Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year, but it can also be a strain on your budget. This is especially true if you have kids. With the rise of Halloween and all things spooky in Australia, chances are you’ve come across some frightening costs around this season.
From trick or treating to dressing up in costumes, Halloween is becoming more and more mainstream for today’s younger generations. Along with this change comes a jump of 82% in spending amongst Australians for Halloween spooky decor alone. Like with all big trends, retailers have jumped at the chance to capture some of your cash during Halloween.
With stats like this, is it possible to enjoy Halloween on a budget? The good news is a bit of planning goes a long way. The real fun of Halloween isn’t in the fancy decorations and over-the-top costumes. It’s in the spirit of togetherness, magic, and, yes, maybe a few sweet treats. In this guide, we’ll share tips for enjoying Halloween on a budget this year.
DIY Your Halloween Decorations
First, here’s a fun savings tip that the whole family can join in on. We’ve talked a lot about saving during the holidays and on trips, but what about for Halloween? Decorating is a huge part of this spooky time of year, but it can also be the most expensive.
Instead of buying things at big-name stores, DIY your own spooky creations at home. It’s easier than you think, and you likely already have most of the supplies on hand. Not only is this much more special, but it’s the perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit. In fact, these 49 Halloween crafts are the best way to come together as a family this time of year.
Create Your Own Costumes
Remember when you were a kid and you played dress-up just with things in your own closet? Why can’t you recreate that fun and excitement for Halloween? Sure, you can find trendy costumes at just about any store or online, but these aren’t always high quality.
Instead, get creative. If you’re able to DIY your own costumes with things you already have or by borrowing from a friend, this is much more unique. You don’t have to spend a small fortune to create a memorable Halloween costume. Not only is this more sustainable, but you’re also not likely to run into someone wearing the same thing at that Halloween party. Need some inspiration? A quick internet search results in endless options, so see what you might discover!
Plan Ahead to Save Big
One of the best tips to enjoy Halloween on a budget is to plan ahead. You know how the best time to buy Christmas wrapping paper is after the holiday has passed? The same is true for Halloween. This is when most of the costumes and decor will go on sale.
Similarly, if you’re stocking up on candy, begin early. Those Halloween-themed lollies are a lot of fun, but they taste just the same as the treats you’ll find at the store any time of the year. Snagging a few bags of candy before October will save you quite a bit! That’s money that can go towards your rainy day fund or emergency spending.
Keep Your Celebration Simple
Last but not least, you don’t have to go all out to have a memorable Halloween. Whether you’re throwing a party or staying in, you can keep your spooky celebration simple without sacrificing when it comes to fun. Consider free events in your community, like trick-or-treating, decorations, or haunted houses. Remember, it’s all about creating memories and having fun. That doesn’t ever have to cost a thing.
Better yet, stay in for the night and watch scary movies on a streaming service you already have. Invite friends over for a scary movie potluck and soak up the screams! This can easily be adapted for younger kids, depending on the ages invited. There are so many ways to enjoy the best parts of this season without overspending your budget.
Have a Ghoulishly Good Time This Halloween
Did you know it’s possible to have the greatest Halloween without spending any money at all? Though the big-name stores and magazines might have you believe you have to spend hundreds of dollars to enjoy Halloween, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
There are a lot of reasons to be on a budget. In fact, budgeting is for everyone—no matter the time of year. If you need help creating a budget that works for your lifestyle, contact one of our pros at Debt Busters today on 1300 368 322. We’ll work with you to determine your best course of action, no matter where you’re starting from today.