Halloween Party Planning on a Budget
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Halloween Party Planning on a Budget

Posted on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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Check out these great ideas for planning the perfect Halloween party on a budget! You already know a few ways to save money this Halloween, but you really want to plan a fun Halloween party without spending a lot of money. Well, you’re in luck because we have some great  ideas for planning your Halloween party on a budget!

How to Plan a Halloween Party on a Budget

Plan a Scavenger Hunt Party!

A couple of years ago I planned a Halloween themed scavenger hunt for a group of friends and family. The planning was fun and simple. Here’s what you need:

  • Enough people to split into two (or more) teams. Each team should have about 4-6 people, depending on how many seats your cars have.
  • A car and driver for each team. If you don’t want to drive, you can keep your scavenger hunt confined to your neighborhood.
  • A digital camera for each team. Camera phones or Polaroid cameras will work too. You just want to have the pictures ready to share when you reconvene at the end of the scavenger hunt.
  • Scavenger hunt lists. Things you might include are: a picture at a graveyard, a picture with a person in uniform, a “haunted” house, a black cat, a dead flower, etc. You can alter your list to be suitable for either a kids or adult party. Have fun with this one!


Now that you have everything you need, the real fun begins! Have everyone meet at your house, divide yourselves into teams, and distribute the scavenger hunt lists. Decide on a time limit and have everyone meet back at your house at that time. The goal for each team is to get pictures of as many things on the list as possible (if you can’t find exactly what is on the list, think outside the box). Each item on the list is worth a point (bonus points for extra difficult ones). The team with the most points wins! I made inexpensive Halloween candy bags for the winning team, but you can have fun with making your own prizes too! Cost of scavenger hunt party? Around $10 (gas and prizes from the Dollar Store).

Plan a Murder Mystery Party!

You can buy murder mystery party kits starting around $30. There are kits for adults, teens, and kids. The kits will include character cards and scripts to guide you through your party. It’s like the board game, “Clue,” but you and your guests are the characters solving the mystery. If this is your first murder mystery party, I’d recommend splurging on the kit. However, if you’ve participated in a murder mystery party before, you can easily create your own for free if you’re willing to put a little time into it. Have everyone come dressed as their character (or provide character accessories when they arrive) and bring some murder mystery themed snacks. This party is a little more expensive than the scavenger hunt, but it is totally worth it! Murder mystery parties are a great way to get everyone interacting and having a great time!

More Inexpensive Halloween Party Ideas

These are some of my favorite budget-friendly Halloween parties, but there are plenty more ways to plan your Halloween party on the cheap. You might consider one of these ideas:

  • Halloween themed potluck party. Everyone brings an imaginative Halloween themed dish.
  • Guess who? party. Everyone comes dressed up as their favorite pop icon figure and tries to guess who everyone else is dressed as. Prizes for the winners!
  • Costume contest party. Have different categories for people to come dressed up as, such as silliest, prettiest, scariest, most original, etc. Select a panel of judges and turn it into a mock fashion show.
  • Pumpkin carving contest. Have everyone bring a pumpkin and get together to carve them.


Planning a fun Halloween party doesn’t have to mean spending tons of money. What was the funnest inexpensive Halloween party you’ve been to or planned? Share your ideas in the comment section! Happy Halloween!



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