Halloween is just a few weeks away, which means you’re probably decorating your house and planning what your costume will be. Although it’s fun to get into the holiday spirit, sometimes the amount of money you spend can be downright scary. This week, several sites posted super helpful articles that can give you ideas on ways to save money during this Halloween season. So, read on for costume and decoration suggestions that will work with your budget!
There’s no reason you have to spend an arm and a leg on Halloween decorations for your home. In fact, you can save major moola by making your own. Bargain Babe posted 10 easy DIY crafts (like a ghost mirror and hanging bats). Throwing a Halloween party? Check out the instructions for creating a pumpkin punch bowl or eerie ghost lights to help you create a spooky party atmosphere.
Need inspiration for what costume to wear? GoBankingRates posted a helpful video that gives you some insight into what other people will be wearing this Halloween (like Elsa from “Frozen,” Captain America, and Jon Snow from “Game of Thrones”). They also recommend saving money on costumes by shopping at big box retailers like Party City and Target. Just don’t forget to use a coupon code at checkout!
Americans spend more than $7.4 billion on Halloween - about $78 per person - on costumes, decorations, and candy. You don’t have to spend that much though - Kiplinger has some great suggestions for cutting costs. Try saving money on your costume by selling old ones, swapping with friends, or buying a used costume. You can save money on candy by waiting until the last minute to buy (prices drop the day before Halloween) and using coupons at checkout. If you want to stick to a small budget for decorations, try hitting up dollar stores - you’ll be able to find lots of options for barely any money!
It’s okay if you waited until the last minute to get your costume - US News Money offers some fantastic suggestions! Hit up Etsy or CostumeSuperCenter.com for costumes that you can get shipped to you ASAP. If you don’t want to spend a lot, check out DIY costumes on Pinterest. You’re bound to find some unique costumes that no one else will be wearing (and that won’t break the bank)!