Costumes, makeup, snacks, decorations...before you know it you've decked your house, kids and self out so well you wouldn't look a miss in a Horror film. But going that big on Halloween certainly doesn't come cheap, and before you know it you've spent £100 on this one-day event alone.
There's really no need to go overboard for Halloween, especially with Christmas just around the corner. I've found some of the best deals of the moment to help you make a big impact this Halloween for a small price. Let's get started:
Save on costumes
Halloween wouldn't be complete without kitting your kiddies out in cute little costumes, but they can be pretty costly. If you head straight to the fancy dress shop, chances are you'll end up paying over the odds. However, scour the web first like me, and you'll be able to make some crazy savings. I've found some for an absolute steal:
For the kids
Realising your little ones are old enough to go out and celebrate Halloween is almost as scary as the occasion itself. No longer young enough for pumpkin costumes, choosing what they cab wear can be frightfully difficult. Party Delights have some fabulous options for around £10, which have all the details and extravagance your kids could hope for, without pushing any boundaries - including the monetary one!
Toddlers are of the age where they'll be happy with anything a bit colourful and different, so you don't need to spend a fortune. Wilkinsons have an appropriately spooky 'pumpkin' outfit for your little one, coming in at just a pound. It's bright, it's adorable, it's an absolute bargain!
For the smaller members of your family, an even lesser effort is required. Tesco have the sweetest Halloween bodysuit for your baby - patterned with cartoon bats, cats and witches hats, it promises to make them look cuter than ever.
For the adults
You may think that the older you get, the more your disguise will cost you, but that excuse is no longer valid I'm afraid! You can transform yourself for a quid with this eye-catchingly bright, neon pink wig from Poundland. Go on, get involved - your kids will love it!
Save on your Trick or Treat supplies
Trick or Treat may delight the kids, but it's certainly no delight for us parents! They seem to expect more and more every year and often end up with enough goodies to last them all year. Sugary treats don't come cheap, especially if you pick them up from any old where.
Don't fret, feed your kiddies sweet tooth for under a pound with my fabulous finds. Get a pack of their favourite Haribo from Morrisons which are currently on offer at just 50p, and a cute bucket to carry them around in from Wilkinsons, for another 50p. Spooky savings indeed.
If you're doing Trick or Treat at home, why not really get the party started and pick up some seasonal bottles of Halloween pop from Tesco as well, which are currently just 89p. You could even add some spooky Haribo to the mix to create a fun, non-alcoholic 'punch'.
Save on decorations
Glowing skeletons, creepy cobwebs, plastic pumpkins - all that fancy decor can soon add up. Don't go spending a fortune without checking out your options first. Here are my top pics:
Pick up a pumpkins
Whether you choose to carve, paint or use stickers to decorate your pumpkins, it certainly wouldn't be Halloween without at least one adorning your home this October. Luckily for you, I've got the perfect place to go to get this compulsory decoration for under a pound - Lidl. While you may have to wait until the 23rd of October to pick one up, it's definitely worth it with the savings you'll make. They're so cheap, you could get a whole pumpkin family!
Light some Candles
Pitch-black darkness is just too spooky for some of us - not to mention impractical - so why not add a soft glow to your rooms with some bargain tealights? B&M have a pack of 25 in orange and black for an amazing 49p - you honestly won't find them cheaper! Pop them in you decorated pumpkins, in plain glasses to added an instant Halloween vibe and in the place of normal candles to increase the spooky appeal.
Hang a skeleton
The perfect wall-hanging for any Halloween occasion is a wooden skeleton or two. You can buy all sorts these days - glowing, light up, moving, but they can cost a fortune and you can get something just as effective for much less elsewhere. Poundland have a very funky version on a stand-out black backing for - you guessed it - a pound! Its bright and friendly colours should keep it from scaring the kids, too.
Save on entertainment:
There are many locations across the country that offer Halloween events throughout October, but there's really no need to splash out on any of those. With a little creativity and imagination, you can throw the perfect Halloween party for a couple of quid from the comfort of your own home. Here's some of my favourite entertainment ideas:
Throw a family film night
What better way to wind down after an evening of Trick or Treating than sitting in front of a suitably spooky film? Pick something that's fit for the whole family such as Scooby Doo, Frankenweenie, or Koraline. It's also the perfect opportunity to get tucking into all those prized sweets and chocolates. Wait a few hours and the kids might just drop off and leave you to have an adult midnight feast!
Tell ghost stories
Light some candles, sit on cushions on the floor and get your kids' imaginations running wild. Get them to invent stories, working together to act them out for the parents to see. They'll love this inventive and spooky activity more than spending hours queuing to get on a ride, that's for sure.
There's never a bad time to get crafty, and Halloween is no exception. You can go as basic or as complex as you like, just raid your normal craft supplies for orange, green and black colours, and you'll be able to create something fit for Halloween in no time.
If you're looking for some inspiration, a quick google search will bring up thousands of ideas for you to try. One of my own favourite resources is Art Bar Blog, which has some amazing projects to do with kids. The uncomplicated but effective goblin garland on their site would be perfect to do with your boys and/or girls this Halloween.
I hope I've inspired you to think outside the box this Halloween. Before you spend big, remember, Christmas is just around the corner!