By Natalie Marusin
Ghosts, witches and candy galore -- it’s time to get out the pumpkin carving tools and trick-or-treat bags. But this Halloween, we have news so exciting, it’s scary: You won’t have to drain your savings in order to host a frightening fear fest for your party guests.
As you prepare for your scary soirée this season, keep in mind these four money-saving tips that are so shockingly sweet your Halloween bash will be spine-chilling.
Don’t go overboard.
It’s understandable; you want your spooky get-together to be a total smash. But, you don’t have to cover every square inch of your place draped in spider webs and bloody appendages to make your party a hit. This Halloween, less is more -- especially when it comes to spending.
One great way to save on decorations is to amp up the ambiance. Instead of spending a ton on little decorations that won’t go a long way, play a spooky soundtrack that will increase the Halloween mood during your party. This Halloween Fright Night (greatest hits soundtrack) is available at Target for only $6.59.
Another tip is to create a focal point. It’s much easier (and cost effective) to decorate a small space -- a dessert bar or cocktail area, for instance -- than to try and deck out your whole house.
Search for savings.
Around the holidays, many retailers dish out huge sales and great deals. But what many don’t know is that Halloween is usually included in the holiday savings calendar. If, on top of a store deal, you can add a coupon or two to your party-planning purchases, you can see significant savings.
Target is currently running a clearance on select Halloween items, as well as up to 20 percent off select costumes and a cauldron of coupons on select candy. Other retailers, including Kmart, Carter’s, Walgreens, Spirit Halloween and Home Depot are hosting Halloween deals now, too.
The important thing to remember is to search for promo codes, online and printable coupons and free shipping deals before you buy.
Ask and you shall receive.
As you’re planning your ghoulish gala this season, it’s important to remember that your guests can be your biggest asset when it comes to savings. In other words, you shouldn’t feel as if you have to take on all the financial burden of your party.
There is no shame in asking your witch and zombie pals to bring their own treats and/or libations. Make it fun and announce in your invite that you’ll be holding a contest for the guy or ghoul who brings the most original treat or grossest Halloween-inspired appetizer and fete them with a small prize. Not only will it save you time at the store and in the kitchen, but it’ll save money, too. Sounds like a pretty great treat to us.
Natalie Marusin, a savings and couponing expert, writes for ShopAtHome.com.