Top tips for a freakishly fantastic Halloween on a budget

Back to school season is over, it’s time to start thinking about Halloween. Whether it’s cheap trick or treat ideas, money saving tips for the kids’ Halloween party, or refreshing ideas for shopping on a budget, we’ve got you covered for 2017. After all, what makes a fantastically spooky party isn’t all about the things you can splash out on. With a little creativity (and superb ideas from us), you should be able to give the kids a ghoulishly great Halloween to remember, without burning a hole in your pocket.

1. Raid your recycling bin

It may sound like a ‘bog standard’ idea, but this is a timeless option with endless possibilities. With a little creativity, you can transform your trash can into a Halloween land of spookiness, especially if you’re equipped with a lick of paint and some “googly” eyes. There hundreds of things you can do once you rummage through the recycle bin for cheap Halloween party ideas, but to name a few:

  • Old toilet rolls – paint them black and add paper bat wings! Make enough of them and string them together and you’ll have yourself a party decoration.
  • Egg boxes – cut out the compartments and paint them black. Add legs and you have six (or 12!) creepy spiders to add to the snack table.
  • Lolly sticks – the kids leftovers have never been more useful. Glue them together to make little spider webs, or better, make a “ghost on a stick” from paper and turn them into spooky toys.

2. Buy in bulk for Halloween on a budget

Shop smart – rather than giving into those front of shop garden centre displays, hold your impulses and visit your local warehouse or even supermarket when you’ve got more time. There are usually deals on for buying in bulk, and if you’re going to be buying a lot anyway for a party, you may as well do it without breaking the bank.

Also, Halloween-themed sweets and snacks tend to be more expensive, and more difficult to buy large amounts at once. Trust in your creative abilities from tip number one to make things Halloween themed, and go for old favourites when it comes to snacks and treats. After all, the kids will be too excited by all the wonderful homemade decorations from the recycling bin to notice if their snacks are in the shape of a witches hat.

3. If you’ve got it, haunt it! – Cheap trick or treat party ideas

You’d be surprised what you’d find around the house which can contribute to fantastic Halloween spookiness. In fact, household items can have you covered with everything from decorations, to Halloween costumes, to cheap trick or treat party ideas.

For example, take some cotton wool – have you ever tried pulling it apart as far as you can? It makes a superbly frightening doorway decoration as it looks like heaps of old spider webs. Add this to any homemade Halloween costume for extra spookiness – it makes trick or treating even spookier.

4. Insure yourself against overspending on Halloween

We’ve all been known to accidentally spend more than we have, especially for such fun family events such as Halloween. Setting a tight budget every month goes a long way, but there are other things you can do:

  • Make it a weekly habit to sit down and go through expenditure to avoid going overboard.
  • Keep savings aside to fund the festivities, but still do Halloween on a budget that ensures you don’t run into trouble.
  • Look into getting an icount current account with prepaid Mastercard(r), which completely stops you from overspending, as you can only ever spend what you load onto it, and could actually improve your credit rating, ideal for covering annual festivities such as Halloween.

With our nifty tricks, we hope that you’ll have a sensationally spooky Halloween without feeling the financial effect in the long run.

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