With Halloween right around the corner, it can be easy to get carried away and spend more than you can afford on decorations, costumes, and party supplies. This can gradually add up and potentially damage your financial health. However, there are plenty of affordable ways that you can create an unforgettable Halloween event without breaking the bank. So, if you’re trying to throw a Halloween party on a budget, check out our tips below to ensure you host the spookiest (and most affordable) event of the year.
Shop at the Dollar Store
The dollar store will be your best friend for your Halloween party. It’s a common misconception that the dollar store sells items that are ugly and not of the best quality. In reality, you’d be surprised by the great Halloween decorations being sold for just a buck at these types of retail stores.
From garlands to fake glitter pumpkins and even cute pet costumes, there are so many things you can find at the dollar store. Plus, there are many top-quality items you can fill your Halloween gift baskets with.
Create a Spooktacular Playlist
Creating a playlist full of Halloween songs online can be done for free, which is perfect for when you’re trying to save money. You may encounter a few advertisements here and there using free music services, so just keep that in mind. However, most music subscriptions are very affordable and are a good option if you want to skip those pesky ads.
Also, if you don’t currently own a speaker, consider asking a friend if you can borrow theirs or visit your local thrift stores to see if you can find one for cheap.
You may have to get a little creative and undertake a couple of do-it-yourself Halloween projects. For instance, if you know how to sew, you can make your costume with items you may already own around your house. There are also several DIY projects on the internet for Halloween decorations that are typically much more cost-effective than buying decor at the store.
Bake Your Own Treats
If you know your way around the kitchen, you can bake your own Halloween treats and goodies instead of purchasing store-bought snacks. Even if you’re not a seasoned baker, there are many recipes that are beginner-friendly, so you can surprise your friends with something delicious and homemade. You can also save money by using the filling and seeds from your carved pumpkins.
Ask for Help
No one said you had to throw a Halloween party by yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends if they would like to pitch in to purchase party supplies, such as utensils, plates, cups, and food. This will help you save money, allowing you to focus your budget on other party elements.
Email Your Invitations
Instead of buying physical invitations and mailing them, look for trendy online invitations that you can download and email to your guest list. If you have the time, you can use a free graphic design app to help you design stunning Halloween invitations.
Before sending these custom invitations out, verify that the address, location, and time are correct. You wouldn’t want guests to show up at the wrong house or after the party is over.
Take Advantage of Free Printables
With a quick online search, you can find a variety of printables to print out at home or your local library. These printables can be used for:
- Themed cake toppers
- Halloween garlands
- Wall decals
- Bottle labels
- Photo booth props
- And so much more!
The best part about printables is that the majority of them are 100% free to download!
Throwing a Halloween party doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Use this guide to help you plan and host an amazing Halloween event on a budget for your favorite people this October. Your friends and wallet will be sure to thank you.