The way we celebrate Halloween continues to evolve each year with new and innovative ideas, materials, and technology. As a result, the price can also evolve. Nonetheless, if you are strapped for cash, but still want to have a memorable Halloween, here are some tips for you.


Keep decorations simple

Decorations without a doubt are an essential part of the Halloween tradition, however, they can be quite expensive. While the traditional jack-o-lanterns are cheap enough to create you can save more by making your own decorations.

a woman artist prepares for halloween and paints pumpkins

Bed sheet ghosts, cardboard tombstones, batting cobwebs, and other handmade decorations can be just as spooky to young children as electronic gizmos. Even a few well-placed spotlights and candles can give your own home that authentic creepy atmosphere.

Buy treats in bulk

Another big expense on Halloween night is the purchasing of treats to hand out to the trick-or-treaters that will come ringing your bell. If you live in a neighborhood that sees a lot of traffic on Halloween night, you can end up spending a small fortune. One of the easiest ways to avoid this is to buy in bulk.

Wholesale stores can offer you candy for much less than grocery stores. On the other hand, if you are looking for healthier alternatives, you can look for bulk packaging of popular snack foods that are individually wrapped into single servings.

Additionally , you can skip the food altogether and choose an alternative the candy bar. Dollar stores, toy stores, party supply stores, and even craft supply stores can be great sources of Halloween-themed items like toys, stickers, pencils, and novelties. These can be an inexpensive and fun alternative to sugary treats.

Go retro with costumes

The majority of the budget is often spent on elaborate Halloween costumes. The selection of costumes varies every year and is usually influenced by what is popular. In fact, with the current trend in superhero movies, you may see more Marvel and DC costumes compared to previous years. Disney children’s characters such as Elsa and Moana are an exception to this of course.

If you want to stretch your Halloween costume dollars, consider returning to the more traditional versions or putting your own spin on them. You can often buy Halloween costume accessories, like wigs, princess tiaras, and wands inexpensively. You can then combine these with other accessories such as capes, vampire’s teeth, and swords for an inexpensive, yet fun and creative costume.

Buy items on clearance and sale

On the other hand, if you really want some of the high-tech, fancier Halloween decorations, consider shopping the clearance sales in November. You can get this year’s hottest decorations at a much lower price and even save them for future Halloweens.

Saving money on Halloween is all about planning ahead and shopping smarter. With a little forethought and creativity, you can come up with other Halloween money savers that will allow your budget to go a lot further this year.