Simple Ways to Save this Halloween
Do you remember the good old days of making costumes out of bed sheets and eating homemade treats – like candy apples and peanut brittle? While those inexpensive activities are not as popular as they used to be, with a little creativity and ingenuity, these money-saving options will keep your expenses to a minimum.
Create your own costumes.
Costumes patterns or DIY inspiration can be easily found with a simple internet search. After you’ve pinpointed your costume, adding a few accessories to items you already have at home may be all that’s needed to complete the costume!
Swap costumes with siblings or friends.
Having an annual “costume swap” with your family or close friends is the best way to get the most bank for your buck! Store-bought costumes can be a hefty cost up-front but organizing a costume swap is the best way to alleviate the costs in future years. This will also help cut back on waste for costumes that are only worn once.
Check your local thrift shop.
Thrift shops are a great place to score a gently used costume or help piece together a costume with what you already have on hand. While many costumes are only worn once, you can often times find a great costume at a steal. However, shopping your local thrift shop may require more planning, as costumes sell quickly during the month of October.
Buy candy in bulk or at a discount store.
Buying in bulk is generally more cost-effective due to wholesale pricing, which can save a lot if you’re expecting a large crowd for the holiday. If your neighborhood is small, or you don’t see as much foot traffic, consider purchasing smaller quantities at your local discount or dollar store.
Check your local newspaper.
During the Halloween season, your local newspaper may be running coupon advertisement for costumes, candy, supplies or decorations. Be sure to check the Sunday ads to see if there are any hidden savings.