Lexie and Nate show off their halloween costumes on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

Don't forget to hit the after-Halloween sales tomorrow and through the weekend to stock up for next year. You can consider it your post-candy cardio.

It might be hard to get a costume for the kids for next year since their tastes change almost daily. But, if they like to play dress-up or pretend, this is a great time to refresh their costume box. Donate the old stuff they don't use anymore to a local thrift store, such as Casa de los Ninos Thrift Store. 

Stock up on candle holders, string lights, napkins, table cloths and other decor items you might use next year.

Also, think of things you can use throughout the year. Packages of little toys can be used as party favors. Black, purple, green or orange napkins, plates, etc. can be used for birthday parties or graduation parties. 

Most of the big retailers like Walgreens, Target, Walmart and Kmart will have mark downs. Sometimes you can save up to 90 percent.

Don't forget Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics. They mark their seasonal stuff down as well. You can get really cool crafty things to make with the kids now or to save for next year. 

Tucson mom Ann Tarwater said she got a fe things at 90 percent off at last year's clearance sales. "Wow, there are some good buys, since they are anxious to expand the Christmas decorations," she said.

Contact reporter Angela Pittenger at 573-4137 or apitteng@azstarnet.com. Follow her on Twitter @CentsibleMama or on Facebook at facebook.com/centsiblemama.

Families and schools reporter for #ThisIsTucson. Artist, photographer, mother of one.