Even though Halloween spending is down this year, Americans still plan to spend an average of $75.03 per person on decorations, costumes, and candy. In my opinion, this seems like a lot. Thus far I have spent $21 total on a costume and decorations and don’t plan to spend much more. Take part in all of the spooky festivities this year without spending a small fortune by following these simple tips:
- The obvious answer is to make your own costume. Check out some of Albie’s ideas for easy and budget-friendly DIY costumes here.
- Always look through your closet before purchasing a costume. You’d be surprised at how many things can easily double as a costume. For example, I am going to wear a black and white stripe shirt I already own and be a mime this year. (Other ideas for a stripe shirt include: a pirate, artist, and jailbird.)
- Also, consider trading last year’s costume with a friend. Costume swaps are great for adults and kids alike.
- Other ways to save on costumes include using face paint (it’s cheap and you can be almost anything with it). Think zombie, skeleton, any animal, clown, etc.
- For any costume accessories, try the dollar store and secondhand stores.
- Decorations can be just as expensive. The dollar store is a great option for decorations.
- Some decorations are actually pretty cheap at party supply stores. For example, window clings and signs at my local party supply store cost anywhere from $0.59 to $1.99.
- If you have the time, consider DIY décor. Check out craft blogs and Pinterest for some spooky ideas!
- Saving on Halloween candy can be tricky. Some people are picky with their chocolate and are not willing to buy the generic brands. If you don’t mind the generic, go for it!
- If you are a member of a warehouse store such as Costco, BJ’s or Sam’s Club, scope out their candy prices.
- Stay away from Halloween themed candy; there is no difference between a chocolate bar and a chocolate bar with a skeleton on the packaging. And truthfully, your trick-or-treaters will not notice.
- As always, look for sales.
Will you be making your own costume or decorations this year? Please share your ideas in the comments.