Our master plan for how to save money on Halloween will guarantee you have a spook-tacular, fun holiday without stressing about your bank account. After all, we can't think of any other holiday that lends itself so well to spending as little as money as possible and still having a maximum amount of fun. Young, old, it doesn't matter — you can have a blast this holiday without breaking the bank.
From decor to costumes to candy and more, here are five of the best ways to how to save money on Halloween.
How to Save Money on Halloween Candy
Shop smartly. Research shows you’ll actually save the most by purchasing your sweets at warehouse stores (like Sam’s and BJ’s) and big box stores (like Walmart and Target). That’s because they offer bigger bags that contain larger quantities, so you end up spending less per piece. Tip: Be sure to keep your receipts. You can return unopened bags of Halloween candy to most retailers.
Opt for candy alternatives. Candy isn’t the only treat kids go ga-ga for at Halloween. You can stretch your cash by purchasing bulk bags of inexpensive Halloween-themed stickers, temporary tattoos and toys at discount stores, such as Big Lots. And many fast food chains sell coupon books for $1 per 10 to 12 coupons that are good for free shakes, fries, burgers, soda or other goodies kids love.
How to Save Money on Halloween Costumes
Score costumes for cheap at Goodwill. Dodge the high price of costumes by checking out consignment shops and secondhand stores, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army. They collect costume donations all year long, then wait till Halloween to roll them out, selling them for a fraction of their original cost. Some also purchase overstock and closeout merchandise of brand-new costumes and sell them at bottom-dollar prices.
DIY at home. And no, you don't need to be a crafts-person or even all that handy to create a top-notch costume right at home from items you already own. DIY Halloween costumes aren't just easier and cheaper, they're way more fun! Why show up in something store-bought and ridiculously overpriced when you can raid your closet and junk drawer and dress as a bag of jelly beans, or a Starbucks coffee cup, or a salt shaker (with your husband going as a pepper shaker, of course)? Everyone knows the best Halloween costumes are the unique, original ideas that no one else will have. You may even win first prize in the costume contest — who knows?
How to Save Money on Halloween: Other Tips
Remember: Getting into the spooky spirit doesn’t have to cost a bundle. That’s because there are lots of ways to celebrate Halloween for less. Want a fright flick? At OVguide.com, you’ll get links to over 350 no-fee streaming scary movies, such as The Craft and Night of the Living Dead. Want to get out of the house? Find out where free and low-cost hayrides, haunted houses, pumpkin picking, and other holiday events are taking place near you. The local library is a great place to start.