shutterstock_112990519.jpg"Rats?" "Check." "Bats?" "Check." "Spiders?" "Check." That's a conversation my kids are having while curiously scavenging through their Halloween decorations boxes. At the Crooks house Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. This year’s décor and preparations are already well on their way.

It takes nothing short of a witches spell to make it through Halloween under budget. It definitely can take a toll on your new broomstick savings fund. If the thought of the cost of fright night is just too scary you might just like what I’ve brewed up.


For great craft ideas for a children's party visit Spoonful. Craft projects make amazing decorations and they’re fun to do with the kids.


For Halloween party ideas for adults and kids visit or All Things Frugal. You’ll find easy and cheap food ideas, décor, games, and more.


For an amazing party planning checklist that you can adapt to any party visit Party411.


Check out these awesome homemade costume ideas (with pictures) at CoolestHomemadeCostumes. Making your own Halloween costumes is a great way to save. They’ve even created the Costume Wizard where you answer a few questions, sit back, and watch how this awesome brainstormer finds perfect homemade costume ideas.


Don’t forget Pinterest for some amazing costume ideas. Just search “Halloween Costume”, “Handmade Halloween”, or “Costume ideas” for some great suggestions.


If you’re not the crafty type try to rent or buy used. Many Halloween costumes are up on auction or swap sites this time of year and being that they’ve usually only been worn once – they’re in good shape.


Another great idea is a costume swap. Have neighborhood kids or clubs/organizations you belong to swap costumes. Don’t forget that old sports and dance uniforms make great costumes.




Does your family have a Halloween tradition?


What are you/your kids going to dress up as this Halloween?


Do you have any Halloween savings tips to share?