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How to do Halloween for less

Posted 14 October 2016

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Happy Halloween! And here’s how to do it on a budget.

Kids love Halloween. The chance to dress up as their favourite superhero, or spooky character can really get their imaginations going. Halloween parties can be a lot of fun, but you might be worried about the cost getting out of hand, especially if you’re focusing on saving up for Christmas at the same time. 

Follow our tips and you should find yourself having a spookily wonderful time this Halloween – and not getting a fright when you look at your bank balance. 

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Join forces with other parents/family members


This is a really effective way of keeping the cost down, whether you’re throwing a party for Halloween or any reason for that matter. See whether any other parents from your school or area would be willing to go halves on the supplies for the party. They could host the party and you could contribute to the cost of the decorations, or vice versa. 

Or maybe your parents or other family members would be willing to help you. You could extend the invitation and make it more of a family affair and invite some of your kids' friends to keep them occupied. 

Planning a party with someone else is bound to save you money and be a lot more fun as well. 


Don’t splash out on the costume


It’s definitely possible to create a great costume for your children without having to spend loads of money. Ask other parents whether they still have costumes that their kids have outgrown. 

Before you buy something new off the rail, have a look in advance on the internet. If you look in time you stand a much better chance of saving some pennies than if you were to scour the highstreet and you’re more likely to find whatever you’re looking for sooner. Ebay is a good place to start your bargain hunt, but there’s also Freecycle. This is exactly what it sounds like – it gives people the chance to get rid of items that they don’t need anymore, but are too good to throw out. And the best thing about it is that it’s free! You can find all manner of things on this site, so it’s a good one to bear in mind for the future as well. 

If all else fails, why not try making your own at home? Don’t forget that a trusty sheet can turn into a terrifying ghost and an all black outfit with white tape can turn into a spooky skeleton. 


Save on sweets and drinks


When it comes to sweets, buying in bulk can help you save – if you’ve got lots of people coming round then you should go through them all and have some leftover to give out to trick or treaters. 

Instead of buying branded bottles of fizzy drinks, why not buy cordial and some fizzy water to mix with it. It’ll definitely go a lot further. 

Don’t forget that it might be a good idea to have some healthy alternative snacks about the place, just so those excited kids don’t have too much sugar in one night. Carrot sticks, cucumber sticks and sweet potato fries are all very inexpensive and provide a nice alternative to sugary treats. And don’t forget the dip! 


Do it yourself decorating


Just before Halloween you can expect to see lots of themed decorations in the shop - you can also expect these items to be marked up because of the demand. Before you hit the shops why not see whether there’s anything you already have around the house to create a bit more of an atmosphere. 

You could use sheets for ghosts and torn apart cotton wool for spider webs. Don’t forget to draw some spiders for your webs and all you need is a piece of black card and you can cut out your own bats and cats ears to stick around. The whole thing could turn into a fun art project for you and little ones. 

Of course, carved pumpkins are the ultimate Halloween decoration and unless you’re lucky enough to grow your own, you will have to buy these. On the plus side though, they do tend to be budget friendly. Or you could have a carving competition, and get all your guests to bring their own. The kids can judge which one is the best pumpkin and that one could win a prize.


We hope we’ve convinced you that you don’t have to spend a lot to have a lot of fun this Halloween. Looking for ways to entertain the kids this coming half-term? Our previous blog has you covered. 


by Christine Walsh

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