Halloween is a favorite fun holiday which our family loves to celebrate, but it can get costly. Here are some tips to help you to celebrate Halloween On A Budget!
How To Celebrate Halloween On A Budget
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on decorations, events, or costumes. Instead, you can use so much of what you already have on hand to create a fun-filled holiday that everyone will love!
Halloween is typically not a costly holiday, but it can still wreak havoc on a tight budget. Between buying candy, costumes, and decorations, you can easily find your budget wrecked in no time. These tips will help you to make the holiday a fun time for everyone without killing the budget you have or creating debt.
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Halloween Budget Hacks
One of the best ways to save on Halloween is to learn some of these easy hacks that will not only save your sanity but your money too, especially if you have younger children.
Attend Free Halloween Events
Going to free events or trick-or-treating in your neighborhood instead of giving out candy can save you a lot. The classic Halloween event of passing out candy to kids in your community can be a fun thing for families to do. It can, however, get pretty costly. If you buy enough candy to give each person a few pieces, you can easily spend much more than you would like.
Instead, attend a local free Halloween event or enjoy the night with your family trick-or-treating. Most of the time our family doesn’t have enough time in the night to do both. So, if our girls want to pass out candy, we usually purchase a small bag just enough for them to pass out to a few neighborhood kids.
This way, we have time to enjoy ourselves trick-or-treating and passing out candy to friends without breaking the candy bank.
Volunteer At Local Events
Instead of giving out candy at your own home, volunteer at a local event. You can take your kids to the trunk or treat events, or you can volunteer at a location in your community to help hand out treats or direct traffic. You will still be spending time with the kid and helping in your community, but the out of pocket cost will be lower. Plus, you’ll be able to assist others who need help for their event. It’s a win-win situation.
Look in your local community for Halloween Events:
- Your child’s school
- Women’s Center
- Dance Studios
Make Your Costumes
Making our costumes is one of my favorite ways to save money on Halloween. Most of us can go back to our closets to find something fun to wear for Halloween. You can make amazing costumes from things you already have on hand. At most, buying face paint or a wig is all you should do outside of raiding your closet, craft supplies, or kids dress-up box.
Check out Pinterest for amazing ideas on homemade costumes, and get creative. A cardboard box, wrapping paper, and ribbon are all it takes to create a Christmas gift costume idea. Almost everyone already has that on hand and can create it without any extra expense.
Decorate With What You Have
Decorate with items you already have on hand and keep your Halloween on a budget. Halloween decorations can be really expensive. We have, however, come up with some great easy to use ideas that cost pretty much nothing. The great thing about Halloween is that decorating for this holiday is a bit messy. That means it is easier to manage with low costs.
- Use black trash bags stuffed with leaves to create large spiders for your front yard.
- Stuff a small area of a white trash bag and tie off to create the head of a ghost. Use markers to create eyes and a ghostly mouth. Hang from trees or your porch for simple ghosts.
- Pumpkins can be placed around your home to decorate, then used to cook down for recipes later.
- Cardboard boxes can be cut into shapes of tombstones, painted, and stuck in your garden, yard, or around your home.
These tips for how to celebrate Halloween on a budget are ideal for any family that wants to have fun with this holiday but has a limited budget. Halloween is supposed to be a fun holiday, not for parents to stress about the decorations or how expensive costumes need to be.
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