Halloween on a budget is on your mind if you have school aged kids. If you’re in the process of saving money and repairing your credit, you may be dreading any holiday that encourages you to spend money that will throw off your budget. Usually, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Thanksgiving are some of the most expensive holidays. However, the truth is that Halloween can be expensive too.  In fact, Halloween is a billion dollar industry.  That means billions yes billions is spent on costumes, candy and decor each year.  In this article, we share some tips for enjoying Halloween on a budget, so you can enjoy all the perks and joys of the holiday without compromising your finances

Below are five ways to have a happy Halloween on a budget

Buy Candy in Bulk

Do trick-or-treaters visit your neighborhood? Instead of turning off your porch lights and pretending you’re not home, invite the kids to your door and get a kick out of viewing all their fun and creative costumes! First, you’ll need to buy candy, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on the sugary sweets. Visit your local wholesale club or dollar store and buy your candy in bulk and get a great deal. If you don’t think you’ll be able to give out all that candy (or eat it yourself), split the cost with a neighbor, so each of you can have an appropriate amount of candy for half the cost. 

Make your decorations

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If you are at all into Halloween, then you definitely like to decorate your home accordingly.  If you go to buy your decorations at a store, you can expect to pay a hefty price.  Especially if you take the kids with you (mom, let’s get this…and this…and this..oh and we really need this!)   One of the best ways to approach Halloween decorations is to make them yourself.  Nowadays we have the wonderful world of Pinterest.  Here, you can find everything from easy dollar store ideas to elaborate ones.  So get those creative juices flowing and spend some quality time as a family making fun decorations.

Celebrate Halloween On a Budget By Making Your Costumes

Buying your costumes from the pop-up Halloween store can be very expensive, even if you have a coupon. Why spend so much money on something that you and/or your kids will only wear once? Instead, consider making your own costumes this year. Finding ideas and instructions for affordable homemade costumes is easier than ever, thanks to lifestyle bloggers and Pinterest of course.  PopSugar recently shared 101 homemade costume ideas for adults (https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Homemade-Halloween-Costumes-20064402), and Country Living has a great list of homemade Halloween costumes for kids (https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g1360/halloween-costumes-for-kids/). The best part about making your own costume is that you get to exercise your creativity and imagination. 

Host a Spooky Potluck Party

If you’re a huge fan of Halloween and can’t imagine the holiday without a party, you can still enjoy spooky day while saving your money. Consider hosting a haunted potluck dinner and encourage your friends to bring their favorite creepy party foods like mummy hot dogs or graveyard taco dip.  Again, you can search Google and Pinterest for a seemingly endless list of ideas. Make some of your own party decorations, and you’ll be ready to host a party that your friends will remember for many years to come! 

Skip Handing Out Candy

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Just because you are not handing out candy does not mean you have to turn off your lights and pretend you are not home.  When we say skip the candy, we mean hand out something else instead.  Small toys, stickers and other goodies can be purchased in bulk.  And with all the candy kids are getting, they will enjoy receiving something that will last them longer than the few seconds it takes to eat a small Twix bar. If you really want to include candy, you can make a goody back with a sticker, small toy and one piece of candy.  This provides variety and will save you money as well.

You can do Halloween on a budget and still have fun!

Halloween is truly about getting creative.  Not just with your costume but in all the ways that you celebrate this fun holiday.  Whether it’s making your own fun Halloween food for a potluck party or making your own spooky decorations, there are lots of ways to save money while still having a good time.  You don’t need to spend a ton to put a smile on your kid’s face as well as all those that know on your door.

Now that you know about some of the best ways to save money on Halloween without sacrificing fun, how will you enjoy the holiday? What costume do you have in mind?  Happy trick or treating!