Ah, Halloween, the greatest holiday of the year. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m biased, with my birthday so close to it and all, but it’s still a pretty great day. People from the age of three to one-hundred and three get to get dressed up, spend time showing off their creative costumes to friends and family, and enjoying delicious candy. (Admittedly, if you are trying to lose weight and find yourself surrounded with non-given-away candy after trick or treat night, it can be a less than fun situation.)
Of course, there can be some pretty serious costs associated with the holiday. After all, it’s the only holiday where you are expected to get a fresh outfit, provide candy to half the neighborhood, and get several gourds for carving. There’s not quite the expense that is associated with Christmas, but still, compared to say, Columbus Day, it’s still pretty expensive. It’s therefore a good time to consider
Ways to Cut Your Halloween Costs
1. Make Your Own Decorations: Let’s start with one of the basics of Halloween savings: Making your own decorations is pretty solid way to save money for the holiday. There are plenty of ways you can make decorations, with whole lists of suggestions for ‘build your own’ graveyards and other scenery out there. If you are willing to put in some time over the next few days, you can turn your regular looking house into a creepy villa without spending too much time or money on the process. This might also be the one time of year when you don’t need to clean up all the webs outside your home.
2. Make Your Own Costume: One of the more expensive parts of the whole Halloween experience is getting a new costume each year. Even a relatively inexpensive costume will still be money out of your pocket, and if you have a whole family to adorn for the holiday, it can get pricey quickly. One way to avoid this expense is to make your own costume. There are quite a few options out there if you do some searching, and you don’t need to go with a ‘few holes in a sheet’ ghost costume or anything. If you are very creative, you can even come up with better costume options than the ones at the store.
3. Make Your Own Treats: Alright, one more ‘make your own’ suggestion, although this is a tough one, at least when it comes to what you are going to give out for trick-or-treat. Most parents aren’t going to let you give away anything homemade to their trick-or-treating kids, so that’s not a good option to try. Still, from parties to your own use, there are times when making your own dessert is a great option. Which ones to make are you own option (I’m a fan of Rice Krispie Treats, myself), but there are lots of options available. For all that pre-made candy, there are some options available, including:
4. Buy the Candy and Pumpkins at the Last Minute: If you are trying to get pre-made, pre-packaged candy (the type that is typically handed out by most houses on Halloween), one of the best ways to cut down your costs is to buy at the last possible minute. If you are buying on Halloween itself (or the trick-or-treat night in your area, if yours, like mine, doesn’t trick-or-treat on Halloween itself), you might be able to talk the store manager into giving you a discount, if it’s not already discounted. You’ll do even better with pumpkins, as fruit that is going to expire will likely be sold at a discount, and as pumpkins aren’t terribly popular when Halloween is over, you’ll likely get a healthy discount.
5. Buy Your Supplies On November 1st: Alright, this won’t help you much with this year, but if you can stock up for next year, you can save a bundle. As with most items hinged to a specific date, the day after shows a fairly extreme drop in the price for the items in question. You’ll find costumes, makeup, and decorations at huge discounts to their pre-Halloween prices, and if you get ahead of the game, you can fill your Halloween supply boxes for less than you would spend for a costume or two. You can even fill your cabinet with Halloween candy, although that is more for your own use than to stock up for next year.
If all of this is not enough, or you simply don’t care for the normal activities of Halloween night, you can always try:
6. Consider an Alternative Activity for the Night: There’s a lot of options you have when it comes to Halloween, other than giving out candy, trick-or-treating or getting dressed up and going to a party or two. From a scary movie marathon to creepy game night, there are plenty of options out there that are both greatly enjoyable and relatively inexpensive. As long as you find something that you and those close to you enjoy, there’s plenty of things you can do that don’t have to cost a great deal of money.