Our master plan for how to save money on Halloween will guarantee that you have a spook-tacular holiday without being scared about your bank account. After all, we can't think of any other holiday that lends itself so well to spending as little money as possible and still having a maximum amount of fun. No matter what your age is, you can still have a blast this holiday without breaking the bank.
From finding cheap Halloween candy to costumes and more, here are some of the best ways to save money on Halloween.
Where to Buy Cheap Halloween Candy
Shop smartly. Research shows you’ll actually save the most money by purchasing lots of Halloween candy at warehouse stores (such as Sam’s and BJ’s) and big-box stores (like Walmart and Target). That’s because they'll offer you a big bag of candy that contains a larger quantity, so you'll end up spending less per piece. Plus, we have to say that Walmart and BJ's Halloween candy tastes just as good as the sweets from any other store. Tip: Be sure to keep your receipts. You can return unopened bags of cheap Halloween candy to most retailers.
Opt for candy alternatives. Candy isn’t the only gift that kids go ga-ga for while trick-or-treating on Halloween. You can stretch your cash by purchasing cheap Halloween bags full of inexpensive spooky stickers, temporary tattoos, and toys at discount stores such as Big Lots. And many fast food chains sell cheap coupon books that are redeemable for free shakes, fries, burgers, soda, or other goodies that kids love.
Where to Find Cheap Halloween Costumes
Score costumes for cheap at Goodwill. Dodge the high price of costumes by checking out consignment shops and secondhand stores. For instance, Goodwill and Salvation Army Halloween costumes boast quite an impressive variety. The stores collect costume donations all year long, and then wait until Halloween season 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 also 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 salt shaker (with your husband going as a pepper shaker, of course)? Everyone knows that the best Halloween costumes are the unique and original ideas that no one else has. 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 to read a mystery novel? The local library is a great place to find great spooky books. Want to go on a little adventure? Find out where free and low-cost pumpkin carving, hayrides, haunted houses, and other holiday events are taking place near you.