Halloween is right around the corner and this year, it’s coming with a price tag. Studies show 157 million Americans who plan to celebrate the holiday will together spend an estimated $6.9 billion on everything from candy to costumes. That breaks down to $2.6 billion dollars on purchasing costumes, $2.08 billion on candy, and $1.96 billion on decor. Don’t worry! You can still celebrate in style without draining your bank account dry.
Wait it out
On the first day of fall, it can be tempting to head straight to the store and stock up on all the fall décor you can fit in your cart, but slow down! If you can hold out until the last few days of the month or even the official day of Halloween, you may score yourself a deal. We’re talking half price decorations, sales on bags of candy and even major savings in the costume department. If you can’t wait that long, take a trip to the store anyway and stock up on necessities for next year.
Get crafty and creative
Take a trip to your favorite thrift store and challenge yourself to craft up the craziest costume. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, consider borrowing from a family member or friend, or better yet plan a costume swap. Skip the store-bought costumes, and make your own using material and clothes laying around your home. Looking for a little inspiration? Check out these ideas to get started.
Small bags of candy can run your wallet dry, so be sure to check out wholesale stores who sell bulk bags of candy for less. As always, keep your eyes out for coupons!
Fun doesn’t have to come with a price tag this Halloween! Rent a scary movie and watch it with friends or take a trip to the local pumpkin patch. Check out your local event calendar for free festive events going on around the community!
Skip the pumpkin patch and take to your own garden! It may take some planning a few months in advance, but you can grow your own pumpkin. The trick is getting the timing right. To avoid rotting before Halloween, plant your pumpkin seeds in mid to late May.
If you’re hosting a Halloween party or get-together with friends, make it a potluck. Invite your guests to bring their favorite ghoulish grub while you provide the main dish, like chili or a big pot of soup.