Halloween is not usually thought of as an expensive holiday. It comes right after the much more expensive Back to School season, and before the most expensive holiday season. But Halloween can do some damage to your wallet.
It’s estimated an average of $75 per person is spent on Halloween! If you have a large family, that can quickly add up. Here’s how to cut your costs this year.
Before you groan, you should seriously consider this one. Halloween is one holiday where you don’t need to worry about things looking pretty. It’s perfectly okay if things look creepy (like a deranged person had scissors).
Glow sticks, toilet paper rolls, construction paper and colored light bulbs are all you really need to create a spooky atmosphere.
…or Shop Online
Don’t have the time to DIY? Don’t run to department or specialty stores. Check online for the best deals on Halloween decorations.
If you have a family tradition of going to a farm, taking a hayride, and picking out a pumpkin, this one isn’t going to work for you. If you don’t care where the pumpkin comes from, you should look for the best price. Pumpkins are sold everywhere, with wide price ranges, so find the best one for you and your wallet.
Get Creative with Costumes
You can do a lot with makeup and old clothes! Try making your costume with what’s around your house.
You can also ask friends and family if they’d be interested in a costume swap. You won’t have to shell out any money, but you also won’t have to worry about showing up to the office wearing the same thing you did last year.
Visit the Dollar Store
Your local Dollar Store will have plenty of festive things for low cost. If you live in an area where you get a lot of trick-or-treaters, it might be worth it to stop here and get pencils or small trinkets to give out. It will most likely be cheaper than candy.
Get Candy from Warehouse Clubs
If you need to buy candy, which most of us do, go to warehouse clubs to get the best price. You can also shop online as long as shipping is free.
Check Out Free Activities
Communities will often host Fall or Halloween festivals that are free. Instead of going to a pricey attraction, find out what’s on the schedule in your town.
Have a great Halloween!