Halloween Done Right, For Less

Halloween can act as the unofficial start to the holiday season. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s coming up, it can be easy to forget about Halloween when making your holiday budget.
Here are a few last-minute tips to get the most out of Halloween on a budget:

1. Recycle past costumes to make something new!
Costumes can be expensive, especially if you are going out to multiple Halloween events in one year. To get the most for your money, it may be smart to recycle previous costumes to make something new and unique. For example, you could use the same components in a cowboy costume as you would for a lumberjack or the “Brawny Man.” Being creative with the materials at your disposal is a great way to save money while still making fun costumes.

2. Don’t give in to specialty Halloween stores
As you probably noticed, Halloween brings a swarm of seasonal pop-up shops selling costumes, decorations, and candy. Needing to make as much money as they can in the few weeks they are opened, these stores often charge much higher prices than large department stores or online vendors. A good tip to saving money during Halloween is to use these specialty stores to get costume inspiration and then purchase your items for a more affordable price elsewhere. The Dollar Store can often be a great substitute for decorations and candy!

3. D.I.Y projects can make the best decorations
Another great way to save money during Halloween is to make your own decorations at home. Rather than purchasing expensive props, carve pumpkins, use bed sheets, and create signs to make affordable spooky decorations. Pumpkin carving is a fun way to make unique and artistic decorations without spending a lot of money. Your local grocery store or pumpkin patch should have plenty of pumpkins to choose from. Using everyday cardboard signs can be great for making tombstones or writing scary messages for tick-or-treaters. Finally, bed sheets make great flying ghosts and can be placed all around the house to great effect.
4. Utilize local events
Local schools, libraries, city halls, churches, and town squares are great places to go during Halloween to have a lot of fun while spending almost nothing. Use your local newspaper or search online for community Halloween events to find out what’s going on in your area.

Happy Halloween!

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