Halloween on a Budget

Nothing is scarier than checking your bank account the day after Halloween and realizing you blew all your money on costumes, candy, and decorations.  Here are some tips for keeping your Halloween fun, spooky, and under budget.

1.  Avoid Costume Stores
If you’ve ever been to a costume store, you know just how expensive costumes can be.  Most costumes come with little or no accessories either, so you’re likely to drop more cash on those as well if you want to perfect the look you’re going for.  Try making your own costume with what you or a friend already have or check out thrift stores for cheap finds.

2.  Plan your Costume ASAP
Between midterms, projects, work and activities, it may seem impossible to find time to plan a costume two weeks in advance.  However, the more you put it off, the more likely you’ll be to desperately purchase a pricey costume at the store three hours before the party you’re going to.  If you think you’re too busy, consider giving up social media or television for a day and decide on a costume instead.

3.  Get Decor from Dollar Tree
Do you love decorating for Halloween?  Fortunately for you Dollar Tree has tons of fun and festive decorations for extremely cheap. If you’re hosting a party and need decor as well as food/drink supplies, this is the place for you.  The best part about shopping here is that everything is only a dollar!

4.  Check out our Pinterest page!
We have tons of pins on our page with ideas on costumes, decor, food, and more!  Here’s the link: Halloween pinterest board

Post written by Amanda Owens, SMMC Program Assistant

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