Halloween on a Budget

Posted October 31st, 2018

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans plan to spend $9 billion on Halloween this year. That averages out to $86.79 per person. While that may seem high, by the time you include costumes, candy, decorations, pumpkins, and party supplies, the total adds up quickly. But still, $90 is a lot to spend on one evening. We dug up some money saving tips to keep your trick or treating on a budget.

I want candy.

Candy is one of the largest expenses when it comes to Halloween, especially if you live on a busy block. Try buying bulk bags from places like Sam’s or Costco. Also, be sure to hand out the candy individually instead of leaving a bowl outside for kids to help themselves. You will go through a lot less candy that way. It’s also okay to ration the candy you are handing out. Most kids will be going to a lot of houses and they’ll end up with more candy than they know what to do with! It’s totally fine to hand out one two pieces per kid instead of a giant handful.

What are you supposed to be?

The second largest expense around Halloween is the costumes. These can add up really quickly! But, we’ve got some tips to stay on budget while still rocking the hottest looks. First, DIY! Everyone loves a good, homemade costume. Plus, making it is part of the fun!  If you aren’t feeling crafty, try initiating a costume swap party. What better way to get use out of last year’s costumes than by swapping a friend for a new one? You can also try Craigslist, Facebook resale sites, and thrift stores.

Give me all the decorations!

One of the best parts of the holidays is decorating. It’s a great excuse to transform your house from its everyday attire to a spooky haunted mansion!  But… those decorations can add up. If you’re looking for cheap décor that looks fancy, try the dollar store. I’m not joking – it’s awesome! They have adorable decorations on the cheap. And, since they are so cheap, you don’t feel bad spray painting them black or covering them in spiderwebs. If you still need more décor or you can’t find what you are looking for, try Hobby Lobby. If you download the Hobby Lobby app, you automatically get a 40% coupon every time you shop.

I’m actually just here for the party.

Is there anything better than a themed party with friends? How about a themed party with friends on a budget? A major expense for parties is the food. So why not make it a potluck? Have everyone bring their favorite spooky side dish. Instead of buying more candy for the party goers, make your own treats like chocolate covered pretzels and Halloween bark. Decorate with the budget friendly decorations mentioned above and DIY some fun Halloween games. Throw on Hocus Pocus or some spooky music and you’ve got yourself a party.