How to Throw a Halloween Party on a Budget

How to Throw a Halloween Party on a Budget

No matter your age, Halloween is an exciting time to done a costume, indulge in your favorite candy, watch a spooky movie and possibly, throw an aptly themed party.

However, as much fun as it is to celebrate this eagerly awaited holiday, it’s not always cheap to do so. Between costumes, decorations and treats (or tricks of course) for all the guests, the price of a well-done party can get expensive quick.

Fortunately, your Halloween bash doesn’t have to make you scared to look in your bank account, by following these four tips, you can leave the scariness to all hallows eve.

Use Free Music

Ambiance is the key to a great Halloween party. Of course, the first thing you do to create a fitting atmosphere is find eerie and festive background music. However, you don’t have to spend money on Halloween-themed CDs or purchase tracks on iTunes.

Instead, utilize free streaming services like Pandora, which has a Halloween specific station, or look up Halloween-themed songs, like “Thriller,” and create a Spotify playlist. If you don’t want to bother with either of those, YouTube has plenty of user-posted videos that contain hours of spooky sounds and music.

Host an After-Hours Party

One of the biggest expenses to throwing any party is the food. A great way to reduce food costs is to host your party after the dinner hour.

Guests will have already eaten a bigger meal, which means you can stick to cheap and easy appetizers like chips and dip, veggie trays, nuts and desserts or candy. A party thrown any time after 7 p.m., unless otherwise specified, is usually a sign to guests that dinner won’t be included.

Search for Inexpensive Décor or DIY

It might be tempting to splurge and buy that fog machine or order that realistic-looking skeleton, but it’s also a surefire way to make sure you go over budget. Search online sites, like Amazon or Oriental Trading, for inexpensive decorations or visit the Dollar Store or Target’s dollar section for cheap items.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to decorate your house like a Haunted theme park, just buy a few key decorations like pumpkins and spider webs, then dim the lights and light some candles and you’ll have a spooky scene in no time. Furthermore, if you’re on the crafty side, Pinterest has tons of inexpensive ways to create your own decorations with a fall theme.

Consider a Costume Swap

Hosting a costume party is a quick and easy way to create an instant Halloween party. Unfortunately, costumes can run anywhere from $50-$100. Instead of spending serious cash on a brand new disguise, talk with friends and consider swapping costumes from past years. Everyone will have a new costume without spending a fortune.

When your years of trick-or-treating come to a halt, a Halloween bash is the inevitable next step. However, you don’t have to make your spooky night of fun scary for your budget. Get creative and follow a few key tips to throw a crowd-pleasing party that even the Sanderson sisters would enjoy.

What are your tips for throwing an unforgettable Halloween bash?

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