The spookiest time of year is just around the corner! With buying a Halloween costume costing hundreds of dollars or renting a fog machine for your party , it can be easy to spend a scary amount of money if you aren’t careful. This week, we are looking at ways you and your family can trick or treat for cheap!
Costumes: Perhaps the easiest area to spend a lot of money fast is by purchasing costumes. If you have your heart set on being an authentic StormTrooper, for instance, it can cost you up to $800! Consider a more reasonably priced costume (in the $30-$60 range) or create your own costume. The internet has plenty of ideas. If you want to take your search into the real world, thrift stores and dollar stores are always great first places to look.
Even if you are short on time for a DIY project, you probably have some things lying around your house that can work as parts of a last minute costume, like a garbage bag witch (some more ideas here). The best part of these ideas is that you most likely won’t have to spend any money at all!
Decor: Similar to costumes, Halloween decorations can get expensive. If you have a little time and a few supplies (some from the craft store, some from around your house), you can make your house spooky and have fun doing it! Here are just a few ideas, and many of these decorations double as child-friendly crafts:
Treats: When buying candy for trick or treaters, you can save some money by using coupons if you have them available. Another trick for buying treats is to look closely at the price per piece of candy- although it seems like buying in bulk should be cheaper, sometimes this isn’t actually the case. Doing a bit of number checking can save you more money (…even if it is for more candy!). Once purchased, don’t dip into the candy supply before the 31st! You probably think this is a no-brainer, but it can be difficult to resist the temptation of candy when you know it’s just around the corner…and then you’re left having to restock the supply before the big day. You can, of course, avoid candy altogether and hand out something else, like small toys (from Oriental Trading, for instance).
Party: If you’re hosting a Halloween themed party, you can use some of the decor tips to get started. Some fun game ideas include “Name That Monster” (where everyone has a famous monster taped to their back and can ask questions to find out who they are), Mini Pumpkin Painting, or even a regular ole costume party. When thinking about food beyond candy, make it an appetizer/finger food party with treats like Witches Hat Cookies, Strawberry Ghosts, Dirt Pudding Graveyards, and even a Hot Chocolate Bar!
Halloween is one of the best holidays to share your creative side, and one of the easiest for saving money. These ideas are only a tiny sample of what you can find online or even just brainstorming. After all, Halloween should be scary, but not for your bank account!