Halloween party planning on a budget does not have to meal dull and boring! You can throw an awesome Halloween party without spending a lot of money. The trick is to use a little creativity and a few alternative choices for Halloween decorations.
Save money on food
To begin with, keep in mind that food will be one of your highest expenses for your Halloween party. The best way to save money for your Halloween party is with the food you serve. Instead of going all out and buying steaks, or other expensive meat, serve hot dogs instead. Better yet, have a wienie roast! Start a fire using a fire pit or outdoor fire place, and allow guests to roast their own hot dogs. Also, ask each guest to bring a Halloween themed covered dish. This is not only a big money saver, but it’s also a fun way to have a diverse menu. If a guest says they can’t cook, ask them to bring a bag of chips or a six-pack of soda instead.
Homemade Halloween Decorations
Save money on your Halloween decorations by making them yourself. There’s really not much to it, and it is a project the kids can help you with. Print off some Halloween coloring pages online (they are available absolutely FREE), and let the kids color and decorate them. Also use heavy cardstock paper and cut out bat shapes, pumpkin shapes, ghost shapes, etc. and add craft supplies like googley eyes and glitter glue to accent them. Totally creep out your guests by making Voodoo Dolls and set the all around the party area. Learn how to make a Voodoo Doll HERE. Finally, hang all your Halloween decorations up using fishing line, so they appear to float in the air.
Other inexpensive Halloween decorations can consist of a barrel of apples, spooky Jack O Lanterns, Halloween luminaries (read how to make these yourself HERE), fake spider webs, or even adding red or black light bulbs in place of your existing ones. You can also use the food you serve as party of your Halloween party decorations. Serve up some frightening “Severed Finger Cookies” to your guests or cook up a bleeding cake, or a Kitty Litter Cake, by purchasing inexpensive Halloween Cookbooks.
Mood setting music
Don’t hire a DJ as a form of entertainment. Instead, play any of the exciting Halloween sound effect CD. You can purchase one of these for less than $ 10.00, and usually even less than that. If your Halloween is for kids, check out our recommendation for the Best Halloween Party Music for Kids.
Buy cheap (but festive) paper products
It is simply ridiculous to spend a lot of money on paper products for your Halloween party. These items are just going to be thrown away anyway, so why spend a lot of money? Visit your local Dollar Store, and you will be AMAZED at the items they have stocked there. Find paper plates, napkins, cups, silverware, tablecloths, and even balloons and balloon weights. The Dollar Store also has a large selection of inexpensive Halloween decorations and other party supplies.
Halloween party games can be pulled off using items you have at home. Here are a few inexpensive Halloween party games. Of course, bobbing for apples is easy to set up and inexpensive. You can also boil some spaghetti noodles, and leave them VERY WET. Throw in a few marbles, adding just one red one. Have guests stick their hands in the wet noodles and search for the red marble. You can also play this game using a pumpkin, and have guests search through the pumpkin guts to find the red marble. Most of the time, adult guests aren’t interested in playing Halloween party games, and you’ll only be catering to the children in the group. To keep little ones busy, have a pumpkin decorating station. Set up several small pumpkins and hand out wash-off markers and other craft supplies. Allow the children to decorate their pumpkins and offer a small prize for the most original pumpkin.
Have a great time this Halloween, and remember to use any (or all) of these easy to follow Halloween party planning on a budget tips!
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