE15Yes AFFOTC15Yes IGIVE15Yes
DZ1620065Yes Yes IGIVE15Yes DD1620135No
DV1650022Yes OTCGRSCA15Yes AFFOTC15Yes
OTC7575No No DLPLUSYes
CE154770No PLA49Yes
CE164767No Yes
CE154774No

For OrientalTrading.com, Dealspotr and Retailmenot each offered 6 working discount codes. Retailmenot showed 4 non-working coupons compared to 2 for Dealspotr. Dealsplus offered 5 working coupons, while Promocode2016 showed 4 working codes.

Party City

Party City is the leading party supplies and party favors site, and they are a huge customer destination for Halloween gear and costumes. We tested three leading coupon sites to see which had the most accurate coupon codes for PartyCity.com. We looked at CouponBox, Retailmenot, and CouponSherpa, and compared their promo codes against Dealspotr.

Party City Data captured on 9/7/16
Retailmenot Coupons.com Groupon Dealspotr
See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page See coupon page
Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid? Coupon codes listedValid?
FREESHIPYes PCDZVTBYes PCDZVTBYes PCSAVE20No
PCDIFSLNo PCDVXQLNo PCDJOHPYes PCDIFSLNo
PCDVCMQNo PCDAZKNNo PCDJREBYes PCDVCMQNo
PCDCOBJYes PCDAEUFNo PCDTSOEYes SAVEMOREYes
SAVEMOREYes PCDJOHPYes SAVEMOREYes PCDTSOEYes
PCFRCZMNo PCDPRKSNo PCDQRSMNo PCDJREBYes
PCDHOERYes PCDHVSAYes PCDPRKSNo FREESHIPYes
PCDHVSAYes PCDTSOEYes PCDAZKNNo PCVCMKENo
PCDVPDBYes PCDVXQLNo PCADLBLNo
PCDJREBYes PCDAEUFNo PCDCOBJYes
FREESHIP2Yes PCDVPDBNo PCDHOERYes
PCADLBLYes PCADLBLNo SAVEBIG30MYes
PCDHVSAYes FREESHIP2Yes
PCGKMBNo INSCRIBEYes

For PartyCity.com, Dealspotr again displays the highest number of working promo codes, with 9 working codes displayed. CouponSherpa and Retailmenot each showed 6 working coupon codes, while CouponBox displayed 5 working promo codes for the party supply retailer.

Which coupon site has the most reliable coupon codes for Halloween?

While each coupon site showed varying levels of coverage and reliability across different Halloween costumes stores, two sites consistently outperform their peers, Dealspotr and Retailmenot. Retailmenot is the leading coupon site, and appeared in all six of our tests for Halloween costume store promo codes.

Comparing the two top performing sites, Retailmenot vs Dealspotr, Dealspotr displayed more working codes, with 67 working promo codes shown, compared to 41 working promo codes for Retailmenot. Dealspotr also showed fewer invalid and expired codes, with 21 non-working codes displayed, compared to 25 non-working codes displayed by Retailmenot.

If you're shopping the popular Halloween costume stores, there are two top performing coupon sites which are most likely to offer you a working coupon code to secure a discount on whatever costume or Halloween gear you're buying. Retailmenot and Dealspotr. However, Dealspotrs shows more working coupon codes than Retailmenot, and you're less likely to encounter expired or invalid codes with Dealspotr. So the choice is clear - this season, when you're about to check out of your favorite Halloween costume shop, go to Dealspotr to find the latest and working promo codes.