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Throwing a budget-friendly Halloween party can be quite challenging, especially if you believe that people's enjoyment will only depend on all the spooky decors, mouthwatering food, games, and prizes. The truth is you can throw an inexpensive but enjoyable Halloween party. All that you need is thorough research and resourcefulness.

For a successful budget-friendly Halloween party, the first thing that you have to do is determine your budget. It is important to have a list of what you need for the party, such as beverages, food, invitations, decorations and prizes for the games. Then, settle on how much you can shell out and make sure to stick to your budget.


First things first, you need to be creative with your invitations. There are tons of websites where you can get invitation templates that can be printed out for free. If you have a lot of time in your hands, you can also make your own designs – from simple pumpkin-shape invitations to elaborate haunted house cards with moving and flying witches. However, if you really want to save, it is best to use orange paper then print the details on it. This way, you only have to spend money for the ink, the paper and the postage.

Other ways to invite your family and friends for your Halloween party are as follows:

  • Via electronic invitations. You can find tons of websites that provide free invitations and all you have to do is to pick the design that you like and type in the details of your party. Then, send your e-invite through e-mail.
  • Via text message. This is probably the easiest and the cheapest way to invite your family and friends. It may be quite informal but still, it is very efficient.

Supplies and decors

Nowadays, there are a lot of thrift stores you can visit in order to purchase items and supplies for your Halloween decorations and giveaways. There are napkins, paper plates, cups, table cloths and even plastic spoon and forks that are especially made for this kind of celebration. Make sure to have scary stuff such as fake skulls, gravestones, scary masks, fake lab rats, spider webs and other things that can used for your Halloween activities. You can also include Halloween themed loot bags and gummy candy body parts for fun.

It is recommended to shop for decorations and supplies on the last minute. This way, you can find more items for sale. In order to save more money on your Halloween party, it is best to plan in advance. For instance, you can buy items for the Halloween immediately after the holiday then keep them for the next Halloween. This is one good thing about this holiday – supplies and decors used this year can still be used on your next Halloween celebration.

Another way to throw a budget-friendly Halloween party is to make use of your creativity. For instance, with simple black and orange paper can go a long way for your decorations. It is helpful to visit various DIY websites that can teach you on how to make decorations for your party.

For your inexpensive Halloween creepy effects, you can always count on your closet. By rummaging your closet, you can create your spooky Halloween decors. Why not stick your old shoes onto your garden soil? Then, look for old black sheets or clothing that you can use to drape on your windows and ceiling.

Food and beverages

If you want to save money on food, prepare them by yourself. This may take a lot of time but with proper planning (in advance), you can definitely pull this off. Another great idea is to ask every guest to bring their own dish (potluck). However, make sure to prepare the main dish. In addition, if you are going to do this kind of set up, it is essential to coordinate with everybody – discuss the food that they are bringing. This way, you won’t end up having a Halloween party with different main dishes and nothing else.

It is also a great idea to hold the party in the evening, after dinner when most have done eating their evening meal so that you’ll only serve finger food or snacks. Usually, saving coupons for chips and other snacks can be of great help to have a successful budget-friendly Halloween party.

When it comes to beverages, stick to the basics – red-colored juice. Furthermore, make sure to serve non-alcoholic drinks, especially if the holiday falls on a weekday. On the other hand, if you and your friends really want to drink the night away, there are cheap mixers that you can use to make a punch.

Last But Not the Least, Get Help

Don’t forget to ask others for suggestions to make your party more fun and exciting. Remember, it is not necessary to follow ‘the rules’ when it comes to throwing parties. If a friend has something interesting or entertaining in his mind, consider the idea and let the others have a say as well. After all, Halloween parties should be fun, something enjoyable that you can share with your friends and family.