Money Saving Ideas for Fall’s Big Night

One Mom’s Money-Saving Approach to Halloween

Halloween has become big business in the U.S. over recent years. Between costumes, candy, decor, and the fun outings that your family wants to enjoy, you can drop some serious cash if you’re not keeping an eye on the bottom line.  The idea is to have as much fun as possible without busting the budget, right?

Halloween Costumes are the first place to save. We start by looking at what we’ve already got stuffed in closets and can recycle or repurpose. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something my kids would wear just for a few hours and then it would likely find its way into the dress-up clothes bin in the playroom. My daughter’s dance costumes have been repurposed into everything from fairies to witches to zombies. I mean, it’s Halloween, so all you have to do is put “zombie” in front of something and it’s the perfect costume, right? We’ve raided my husband’s hunting clothes, my son’s martial arts and sports uniforms, and anything else we have on hand. My kids have always loved their costumes even if their friends are all dressed as the latest superhero to rock the box office.

Halloween Candy is my next favorite place to save. As tempting as it is to buy only our family favorites, it’s much more practical to watch the sale ads and buy what’s discounted. I’ve been surprised to find that when Trick or Treaters ring my doorbell, if we give them a choice between a nontraditional treat and candy, they almost always choose the unique treat over the candy. So don’t be afraid to think outside the box and offer something other than candy. (Then you can always hit the after-Halloween sales and get your favorite treat for yourself!)

Halloween Decorations are a fun way to get in the spirit of the season. Whether you’re into spooky or just festive, the price can definitely add up. Try to only purchase items you’ll be able to use year after year and save by stocking up on these items in the after-holiday sales. While it might mean you can’t match the elaborate display your neighbor has this year, by shopping wisely and getting 75% or more off your purchases when retailers are trying to clear their shelves, you can not only accumulate a lot of fun decor items, you can also save a lot of money at the checkout. If you’re just starting to build your collection of decorative items, focus on objects that make a big impact. A beautiful wreath on your front door is a great place to start. If you stick with a fall theme, instead of strictly Halloween, you can leave it up right through Thanksgiving if you’d like.

Halloween is fun, so enjoy all it includes, but be careful not to break the budget. After all, at the end of the night, isn’t it really all about how much candy you’ve got anyway?

Trick or treat!


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