Save Money on Your Halloween Party
Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Having a Halloween party this year? The cost of throwing a party can get really expensive. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to lower the cost of your Halloween party. Here are some easy ways to save money and still have a fun Halloween party.
Don’t leave your party planning until the last minute. The less time you give yourself to purchase supplies and decorations – the more likely you will end up spending extra money out of desperation. Make a list of the things you will need. Start comparing prices. Which is less expensive, the decorative plates and cups from the dollar store, or a bulk order of them from an online website?
Use the ones from last year.
Go check to see if you happened to have stored away the leftover paper plates and plastic cups from last year’s Halloween party. See if you stored away a tablecloth that is orange (or fall colored). Use what you already have, and you won’t have to spend money on stuff you didn’t really need.
While you are at it, see if you can find last year’s Halloween decorations. One of the cool things about Halloween is the people tend to save the decorations that they put in their yard (and the ones in their home) and re-use them. Decorate your yard and porch a day or two before your Halloween party. It will add to the atmosphere without costing you anything!
Try the dollar store.
Dollar stores are great places to find frugally priced party items. They may have plastic, reusable, plates that are decorated for Halloween. You might find plastic cups that look like skulls or that have pumpkins or bats on them. Sometimes, you can find ice cube trays that make ice that is shaped like a skull, pumpkin, or bat. Get enough for your guests this year, and save the decorative plates and cups for next year’s party.
Repurpose the pumpkins.
Carved pumpkins make great decorations for Halloween parties. Put a battery operated candle in them and dim the lights. Or, place a row of carved pumpkins along the length of your driveway, with candles in them, to guide guests to your home.
Will there be food?
How fancy will your Halloween party be? Most people can get away with setting up a table filled with appetizers and individual sized desserts for guests to pick at. Put drinks into an ice chest to keep them cold. Make sure you have enough to accommodate the number of guests you have invited.
One of the biggest expenses at any party is the alcohol. An easy way to lower your costs is to clearly state on your invitation that soft drinks will be available, and that guests are welcome to bring along a beverage of their choice. Everyone will know what to expect and can plan accordingly.