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Posted October 16, 2020

Halloween might look different this year, but saving on expenses doesn’t have to. Historically, Halloween is a pricey celebration; consumers are expected to spend $8.05 billion for the holiday, according to the National Retail Federation.

On top of saving money, it’s important to look at ways to partake in safer activities. The CDC has a great list of guidelines to safely celebrate Halloween.

Keep reading for more safe, money saving ideas.

Family Activities

The CDC recommends low-risk activities to reduce the spread of viruses. Here are some ideas that are safer alternatives for you and your family:
* Pumpkin carving contest
* Decorating your home
*Have a spooky (or not-so-scary!) movie night

If you’re looking for a little more pizzazz, a DIY project can help you get what you want at a fraction of the cost. With the extra time at home, learn to do things like make a wreath from an old picture frame, create a pumpkin vase to serve as your centerpiece, and more.

Trick or Treat

If you’re passing out candy to trick or treaters this year, it’s important to follow CDC recommendations and guidelines to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Read up on best practices before Halloween so you’re prepared.

Treats come in different forms – not just candy. Choose to save and stand out by giving kids a different type of treat. Gummies, glow sticks, stickers, pencils, and other small party favors are just some of the options. Plus, non-food items are easier to for parents to disinfect after the kids get home.

Get creative with how you “hand” out treats. Consider making a chute or some way to distribute candy. If you’re feeling generous, place treats in baggies for kids. Ensure you wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and limit contact as much as possible.


This year is different, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. Save money where you can and be safe to protect yourself and those around you.

Happy Halloween!