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Happy October! Halloween is right around the corner. This is the one month of the year for all things spooky and scary. This doesn’t have to be the case when it comes to your finances. The expenses can add up quickly when it comes to shopping for Halloween costumes, candy for trick or treaters, fall decorations, and much more. Your finances shouldn't stop you from embracing the festivities that come with halloween. There are various ways you can save money this Halloween season that are simpler than you might think. I’ll dive into six tips you can try this October to save money for Halloween while still celebrating the event. Whether you have kids or not, there’s a tip for everyone to get into the spooky spirit while thinking of your finances.
Reuse Old Costumes & Get Creative
Tip #1: Try reusing costumes from previous years and bring them back to life!
Gather all the costumes you have in your house from previous Halloweens. Look through your inventory and see what you have to work with. Consider making a list of what you have and write down ideas under each of ways to transform them into a new costume. A mask from an old superhero costume could be turned into a burglar’s disguise. A tiara from a princess costume can be turned into a crown for a prom queen. The possibilities are endless. You just need to get those creative juices flowing.
Another great source of inspiration is your own closet. Simple pieces of clothing can be seen as possible pieces of a costume. A bucket hat and floral shirt could be turned into a tourist costume. A white button down shirt, long socks, and sunglasses could be turned into Tom Cruise’s character from Risky Business. I’ll bet you a full sized candy bar that you can find at least two or more costumes in your personal closet. Pinterest is a great way to find inspiration for easy and simple costumes to recreate at home with little to no budget needed.
Buy Candy At Warehouse & Dollar Tree
Tip #2: Buy candy in bulk or at your local discount store.
Candy is a must-have for Halloween. Whether you’re handing it out or keeping it as a snack, you don’t have to empty your wallet to get the brands you want. If you have a membership at a warehouse store, buy your candy in bulk to get more for your dollar. A huge bag of candy will likely last you the Halloween night compared to the small variety bags you see at the grocery store. Your local dollar tree is another great place for saving money on buying candy. You can get a variety of candy for a few dollars each.
Tip #3: Create your own Halloween decorations the whole family can help with!
Holiday themed decorations can be expensive in the weeks leading up to the event. Not to worry! Make your way to the dollar store or online and buy supplies to make your own Halloween decorations. Make a board on Pinterest of easy halloween crafts you can use as decorations to make your house festive from the inside out. The whole family can join in and create spooky things to hang around the house. The craft supplies don't have to be high quality. The dollar store offers various craft supplies at a cheap price that will work the same. Black construction paper can be cut into a group of blood-sucking bats. You could save even more money by gathering unused items around your house to add to your craft supplies. An old, white t-shirt that doesn’t fit you anymore could be cut and string can be turned into floating ghosts. If you need to budget for this, you can try these cool electronic budget envelopes.
Free Halloween Events
Tip#4: Find free Halloween themed events near you to attend!
Join your local community’s Facebook page or look at a bulletin board at local businesses to find advertisements for free events in October. It can be a fun date idea for a young couple or a family outing with the kids. Communities around the country hold Halloween events throughout the month of October. The local community can come to get their face painted, make scarecrows, and ride on hay bails on the back of trackers for free. Do your research and see what’s going on around you this Halloween season. Try sites like Eventbrite or your local town's site or the community section the newspaper.
Buy Pumpkins Late
Tip #5: Consider buying pumpkins late in the season for a major discount!
Pumpkins are a huge part of getting into the Halloween Spirit. Although you may be tempted to grab a few pumpkins the minute your local store has them, consider waiting until Halloween looms closer. Local farms and stores are looking to get rid of their inventory because they’ll be wasted after the spooky season comes to an end. Pumpkins will be sold at a discounted price which won’t drain your wallet. Wait until October 30th to get your pumpkins. Not only will this save you money but the pumpkins won’t be rotten for Halloween. Your family and trick or treaters will be able to enjoy them.
Discount Halloween Section
Tip #6: Save on Halloween next year by going to your local department store and purchasing costumes, decorations, and more from the clearance section!
Saving money isn’t just an in the moment action. You need to think long term when it comes to saving. Fall and halloween decorations that are leftover from this year will likely wind up in the clearance section with a discounted price tag. Make a list of what you were lacking in this year and stock up with the intention of using it next time Halloween rolls around. There may be slim picking but you’re bound to find something you like eventually. Rocket Money is a platform that helps people gain awareness about their spending habits and better manage their money. Rocket Money makes it easier than ever to manage subscriptions, lower your bills, and stay on top of finances & budgeting.
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