Halloween on a Budget

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Halloween is right around the corner. I still can’t believe that we are nearing the end of 2013. With the end of the year being near, we are approaching several holidays. The topic today (and that also relates to the giveaway below) is how to enjoy Halloween while being on a budget.

Usually we buy Halloween costumes every single year, but this year I don’t think we will be doing that. We probably used to spend around $50 to $75 on each costume every year.

There are many ways to save on Halloween costumes.

You can re-wear costumes from past Halloweens (which is probably what we will do since we have so many). You can also trade costumes with friends – this way you get to wear a new-to-you costume and it’s FREE.

Also, you can buy a costume, but wait until there is a coupon! Costume stores almost always send out a 20% or 30% coupon if you are on their email list.

Candy is also pretty expensive when it comes to Halloween. You might spend $4 or $5 a bag, and you most likely need more than one bag. I have heard of people spending well over $100 on Halloween candy, which just seems crazy! What we usually do is just fill up one big bowl full of candy and whoever the first kid is at our door scores the whole bowl. Their face always kills me and makes my day.

This year we won’t be passing out candy, we will be going over to W’s family’s home and celebrating there.There’s usually a pretty big block party and it’s always a lot of fun since their neighborhood is full of historic homes from the 1800′s and early 1900′s, so it really helps with the Halloween vibe.

Halloween will be pretty cheap for us. We bought some pumpkins, and might go to a pumpkin patch soon also. I sadly haven’t been in probably over 15 years!

To completely switch the subject, what about winter holidays? How much do you usually spend on the winter holidays? Give me your best holiday savings tips below! They can be Halloween or Christmahanakwanzika related.

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Comments

  1. Taynia | The Fiscal Flamingo says

    Giving away the whole bowl to the first kid. What a fun thing to do. Can you imagine what they tell their friends. I live in a neighborhood where all the houses are on stilts so we never get trick or treaters. It’s too much work I guess. I love Halloween! It’s my fav holiday. In the middle of figuring out what’re family is going to be this year.
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  2. GamingYourFinances says

    Those are great tips to save a bit of money on Halloween! We always hand out candy to the kids on Halloween, we get maybe 30-40, so it’s pretty cheap and very entertaining to see all the costumes. Have a great party!

  3. DC @ Young Adult Money says

    Oh gosh winter holidays are a budget killer! That’s mainly because my family exchanges gifts with everyone. Even though we are a relatively small family, it really adds up. I guess my only tip for Christmas and other winter holidays is plan ahead and look for the best deal for the items on your list.

  4. Alexa says

    Since I take my girls trick or treating I don’t have to worry about passing out candy. That’s one good thing. Plus my girls have so many dress up outfits that we could easily put together costumes from them.

  5. Emily @ Urban Departures says

    We live in a condo and not allowed to give candy. That will certainly change if and when we move to a house. My husband and I usually DIY simple costumes, wearing and adding to clothes we already have. Our kid had his first Halloween last year and ended up being gifted four costumes! Halloween isn’t a big money issue for us, Christmas on the other hand… we’ve DIYed some of our presents last year which helped.

  6. Morgaine says

    I always go to a Thrift Shop to get my Halloween costumes (whether its a traditional costume or not). This year I’m doing a “real housewife” costume with a trashy dress and accessories I found at the thrift store all I bought was some orange makeup for that “fake tan” look and I’m ready to go! Cost $12 :)
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  7. Broke Millennial says

    The best Halloween costume I ever “saw” (really just saw a picture) was my parents’ Psycho costume. My mom rigged up a shower curtain to go around her and she wore a bathing suit and shower cap. My Dad just stood next to her with a bloody knife. I found it hilarious. Plus, it was cheap, cheap, cheap!

    That block party sounds like a blast!

  8. Maria Jose Araya says

    my favorite halloween was the first one i was allowed to go trick-or-treating without my parents and only my friends. we bought a ton of silly string and tagged up trees and the sidewalks. i don’t even remember my costume but that night was awesome.

  9. budget and the Beach says

    This is going to be a really frugal Halloween for me. I’ll probably go to the dollar store for candy (not the best type of candy I know) and if I do go somewhere only dress up with stuff I already have. I don’t spend a lot on the holidays in general, which is good for me! :)

  10. Tanner says

    No, I cannot believe the year is almost over. Where did it go?! The best thing about Halloween for me, truthfully, is the days after, with the deeply discounted goodies. Best time to buy holiday stuff is after the holidays. Except for chocolates… but some hard candy is a-ok!
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  11. anna says

    I agree about recycling costumes (especially if it’s a different set of friends each time)… I’ve been Princess Leia like five times, it’s been awesome. :)

  12. Kyla H. says

    My first Halloween in Los Angeles in 2011! After an epic road trip to move across the country, my boyfriend and I arrived on Halloween night and went out on the closed stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard with our friends to celebrate. It was quite the introduction to the city!

  13. Crystal says

    My favorite halloween was when I was about 6-7 and we lived in my childhood home. The neighborhood that we walked around was filled with so many wonderful families that made the experience what every child hopes for. It’s been difficult to get that feeling year after year but that neighborhood was great!

  14. Lisa Brown says

    every halloween is my favorite because it is my favorite holiday. I love to decorate the outside of my home for the kids

  15. Ron says

    I’m an old guy (70) and have long ago forgotten the fun I had many years ago as a child going door to door. It was an exciting adventure.

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