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10 Frugal Ideas for Fun this Halloween


Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I do not like spending 100s of dollars on overpriced costumes at the Halloween shops. Luckily, there is plenty of budget fun to be found the entire month of October. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for frugal Halloween fun!

1. A horror movie marathon is sure to please any Halloween fanatic. I have a whole collection of Halloween/horror movies. In addition, you can look on Netflix if you have the service or check your cable lineup, which is sure to be filled the week prior to Halloween. ABC Family runs a 13 Nights of Halloween, which features favorites like Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus, along with great made for TV movies.

2. Every year I make Halloween sugar cookies. I get orange Halloween sprinkles and cookie cutters.  It’s a cheap, yet festive activity. You can find spooky cut outs at a Michaels, Walmart, or Target. I found a set of 3 at Michaels the week after Halloween for only 99 cents.

3. Nothing says Halloween more than a festive theme party. Have each guest bring a fun, Halloween themed treat or side dish. Host horror movies and have a handmade costume contest to make the party more festive.

4. Carving out a pumpkin is one of my favorite budget activities. A night of fun for the whole family for only a few bucks. Trader Joe’s sells large carving pumpkins for only 4 bucks! Remember to save the seeds and toast them later for a tasty treat!

5. Why not stay at home and hand out candy? You could always make your own costume (check online for ideas) fairly cheap.

6. Most communities put on their own local haunted houses, corn mazes, etc. These events are usually offered at over a 70% discount over big name attractions. Check your local newspapers, community websites, and Chamber of Commerce sites to stay updated on events throughout the month.

7. Fall foliage is typically in its’ prime during the month of October (depending on where you live). Taking a brisk walk or bike ride while enjoying the beautiful colors is always a great option.

8. Often, local theaters play horror/Halloween themed movies in the weeks leading up to Halloween. A theater by me usually plays “Halloween” each year. You can also check any second run theaters in town to see if they are playing any horror/thrillers.

9. The Halloween decor discounts typically start a few days before Halloween and rise dramatically right after the holiday is over. This is the best time to pick up your decorations for next year. I always head over to Michael’s where the discounts are typically 80% off original prices (I like their selection of Lenox Halloween villages and figurines).

10. You can always get into the spirit by picking up a spooky ghost story from your local library. Or watch a marathon of “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel.


My Top 20 Halloween Movies ( I tend to go for the more fun/cheesy older 80’s and 90’s horror/comedy movies. What are your favorites?)

1. Hocus Pocus

2. Fright Night

3. Scream

4. Child’s Play (1-3)

5. Killer Klowns from Outer Space

6. Ghostship

7. Halloweentown (1 and 2)

8. Trick r’Treat

9. Friday the 13th

10. The Goonies

11. The Lost Boys

12. Stephen King’s It

13. The Craft

14.  The Faculty

15. Ghostbusters

16. Beetlejuice

17. Orphan

18. The Burbs

19. House of Wax

20. Ernest Scared Stupid

As you can see, there are plenty of budget friendly activities this time of year. What are your favorite things to do for Halloween?

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