13 Spooky Good Tips to Save Money This Halloween
Money Saving Tips to Help You Out This Halloween
Let’s be real... If you want to enjoy your Halloween without going 6ft under, you’ll need to plan ahead. Follow these 13 spooky good tips to keep you from spending yourself into the grave
Get Frugal With Your Decorations
Buy fake pumpkins!
“Buy plastic pumpkin pails, weigh them down and add lights... so you don’t have to keep buying and carving new ones every year.” — Stacy
Okay, we know Stacy just made some enemy’s here... If pumpkin-carving contests are the highlight of Halloween for your family, then real pumpkins it is. And that’s fine, just budget for it!
Darn Cheap Discounts has carving kits 50% off retail!
But for those who always end up making a jack-o'-lantern look like one of those Wish memes... this is the tip for you! Keep your hands clean and save money in the long run by using fake pumpkins. They’re just 99¢ at DCD!
Check out dollar stores for decor.
You don’t have to end up in the grave because you spent cash on Halloween. Go to Darn Cheap Discounts or your local dollar store and buy all your spooky, monstery, and magical needs. From cndle holders to front-porch scares, you can make a truly terrifying impact on a tiny budget.
The only thing making your skin crawl this Halloween season should be your favorite horror movies and the high prices of those other stores!
Get Creative With Costumes
Visit discount stores and thrift shops.
“Growing up, my mom would take us to a thrift shop each year for the ingredients of our costumes. I was once determined to be Killer clown from Outerspace... We went to Goodwill, and sure enough, I found some incredibly hideous bath robes and an old clown mask. A few minutes on the sewing machine and my mom got it perfect! — Joey
Who said new was best? Probably a marketing campaign aimed at Halloween costume shoppers. But you know better. Gently used clothes make for great and affordable wear-one-time costume pieces. And if you’re going as a zombie, that well-worn pair of khakis with some cheap discount store makeup is the best buy around.
Make your own costume.
If you’re not into clowns don’t worry... Pull out your sewing machine and DIY until you put Those Hollywood costumes to shame. Marks for creativity! You can save a fortune, YouTube some how-to’s for inspiration. Anyone can purchase a store-bought costume. It takes a real pro to take something from concept to completion all on their own (impress everyone)! Then “WoW” everyone with your budget.
Recycle old costumes or host a costume swap.
How? Check out this budgeter’s brilliant suggestion:
“Once our kids started earning commissions and establishing savings goals, I told them I would pay them $2 to wear last year’s costumes again. It worked—and I saved $50!” — Jamie H.
The same thinking could work for encouraging younger siblings to use a hand-me-down costume from an older sibling.
Host a costume pre-game party and consider trading with a friend. Have everyone bring a Halloween costume, and have everyone swap! As long as you weren’t partying it up together last year, no one will be the wiser. And even if you were, make a joke of it on fb😜📱
Sell old costumes.
Instead of swapping or re-wearing, sell your old costumes! Plenty of like-minded, frugal shoppers would love to get a deal on something you wore once, because they’ll only wear it once. See the cycle? Make it a cycle of savings. Try Facebook marketplace or ebay!
Shop your closet.
Before you start buying, shop your closets. That Skimpy skirt is just what you need to be Harley Quinn or Get your Tim The Toolman Taylor on with your fave flannel. Poke the lenses out of those 3D movie glasses you kept and Borrow grandpas suspenders and you’ve got about half of your “ Urkle” costume ready. It’ll look awesome and will be so cheap you have to ask yourself “Did I do that” puny!! get it?!
It’s okay to buy costumes from the store, but you can also make used or already-owned items work spookily if you’re wanting to celebrate with breaking the bank this year.
Only purchase accessories.
“My daughter wanted to be a raccoon for Halloween. So we added a raccoon tail, mask and ears for $5 to a black dress she already owned.” — Laura M.
What a boo-tiful idea, Laura. You can save money by using the clothing you already own and spending cash only on the accessories to make a complete costume.
Buy reduced costumes after the holiday.
Want to think ahead? When Halloween is over, candy isn’t the only thing reduced. Buy your kids some costumes for next year, one size up!
That’s what Discount stores do! They wait until companies have leftovers at the end of the season and sell it on the cheap to discount stores. If you don’t feel like waiting until after the holiday... try finding a place the sells last seasons goods!
Maybe you’re worried you can’t pinpoint what your kids will be into next year. And I get it, this year it’s Pokémon, next year it’s Minecraft. However, you can guess what they’ll still love two months from now, so what if you did some early Christmas shopping and bought them a reduced-price princess or superhero costume as a dress-up outfit? Now you’re getting stuff under the tree at a reduced fee! You went from boo to ho-ho-ho in one day. Bravo.
Save on Candy
Wait for sales to buy your Halloween candy.
The second you spot your first pumpkin stand, we know what you’re thinking, The trick-or-treaters are coming. We have to stock up NOW! But you don’t—yet.
Yes, you need candy. You want to hand out the treats so you don’t get the tricks. But you should wait for the sales. But candy rarely ever goes on sale so shop at darn Cheap Discounts for all your haloween candy needs! Just 2/$4! Mix and match assorted fun sized bags of up to 5lbs for just $2ea!
Stock up for Christmas with post-Halloween candy sales.
“The day after Halloween, stock up on candy and chocolate for Christmas baking!” — Melanie H.
Heck yes, Melanie! Did you know orange- and black-wrapped candies taste the same as regularly wrapped candies? So, nab all the non-skeleton-covered sweets you need to fill Christmas stockings. Or go for the spooky-themed ones and tell the kids Santa went Goth.
Go trick-or-treating and get more fun-sized candy than any little mouth should ever chew. Free. If your little one is too young to notice, you can move some of the sweets to a nice hiding spot. Then, in two months, pop those goodies into stockings. Or eat them yourself. There’s no judgement here.
Attend Free Community Events
“Take advantage of free community events!” — Alisa J.
We couldn’t agree with you more, Alisa. Churches and communities offer lots of festive fall activities. Hartville Marketplace and Flea-market has free fun that’s right in your community’s backyard!