Did you know that Halloween is the third most expensive holiday? I guess it makes sense. There’s the costumes, the candy and the decorations, those things can really add up. There are a few things you can do to keep the spending in check.
Shop Your Closet for Your Costume
My book club is having a costume party this year. When I learned that we are supposed to come to this month’s meeting dressed as a literary character I was a little stressed about finding something to wear without shelling out any money. After reading The Wilder Life, I had been thinking a lot about my favorite book as a child, Anne of Green Gables. The only problem was that to be Anne, I would have to spend some money. Going to thrift stores and resale shops is a great way to keep the cost down, but I was looking for a no-cost costume. After scouring the internet, I finally came up with a character from the 50′s & 60′s, who I also loved as a child, whose clothes I could replicate with something from my own closet. If you have to purchase something, try to find something that you can repurpose and use later.
Save on Halloween Candy
Handing out Halloween Candy is a lot of fun, but it can also be a little expensive. To make room for Christmas merchandise in stores, Halloween candy is often marked down before Halloween arrives. So wait until a couple of days before Halloween to stock up. Sometimes it’s easier to buy in advance. If you can’t wait until the last minute, shop sales and use coupons. The drug stores often have some pretty good deals on candy during October. Try to buy candy that you don’t like. If you buy candy you don’t care for, you won’t be tempted to eat any of your precious supply.
Save on Halloween Decorations
As with most anything, handmade decorations are often much less expensive than store bought. Search the internet for ideas on handmade decorations. Sites like Martha Stewart and Pinterest are full of ideas. Stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby have supplies and lots of decorations to offer. Both stores often have coupons for 40-50% off in the local newspaper or on their websites. When you shop for decorations, keep in mind that some decorations, like pumpkins, can also be used for Thanksgiving decor. Finally, shop at the end of this season for next season. This year, I’m on the look out for some skeletons so I can do something like this next year.
How do you keep the costs down at Halloween?