How To Have A Thrifty Halloween

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I am not big on Halloween, so a thrifty Halloween is exactly what I am thinking.  If you aren’t careful the cost of Halloween can quickly balloon and end up costing you hundreds of dollars that no one can really afford to spend right before Christmas. But, with a little bit of care, some planning in advance, and a bit of elbow grease you can have a fantastic and thrifty Halloween on a budget. You might even get away with spending nothing.


Do a Costume Trade

Organize a costume trade for previous year’s costumes in your area via Facebook. This is a little bit easier for the smaller kids who aren’t quite old enough to pick our their own costumes. It might be a bit more of a challenge with older kids. But it can’t hurt to try asking local Facebook groups if anyone has the costume your older child wants. But, if that doesn’t work…


DIY Costumes from the Closet

Try encouraging your kids to put together a costume from their closet or yours. Give them this challenge early in October and tell them there will be prizes for the best costumes. Of course everyone will end up getting a prize, whatever you decide it is. Some things they can win for could include; Most Creative, Best Use of Mommy/Daddy’s Clothes, Most Outside the Box. The one that should not be a category is Best Costume, because really, the last thing you need is for your kids to start thinking you have a favorite.


DIY Decorations

Halloween decorations can get pretty expensive pretty quickly so if you’re doing it on a budget I recommend not buying new decorations. See if anyone on Facebook is giving any decorations away and then start making your own. There are a lot of things you can do with an empty trash bag including making a ghost, cutting out a spider web, tape them up so they look like a body bag, or open them up so they’re flat and cut them into strips to turn into a spooky black curtain.


Skip Handing Out Candy

There’s no shame in skipping handing out Halloween candy if you have to. The easiest way to do that and not feel guilty is by taking everyone out trick or treating and going for a drive around town to see the best Halloween decorations. This way you won’t have anyone hiding out at home hoping that no one knocks on the door. If any of your neighbors ask about it just say that you had plans or that everyone decided to go out when you went trick or treating with the kids, it’s hard to argue with that.


Shop the Dollar Store First

If for some reason after all of these, you still feel like you need to go shopping for something for Halloween start at your local dollar store and other discount stores. You might be able to find what you want there for significantly less than you would find it anywhere else. Some of them even do kids’ costumes. However, if face paint is on your shopping list, I recommend buying them from somewhere else. That is one of those areas where you really get what you pay for and it is worth it to pay a little bit more for higher quality.


Are you finding ways to spend less this Halloween?  It is certainly understandable, especially now during this pandemic.  Finding ways to save your money is a really good idea.  Have a safe and thrifty Halloween!

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LaToyia, The Motivated Mom


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