With fright night quickly approaching, it got me thinking about some practical ways to keep Halloween frugal this year. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American is planning on spending just over $75 on decor, costumes, and candy this Halloween. But with a little planning and creativity it doesn’t have to be so expensive. Here are a few tips and resources to get you started in the right direction.
Build Your Own Costume
I have 3 kids that are of ‘trick-or-treat’ age and it can get expensive outfitting them every year. So a few years ago my mother-in-law was gracious enough to start making costumes for the kids for Halloween and it has saved us a ton of money. Check out this article from Parenting.com titled 35+ Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids as it is a terrific resource and an excellent place to get some ideas. We have used several of their costume ideas in recent years and they were all a smashing success. We typically save 50% by doing Halloween costumes ourselves and always end up with some very creative and original costumes.
Use a Halloween Coupon
If you don’t have the time required to build your own costume at home, be sure to use a coupon code to save money on one.
Throw a Frugal Party
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on decorations to have a rip roaring kids Halloween party. For example, one of my favorite frugal party decorations include using a couple orange or green light bulbs to make the room like extra eerie. Then play frugal games like ‘Wrap the Mummy’ where you break into teams and the team that can wrap a fellow team member the fastest with nothing but toilet paper wins. I also found a great resource from Amanda Bradbury that has a list of really cool Frugal Halloween Party Ideas.
Decorate on a Dime
The key with Halloween party decor is to use what you have and only buy things that are a great deal. Let your creativity guide you. A couple of my favorites include using a few plastic 1-gallon milk jugs, decorate them like you would a jack-o-lantern with a Sharpie, and light them up with LED lights. They make really cool ghostly decorations on your front porch or entry way.
Another one of our family favorites is to make our own fake blood to use when the kids wear a scary costume. Simply mix together 2 tablespoons of corn syrup, 1 teaspoon of cocoa, mix, and 6 drops of red food coloring. Not only edible, but amazingly realistic. For even more inspiration check out this great article from Better Homes and Gardens titled Quick & Inexpensive Halloween Decorations.
Aside from a moratorium on the pagan festival, can you add any tips to make Halloween a little easier on the pocketbook this year? I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
About Kyle James: Kyle operates Rather-Be-Shopping.com which lists online coupons to over 900 stores and has been featured in the New York Times and on NBC’s Today Show.