Between the costumes, candy, and decorations, Halloween can wind up being a pretty expensive holiday. Those of us looking to save money need to find less expensive alternatives to the high-priced items, but just because you have a small budget doesn’t mean the fun factor has to get smaller too. Check out these ideas to save money on Halloween.
Make your own!
Use that imagination and some crafting to make a custom costume. You can even look at the stores for ideas, then make them at home. Check out this previous blog post about making your own DIY Halloween Costume. Search your closets for old clothes and accessories to use, or check out your local second-hand stores for inexpensive items.
The standard colors you’ll usually see are orange, black, and white. Get paper products like streamers, table cloths, and balloons in those colors, and avoid spending more for the same products with pictures of ghosts or a witches on them. Be sure to check dollar stores and online retailers for the best deals.
If you want to be that favorite house on the block that gives out full sized candy bars, go right ahead. But if you want to save money this Halloween, get the big bag of the least expensive candy. These probably aren’t the crowd favorites, but it’ll save you some cash.
Buy in bulk!
Depending on how much candy you need, a bulk store like CostCo or Sam’s Club might be your best deal. Be sure to compare prices.
*Bonus Tip: Shop for next year’s costumes and decorations immediately after Halloween. Many of the items will be deeply discounted.