Tips & Tricks

Debt-free Halloween on a budget

Emma Nunes-Vaz
January 16, 2024

Halloween can be more expensive than we realise when you don’t keep an eye on your spending BUT we still want everyone to have a great time and celebrate. Therefore, we’ve curated a list of how to keep spending costs low whilst having the spookiest month 👻.

1. Buy some sweets to treat your neighbours 

By popping to your local supermarket, you can buy a multipack of sweets and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Those bags of sugar will cost you less than £5 whilst also enabling you to share the Halloween spirit with the children in your neighbourhood who come knocking at your door (and for your own little ones). If you are feeling extra spooky, you can make your own mask for when you open the door 🎭

2. Don’t overspend on decorations

If you are like me, you’ll be tempted to go all out on decorating your home. Instead, try setting yourself a budget for how much you are going to spend and make sure you don’t go over. Similarly, you can make at-home spiderwebs out of paper to hang up around your front garden as well as buy some coloured cellophane to put around lightbulbs to create a spoooooky atmosphere 🎃

3. Have a themed film night

Hocus Pocus, The Haunted Mansion, The Addams Family...the list is endless. Grab a bowl of popcorn, dim the lights, close your curtains and put on a Halloween-themed film night with your friends (or kids) to celebrate the scariest night of the year. If you fancy a horror film, there are PLENTY of options out there but make sure you’ve got something to hide behind 👻

4. Cap your Pumpkin purchases

Pumpkins are one of those items that you don’t want to buy, end up going to the supermarket and return with 3 in your trolley to carve at home. However, this doesn’t need to be the case - especially with how inflation has affected their costs. Visit your local pumpkin patch to make the most of cheaper prices. They can even be as cheap as £5 in comparison to supermarkets (Less than £5!)

5. Try a new budget-friendly family tradition

Quality time together is priceless, therefore if you find a weekend when all your family are free, you can try and organise a Halloween-themed baking day where you bake Halloween treats. Not only is this cost-effective, but it gets you in the Halloween spirit AND means you get to enjoy good food - what more could you want?