Best Ways to Save Money on Halloween

Last Updated on October 4, 2022

There are so many things to do during the Halloween season that it can get expensive if you’re not careful. I’m sharing the best ways to save money on Halloween.

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There are so many things to do during the Halloween season that it can get expensive if you're not careful. I'm sharing the best ways to save money on Halloween. 

Best Ways to Save Money on Halloween

Halloween is a fun time of year for kids and parents alike. But it can also be an expensive time of year if you’re not careful. Here are a few tips on saving money on Halloween so you can have a great time without breaking the bank.

Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to save money on Halloween is to plan. By starting your Halloween shopping early, you’ll be able to take advantage of sales and discounts. You can also avoid the last-minute rush and associated higher prices.

Shop Online

Another great way to save money on Halloween is to shop online. You have a larger selection of items to choose from, and you can also often find better deals than you would in brick-and-mortar stores.

Plus, you can have your purchases delivered right to your door, saving you time and money.

a family with homemade Halloween costumes sitting at the table

Make Your Costumes

Making your costumes is a great way to save money on Halloween. With a little creativity, you can put together a costume that’s both unique and affordable.

And, if you have any excess materials left over, they can always be used for next year’s costume or other projects around the house.

two children dressed as mummies for Halloween

Buying Costumes

Costume shopping can sometimes seem endless, crowded, and messy when your kids either don’t know what they want to be, or they have a definitive idea, and the shops you visit don’t have the costume.

The best way to save time and money is to buy online. That lets you narrow down your search to a particular costume, gender, and size range.

Decorating Indoors

I like to make pumpkin bats to add a little DIY Halloween-themed home décor. All you need are mini pumpkins, black and white paint, and black craft foam.

First, paint the mini pumpkins black, adding in eyes with white paint and black dots. Next, cut the craft foam into the shapes of wings and ears and insert it into small slits that you cut into the sides and top of the pumpkins.

decorating the door with spiders

Decorating Outdoors

For outdoor decorating, I like to stick to one streamlined theme – such as spiders. I start by staging small and medium plastic spiders around the front door, along the outdoor stair railings, and around columns or beams.

For an added touch, have the path of creepy crawlers lead to one giant inflatable spider and stretch gauzy ‘spiderwebs’ from a craft store over bushes. Get these spiders to start.

Keeping Kids Engaged

To keep the excited little ones happily occupied while counting the minutes to trick-or-treat time, keep them engaged with a craft project. Set up a table where they can bejewel and decorate their masks. Get these Halloween printables to have fun.

There are so many things to do during the Halloween season that it can get expensive if you’re not careful. I’m sharing the best ways to save money on Halloween.

You need simple black masks with an elastic strap, glue, glitter, feathers, stickers, and fake crystals. If you have photo print paper at home, take a group picture of all the kids in the masks. Then send everyone home with a printed photo from the party.

Buy Candy in Bulk

Candy is one of the biggest expenses during Halloween. To save money, buy candy in bulk or on sale. You can also look for coupons to use at the store. By being smart about how you purchase candy, you’ll be able to save money and still have plenty for trick-or-treaters.

Halloween donuts

Have a Potluck Dinner Party

Have all of your friends over for a potluck dinner party instead of going out to eat. This is a great way to save money and still have a fun night with friends. Plus, you can use all that extra candy you bought in bulk!

If dinner seems like too much work, invite everyone over for coffee and donuts that afternoon. These mummy donuts are just the thing.

You’ll want these teeth to make them.

painting a pumpkin with paint

Halloween is a great time of year, but it doesn’t have to be expensive.

By following these tips, you can save money on Halloween without sacrificing any of the fun. So get out there and enjoy the holiday!

Even if you have a limited budget, there are still many ways you can enjoy yourself. Just be aware of your budget, mark these ideas on your calendar and get ready for some fun!

Ellen Christian - Confessions of an Overworked Mom
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