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Budgeting Tricks to Make Halloween Prep a Treat

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Halloween is many people’s favorite holiday, and as such, the month of October is their favorite time of year. Whether it’s pumpkins and fall foliage or skeletons and monsters, there’s something special about the whole Halloween atmosphere.

Bringing those October vibes into your own space, however, can feel like it comes with a huge price tag. With a little bit of creativity and careful planning, however, you can make your Halloween dreams come true – without accidentally stumbling into a budgeting nightmare.

Find Your Creepiness with Rakuten Coupons

If you’re not already a couponing pro, Halloween is a great time to get your feet wet. You can use coupons and cash back offers from websites like Rakuten to save on all aspects of your All-Hollow’s Eve prep, from candy to costumes to all things creepy. Take a look online and through local store catalogs to figure out what kind of deals you can find.

Remember: Pay attention to all of the info on the coupon. Some have specific requirements, and getting to check out without everything you need to redeem it can be an unpleasant surprise. It’s also worth double-checking the expiration date on anything you’re using. If it’s for a seasonal item, you’re probably good right up to or even past Halloween.

DIY Décor

Another great way to save money on your Halloween prep is to make your own decorations. The classic route is, of course, the carved pumpkin. If you want to go above and beyond the classic Jack-O-Lantern, check out online tutorials for how to make all kinds of pumpkin crafts, cute and creepy alike. Additionally, thanks to websites like Pinterest, you don’t have to be a craft genius to pull off some impressive DIY-ing. There are all kinds of tutorials you can find and follow to suit your Halloween décor aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for something straightforward or want to challenge yourself, you can find the craft for you.

Shared Sweets

Handing out candy to trick-or-treaters is tons of fun, but it can also be pricey. Buying multiple bags gets expensive fast. At the same time, no one wants to be the house that runs out of goodies 30 minutes into trick-or-treating. However, there’s an easy solution to this: Split the costs with friends. If you have any other friends who want to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, invite them to come over to your house and bring a bag of candy along — you can pool all the candy together into one big bowl. Then everyone can hang out together and take turns answering the door, or else you can gather together in the front around a fire pit or faux-cauldron and watch the ghosts and ghouls grab their favorite snacks.

Affordable Apparel

Halloween shop costumes are often expensive, plus you run the risk of turning up to any big events dressed the same as someone else. If you can’t find a disguise you like that fits your price point, consider going a less expensive (and more unique) route.

Second-hand shops are a great stop for putting together a fabulous Halloween look. Not only will you find tons of low-priced clothing, but you can also usually stumble onto some neat vintage looks. There are plenty of era-based costumes you can easily put together with thrift shop clothes. In the absolute worst-case scenario, you can always find a multicolored shirt, a pair of oversized pants, and shoes at a second-hand store. Throw on some suspenders, a cheap wig, and some face paint and voila: You’re a clown. Costume, check.

Halloween can be pricey, but that doesn’t mean it must be. Whether you’re celebrating at a party or on your front porch, you can plan and prep for the evening without breaking the bank.

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