Now that Thanksgiving is done, it is time to think about one of our favorite holidays – Halloween. Every year it seems I do a frugal Halloween post. Years ago I wrote about 13 ways you could keep the money gremblins at bay. I also wrote about frugal Halloween costume ideas here and here. So how can you have a fun and frightful Halloween on a budget?
Set a Budget
Like every other special event you need to set a budget. Have you set you your budget already?
How to Save on Halloween Costumes
Every year we shop our closets first, Rachel’s hippie costume came from my closet, as did a pirates costumes, and so did a mummy costume. Your closest should be the first place you shop. What could you create? Need some inspiration-look to Pinterest.
The second place we visit is Value Village, it is one of our favourite places to find a great costume by mixing and matching pieces. Shop your local one extra early as people love this option especially here in Toronto.
Other years we swapped costumes with friends, Rachel’s Blue Clues costume came from an exchange of costumes. Plan a swap in your neighborhood and you will not only save yourself money but your neighbours as well.
Really want to get something new follow these simple reminders.
- Check your flyers with an app like Flipp to find the best deals on Halloween costumes.
- Shop early- Halloween sales are already in flyers.
- Shopping online- check for coupon codes and special online deals.
- Buy the day after Halloween for next year at a deep discount.
How to Save on a Halloween Decor
Decor wise we have always believed in using what we have on hand. White and black garbage bags come in handy. We often create ghosts with markers, rolled up newspaper and a few white garbage bags cut open. A Black garbage bag can create a spooky door covering - we even created scarecrows out of old clothes from my dads closet. Headstones can be created out of heavy cardboard.
Other items that we needed like candles for our pumpkin were bought at the dollar store as were cobwebs. If buying new decor items, here too remember to check for sales on Flipp.
How to Save on Halloween Candy and Food
Here remember your budget and shop smart. Millions of dollars are spent every year on Halloween candy, and you want to keep as much as you can in your pocketbook. I know I do especially with me in the midst of the #Centsability challenge from Manualife. One of my two best tips for saving on candy, is check the sales first, again use Flipp and check the bulk stores like Costco. Have you checked the dollar store? Some years my candy has even come from there.
Planning a Halloween menu? I have a Pinterest board for that. As well remember to look for your loss leaders and delegate meal duties where you can -think potluck and there are plenty of inexpensive treats that you can give a Halloween twist.
Now tonight we will be talking about how to save on everything Halloween for our #CDNmoney chat on Twitter. Join us for some frightful fun talk about all things Halloween. Christa Clips and I will be there so be sure to join us.