How to Save Money This Halloween
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I’ve gone overboard a few times which left me filling a bit empty the day after. It’s no wonder, Americans spend on average between $75 and $150 on this holiday. It seems ridiculous to spend so much just to see a few smiles.
I want to share how to save money this Halloween without diminishing the experience or making it seem too cheap. To do this, I’ll discuss 5 areas where anyone can dramatically cut the costs.
Keep in mind, that since Halloween is one of my favorites, I can draw on collections to help me save some money.
How to save money this Halloween
1. Costumes ~ I know there is a huge draw to those large costume shops that pop up right around this time of year. Go there and you’ll surely find a costume that pleases you for around $40 to $60. Instead, I would suggest that you put together your own costume by collecting garments and props from thrift stores and consignment shops. Sure, the kids want to be their favorite characters or compete with their peers but this is a good time to install the idea that it is better to stand out than to fit in.
2. Decorations ~ This is where I can pull in from my collections but if you have no collections and you enjoy this holiday, then its a good time to start one. However, if you’re just starting out, try going to the pumpkin patch or where ever they’re selling pumpkins and gourds. Let each of the kids pick one out. Watch some DIY videos to make your own wreaths, and search for Halloween printables. Do not go out and purchase any giant yard inflatables that will cost you more in electricity than they’re worth. Instead, help the kids make a scary scarecrow or hang a stringer of handmade ghosts, or build a giant black spider. Also, make sure to check out the clearance section of your local Walmart the day after Halloween to stock up on items for next year.
3. Candy and Handouts ~ It is easy to over or underestimate how much candy to give out to trick or treaters. If you live in one of those neighborhoods that gets busloads of kids then it is even harder. Confer with your neighbors to get estimates then go get your candy in bulk from Sam’s or Costco. Make sure they’re individually wrapped and it is cheaper to get hard candies instead of the name brand chocolates. You might even want to skip the candy and opt for a bulk Halloween assortment of toys.
4. BYO Party ~ I like to have a Halloween party every year as well as attend the parties of my friends. Coordinate with your closest friends so that you don’t schedule your parties at the same time. Make your party a BYO (Bring Your Own) foods, candies, snacks and make sure they need to be Halloween themed. People want to show off their creativity and would be happy to share and find new ideas at these types of parties. Of course, you can provide the beverages but be creative and make it a witches brew punch or some other themed concoction.
5. New Tradition ~ I don’t have any children and live too far out in the country with few neighbors to get trick or treaters so I’ve decided to participate in the towns tradition of setting up a small area on Main St. where parents in this rural area bring their kids to trick or treat in a makeshift parade. There are hundreds of us and even more kids that would otherwise be stuck on their farms. We hand out candy and trinkets and enjoy the huge assortment of costumes. It’s a joint effort by several of our area churches and parishioners. Trick or treating starts just at dusk and lasts for about 2 hours. You can only imagine how much candy these kids receive. After the trick or treating we return to our home and spend the evening watching scary movies and snaking on themed foods we made earlier in the day.
Learning how to save money this Halloween will allow you enjoy this holiday without regret.