Budget-Friendly Halloween Tips!

1. Create A DIY Costume

Create your own quick and easy DIY costume, just make sure you don't spend too much. For example, a single, black cape can be transformed into a vampire, witch, wizard, or Batman costume. Kitty ears from Target, which can usually be found in the dollar section, and quick makeup are great options for a cat costume. Check out Pinterest for great DIY costume ideas for children and adults.

2. Check Prices When Buying Candy

Buying big bags at warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club can be your best deal. But always compare the price before you buy. The smaller bag may be a better and cheaper option. You won't know until you check. Also, if you have family members or a group of friends, ask if they want to split the cost of a bulk candy buy.

Also, take advantage of promotional offers. Coupons such as $5 off a purchase of $30 or more really come in handy. You may not spend this much on candy alone, but spending more than that is easy when you are buying groceries.

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3. Stick To A Budget For Decorations

Also, try the local discount store. Have you checked the Dollar Tree? There are great bargains offered on Halloween decor. Don't forget to look for coupons. Look for the 40 percent-off coupons for arts and crafts stores, such as Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics.

4. Stock Up After Halloween For Next Year

Once Halloween is over, or even right before the actual day, start preparing for next year by stocking up on any excess inventory left at many stores. The initial sales start at 20 percent off, and the discounts get bigger over time as retailers become desperate to get rid of any remaining Halloween inventory.

5. Use A Pillowcase For Your Candy

Go old-school here. Pillow cases free (if you have extras around the house) but they are also awesome for more candy storage. The buckets you buy at the local store will run anywhere from $5-$30 and space is limited.

6. Take Advantage of Kid-Friendly Community Activities

Many free community events in your local area offer Halloween activities. Some schools, churches, and other organizations will host free activities and even candy for kids.

7. Share The Cost For Your Halloween Party

If you plan on hosting a party, let your friends know you are on a budget, if they are your friends, they won't care! So, ask your guests to bring their favorite food or drinks of their choice. You can save a lot of money on food. Plus, you can make it really fun by asking everyone to bring a Halloween theme dish. A good budget-friendly option is dirt pudding cups with gummy worms or Halloween homemade cookies.

8. Carve Your Pumpkins and Put Them To Good Use

If you are part of the 41% of people who plan on carving and decorating with pumpkins this year, you can use them as candle holders and don't forget to roast the pumpkin seeds.

9. Watch Halloween Themed Movies

Whether you have children, are celebrating with friends, your significant other, or by yourself, watching Halloween movies is a great way to celebrate the holiday. You can of course choose from a variety of scary movies out there. However, if you want some cute Halloween fun rather than fright, choose from movies like Hocus Pocus, The Witches, Something Wicked This Way Comes (scary for some), Practicial Magic and so many more.

10. Just Have Fun!

Remember, whether you like the scary part, the sugary part, or the just plain fun part of Halloween, this is one holiday that doesn't have to be expensive. Don't stress, just enjoy Halloween and be safe!


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