Enjoying the spookiest holiday of the year doesn’t have to come with a scary price tag. Here are several ways you can have fun this Halloween without breaking the bank.
1. Go Thrifting
Rather than coming up with a costume idea and then trying to find the pieces to make it work, be inspired by unique finds at your local thrift store. You can score a killer costume for $10 or less. Bonus tip: Thrift stores are also a great place to find Halloween decorations, so keep your eyes open while you’re there.
2. Swap Costumes with a Friend
You might know someone who has already done the work for you! See if any of your friends want to swap costumes rather than spending money on new outfits this year.
3. Check Out the Dollar Store
You can often find costume accessories like jewelry and props, as well as DIY make-up kits at the dollar store. This is also a great place to look for affordable decorations.
4. Get Candy in Bulk
Buy candy in bulk from Costco or Sam’s Club to save money – and have enough left over to indulge for a few days after trick-or-treating.
5. Host a Potluck
If you want to throw a Halloween party without all the expenses, ask your friends to chip in with a dish. Turn the event into a game by giving awards for the scariest and most delicious. Your guests will have fun getting creative and you’ll save money and prep time.
6. Get Crafty with Decorations
Instead of buying expensive, pre-made decorations, break out the arts and crafts supplies. If you have kids, get them in on the fun as you paint, draw and color pumpkins, black cats and witches to put up around the house.
7. Check Out Groupon Before Booking Attractions
Haunted houses and hayrides can lead to a steep bill, especially if you have kids. Before you book, check out Groupon or Living Social. Most local attractions will offer deep discounts during the months leading up to Halloween.
8. Start Shopping for Next Year in November
Take advantage of post-Halloween clearance sales to save on costumes, decorations and party supplies for next year. Check your local paper or retailer websites to see who in your area is offering the best deals.