How to Save Money on Halloween

It was terrible in the end how much money will be spent this year on Halloween. Americans intend pulled out $ 7.4 Billion – about $ 78 per person – in clothing, candy, cards and decorations, according to the National Retail Federation.

Do not be afraid, though. There are several ways to control the cost of this weird holiday. Here’s how to save:

Save costumes

Sale of used clothing, to offset the new costs If your child (or you) do not want to wear last year’s clothes and turn it into cash, clothing this year to help pay savings expert Janet Pavini said. You can sell on eBay or clothing. If you do not want trouble stumes sales cooperation deal with their own, take them to a consignment shop. Most consignment stores will split the proceeds 50-50 with you. However, some resale shops will pay you early because demand for Halloween costumes now, Pavini said.

Friends exchange. Calendar to check the community center to see the clothing exchange event to be hosted in your area. If not, the organization’s own parents in one of the school children of Regina Novickis, consumer expert said.

For later use. If you buy gently used clothing at thrift shops or consignment shops you will pay the full retail price of a small part. Or, you might find clothing compared can be used as clothing, can become as old princess dress bridesmaid dress.

DIY. sites such as Pinterest DIY clothing is an important source of inspiration. And make your own costume does not necessarily require sewing skills. I created a few years ago a tornado clothing (she actually wanted to be a tornado) use poster board for my daughter. I cut it in half, each piece is coated in a tornado, stick and some toys cattle car to a tornado, two posters and images used in the top ribbon poke holes in my daughter’s shoulder overhanging. Clothing is a huge blow.

Online shopping. looked at the price, in a few year’s top clothing retailer, found that, and best prices. As another, it’s easy to find an online retailer coupon code,, and site.

Obtained last year apparel deal. If you or your child is not dressed interested in one of this year’s hot costumes, you can find last year’s stock trading, did not sell. Looking at brick-and-mortar store or online retailer of discount Howard Shaffer, vice president of apparel gap that

Wait until the last minute. You can save 30-40% discount, this year’s clothing, if you wait until days before the Halloween shopping, Schaefer said. Selection is limited, but these transactions will be there.

Saved in the candy

Careful selection of treatment. will also cost you more than chocolate hard candy, Novickis said. Or consider buying expensive non-candy such as rubber or rubber spider Halloween. Open these packages only appearance for trick-or-treaters so you can return any unused package to the store to request a refund, she said.

Do not rush to buy. waiting to buy candy, a day or two until Halloween. Jon Lal, founder and CEO of said it was more likely to sell, and you and your family will not be tempted to eat it in the weeks leading to the holidays.

Find coupons. You can sites such as printable coupons to cut costs in the supermarket to buy candy. Check the’s suitable for online retailers offer discounts Halloween coupon code page to buy candy. The

Save decorations

Compare prices pumpkin. Pavini suggest visiting them to see how their prices compare to call before the pumpkin patch. Also check their website to see if they offer any coupons or promotions, such as discounts on weekdays. You may save more money, however, by the grocery store, instead of a pumpkin to buy your pumpkin, she said.

Get past the longer your pumpkin. If you plan to carve pumpkins before Halloween, you do not want it to break down before the big night – forcing you to buy one. To prolong the life of your pumpkin, Novickis said, you should clean out the inside of your use bleach and water after bowel. Let it dry completely before carving jelly and then spread oil engravings. Pumpkin and cardboard in place, rather than directly to them in concrete.

Check dollar stores. a dollar store, in fact, charge only $ 1 an important source of everything holiday decorations (see what what to buy, at a dollar store). I found a dollar store paper lanterns and a variety of Halloween designs (pumpkin, skull, bat) for each of them $ 1. Lantern battery powered lamp, so they can be hung anywhere.

Buy second-hand decoration. consignment thrift store is a great place to check decoration, Novickis said. Not only can you find the actual Halloween decorations, but you can also get a lot of dishes, and can be painted or “dress up” for the Fiesta Bowl, she said.

Find Halloween-themed arts and crafts workshops at your local library, FABRIC store or craft store, your child can participate in the creation of decorating your home, Pavini said. Many are free or low cost.

Touch with your crafty side. Why spend millions inflatable pumpkin ghosts or your yard, you can create a festive few dollars or grotesque scene it? You can paint black fallen branches and sticks and put them in a vase or flower pot outside inside. Hanging in the branches of several homemade ghost add to the effect. Poke holes in cans to create lamps. Cut out a few bats black construction paper and tape them on the wall. Something an old shirt and pants, to create a “body”, you can hang on the balcony or sitting on a bench outside.