Simple Tips to Save Money on Your Halloween Party
Hosting a Halloween party is a fun way to get together with friends and family in a safe environment. While it can be easy to go overboard and quickly blow your budget, keep these tips in mind to create a festive environment that everyone will enjoy – including your wallet!
Create Your Own Decorations & Make Inexpensive Crafts
Even if you aren’t a crafty person, there are many decorations that you can create for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them. If you aren’t able to make the decorations you’re looking for, use a coupon on the ones you need to purchase. Better yet – wait until everything goes on sale after Halloween (at 75% off) and stock up! We also have this cute Halloween Can Candle Craft you can make with recycled coffee cans and black spray paint. Check out our 15 Adorable Halloween Crafts post that highlights 15 crafts you can make with many items you already have around the house, or are very inexpensive to purchase. We also have 25 Pumpkin Crafts you can make as well. If you are having smaller children over we have some Halloween Coloring Pages that you can print for free!
Spread cheesecloth (or dollar store spider webbing) out to make creepy spider webs in the corners or on tabletops. For a little extra creep-effect, add in plastic spiders that can be found at dollar stores for pennies. You can also cut pumpkins and other spooky figures out of construction paper to decorate your door. Construction paper is pretty cheap, or you might already have it on hand. Cut out spooky shapes or turn your front door into a monster or ghost.
Glow sticks not only add a little bit of light, but they are much safer than candles (especially around kids) and help to create a spooky environment. Add them to mason jars, behind masks or placed in toilet paper tubes with eye shapes cut out. These can be found at dollar stores as well.
Decorate old jars to look like potions. Save your pickle, salsa and other jars and turn them into spooky potions with just a little bit of paint and glue. Simply draw your words or decorations with hot glue, let dry and paint over the entire jar with your desired color – grays and browns look best!
If you need pumpkin design ideas, check out our Olaf pumpkin design, Minion pumpkin design, or these free Star Wars stencils. Since we decorate pumpkins each year, it makes a fun family activity that also serves as a decoration.
Create Food From Scratch
While it’s tempting to buy premade cookies and desserts, try to make as much food from scratch as possible. These Candy Corn & White Chocolate Chip cookies are delicious and won’t break your budget. We also have these adorable Fall Leaf Cookies! You can also make this Halloween 7 Layer Dip for something savory or this Whipped Pumpkin Dip for something sweet. You can also use the pumpkin seeds from your decorated pumpkins as a snack, but make sure you use our Savory Pumpkin Seeds recipe. Check out our spider and mummy Hershey’s Pudding Snacks. These are frugal and festive!
A really neat drink idea is to make a witch’s brew punch. Purchase inexpensive store-brand sprite or ginger ale and add green food coloring into a punch bowl. You can also take a rubber glove and fill it with water and freeze. Remove the glove with scissors and wash well and add it to your punch for a creepy floating hand.
Make Inexpensive Goody Bags
If you want to send everyone home with a treat, pick up a few goodies at a dollar store and place them in these adorable (and almost free) Witch’s Broom Snack Bags. These Ghost Lollipops are a spooky treat to put in the bags too! Get creative with items that are inexpensive that can be included in the bags. Spider rings, stickers, erasers and other items can be purchased in bulk at the dollar store.
Make Your Own Costumes
Costumes seem to cost more and more every year! Skip buying them and looking like everyone else and create one at home! Oftentimes you can create your own costume with items you already have in your home or purchased from a dollar store. If you’re looking for something ready-made, look at dress up outfits as opposed to costumes. They tend to be cheaper and have the same effect! If you are short on ideas, check out Pinterest for great DIY costume ideas.
Play Inexpensive Homemade Games
My all-time favorite Halloween party game is bobbing for apples. We fill up a large tub with water and apples, then the kids have to bob for the apples with their mouths. This game is more appropriate for kids ages seven and up. You can also take plastic red cups purchased at the dollar store and a ping pong ball and have children try to get as many ping pong balls in the cups as possible. Decorate the ping pong balls to look like eyeballs for extra Halloween fun.
Glow-in-the-dark ring toss is another favorite game. Use glow-stick bracelets as the rings and have children toss them around a homemade stand, or a stick in the ground if you don’t have time to make a stand. Check out these other adorable Halloween party games.
Buy Party Supplies from the Dollar Store
Many dollar stores now carry name brand candy for a fraction of the cost of big box stores. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, be sure to use a coupon for your Halloween Candy if you’re purchasing from a big box store!
If your budget is really tight, you might think about foregoing candy altogether. If you offer food at your party, no one will miss the candy! Many moms prefer healthy snack alternatives over sugary treats. If you decide to go healthy with snacks, such as fruit, don’t feel obligated to have as large of a spread with other foods.
Purchase tablecloths, napkins and plates in orange or black. You can even draw jack-o’-lantern faces on the plates for extra effect. Always remember that less is more, so don’t “junk” up the party with too many extra decorations. Many times I’ve seen people go overboard with party decorations and it looks gaudy. Keeping it classy and simple will make it more fun, economical and less stressful.
What are some of your Halloween Party Savings Tips? Share them below!