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5 Halloween Party Ideas that Will Save You Money

by Savanna Kiefer

One of the best things about Halloween is the parties! Getting to show off your Halloween costume, hang out with friends, and snack on some yummy treats is always a great way to celebrate this spooky time of year.

Parties can be really expensive to throw, though, when you factor in the cost of decorations, food, and drinks for everyone. So how can you throw an awesome party that all your friends will be talking about until next year? We’re here to help with these 5 fun and affordable Halloween party ideas.


Stranger Things

If you’re not familiar with this show, what rock have you been living under?! While we patiently await the third season, we’ve got some inexpensive ideas for a Stranger Things themed Halloween party. You know those colored lights you always wrap around the tree at Christmas time? Dig them out of the attic early this year and hang them around your house. If you’re feeling really creative, you could even cut letters out of black paper, stick them to the wall, and string the lights through them just like Joyce does in the show. Spooky ambiance for free? Check!

Of course you’ll need some snacks for your guests and what better way to feed them then with Eggo waffles? We were all craving Eggos after our first viewing of Stranger Things and they make these delicious little waffles in a variety of flavors. A box of Eggos costs less than $2.50 so if you grab a few and a bottle of syrup, you can easily feed your party for less than $15. And drinks? Nothing goes better with waffles than a glass of chocolate milk! Turn on the show for people to watch as they filter in and you’ve got a hit party on your hands that only cost around $20.



90’s Sitcoms

Not a fan of scary themes? No worries! Throw a 90’s sitcom party! Since most of these shows take place in someone’s apartment, you don’t have to do a ton of decorating to make the event awesome. Not sure where to start? Here’s a few suggestions: Blossom, Full House, Family Matters, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Home Improvement, Friends, or Seinfeld. To really encourage the theme, ask your guests to dress up like their favorite characters from these shows. You could always decorate your home to look like Central Perk from Friends with some simple signs you can print out and hang above the door. To finish it off, serve coffee and pastries for an easy, yet inexpensive party platter.



Come to this party, and you’ll float too. Ekk!! It may have been last year’s thriller for the Halloween season, but it never gets old. You could easily throw an It themed party by blowing up a ton of red balloons and scattering them through your house. You can get helium filled balloons from your local party store for about 50 cents to $1 per balloon. Tie them around the house and you’ve got some colorful decorations for less than $20! You could request each guest to bring a snack or drink of their choice, or supply them yourself. The dollar store has a variety of candy and treats on a budget. If you really want to scare your guests, dress up like Pennywise himself or if you wanna be subtle, throw on a yellow raincoat. 




Jaws isn’t your typical Halloween flick, but it sure is scary if you’re afraid of sharks. This makes it a fun and family friendly party theme if you play it right. Throw up beach-themed decorations around the house that you may already have stashed away in the garage from summertime for easy setup. If you want to accommodate the little ones, lay out some beach towels or boogie boards on the floor and set up an area for them to watch movies. Serve your favorite summertime foods like hot dogs and fruit, or get really into the theme and make some cupcakes with blue frosting, a shark fin on top, and a gooey red center. Ask your guests to dress up like their favorite characters from the movie (or any beachy film)!



The Wizard of Oz

This is another great party theme for guest that have kids or for those grown-ups who don’t want to be scared. Turn your home into Oz by creating a yellow brick road out of yellow construction paper or even a long yellow rug. Lead them to a kitchen full of whimsical treats and candy -- we’re thinking a rainbow cake, colorful M&M’s, and fruit punch of course! Green streamers can be hung from the ceiling to look like the city of Oz, or even better - change out your light bulbs for green hued ones. Ask your friends to dress up like their favorite characters from the movie and have a costume contest. This could turn into an expensive event though if you go overboard with treats and drinks, so keep in mind that the dollar store has plenty of colorful candies that you can purchase on a low budget.


Throwing a fun party doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Before you go spend all your hard earned dollars at an overpriced party store and face all of that unwanted stress, look at what props and decorations you already have that can be repurposed into an awesome Halloween party! After all, the most important part of any party is to have fun with your friends -- it might sound cheesy, but that sort of fun is priceless.


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