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Halloween on a Budget

Having an Affordable Halloween

This year, Halloween will likely be different from previous years. There might not be widespread trick-or-treating and parties will probably be smaller, if they happen at all. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a Halloween and it doesn’t mean there won’t be costs associated with celebrating.

Here are some ways that you can have a fun, safe, and affordable Halloween.

Shop at Second-hand or Discount Stores

Buying costumes or decorations from big box stores or specialized Halloween retailers can be very costly. The good news is that you can likely find great items at your local dollar store or discount store instead. Spooky decorations, costumes, and even treats can be found at these stores, and they often sell for a fraction of the cost of other retailers.

It’s also a good idea to check out thrift shops and second-hand stores. These can be a great place to find items for Halloween costumes. With a little creativity, almost anything in these stores can be a costume!

Shop Online

Online shopping is certainly booming these days. Not only is it convenient and safe, but it’s also a good way to save some money. Since many online stores don’t have to operate large retail locations, they save money on rent, and that means they can sell at lower prices. Before you head out to stores to do your Halloween shopping, be sure to check online.

In addition to regular ecommerce stores, you may also want to check out classified sites or auction sites. These can be great places to get excellent deals. Just be sure to use caution and only shop from reputable sellers.

Look in Your Closet

Don’t have a costume for this year? Before you head to the store, look in your closet for items you don’t wear anymore. These can often be repurposed as costumes.

Not sure what to be? If you still have clothes from many years ago taking up space in your closet, put together a costume based on a certain decade! Use your imagination and come up with something great!

Split Costs

If you’re planning on having a party or giving out treats this year, consider splitting the costs with a friend, relative, or neighbour. Not only will this keep costs down, but it may also allow you to buy in bulk, which tends to be cheaper than buying a smaller portion.

Buy What Can Be Reused

Consider giving out erasers, stickers, small toys, etc. instead of candy. Not only will most parents appreciate the healthier options, but these items can also be used again next year if you don’t hand them all out.

In many areas, it’s still not quite certain how Halloween will happen this year, so you don’t want to end up buying a whole bunch of candy and then finding out you can’t use it. Toys and erasers last long enough that you can keep them for next Halloween if needed.

Make What You Can

You don’t need to buy a professional costume or elaborate decorations to look great on Halloween. Even if you’re not an experienced do-it-yourselfer, you can likely make at least part of your costume and some of the decorations. Look online for ideas if you’re stuck. There are so many sites that list great ideas that you’ll almost certainly find some options that work for you.

If you’re planning on having a gathering or party for Halloween, you can make some of the food or treats that you’re doing to serve as well. Cooking or baking at home is almost always less expensive than buying something that’s already made.

Give Yourself Time

As Halloween approaches, stores start to charge more to take advantage of people who left shopping until the last minute. Avoid ending up in this situation. Shop well in advance of Halloween and you’ll probably get lower prices. Plus, you’ll have more time to comparison shop to get the best deals.

Set Your Priorities

There’s a good chance you don’t have an unlimited budget. Since this is the case, you’ll need to prioritize what’s most important to you and spend money on these items. This is a good way to ensure that, even if you can’t get everything you want, you can still get the items that are the most important to you.