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Between buying costumes, candy, and going to events, Halloween can get pretty pricey. Luckily, there are several ways to decorate on a budget.

Purchase Year-Around

If you want to do Halloween right, buy items year-round. It sounds intense, but hear me out: If you buy Halloween decorations in August or September, they are full price. The day after Halloween, all those same fancy items magically drop in price. That is the best time to buy.

Not all stores carry Halloween stuff year-around, but some do. And if they do, buy them during the offseason. The prices are lower, and you aren’t fighting other people to try to get items before they sell out.


This is one of the easiest ways to do Halloween on a budget. Sure all the stuff you see online and in stores are beautiful, but you can make the same things at home. For example, Halloween wreaths are great. But they can be expensive! Find one you like, then buy items separately and make it yourself.

If you have the patience, a glue gun, sewing machine, tape, and a few internet searches can go a long way. If you need some assistance or inspiration, social media can be your best friend. So can Pinterest and YouTube. One quick hashtag or keyword search can get you lots, and lots, and lots of ideas.

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Know Where To Shop

The worst-kept secret when it comes to Halloween is that Dollar Stores or 99 cent only stores are a gold mine for finding quality decorations. They have everything. And some of them start putting stuff out in August, so you can get started very early.

There are several articles, posts, and videos online that can help you navigate through the dollar store Halloween aisles too. There are a few below.


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Spray Paint

Spray paint is vital to assist in DIY decorations. With spray paint, you can create a cohesive color theme, transform items, or make everyday items look spookier.

Spray paint is also a great way to inexpensively transform items you already own. Just adding paint is a fun, easy way to spruce up decorations that you are bored of. It’s also a fun activity to keep the kids entertained.

Buy Items Second-hand

There are several ways to find quality Halloween decorations while on a budget. Although coronavirus makes things a little tricky, buying items from people on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and yard sales can be a great way to find treasures.

The Goodwill and second-hand stores are also another options for finding Halloween items that won’t break the bank.

Happy decorating!