It’s midway through October and chances are you’re starting to think about this year’s Halloween celebrations. It is the time of year when pumpkins are displayed and cobwebs are a form of decoration rather than a cleaning menace. It is also the time to start picking out your spooky costumes and filling up those candy bowls.
As per an Article published in the Business Insider, Halloween is the second most popular celebration behind Christmas among Americans. Therefore, the costs associated with it are also significantly high. Have you ever thought of the money that you spend on Halloween? The costumes for the whole family (and maybe your pets), all those sweet treats, and the Halloween decorations can be more expensive than you think. So we thought we would share some ways that you can have a frightfully good time on the cheap.
Tips for a Budget Friendly Halloween
Decorate for the entire season & not just for the festivities. Instead of decorating your home specifically for Halloween, choose to decorate your home for the entire fall season. Choose warm rustic colors, pumpkins, autumn leaves, and light up spice scented candles to create a festive environment in your home. You can read our “Home Decorating Ideas for Fall on a Budget” article for more interesting ideas. Double duty decor can go a long way in making your home look good and festive in an economical way.
Candy pot luck? Sounds good? Here’s how it can work. It is the time of year that the neighborhoods get together to celebrate Halloween. So why not make it an opportunity for pooling in to buy candy in bulk and save some cash? You can set up a trick-or-treat station in front of one house in the neighborhood and take turns passing out candy, or hang out together for the evening and make it a Halloween block party.
Up-cycle/DIY your costumes. Dig through your closet to see if you can up-cycle Halloween costumes from the previous years. For example, a vampire cape you may have used in the past can be transformed into a wizard, a witch, or even a superhero costume this year. Don’t forget to shop for bargains at your nearest thrift store. You can also get a little creative and make your own Halloween costume. You can find a few DIY Halloween costume ideas here.
Skip the pet costume. Dressing up your pet in the spooky costume sounds very intriguing. However, you need to evaluate if the money you spend on a pet costume is entirely worth it. While your pets might not really enjoy the strange costumes, it can also be a pricey affair. Redecorate an already existing collar to suit your family’s Halloween theme or if you are really keen on your pet dressing up, see these interesting DIY pet costumes for your pets.
We at ACCC are conducting a poll this year to find out what Halloween is costing you. So don’t forget to take the poll and see instant statistics. You might be surprised.
Hope you and your family have a spooktacular Halloween. 😉