Here’s a frightening fact: According to the National Retail Federation, American’s will spend $2.08 billion on candy and $360 million on greeting cards for Halloween. Second only to Christmas, in terms of spending on decorations, Americans will spend $1.96 billion on life-size skeletons, fake cob webs, mantle pieces and other Halloween decorations.

Stretching a dollar during fun holidays like Halloween may seem like an impossible feat, but at our mission is to help you save. We brewed our creative juices with a pinch of goblins breath and a touch of vampire’s blood to give you our very best list of spooky savings that are to die for.
  • Halloween costumes can run you hundreds of dollars each year, especially if you’re dressing your family. Do-it-yourself costumes are the best way to save money, plus their one of a kind! Here’s a compilation of 25 DIY costumes for inspiration.
  • Check your loyalty programs to see if you are eligible for any discounts at your local party stores. Use the store that you have benefits at to save on decorations, costumes and candy. Don’t forget to show your membership card at checkout if it’s not a credit card you are using for payment.
  • Plan a Halloween potluck, and encourage all of your guests to bring a spooky dish to share. This can save you and your friends on an expensive night out plus you’ll have help greeting all of the trick-or-treaters at your door.
  • Buy your candy in bulk ahead of time to ensure you don’t overpay at the last minute. If you’re feeling ambitious go to the dollar store and find spooky temporary tattoos, glow sticks, false teeth or funny glasses to give away.

How are you preparing for Halloween on a budget?