Halloween is one of America’s favorite party holidays. It gives everyone the opportunity to become someone (or something!) else for the evening as they mingle among spooky decorations and partygoers. Sometimes, hosting your own Halloween bash can get costly, especially if you’re set on throwing the most memorable spookfest ever.
Here are tips that will help you throw the best Halloween party on a small budget. Shop for supplies at the nearest discount superstore, or sign up for iRazoo today and earn free points that can be redeemed for gift cards to retailers such as Walmart, Target, CVS Pharmacy, and more!
Decorating Your Home
You don’t necessarily need enormous and costly electric-powered ghosts or mummies to get your guests into the spirit of Halloween. Keep it simple when shopping for decorations, and stick to using an orange-and-black color theme. If possible, visit your local dollar store early in the month to stock up on inexpensive Halloween decorations that cost only $1.
Here are examples of inexpensive ways to make your house look extra creepy:
- Dim the lighting, or safely drape red scarves over lamps with low-watt bulbs to create an eerie lighting effect.
- Turn out all the lights and strategically place candles so they’re not at risk for being knocked over.
- String up inexpensive orange mini lights (or Christmas lights) around your home.
- Cover chairs and sofas with black sheets.
- Tilt all the pictures in your home so they look crooked.
- Drape stretchable spider webs and cobwebs across the walls and ceilings of every room.
Serving Spooky Appetizers
Considering Halloween parties are generally thrown in the evening, most of your guests will already have eaten dinner. Skip main courses and opt for low-maintenance finger foods guests can eat with their hands. Instead of stocking up on utensils, have guests wear disposable plastic gloves, which will help prevent hands and costumes from getting too messy.
If you’re willing to go the extra mile with Halloween-themed foods, stick to easy-to-make recipes that won’t cost you too much time or money.
Here are examples of spooky Halloween eats that will impress your guests:
- Octopus hot dogs: Buy uncooked hot dogs, and cut the bottom two-thirds of each weiner into 8 separate sections. Boil the hot dogs so the “octopus arms” can curl up, then use round black peppercorns for the eyes.
- Graveyard pudding: Make a bowl of chocolate pudding and insert rectangular-shaped cookies that resemble tombstones. Place gummy worms on top of the pudding near the tombstones.
- Ghost lollipops: Wrap white tissues around the tops of lollipops, and tie in place using brown string. Use a marker to draw faces on each lollipop.
Creating Inexpensive Halloween Costumes
The Halloween costumes sold at most retail stores are often costly and low in quality. But with a bit of creativity, you can probably conjure up several costumes using supplies you already have at home.
Here are simple costume ideas that work great for everyone:
- Cut holes into an old bedsheet and transform into a ghost.
- Wear all black and throw on a witch hat or scary mask.
- Watch YouTube makeup tutorials and transform your face into something scary.
- Head to the thrift store and buy worn clothing to become a hobo.
- Wear glasses with tape in the middle and high-waisted pants to become a classic nerd.
- Wear boots, a plaid shirt, and a cowboy hat to become a cowboy.
Just stick to costumes that won’t offend your family, friends, and party guests.
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