Keep the fright in Halloween, not your wallet!

Tuesday 30 October, 2018 Budgeting

Halloween often comes with a cost, we need costumes, decorations and plenty of goodies for the trick or treaters. It is estimated that people in the UK spend a whopping £320 million on this holiday, now that’s scary! With that in mind there are a few things that we can do to make some spooktacular savings during the Halloween festivities. Here are a few tips on how to avoid burying your budget alive.

Set yourself a budget

Before you shop, set yourself a budget and stick to your guns. Decide on a reasonable amount to spend and don’t waver.


Costumes

Be Thrifty
Instead of splashing out money for a costume that will only hang at the back of your wardrobe for the rest of the year, visit your local thrift store and pick up a bargain. Wish to relieve your glory days and dress up as an 80’s prom queen? You’re sure to find some 80’s dresses in any thrift store, add a tiara and a beaded necklace and we’re good to go. Cheap and cheerful.

Shop your closet
Even better again, save your ££ and reduce, reuse and recycle your old clothes. Dig deep and search for the skeleton of your former self at the back of your closet. We are all guilty of holding on to items that we know we will never wear again but refuse to part with, so this Halloween why not give them one last hoorah. Take for instance that little black number, pair it with the right accessories and the possibilities are endless; Wednesday Addams, a wicked witch, Cruella De Vil, need I say anymore? There is no need to spend a fortune on Halloween costumes when you can make your own, save some money and have something totally unique!

Swap with friends
One of the main reasons that buying Halloween costumes is so painful is because they are often only worn once. Whether the costume is for you or for your children, consider joining up with friends/neighbours and swapping costumes from previous years. You can be creative and add your own little touches to the costume to put your own spin on it and have it look like a totally different costume all together.


DIY Decorations

Decorating for Halloween is something people love to do, especially when there are children involved, so, why not get all the family together and make your Halloween decorations the good old-fashioned way? Avoid Halloween pop up stores as their prices would send you to an early grave, instead get your creative juices flowing and make creating your decorations a fun filled activity. With google at the click of a button there is no excuse for being stuck for ideas, there are even tutorials available to help get started, look at these spooky spider web hoops! Decorate your ceiling with DIY black bats to add some spook to your home or your front porch, all you need is

  • Black cardboard/paper
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • String

You could even use tape to stick them to the walls and create the illusion of a colony of bats making their way across the room. Once you get started it is easy to get carried away and in no time you’ll have your home looking like something straight from the set of Hocus Pocus (FYI if you don’t know what Hocus Pocus is, get to know! Only the BEST Halloween film ever.)


Shop clearance sales for next year

Take advantage of the sales that take place the week after Halloween when most shops are eager to get rid of their spooky stock in order to make room for jingle bells and dancing Santa’s, it’s out with the old and in with the new just like that! Most shops offer items at a great discounted rate; therefore, it makes sense to buy your items in advance to get savings on costumes and decorations for next year.

Finally
It is true that Halloween can be an expensive time of year, people tend not to budget for this holiday as they would for Easter or Christmas. Instead people appear to impulse buy when something catches their eye whilst store owners rub their hands together with ££ in their eyes. Halloween does not have to scare the bank, instead take on board these tips and you may find that a little DIY spirit makes it all the more fun.

Happy Halloween!