This year, decorate your home and dress your kids for Halloween without scaring your wallet. Know when to buy holiday items and how to stack coupons with other savings to help you save money on Halloween items so you can celebrate on a budget.
After the holiday, box up your decorations and costumes for the next year. Instead of buying real pumpkins to decorate your porch, buy foam or plastic pumpkins at craft stores. You can use a marker to decorate them, and some of them can even be carved like a real pumpkin.
Pass costumes down to younger children and ask friends and family members if they would like to swap costumes. You’ll all save money, and the kids will be happy with a new selection of costumes to choose from.
Candy is at its highest price when it first hits the shelves, but the price drops as the holiday gets closer. Many candy companies release coupons that can be paired with a sale for a great deal. Buy candy in bulk to save money per ounce. If you don’t get enough trick or treaters to use a big bag, ask a neighbor to split the candy with you.
Haunted houses aren’t as busy during the week as they are on weekends, so they usually lower the price to attract more customers. You can also call the business to ask if there are coupons or other offers available that you can take advantage of to save money off the price of admission.
Shop your local thrift store for costumes and decorations at deep discounts. Look for racks of premade costumes, or go through the clothes to make your own one-of-a-kind costume. Look for glasses—take the lenses out before wearing—and other accessories to complete your look.
Dollar stores often have a great selection of holiday items that you can use to make a costume or accessorize one. They also have cute decorations for inside and outside your home.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great Halloween. Use your imagination, comparison shop, and reuse what you have to decorate your home and create awesome costumes for yourself and your kids!