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HALLOWEEN: Trick or Treat for your budget?

Halloween is a fun time of the year…but it can get expensive. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimated that Americans spent $8 billion on costumes, candy, decorations, and entertainment in 2020.


Halloween should not be so costly.  Here are a few ways to reduce your Halloween Costs.

It’s all about timing.  You can save by waiting to buy your candy or treats until 1-2 days before Halloween (or even on Halloween Day). Stores often begin discounting the candy early to make room for Thanksgiving items. Buy late, save more.

Does it have to be candy? Kids love candy…but they also love anything spooky at Halloween! Instead of candy, think about giving away non-candy treats, such as Halloween themed pencils/erasers, rubber bugs/spider, etc… You can purchase these in bulk at many stores and online to reduce the price per item. Remember: only open the packages as you use them, and return anything unopened for a refund.

Cute Costumes. Who doesn’t love seeing a little kid dressed up as a pirate or a princess?  Costumes can get expensive, but there are ways to reduce your costs. The internet offers some sites that have discounted prices (ex: Amazon,  You can find costumes for less at thrift stores and garage sales. You can swap kids’ costumes with other mothers. Most costumes are only worn for a few hours, so you can look scary without spending too much.

The Great Pumpkin…Price! We all love going to the Pumpkin Patch, but those prices can add up, especially if you like to decorate with them.  Instead of purchasing numerous pumpkins at a Pumpkin Patch, consider buying them at a local grocery store, farmers’ market or honor farm. You can get more pumpkins to celebrate Halloween and the Fall season.

Where to go? Many churches and communities have free Halloween events for children. This is a great way to entertain your children in a safe environment. You can find these events (often called Fall Festivals, Carnivals, Trunk-or-Treats) online, in the local paper, on social media or within your social circle.

Halloween is often scary, but fun. It does not have to be a scary-time for your budget.  By using a few money-saving tips, your Halloween can be full of treats!

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