According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween spending is predicted to be up a modest 5% over last year. While many of us won’t be spending much more than last year, those of you who have multiple kids and/or live on a popular trick-or-treating block, will be spending a pretty penny Rather than breaking the bank, try one of my favorite ways to save money on Halloween:
DIY Halloween Decor
Sure, you can buy beautiful Halloween decor, or you can head to a store like crafting destination Michael’s or Michaels.com/Kids and pick up supplies for some fun, family-friendly DIY projects! You and your kids will exercise your creativity, have a great time making decorative items – with sentimental value – that can be re-used year after year. You can even make a teal pumpkin to indicate that your treats are safe for trick-or-treaters with food sensitivities.
DIY Halloween Costumes
See what you have on hand. Last year’s Harry Potter cape can be re-purposed into a vampire cape with minimal effort. You probably have black clothes to wear underneath, so all you need are some fangs and face makeup. If you need inspiration, Google “Best DIY Halloween Costumes.” You’ll be shocked by how many great ideas there are that are easily doable, regardless of your skill level.
Because costumes are only worn a handful of times (or once), they are usually in like-new condition. You can organize a swap with friends and classmates or use a platform like Facebook to cast a wider net. Someone in my local Facebook group posted a swap thread, and in a matter of days, there were almost 400 comments.
Try Thrift Stores
Swing by your local second-hand shop or Goodwill to check out their selection of gently used costumes. And don’t forget to take a peek at the formalwear section; there may be gowns, suits and tuxedos, which can be used for a whole host of costumes.
Hit the Halloween Sales
A great basecamp for all the best Halloween sales is PayPal Honey. Visit their site for discounts or install their browser extension to be alerted to available savings as you browse online. The browser extension is also handy because it provides historical pricing, so you can easily see if the current price is high or low. If it’s high, you know to search for that costume or decor item elsewhere.
Buy in Bulk
If you get a lot of trick or treaters at your house if you’re hosting a Halloween bash, buying giant bags of candy and snacks at your wholesale club will save you a ton. Warehouse stores like Sam’s Club, BJ’s and Costco will also have budget-friendly costumes and decor items.
Throwing a Spooky Bash?
Hosting a party doesn’t have to be expensive. First, there’s no need to go high-end on the decor and serving items. Try Oriental Trading or the dollar store for inexpensive options. Also, just because you’re hosting, doesn’t mean you have to foot the entire bill. If all your guests contribute a dish and bring a bottle of something festive, you don’t have to bear the full burden.
The closer we get to Halloween, the more you’ll save on costumes, decor, and candy. The selection will be thinner, but the prices will be significantly lower. And if you wait until after Halloween (if your Reese’s chocolate peanut butter pumpkin craving is not yet satisfied, for example), everything Halloween-themed will be discounted to Clearance levels.