Carve Out Savings This Halloween

Oct 10, 2023 Holidays

Expenses have a way of creeping up this time of year. Avoid getting tricked into spending more and stay safe with these tips.

A kid in a halloween costume sitting on a front porch. There is a dog next to him that is also wearing a halloween costume.

Historically, Halloween has been a pricey celebration; according to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend $12.2 billion in 2023 for the holiday – exceeding the previous year’s record of 10.6 billion.

While it might seem like you must spend a lot of money to enjoy Halloween, that’s not the case. Check out these money-saving ideas to make the most of the holiday.

Inexpensive Halloween Fun

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This Halloween, enjoy fun and memorable activities that won’t break the bank. Try these ideas to welcome in the spooky season:

If needed, check out the dollar stores near you for inexpensive Halloween decorations and look for coupons online to compare prices and sales before you start shopping. And if you’re an earlier planner, hit the clearance racks the first week of November for huge discounts on costumes, decorations, and candy.


Purchase candy in bulk to help save. This is one of the best money-saving ideas for Halloween, especially if your neighborhood brings in a lot of trick-or-treaters. Look for deals online and at wholesales stores, such as Sam’s Club and Costco to stretch your dollar.

Be sure to explore the regular candy isle and the seasonal aisle. Even though the Halloween aisle is eye-catching, everyday prices may be the better buy. If available, factor coupons and BOGO deals in when comparison shopping.


Get creative and ditch the expensive store-bought outfits. Instead, search the internet for costume inspiration and DIY examples. For example, YouTube is full of makeup tutorials for every look, from scary clowns to cute rag dolls.

Alternatively, hit the thrift store for a unique look or organize a costume trade. Check with friends and family to see if they have items they’d be willing to donate or lend and vice versa. Whether it’s an entire costume or a few accessories, that’s just one less thing to buy.

For the costumes that you must shop for, be sure to comparison shop online and look for coupons. Look at sites like Amazon and eBay to compare prices and find the best deals.


Save money where you can and be safe to protect yourself and those around you.

Happy Halloween!

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