October 31 is not only Halloween, it also marks the beginning of the winter holiday season. Many of ways that you can save money on Halloween can be incorporated into the other holidays that come after it. By learning the basics on how to save money on this holiday, you can use the same tricks to also save on many of the other holidays that come after it. There are countless ways that you can end up spending a lot of money on Halloween, but it’s possible to have a wonderful Halloween without spending a ton of money. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you reduce the cost of this holiday.
Delay The Purchase Of Candy
Retail stores can begin selling Halloween candy as early as at the end of August these days. While it might seem like a good idea to get your Halloween candy purchases out of the way early, this will almost always end up costing you money in the long run. It's a rare household they can keep can be stored away for the event, and most Halloween candy which is purchased early ends up being consumed long before the holiday comes around. In order not to purchase more candy than you really need, you should purchase it no more than a week in advance, and a couple of days if you know you and members of your family are snackers. This ensures that the candy is given out for the holiday rather than consumed by you.
Dollar Store Decorations
If you're looking to decorate on a budget, one of the best places to find Halloween decorations is at the dollar store. The decoration you can find there are usually a fraction of the price that the same decoration would cost at a Halloween themed store, or even at the local drug or grocery store. It's an inexpensive way to theme up your house for the holiday.
Grab Durable “treats” After Halloween For Next Year
The cheapest Halloween "treat" I've given out were stickers. I saw $1 sparkly Halloween stickers at 90% off. Since the chocolate candy I like to give out often costs around $0.10/piece, I knew this was a good deal and bought them out. Each sheet got cut into 6 squares for a price of $0.017/piece.
When you see non expireable, portionable items on sale after Halloween, buy! and don't forget to put it with your Halloween stuff so you don't forget it next year.
Added bonus: highschoolers don't like it, but the kids that you actually want to spoil do! Win-win!
Sell Your Halloween Costume From Last Year
So far I've come out net-positive each Halloween since I've started selling costumes. Take quality pictures the year you wear the costume (while it still fits growing kids and waistlines) and make sure to highlight any flaws. List the costume on Ebay a month or so before Halloween. As long as you can sell it for more than your shipping cost and 15% in ebay/paypal fees you're saving money. Personally, I sew the costumes out of scraps for about $1 so I actually make money on Halloween.