Halloween on a Budget

By | October 25, 2016

It’s that time again – Halloween!  Though I love this holiday to pieces, my wallet does not.  Some analysts state that families – on average – spend more on Halloween than any other holiday.  Not sure I agree with that completely – looking at you Christmas – but I will admit that Halloween does do a good amount of damage to my wallet.  Let’s review a few common wallet killers and provide you some smart options.

hoabcostumes1 – EBay is your friend.  I have been purchasing costumes from Ebay since my first kid was a year old.  Why go used?  Most costumes on Ebay are used once and are in NEW condition.  2 years ago, I purchased a deluxe spiderman costume for only $5!  Retail, the costume sold for $39.99.  This year, I was able to purchase a Pikachu and Ash Ketchum costume for less than $15.  Yes, you can find deals but shop early.

2 – Shop early.  I love it when all those Spirit Stores and one-off Halloween shops open up but people never actually enter until days before the holiday.  Beat the rush and shop early.  Often, these stores will have a sales rack full of last year’s costumes.  The find this year?  Super Mario costumes – Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad.  All costumes were $10 each.  The same exact costumes retailed for $39.99-49.99 each.  Shop early and save.

3 – Salvation Army and Goodwills are COSTUME GOLD!  These overlooked gems always seem to offer up a great selection of gently used costumes for all sizes (mom and dad too).  Again, shop early for the best selection.

4 – Have a little help from your friends.  Costume swaps with friends are the best.  A great way to get a great costume for nothing.


1 – Warehouse Clubs.  Buy those large quantities of goodness at your nearest Costco or Sam’s Club.  Not only will you save money but you have a large selection of items to choose from.  Skip over the candy and look at healthier alternatives like pretzel bags or fruit chews.

2 – Candy Alternatives.  Yes, candy can be fun but what about something different – and friendly to your wallet.  Purchasing fun toys from places like Oriental Trading or Party City can be a great alternative to the mounds of chocolate or candy.  Save even more money and purchase non-Halloween toys like super balls or puzzles.  Kids love them and parents will thank you.

3 – Avoid the Halloween labeled candy and buy the regular stuff. For years, I have been buying bulk boxes of fruit chews from Costco without all the Halloween hoopla printed on it. It is often much cheaper and can be used beyond the holiday


1 – Put those little kiddos to work making unique and fun decorations for the house.  This is fun for the whole family and the kids really take pride in creating a “spooky” haunted house. Pinterest is a great idea generator.

2 – Take advantage of those spooky holiday savings on November 1st and stock up on all things Halloween.  Supplies are usually good and you can get some great deals.  One year, I obsessed over these DVDs ($19.99 each) that reflect a floating head on any object you want.  On November 1st, I bought the entire set of DVDs (five total) for $2 each!  Shop late and get the best deals.

I hope you all have a fun, safe, and inexpensive Halloween


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