Did you know that Halloween is the third most expensive holiday of the year, right after Christmas and Valentine’s Day! While there are fewer gifts to buy, purchasing costumes, candy and decorations during the fall can add up quickly. Here are some tips on how to stretch your dollar, while still making the most of the fun of the fall season.
Make costumes out of what you have!
- Store-bought costumes easily can run $20-$35 each, or more. If you have more than one child, buying costumes can bust a Halloween budget very quickly.
- Home-made costumes will mean more to both you and your children, and will almost always cost less. Check out FamilyFun.Com for great home-made crafts, treats, activities and costume ideas!
- Many costumes can be made with supplies found around your house, meaning costumes could be created for free! Look through your garage for the perfect handyman. Old sheets can be torn to create a little mummy, or dad’s old shoes and clothes with some of mom’s makeup can create an adorable clown! If you need an accessory or two to finish off your home-made costume, check out your local dollar store for economical options!
Buy candy – carefully!
- Watch the sales and circulars, and purchase candy throughout the month – only when on sale.
- With coupons, candy purchased while on sale can be a simple treat that is also inexpensive.
- For parties and kid’s gathering, make treats. Often, you have all the ingredients to whip up simple brownies or cupcakes. Placed in individual bags with fun, festive ties, these inexpensive gifts are individual and cost-effective. Parents.Com has great ideas on cool and creepy decorations as well as spooky cute & yummy treats!
Events and decorations.
- Every store will have a Halloween decorations and fall décor for sale.
- Skip the expensive stuff, and step out into your backyard for a basket of fall leaves.
- For a few dollars, buy a pumpkin to carve with the kids. This inexpensive activity can become a family tradition.
- Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and fall festivals are plenty this time of year. If you’re not careful, with a $5 or $10 entry fee per person, per event, you can spend a ton before you know it. Visit the event’s website for discounts, and look into what local churches, schools and community centers are offering. Often these community groups will offer events that are free, and they are just as good as the pay events.
For some more cost saving ideas, check out the article on CBS MoneyWatch:
Have fun, be safe and remember – memories and good times do not always have to cost a lot of money!