Tricks to keep Halloween affordable
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Whether you like kooky or spooky Halloween celebrations, here are ways to keep costs down so you have more money for treats.
American consumers are expected to spend $8.8 billion on Halloween purchases this year according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey. Costumes, decorations, greeting cards and, of course, candy cost the average shopper $88.67. Here are ways for having spooky fun without frightening effects on your budget.
Be clever with costumes
DIY costumes can save big money. Plus, it’s fun to make a spooky or kooky outfit. If you’re short on inspiration, search for Halloween costume ideas on Pinterest and Google. If you’re short on time as well, search for “last-minute DIY costume ideas.”
When you’re ready to start creating, begin with things you already own. Clothing, shoes, makeup and other items around your house can be transformed from ordinary to scary with a bit of imagination. If you don’t have everything you need, thrift stores are where many well-dressed zombies, ghouls, and super heroes get their apparel and accessories.
Skip the masks. Face paint is cheaper and more comfortable. Plus, it’s safer because masks can obstruct vision and breathing.
Keep more money for treats by trading old costumes with friends. Swapping beats shopping for everyone’s budget!
Some of you reading this are uber-talented at creating costumes that are the envy hobgoblins, witches and warlocks alike. Instead of tossing your creations after Halloween, sell them!
Décor for haunting
To save dollars on haunted décor, check out low-price retailers like dollar stores as well as thrift shops.
DIY decorations are another way to get more bang for your buck. Country Living offers 55+ Best Outdoor Halloween decorations ideas for boo-tiful ways to make your home delightfully spooky. We especially like their idea for turning your front door into morgue drawers (idea #5).
At around $2 a pound, dry ice can be used to create lots of devilish drama. Use it to set a spooky scene by creating “fog” that pours out from pumpkins and from under doors. Dry ice is available at many grocery stores. This video shows how to use it safely.
DIY greeting cards
At around $4 a pop, plus postage, greeting cards and party invitations can add up. Make your own with paper, paint and craft notions. Again, the Internet is a great source for ideas. YouTuber mishelka has a great video for making monster card with just paper, scissors and glue.
May everyone at your haunted house have a fiendishly fun Halloween!
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