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Cheap, Cheerful, and Scary - Throwing a Budget-Friendly Halloween Party

It's the first week of October and all through the streets smells of Pumpkin Spice fills the air. Pumpkins and skeleton decorations have invaded the stores. It's official: Halloween is coming.

Host Your Halloween Party on a Budget

While this shouldn’t be a terrifying thought, throwing a Halloween Party might be. Parties can be costly, time-consuming, and overall a pain in the neck. Going to parties can often be disappointing: You go and think, “Man! It would have been so much cooler if they had done this thing or that thing!”

The idea of throwing one yourself may be daunting. But throwing a Halloween party should be fun and shouldn’t have you rushing to google search for "payday loans?" to pull off! To help you in your Halloween endeavors, here are 4 tips for a fun-filled night with less fuss and less cash loss.

Keep It Simple

Avoid a large, complicated party. Pick a simple theme and mine it for all its worth. Stick to just a “witch” theme or a “graveyard” theme— Don’t try to get the whole Halloween gambit in there: The decorations will often cost more than they are worth.

Another great idea is to pick a movie as a theme. A Harry Potter themed party gives you a clear direction for decorations, food and will have built-in entertainment! You can all gather around and watch the movie!

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Bargain Hunt

Once you have a solid theme, start looking around for deals for decorations and accouterments. There are tons of cheap but great Halloween decoration ideas to be found on the internet. Search on Etsy and Amazon to get a feel. Local Dollar Stores are also great places to grab some decent decorations. You can even gut costs on invites by doing e-invites or organizing the whole thing through Facebook.

Get Started Early

Part of planning a successful, bargain-filled party is starting early. If you leave your planning and shopping until the night before, you will have to buy whatever is available at whatever the price may be or forgo decent decorations all together. Another plus to starting early is getting your guest list down. If you send out invitations at the start of October, you’ll be more likely to lock down friends before everyone is already booked.

Potluck, Potluck, Potluck

Nothing says party savings like a good ol’ potluck. Once you have your theme and your guests, ask people to bring snacks and food. A great idea is to just do appetizers and hearty finger food. You can even assign people savory or sweet to avoid having a table filled with cupcakes and candy with only one cheese dip to satisfy salty cravings.

Asking people to bring drinks or booze is also a great idea. Being responsible for specific items also keeps people from canceling last minute! If you need any ideas for fun Halloween-themed foods and desserts, the internet is filled with helpful ideas.

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Get More Creepy for Less Cash this Halloween

There you have it – 4 simple ways to make a Halloween party less of a nightmare and more of a fun-filled spooktacular! If this article has come too late for you and you’ve already overspent on your Holiday season budget on a grand party, don’t worry, we’ve got help for that too.


Note: The content provided in this article is only for informational purposes, and you should contact your financial advisor about your specific financial situation.

Mason Roberts

Mason Roberts is a seasoned economics writer and blogger with a knack for breaking down and simply communicating the ever-changing world of finance. He is philosophically committed to the premise that financial knowledge equals financial freedom.