Halloween can be a fun time for the entire family filled with buckets of candy, spooky costumes and neighborhood parties. It can also put a big dent into your wallet if you aren’t careful. In 2015, Americans were expected to spend close to $6.9 billion in Halloween supplies. Yikes!
Try these tips to keep your costs down for all of your fall and winter festivities.
Cutting Back On Costumes
While it may seem impossible to convince your children that they don’t need the latest superhero costume, there are other ways you can save.
Start by recycling your family & friend’s old costumes. With growing children, many families can only get one year out of a costume. Organize a neighborhood swap to help everyone find something they like without the sticker shock that comes with purchasing a new costume.
When it comes to adult costumes, visiting your local thrift store is always a great way to get a few items to make your costume stand out. The more creative you get, the more you will be able to save!
Hosting a Halloween party doesn’t need to break the bank either. While you’re searching for your costume at the thrift store, keep your eye out for decorations that can add some Halloween flare to your home.
The dollar store is another great resource to stock up on decorations and supplies. Save on your party supplies by selecting bright orange plates from the party section rather than the Halloween supplies to help your budget as well.
Purchase pumpkins to add decoration to your home. These pumpkins can do double duty as your party guests each grab one during the party to compete for the coveted title of “Best Pumpkin Carver”. Don’t forget to roast those leftover pumpkin seeds as a healthy treat for your little ghosts and goblins.
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[i] “See The Crazy Amount We’re Spending On Halloween This Year” Fortune.com. 28 Oct. 2015. http://archive.fortune.com/2015/halloween-money-spending-numbers/
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