8 Ways to Save Money on Halloween

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated January 29, 2021

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October 13, 2017

Simple. Thrifty. Living.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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