According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween spending will reach a whopping 9 billion this year. 175 million Americans plan to participate and will spend $86+ per household on average. And if you have multiple kids and/or live on a popular trick-or-treating block, that spending will be compounded. Rather than going overboard this year, 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 them and you can re-use them year after year. A couple of my favorites are the faux pumpkins that you can decorate and store for next 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 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 stunned by how many great ideas there are that are easily doable, regardless of your skill level.
Try (Gently) Used Costumes
You can also swing by a local second-hand shop to check out their selection of gently used costumes. Given that most Halloween costumes are worn once, you can often find options that are in decent shape. Don’t forget the 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 deal site Slickdeals.net. With a community of 11 million users constantly sharing, vetting and voting on deals, Slickdeals is your secret ingredient for saving money on all the snacks, games, and decorations you’ll need. Check out their Halloween page or set deal alerts to be notified about sales on specific items or brands. Download their mobile app for quick and easy access to deals, coupons, and alerts.
No Sale? Create Your Own
When you’ve got to have that thing that isn’t on sale, create your own sale by treating yourself to a gift card that’s on sale – and then shopping with it! GiftCardGranny has thousands of gift cards on sale that allow you to save anywhere from 2-30%. For example, right now, they have Old Navy and Gap gift cards for 10 percent off. Perfect for saving on your Halloween outfit.
From decor to candy, you know you can buy almost everything you need online, but how do you know if you’re getting the best price? I like to use the free Invisible Hand browser extension, which as I browse online tells me if the best price is right where I am, or if I can find a better price elsewhere. Browser extensions are one of my best money-saving hacks!
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, that means you don’t have to bear the full burden.