Last year, Americans spent about $6.9 billion on Halloween — a scary figure considering that adds up to about $74 per person. Approximately $2.1 billion of that spending was on candy alone!
This year, if you’re wanting to save money but you still want to celebrate, here are 5 ways to save big on all your Halloween essentials.
5 ways to slash spending on Halloween fun
1. Buy candy at the right stores.
Contrary to the belief of some, candy is actually not the best deal at a bigbox store such as Walmart. You can stretch your dollar much further by buying candy at the dollar store or Aldi.
Speaking of Aldi, in this week’s ad, Aldi has some great deals on kids costumes from $8.99. But the trick is you have to act fast to get your treats from Aldi — they sell out fast!
Read more: Amazing Halloween deals at Aldi
2. Get creative with DIY decor.
Theo on our team shared how some creative moms turned those plastic pumpkin candy buckets into beautiful gold fall decor. The free social site Pinterest has tons of ideas on how to come up with great Halloween decor on a budget. Often you can use items you already have in your house, like paper towel rolls, used K-cups, mason jars or sheets.
(And while you’re there, be sure to follow our Pinterest page too!)
3. Buy party supplies at the dollar store.
Dollar stores are a treasure trove of cheap seasonal decor. If it’s only for one day anyway, why spend a bunch on decorations? Balloons and plastic plates and cutlery are a good deal too.
4. Choose alternatives to candy to save money.
Let’s face it — candy is yummy, but it can get pricey, and it’s also not very healthy. Crystal Collins shared some great alternatives to Halloween candy that are healthier and cheaper too, such as honey sticks, party rings, gummy packs, popcorn balls or glow sticks. These ideas, though not all edible, can help you add some “fun” to the “yum”!
5. Make your own Halloween costume.
Yes, it’s really really cute when your daughter dresses up as Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen. But the $35 price tag on that costume isn’t quite as cute!
Though you might need a little ingenuity to make your own costume, if you have it, you’ll likely make people smile!
Someone I knew once made a costume by taking a white t-shirt and writing a big “P” on it, and then gave themselves a black eye using makeup. I won’t give away that costume, but I’ll admit it took me a minute to figure it out! Buying a little makeup and using items already in your home can make your dollar go a long way.
But if buying a costume is the only thing that will suffice, try eBay or used kids clothing stores first. If you can find one, the price will likely be at least 50% off a brand new costume.
An important note: Often with eBay, lower prices mean longer wait times, as the cheaper items ship directly from China. So be sure to allow yourself enough time if you go this route!
Read more: 10 amazingly cheap Halloween costume ideas