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Halloween is a fun holiday filled with candy, costumes and frights. Getting into the Halloween spirit, however, can cost a lot of money. Instead of draining your entertainment budget this year, try these four ideas to save money.
Halloween costumes are expensive. Even cheaply-made plastic costumes cost at least $25. Since those costumes aren’t made to last, you have to buy a new one every year. That adds up quickly when you’re buying costumes for the whole family. Instead, making your own costumes at home can save you a considerable amount of money, especially when you get creative and use items from around the house. For example, a broken umbrella is easy to turn into bat wings, and some paper towels or gauze can quickly transform you into a mummy.
Don’t have the time to make a costume? Take advantage of last-minute sales at retailers like Spirit Halloween.
Whether you’re hosting a party or just want to make your yard scary for trick-or-treaters, you need to buy some decorations, and where you choose to shop affects how much money you spend on those decorations. Avoiding party supply stores is almost always a good idea. Discount stores often sell the same items at drastically lower prices. You could cut your decoration budget in half just by shopping at the right store.
Christmas creep — the tendency for retailers to put Christmas items on their shelves a little earlier every year — often means that stores want to replace Halloween candy with Christmas candy as soon as possible. Many people find Christmas creep annoying, but it could help you save money on your Halloween candy as long as you’re willing to wait until the last minute. Stores often put their Halloween candy on sale a few days before Oct. 31, so you can hand out fresh candy while saving a few dollars.
Instead of spending $20 or more per person to visit a haunted house, look for free events in your area. Many cities have parades, outdoor movie screenings and festivals that don’t charge admission. If you really want to go to an activity that charges admission, you can often save money by going during the week instead of the weekend. Some haunted houses and other activities also distribute coupons for a few dollars off admission. Visit their websites and look in your local newspaper for coupons.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful Halloween. If you follow these four tips, you can save money and still have a great holiday.