According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween spending will reach a whopping 9 billion this year. 175 million Americans plan to participate and will spend $86+ per household on average. And if you have multiple kids and/or live on a popular trick-or-treating block, that spending will be compounded. Rather than going overboard this Halloween, try one of my favorite ways to save:
DIY Halloween Decor
Sure, you can buy beautiful Halloween décor, or you can head to a store like crafting destination Michael’s or Michaels.com/Kids and pick up supplies for some fun, family-friendly DIY projects! You and your kids will exercise your creativity, have a great time making them and you can re-use them year after year. A couple of my favorites are the faux pumpkins that you can decorate and store for next year. You can even make a teal pumpkin to show that our treats are safe for trick-or-treaters with food sensitivities.
DIY Halloween Costumes
See what you have on hand. Last years’ Harry Potter cape can be re-purposed into a vampire cape with minimal effort. You have black clothes to wear underneath, so all you need are some fangs and face makeup. If you need inspiration, Google “Best DIY Halloween Costumes”. You’ll be stunned by how many great ideas there are that are easily do able, regardless of your skill level.
Try (Gently) Used Costumes
You can also swing by the local second hand shop to check out their selection of gently costumes. Given that most Halloween costumes are worn once, you can often find options that are in decent shape. Don’t forget the take a peek at the formalwear section; there may be gowns, suits and tuxedos, which can be used for a whole host of costumes.
Hit the Halloween Sales
A great basecamp for all the best Halloween sales is deal site, Slickdeals.net. With a community of 10 million users constantly sharing, vetting and voting on deals, Slickdeals is your secret ingredient for saving money on all the snacks, games, and decorations you’ll need. Check out their designated Halloween page or set deal alerts or set deal alerts to be notified about sales on specific items or brands. Download their mobile for quick and easy access to deals, coupons, and alerts!
No Sale? Create Your Own
When you’ve got to have that thing that isn’t on sale, create your own sale by shopping with a discounted gift card. GiftCardGranny, who I work for, has thousands of discounted gift cards that allow you to save anywhere from 2-30% on average. For example, right now, they have Hot Topic and Kohl’s gift cards for 14% off and Target for 9% off! Perfect for saving on your Halloween costume.
If Online Shopping is More Your Jam
From décor to candy, you know you can buy almost everything you need at Amazon. But the tricky thing about Amazon is that it’s hard to tell whether or not you are getting the best price (never assume that you are). There’s a nifty tool called Ranktracer, which provides pricing data for thousands of products sold on Amazon, including tons of Halloween-related items. This tool will give you a sense of whether you should buy now or wait, which is perfect because you have a little time before the big day.
Throwing a Spooky Bash?
Hosting a party doesn’t have to be expensive. First, there’s no need to go high-end on the décor and serving items. Try Oriental Trading or the dollar store for inexpensive options. Also, just because you’re hosting, doesn’t mean you have to foot the entire bill. If all your guests contribute a dish and bring a bottle of something festive, that means you don’t have to bear the full burden.