Celebrate Halloween on a Budget This Year

Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year, but it is also good to budget for it. I love the Fall season and the pumpkins and then gradually going into spooky season (of course after Christmas which is my top favourite) which can add up the costs. I mean I always find any excuse to celebrate this holiday, even when it is not hugely a big deal over here in the UK.

I love creating my own costume, doing my make-up and getting into a scary character. I have never been a fan of “funny costumes” because for me Halloween is supposed to be “scary” and I love the fact I can look rubbish for one day. However, you do you on whatever you wish to wear.

Previously I have spoke about how to be sustainable for Halloween because I do think it is so important for us to consider the choices we make especially during times where buying is so high.

Therefore, for today’s post I will go through

How to Celebrate Halloween on a budget!

Personally I am one for a bargain, but I am also aware of quality too. For this holiday I like to get a bit creative, plus it is the one day where you can make a rubbish costume and you can just say its part of the character. That is a win win in you ask me.

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Why set a budget?

As said by one of my favourite money experts Martin Lewis “a budget done correctly is a precise tool for analysing your finances”.

Keeping on top of your finances is important and I try to budget as much as I can throughout my life. For example, I always use an Excel spreadsheet to help me with Christmas present buying, or for people’s birthdays. This helps me understand what I am spending and how to stay on top of spending.

The main reason to create a budget list is mainly to help you keep on top of your spending and finances. Plus what a bonus because you actually end up saving money! But let’s get into how to do Halloween on a budget.

Know What You Want

The first and most important thing is you need to know what you want when it comes to this time of year. This includes the character or costume you want to be, the decorations you want around your home and just how you want to celebrate.

This is such an important step because it begins your budget. You need to know what you need in order to create your costume/decorations. This will help keep you on track.

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Make Your Own Costume

Firstly one of the cheapest ways for you to do Halloween is to create your own costume. You may have old clothes lying around or in your wardrobe that you can use.

If you have old tops you can cut them up, cover them in fake blood or even turn them into something new. It all depends on how much you are willing to do. Plus it costs nothing to use old clothes, you may have to buy the fake blood and extra features though. Or again you could attempt to make this yourself.

Use Charity Shops

If you don’t have any clothes lying around then the next best thing is heading to your charity shop! I used to do this when I was studying at University because you could always find something in there for any dressing up events.

Just pick up something that you could use to create an outfit or you might find that there are Halloween outfits that people have donated which you could just buy. Most of the time Charity shops are cheap, and you are helping the environment so it’s a win win really.

In addition, you might find that there are decorations or any Halloween goodies in the Charity shops as well. Therefore, not only can you get a costume but you can stock up on those Halloween decor for your home.

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Make Your Own Decorations

I have also mentioned this one in previous posts but it is a great way to have some fun (especially if you have kids or grand-kids) and save money! What could be better than that? You could even turn it into a cute date night activity if you wanted.

I understand that there are cheap stores out there and if you that is all you can do then do that, but you can also grab your supplies and create decorations that will last for years to come. Therefore, this will save you money in the long term, because you can just re-use the decorations every year.

So I definitely recommend researching and looking around because there are some great DIY Halloween decorations out there. Especially on Pinterest!

Also creating your own decorations can ensure that you are not over-buying which is great if you are trying to have that more minimal lifestyle like myself. It is good for you to see what you have made and so you don’t need to go out and buy any more stuff that you don’t need.

Related: Decorate your home for Halloween in 6 steps, 7 steps to becoming a minimalist, Spooky themed date night ideas

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Use Your Own Make-up

I will be honest I am not the best person when it comes to make-up, because I an no expert believe me. However, trust me when I say that there are a LOT of tutorials out there on Youtube. For me this is perfect because I work best when I can see a look on another person, however you could also just wing it and hope for the best (something I have also done in the past).

Basically this is an easy way for you to save your money. If you have make-up then use it to create your own Halloween look. I have used eye-shadow palettes and eye-liner before to create bruises, cuts and so on. I have also used red lipsticks as well to create a blood effect and it has worked perfectly for me. Plus you don’t have to spend hours scrubbing away that fake blood (which is horrible to get off).

There are loads of tutorials for all different characters and even ones that include using products and materials that you probably already own. This is just a great way especially if you are on a budget because you don’t need to spend money (or maybe very little).

Celebrate Halloween on a budget!

There you have it some top tips from me on doing Halloween on a budget, which I hope helps a lot of people especially during this time. But also are great to use every year!

Do you have any tips for budgeting for Halloween?

Thanks for reading,

Gemma Jayne x

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18 thoughts

  1. After the year we’ve had I think we all need some budgeting tips, so these are really helpful! I like the idea of shopping in charity shops too as buying new costumes just for one day is not only a waste of money but so not sustainable. Thanks for sharing, I hope you manage to have a good halloween despite of covid! xx

    1. Yes definitely and I think even more so if people may be struggling with money at the moment too! Thank you so much, I hope you have a lovely time too xxx

    1. I agree! I am glad you had such fun and managed to find loads of goodies! I love shopping in charity shops because you just never know what you will find 😊 xx

  2. Some really handy tips. This time of year can really build up in terms of spending can’t it! I don’t personally really do anything for Halloween except watch a ton of scary movies. In fact, I’m kinda sacrificing Autumn this year to really go full beans with Christmas!

    1. Thank you! I feel like a lot of people are, but also the UK doesn’t seem to like Halloween as much as America, and it is always good to budget. Yeah I haven’t bought anything new for Halloween minus some candles but Christmas will be something else xx

  3. These are fantastic tips! I just moved into a new house and I’m trying to pinch all my pennies now – even while decorating and prepping for our Halloween Housewarming party haha! I appreciate all the insight.

  4. I love saving money and so I love doing things on a budget. I love the tip about buying from charity shops. Also, knowing what you want is such an important thing. Knowing what you want will make sure you don’t spend money on unnecessary items.

  5. I love your ideas for budgeting a fun and effective Halloween! Homemade costumes are so much fun and really inspire creative juices to get flowing. Make-up tutorials are a big help also for the people willing to go all in and try something new and, on Halloween, make-up mistakes can just become part of the costume!

    We save and reuse the few decorations, like spiderwebbing, we have bought. It blows my mind the amount of waste holidays create in general as people buy new costumes, new props, new everything, only to not use them again next year . . .
    Thanks for sharing some ways we can be more conscious and eco-friendly in our celebrations!

    1. Thank you! I agree and I love experimenting with make-up as well and like you said a mistake can just be part of the problem.

      I am the same! We re use what we have and it’s lasted us years! Thank you xx

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