Are you fed up with trying to find the money for all the different activities that your family wants to do including Halloween? It’s possible to have a frugal Halloween and still have lots of great family fun time, let me show you how!
Halloween is a time for dressing up and enjoying the holiday that celebrates all things spooky and scary.
How To Have A Frugal Halloween
The trouble is having those weird and wonderful creations, they all cost money and you must find the right balance from having fun and overspending!
This is why I say that it’s important to budget for this time of year, this will ensure that your Halloween doesn’t cost more than you can afford.
There are ways in which you can have a great time and for a minimal outlay in costs. This might mean some hands-on work too, but it is great family time to enjoy.
Creating Simple But Awesome Halloween Food
The amount of food ideas that are out there, which cost little money is great and they can look so good too.
I spent just ten minutes decorating a pile of Satsuma’s to look like miniature pumpkins and drawing on the skin with a permanent marker hasn’t harmed the fruit, it is still edible but looks great too.
If you spend time and make some goodies, they often come out cheaper than buying them, they mightn’t be perfect but having a go is part of the fun of the holiday too.
Fun And Cheap Halloween Food Ideas
Simple but great ideas and they are cheap:
- Try baking some gingerbread men and instead of the usual decorations try drawing a stick skeleton instead.
- Plain white biscuits with a splattering of red food colouring look great and are easy to do.
- Hot dogs wrapped in pastry can look like mummies!
It is about making the ordinary look a bit different and children and adults can have so much fun with these activities.
Don’t forget to use up the pumpkin that you have scooped out; you can make this into a number of different Halloween themed food items and it means you aren’t wasting the actual vegetable!
A part of Halloween is to get candy; for me, any candy or food a child gets from trick or treating must come from places that you know! It’s a scary thought but not everyone has the kids in mind!
This also helps to ensure they are not consuming anything that could make them ill, as you are able to check the items before they start eating!
DIY Halloween Costumes
Making your own costumes can be fun especially if you are trying to save money. It is about thinking outside the box.
You might be able to pick up some ideas from some of the expensive outfits and put something together from a few items picked up cheaply from a second-hand store.
Some great deals are possible from people selling old costumes that might be in great condition, ready in time for the parties to begin. You will need to pick these up early because you should wash them before wearing them.
If you live near a place that rents out costumes, then this can be a great way to get an outfit for the night.
However, you will need to pick early to ensure they have the right costume for you.
Halloween Decorations: Be Frugal This Halloween
It’s possible to spend a fortune on decorations if you are not careful.
What is important is, if you are buying decorations is to buy something that you can use again the following season, except the real pumpkins of course!
This way you will have items to use each year and you can grow your collection of Halloween decorations, rather than buying them at once!
Try making some Halloween decorations with your family this year, it’s a fun way to spend time together and you will make some amazing memories too!
Ideas to make:
- You can make some great ghosts from sheets draped over objects that you can paint eyes on, make sure they are old sheets first.
- Spider’s webs from wool
- Cardboard silhouettes that you can paint bright colors or just have them dark, hanging from the ceiling to scare people.
- Candles in mason jars that you’ve painted are really cute
- You can even create elaborate designs in your pumpkins; they don’t have to be the standard face. There are some great designs coming out on these each year and it is great to try something new.
There are ways in which you can have a great Halloween on a budget, it is about planning a set amount of money and even if you are not that creative have some family fun this Halloween season, without spending more than you can afford.
Having a frugal Halloween is possible, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun and to make some amazing memories with your family and friends!
Go and have some Halloween spooky fun!