How to Save Money During Halloween

Did you know that there will be 179 million Americans planning to celebrate Halloween this year and are expected to spend $9.1 billion for this spooky holiday?  It seems that the figures keep growing year after year – in 2016, consumers were expected to spend $8.4 billion and $6.9 two years ago.  Wow, Americans truly are passionate about the Halloween festivities.  (National Retail Foundation)

But not every American who wants to celebrate Halloween would want to shell out tons of cash for costumes, candies, decors and travel.

If you are one of them, make sure to keep these budget tips in mind to enjoy the Halloween spirit without breaking the bank.


Why are Halloween costumes so expensive nowadays?  Well, you don’t really have to spend fortune to rock a nice Halloween outfit.  There are many options to save on a costume – you can repeat last year’s costume, swap it to your friends or sell it to help pay for a new one. Or better yet, just make your own if you got a pair of creative and crafty hands.


Speaking of crafty hands, store-bought Halloween-themed decors aren’t cheap as well so just make use of that talent of yours to spruce up your house for Halloween without spending much.  There are gazillions of blog posts, Pinterest boards and Youtube videos that showcase easy DIY decors that you can follow.  By doing this, you save a lot of money because most of the materials are cheap or are already inside your home.  Get your basic arts and craft supplies at the dollar store or other discount stores and you’ll be surprised by the amazing cheap thrills that you can find.


There’s no rule that says you have to buy brand-name sweet treats or make sure every kid in your neighborhood gets a bunch-load of candies and chocolates from you.  Also, buying your treats from the bulk food store will save you lots of money.  Just buy what you can afford then pack them individually – way cheaper than buying the pre-packaged ones from other stores.

Trick or Treat Baskets

Moms and Dads, you don’t have to buy your little one those fancy plastic trick-or-treat baskets.  You can get creative by using decorated gift bags, sand buckets, baskets or even those reusable grocery bags.

Don’t feel bad if you’re being frugal on Halloween because this is a smart choice.  You can still enjoy a spooky holiday without spending a lot!


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