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Saving Money This Halloween

Halloween is almost here! This is a fun and exciting time for many people, but it can also be an expensive one. Between treats, decorations, costumes, and more, Halloween can be very costly, especially if you have kids or you’re planning on throwing a party. In fact, for a lot of people, Halloween is one of the most expensive holidays of the year!

But it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to have a happy Halloween without breaking the bank.

Make Your Own Décor

You can make plenty of great Halloween decorations yourself. Not only will this save you money, but it will also give your home a unique look that is different from your neighbours. Check out Pinterest, blogs, and many other sites for ideas. You’ll also likely find a lot of affordable Halloween party décor ideas.

Use the Dollar Store

Dollar stores and other discount stores often have decorations and even costumes for sale at lower prices than many other retailers. Check out your local dollar store and see what you can find. However, you might need to be quick. Dollar stores often have limited stock, so you’ll need to get there before the rush.

These stores also sell craft supplies that you can use if you’re following the previous tip and making your own décor. With a bit of creativity, you’ll be able to decorate your home on the cheap.

Shop at Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are great places to find elements for costumes and potentially even some Halloween decorations. Look around for old clothes that you can repurpose into a costume – in fact, you might even find full costumes for sale if you’re lucky. A lot of people sell their old Halloween costumes when they no longer need them, and you could snap them up at a lower price than buying something new.

Shop in Advance

As with most special occasions, affordable Halloween decorations and costumes tend to sell out quite quickly. A lot of the good thrift store finds will sell out quickly as well. As mentioned, that’s why it’s a good idea to start your Halloween shopping in advance so you can get what you’re looking for without overpaying.

Shopping well in advance of the day also gives you the ability to compare prices, take advantage of sales, and shop online without worrying about paying for expedited shipping.

Create your Own Costume

Store-bought Halloween costumes often look great, but they’re typically very expensive as well. This is especially true when you consider that you’re wearing them for only one night. Instead of going all in and buying an expensive costume, why not make your own? You’ll not only find that this is less costly, but you will also be able to be more creative and come up with a unique idea that’s unlike anything sold in stores.

Use What You Already Have

Before you head out to the store and buy anything for Halloween, look at what you already own. Search through your closet and see if there are any pieces that you could repurpose into a Halloween costume. Clothing from decades ago can be used as a “period costume” that doesn’t cost a cent!

If you have old Halloween costumes sitting around, see if there are any parts of them that you can recycle into a new costume. You might not want to wear the exact same thing you wore last year or a few years ago, but you can probably borrow some parts from an older costume to make a new one.

The same is true for decorations. You don’t need to get brand new Halloween decorations every year. If you want to switch things up and have a different look than before, think of new locations or new ways to display your décor.

Share and Trade

Ask some friends or family members if they have any old costumes that they would like to share and do the same with whatever you may have. This can be a great way to save money. For instance, if you know someone who has a child that is a few years older than yours, you could get a great “hand me down” costume to wear for the night and return.

Buy in Bulk and Share

Giving out candy and other treats on Halloween is a big part of the fun, but it can also be expensive. One method that can save some money is buying large packages of treats in bulk from discount or big box stores. These are often less expensive per treat than the smaller packages you can find at grocery stores. If you don’t need all the treats that come in a larger box, share them with friends and neighbours and split the cost.