Money Saving Tips for a Less $pooky Halloween
People of all ages enjoy Halloween. It's a fun time to dress up, eat candy and have a lot of fun.
But, if you're not careful, those Halloween expenses can take a terrifying toll on your budget!
The National Retail Federation estimates that consumer spending on Halloween will rise to $9
billion this year, with the average person shelling out about $87 on decorations, costumes, and
candy. Take a look at these Halloween money saving tips to help keep your empty wallet from
The most cost-effective Halloween costume strategy is to make your own. Inexpensive fabrics
and free online patterns can help you save a lot of money. However, making your own costume
can be a significant time investment. If you would rather buy your costume, shopping early is
the best way to get a good deal; in fact, the best prices for "next year" are on November 1 of
this year! Use websites to comparison shop and find the best price. Another idea is to start a
costume swap in your neighborhood if there are several other families with children of similar
ages, especially if you're attending multiple parties and want different outfits for each.
One great way to save money on Halloween decorations is to get creative and use items you
already have around the house. Cereal boxes and cut-up cardboard boxes turn into spooky
gravestones with a little spray paint. You can use quilt padding to make cobwebs if you can't
find an inexpensive option at the store. For a frugal decoration and clean-up tool, buy or make
pumpkin trash bags to put your fallen leaves in after you rake.
Pumpkins are an easy plant to grow, so consider growing your own pumpkins for carving and
decorating. If you have to buy pumpkins, you can usually pick them up cheaply – check out
farmers' markets for specials. Don't buy your pumpkins in early October, either. They're more
prone to rot and will be more expensive than if you wait unti l a few days before Halloween.
The best way to save money on Halloween candy is to buy in bulk at a discount store. As long
as you don't eat it all and have to go back out to buy more at the last minute, you can save
money by avoiding the grocery stores. It's also a good idea to stick to buying non-chocolate
candy from the dollar store. You'll get the most candy for the absolute lowest price. You can
also save big by buying generic candy instead of pricier name brands.
You can also cut down on the amount of candy you need to buy by handing it out yourself. If
you let the children who ring your doorbell reach into the bucket and pull out candy by the
handfuls, you will run out of candy fast! Hand out a couple of pieces to each child.
Overall, the best way to save on Halloween items is by starting really early. In the week
following Halloween, shop around for items for next year. You'll be able to find deals
(sometimes up to 75 percent off) on decorations and costumes. Next year, you will be glad you
thought ahead, and you will be thankful for the Halloween savings.