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Want to have a great Halloween this year with your kids but you’re on a budget? With these tips, you can find ways to save money on everything from kids costumes to decorations and everything in between. 

As a mom of little ones, Halloween can be a fun time of using craft time to make spooky Halloween decorations and figuring out which fun costume your kids will wear this year. But if you’re not careful, all of the Halloween candy, decorations, craft stuff, and costumes can add up quick. And as a mom on a budget, we can’t dump a bunch of money into Halloween. 

To save you time and money, I rounded up some money-saving ideas so you can have a fun Halloween your kids will remember without breaking the bank in the process. 

Green and purple monster cookies with eyes as a fun cheap Halloween treat

Cheap and DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Costumes are at the heart of a good Halloween experience, but buying one isn’t always practical if you’re on a budget. Check out these ideas for budget-friendly Halloween costume ideas.

KIDS HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS ON A BUDGET

These tips can help find a cheap costume for the kids. 
Children in thrifty Halloween costume ideas.

Source: Dancing Through The Rain

Halloween DIY: 15-minute costume for scientist doctor or vet 

Super cute, quick and easy. Win all around!


DIY halloween costume of a scientist or vet for kids showing kids in the costume.

Source: Super Mom Hacks

Easy No-Sew Butterfly Family Costume 

How cute is this butterfly costume?? It can also be fairy wings or if you have a little boy, you could get creative and make it dragon wings or something with flames.

Source: Craftify My Love

How to put together a butterfly-themed couples costume 

Make the butterfly theme for the entire family’s costumes. Your kids will love that you’re all matching, too!

Source: Craftify My Love

5 Ways to Save on Halloween Costumes

Great tips to save money on costumes overall.

Source: Money Wise Moms

List of DIY Halloween costumes for kids

These are super cute and easy DIY costumes like this cute scarecrow.

DIY costumes for kids examples of a pumpkin and a scarecrow

Source: Super Mom Hacks

How to Make a Ghost Costume

What’s cheaper than a ghost costume? Great way to save money while your kids have fun being spooky.

Source: Super Mom Hacks

Easy DIY Adult Halloween Costume Ideas

This is a list of great costume ideas that are super easy and quick to put together.

Source: The Frugal Navy Wife

Why You Should Shop At Goodwill For A DIY Halloween Costume! 

With all of these DIY ideas, here are some reasons to head to the thrift store for materials.

Examples of thrift store DIY costumes

Source: Cook Eat Go

What do with old Halloween costumes 

Tips for how to get more life of out the costumes you’ve bought or made.

Source: Two Kids and a Coupon

DIY Decorations with Halloween Crafts for Preschoolers and Toddlers

Halloween decorations don’t need to be scary for the kids. Use these craft ideas to save money and have fun crafts for your kids to help with.

EASY AND FUN HALLOWEEN SPIDER CRAFT FOR TODDLERS

How fun is this spider craft? Your toddler or preschooler will love creating this and adding it to the decor for Halloween. Example of easy spider craft for toddlers Source: Fab Working Mom Life

Halloween Handprint Ghoul Banner for Kids 

Not only is this a fun and cute craft but you can keep it as a keepsake. Source: Crafts by Amanda

Halloween Kids Foot & Hand Print Art

How cute is this one?! I’m definitely doing this one this year. Example of DIY footprint handprint halloween decoration Source: Beth Watson Design Studio

Shape Monster Crafts for Kids 

Examples of shape monster halloween craft for kids Source: Live Well play together

Halloween Treat Pails Kids Can make In Minutes

Reuse those beach buckets instead of buying Halloween specific ones. Plus it lets the kids have a fun craft. Source: DIY Candy

Simply DIY stand alone ghosts 

These are fun and cheap for Halloween decor. Source: Modern Parents Messy Kids

Easy and Fun monster wreath DIY  

This monster wreath is a super cute and fun way to save some money on Halloween decor. Example of what the DIY monster wreath Source: Press Print Party

Cheap and DIY Halloween Decorations

These are more adult DIY Halloween decoration ideas that are less spooky but still add some fun to your house without branking the bank.

DIY Coffee filter wreath tutorial 

Source: Savor And Savvy

DIY Boo Sign

This cute Boo sign is so easy and cute. Source: Fabulessly Frugal

Cheap Halloween Porch Decorations with Recycled Materials

Make decorations out of stuff you already have around the house with this idea. Ghost frankenstein and mummy made from recycled wood planks for Halloween decorations

Source: Making Manzanita

White Pumpkin Decor from Cheap Thrift Store Foam Pumpkins

Create cheap but classy Halloween or Fall decor with this tutorial. Pumpkins as cheap Halloween decor Source: Making Manzanita

Tips for Saving Money on Halloween Candy 

Every year, Halloween candy is the one thing I dread buying because it’s too expensive and I always buy too much and feel like I’ve wasted all of that money. So here are some tips for saving money on Halloween candy this year so you don’t have to feel that regret, too.

Tips and Tricks to save money on Halloween candy

Source: Pixie Dust Savings

7 ways to save on Halloween candy 

Source: Dancing through the rain

Halloween Party on a Budget 

If you love entertaining or maybe got volun-told to have one, these tips will help save you money while having a great Halloween party.

Simple and Easy Tips for Throwing a Halloween Party on a Budget 

Source: Financially Minded Millennial 

Halloween Party on a Budget: Easy Ways to Throw an Epic Party! 

Source: Frugal Ginger

Saving money for Halloween can be fun

There you have it. Tons of ways to save money for Halloween from kids costumes to candy to parties. All on a budget. 

Lots of these ideas are fun things you can do with your kids to also create memories while you’re at it. 

I’d love to hear your money-saving ideas for Halloween. Share them in the comments below. 

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