Halloween is just around the corner and you’ve been thinking about transforming your home into a scary pit of fun for all your friends! But throwing a great party on All Hallow’s Eve can be expensive. Don’t let the cost of a Halloween party be the scariest part of the holiday. Here are some tips to throw a bash on a budget.
Make Your Own Decorations
There are some fantastic decorations in stores, but they will likely cost you quite a bit of cash. Instead of spending $300 on that life-size headless horseman you saw in a shop window, scale things down by looking to pick up some inexpensive items that can help you make your place look horrifying. Here are a couple suggestions:
- Switch your outdoor and indoor lights with red, orange or green bulbs. Colored lights will instantly make any space creepier. You can buy a set of colored light bulbs for under $10 at a store like Target, or check the dollar store to see if they have bulbs for less.
- Pick up a cheap Bluetooth speaker and place it outside, under a bush, or hide it inside your place. You can find many creepy sounds for free online, or stream one of Pandora’s free Halloween stations on your phone to set the mood.
Stop at the Dollar Store
A good Halloween party typically includes food and that means you’ll need some supplies like tablecloths, plastic ware, plates, napkins, cups, etc. Head to the local Dollar Store to get Halloween-themed supplies there around this time of year to save. Dollar stores may also have cheap Halloween candy and decorations as well.
Swap or Borrow a Halloween Costume
You can save yourself some money by electing not to buy a new Halloween costume. Instead, ask a friend to borrow one of his or her old outfits. You can also get a bunch of people involved in a costume swap. Set up a time and place where everyone can bring their old threads and do an exchange. You can even mix and match clothing and props to make entirely new costumes. Customize your secondhand costume further with accessories found at the dollar stores.
Ask Your Talented Friends to Entertain
While you’re hanging out with your friends at the costume swap, ask them if they might be interested in helping with entertainment at your party. Maybe your friend is a DJ, who would be willing to spin scary music. Got a pal who does theater? Ask her to act out some scary Halloween tales or tell stories. Your buddy spins fire? Request he does a performance at your shindig. Your friends and family may have talents that can make your Halloween party extra special, and they won’t charge you. Save money by reaching out to them.
Consider Your Candy Options
It’s Halloween, so you’re going to need to offer a treat to the kids knocking on your front door, as well as your party guests. Instead of buying small bags of candy in a grocery store, go bulk shopping at a Sam’s or Costco to save overall. If bulk candy is too expensive, consider alternative options to sugary snacks, like buying cheap spooky trinkets at the dollar store. Glow sticks, stickers, and bubbles make for great party favors and gifts for trick-or-treaters. If you feel you need to offer a food item, consider making homemade cookies, or popcorn that you can put into small bags.
Serve a Single Creepy Cocktail
Choosing to have a full bar at your party is a good way to throw money away. Forget offering multiple beverages and select one themed cocktail instead. You can find some great cocktail at foodandwine.com.
If you are hesitant to offer one beverage, ask your friends to bring drinks. BYOB is a great way to add alcoholic variety at no cost.
Host a Potluck
Along with BYOB, you can also make your party a potluck. The cost of food and drinks for a party will likely be your biggest expense. Cut costs by having everyone bring one dish to the event. Feel free to create a suggested menu and assign dishes. Here are some Halloween cuisine suggestions from allrecipes.com.
Send Online Invitations
There is no need to spend money on paper invitations and stamps. Just invite your guests digitally through Facebook Events or Evite. Not only will the invitations cost you nothing, but you’ll also instantly know who can attend or not attend your party.