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October 09, 2014 13:51 ET

The Top Tips for Saving This Halloween, According to

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Oct 9, 2014) - Halloween is by no means the most expensive holiday of the year, but with decorations, costumes, refreshments, parties and amusement park visits, the costs of the average family Hallows Eve can get out of control in a hurry. Fortunately, there are creative ways to reduce costs and still provide a sufficiently spooky celebratory mood. According to, here are the top tips for saving money this Halloween:

Homemade Costumes

Holiday creativity is free. Given the time and energy, Halloween revelers can make just about anything into a costume. Very often, the more creative the effort, the more entertaining the result. What kind of costume could be made out of only paper shopping bags? How about empty cereal boxes? Or what about empty cans? Is there any clothing in the house that qualifies as spooky? Or silly? Or weird? If there is a will, there is a way, and a homemade costume is guaranteed to be far less expensive than the store-bought equivalent.

It should also be pointed out there are thousands of resources online for making inexpensive or free homemade costumes for all occasions including Halloween. Start with Pinterest and Etsy. Those sites are home to the online crafting community, and while all the ideas may not be listed on those sites directly, they are often great road maps to sites where you will find an endless supply of inspiring tutorials and resources.

Rewards Credit Cards

Use rewards credit cards to purchase pumpkins or candy. Many credit cards offer points or cash back for money spent at grocery stores. Halloween is a perfect time to get rewards on these everyday purchases.

When it comes to neighborhood holidays, the early bird pays full price. To win the holiday money-saving game, you have to think like a grocery manager. On November 1, the last thing they want to see is a pile of excess pumpkins or candy in front of their store. Be the solution to that problem and you'll often find yourself with a Halloween bonanza at embarrassing prices. Buy your pumpkins and candy on the day before or on Halloween itself, and don't be afraid to haggle.

Netflix Movie Binge

While it's probably not a good idea to fire up gory slasher movies for your fairy princess party goers, all of the movie streaming services have selections of silly, crazy, hilarious or downright ridiculous Halloween-appropriate movies that can be a very inexpensive centerpiece to a fun evening, especially if you're already paying for a streaming service.


If you are at all coupon-minded, Halloween is a perfect time to do some coupon-fu on your candy purchases. Most parents swear by the warehouse stores since they can offer high-volume low-cost options that most supermarkets can't, but if you utilize your coupons right, you can come awfully close to the warehouse store price on premium candy. Watch for a sale during Halloween week and be ready to cart some of those half-price half-size treats home.

Granted, we all know any money saved during Halloween will be eaten by the Christmas bills, but it never hurts to consider alternatives to dropping a lot of unnecessary funds on Halloween festivities. Most of what people buy can be relatively easy to find for far less, and those people never get a chance to see how cool an empty-can costume can be.

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