6 Tips to Save Money on Halloween

October 23, 2015 | Eve Breunig

Illustration of a shopping cart full of jack-o'-lanterns.

The average American is expected to spend about $74 to get in the Halloween spirit this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

That’s kind of scary, isn’t it?

Though you’d expect the holiday season in December to generally be the costliest time of year for many families, the expenses of Halloween can be surprisingly high. Halloween costumes, candy, decorations and treats for school events can add up frighteningly fast.

So, what’s a savvy parent to do when Halloween sneaks up on you? Celebrate on the cheap, of course! By finding more affordable ways to decorate, dress, snack and party, Halloween doesn’t have to be a budget-busting night.

With these 6 money-saving tips, the ghosts and goblins won’t sneak up on your budget.

  1. Buy Halloween candy from a warehouse club. Buying Halloween candy in bulk can help you save money and avoid the hassle of making multiple trips to the grocery store to stock up on candy during the weeks leading up to Halloween.
  2. Shop at online party stores for Halloween decorations. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or want to deck out your home for Halloween, peruse the inventory of online party stores for some great deals. Keep an eye out for coupons and online only offers to save even more.
  3. Buy arts and craft supplies at a dollar store. If you’ve caught the crafting bug this season, head to the dollar store or other discount stores in your area to round up basic supplies to make your own decorations. You can also try craft stores; they always seem to have coupons and sales!
  4. Search for free activities in the community. If you don’t have room in the budget to host a Halloween party for the kids or even to stock up on candy, plan on taking everyone out for some free Halloween fun at your local community center, school or museum. Take a look at the events page in your local newspaper, find events on the Facebook pages of organizations you are a part of or review the community calendar at civic centers to find low cost ways to celebrate Halloween.
  5. Make your own Halloween costumes. You’ll find plenty of tutorials and tips for making Halloween costumes with inexpensive materials online. To get inspired, check out Pinterest boards and posts from crafty bloggers. Even something as simple as a decorative mask or a cape embellished with Halloween motifs can be enough to get you in the Halloween spirit.
  6. Shop at surplus stores. Stores that carry overstock, surplus and slightly damaged or irregular merchandise can be a treasure trove for bargain hunters and typically carry a large selection of holiday-themed merchandise.

It’s true that Halloween can be an expensive holiday, especially if your kids have big expectations. However, doing some of the work yourself and being creative with your resources is part of the fun of celebrating Halloween as a family. Get crafty—and you’ll find that Halloween spending doesn’t have to break the bank.

Eve Breunig

Eve Breunig

Eve Breunig, VP Sales Development Manager, has 30+ years of experience in Financial Services but continues to learn something new every day. She has been with the Mission Fed Management Team for 4 years and is grateful to be part of a growing organization that focuses on its members. When she’s not at one of our branches, Eve is doing Pilates, cycling and spending as much time as possible with her husband, family and friends.

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