The ultimate guide to a frugal halloween

The ultimate guide to a frugal halloween

We absolutely love Halloween in our house. As long as I can remember, Halloween was a big deal for my family and by consequence I try my absolute best to keep the tradition alive year after year. Now that we’ve got a little in tow, Halloween has become extra important because we want Margsy to enjoy the day the same way we did when we were kiddos.

Halloween can get pricey though – have you seen the inflated costs of costumes, decorations or Halloween treats lately? Since we’re still a tiny ways away from the big day why not apply some frugal hacks to create an awesome Halloween for you and your kiddos at a fraction of the cost?

Creativity is often the backbone of frugality am I right? Here are a handful of things we’re doing to prepare for Halloween in the Tiny Blue House household!

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When it comes to things like decorations and costumes we’re applying the frugal principles of invest once and reuse, reuse, reuse. The way Mer and I see it, we’re okay with a little financial investment now which with a little DIY can help us create costumes and decorations that can be reused for a few years to come. It would be a shame to have to start over next year and invest more money (even if these items are really not that expensive in the first place). Frugality is all about applying your money to things that are important to you but being wise in the process am I right? So, we’re opting to DIY decorations and costumes that we can reuse and re-purpose next year. The only caveat here is that we’re committing ourselves to storing this stuff and giving our DIY Halloween gear prime real estate in our garage!

Decorating for Halloween on a dime

Image courtesy of Residence Style!

We’re going to spook up our windows using inexpensive construction paper from the dollar store and some creativity via Residence Style! Extra frugal tip : use painters tape to stick the cut outs to the window. Once Halloween is over remove the cut outs gently and save the for next year! If you’ve got cardboard laying around you can also paint it black with some inexpensive spray paint to get the same effect.

Photo courtesy of Eighteen 25!

Line our driveway and front porch with these ghostly jugs made from old milk jugs and a string of Christmas lights via Eighteen 25. What’s great about these is that you likely already have the necessary materials especially if you’ve got a milk guzzling toddler like I do. We’re planning to save our jugs and create a chain of spooky Spirit Jugs to light up the path to our front door for Trick or Treaters!

Photo courtesy of Scratch and Stitch!

For under 10$ we’re planning to make an awesome stack of glowing Jack-O-Lanterns instead of investing in pumpkins. Being frugal, we’d much rather eat the pumpkin that have it sit on our porch for decoration! What’s super cool and frugal about this project from Scratch and Stitch is that this decorative item can be reused which is music to a frugal persons ears am I right? Extra frugal tip: check out local consignment shops for plastic jack-o-lanterns. At this time of the year you might score them for less than a buck each! I scored 7 for a quarter each!

Photo courtesy of Chicken Scratch NY!

Our lonely tree sitting on the front lawn will be decked out in these DIY Tin Can Ghost Windsock’s via Chicken Scratch NY. We’re planning to jazz these up a bit by piercing holes in the tin can and hot gluing a battery operated tea light into each one for an added spooky glow!

Buying treats for Halloween and saving cash in the process

Halloween treats are so incredibly expensive right? What’s even more frustrating is that if you were to head into any grocer, drug store or super center on November 1st you’d be likely faced with heaps of heavily discounted candy. But alas, we need the candy and goodies for the 31st of October so we’ve got to get a little creative when it comes to preparing a sufficient candy stash for Halloween.

  • Start setting money aside now so your budget doesn’t take an enormous hit. We put about 10$ a week aside starting in September to help us budget for Halloween.
  • Combine off brand treats with name brand ones to increase the volume of candy you’ve got.
  • Think outside the box, pencils, erasers and other cute school supplies from your local dollar store make awesome treats too! It doesn’t always have to be sugary sweet ya know?
  • Wait to buy treats until the day before Halloween. Although savings are highest the day after you can still score some pretty awesome deals if you wait until the very last minute.
  • Buy what you can afford and if you run our you run out.

DIY awesome costumes for kids

We haven’t decided what Margsy will dress up as this year but here are some adorable, fun and low cost DIY costumes to consider! DIY can not only save your family a ton of cash but also build a costume making tradition! (which is what we’re hoping to start with Margsy!)

Jelly Belly via


Adorable DIY Owl via For Creative Juice!

Crazy Cat Lady from Crafty Morning!

Bucket of Pop Corn from Make it Love it!

Needle an Thread from C.R.A.F.T

Want to see even more Halloween costume inspiration? Check out my Frugal Halloween Pinterest Board!

DIY amazing costumes for adults

Halloween isn’t only about the kiddos! Mer and I made a deal that we’d dress up as a team to really get into the spirit. If you feel like dressing up to take your kiddos out or have a Halloween party to attend here are some awesome DIY adult costumes!

Operation! from C.R.A.F.T

Bazinga! via hercampus


Bubblegum Machine! via Make it Love it!

Bandits! via Say Yes!

Want to see even more Halloween costume inspiration? Check out my Frugal Halloween Pinterest Board!

Delicious low-cost Halloween Treats

This year we’re planning on having a small pre-trick or treating party at our house. Our plan is to serve up spooky desserts and beverages to our neighbors before we haul all our kiddos out for a fun night of Trick or Treating. We live on a small crescent with a ton of young children who’ve adopted a tradition of Trick or Treating together!

Halloween treats don’t have to be elaborate folks. If you’re hosting a Halloween party, preparing some items to send to school with your kids or bringing something extra special to the office have a look at these cool Halloween food ideas!

Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins via One Little Project


Ghosts in a Graveyard via Sugar Spun Run

Boo-nilla Ghost Milkshakes viaΒ  lil luna!

Want to see even more Halloween costume inspiration? Check out my Frugal Halloween Pinterest Board!

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what are your Halloween plans this year?




  1. September 28, 2017 / 6:34 am

    I love the crazy cat lady costume

  2. September 28, 2017 / 7:42 am

    We do not celebrate Halloween, but those ghosts in graveyard look delicious, will try.

  3. September 28, 2017 / 8:02 am

    sadly Halloween isn’t really a big thing here. But since my best friend and I are obsessed with it, we organise our own over the top parties! and these are some great ideas!!!!

  4. September 28, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Cute ideas! I have twins and I made my daughter’s first Halloween costume – She was an egg and my son was bacon πŸ™‚ The egg did not look wonderful but it was funny πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing

  5. September 28, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Love the idea about using dollar store finds for clever non-food halloween treats! Thanks for posting!

  6. September 28, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    It blows my mind how expensive Halloween can get! These tips are great and I love the costumes!

  7. themindfulmomblographer
    September 28, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love this post. So many wonderful ideas, and I LOVE that many of the activities can be kid friendly as well. I think we are going to do the milk jug ghosts this year! And I want one of those ghost in the graveyard pudding cups RIGHT NOW. Yum!

  8. September 28, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    I love the monster in the window idea and the pudding cup snack one! These are awesome!

  9. September 28, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I haven’t bought a pumpkin in years! Several years ago, I bought a few foam ones from the craft store and carved those. Then I reuse them every year!

  10. September 28, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    This is SO great! I’m looking forward to Halloween. My children love it and we have their friends over for a little party. I’m definitely going to be using some of these – goodness knows, I need to be frugal in decorating!

  11. mrsglivingsimple
    September 30, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Seriously in love with the crazy cat lady costume. Way too cute!

  12. September 30, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Thanks for including my Jack O’ Lantern totem. And great tip on checking consignment stores! I visited my local thrift store recently and saw so many great Halloween goods for next to nothing.

  13. October 2, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    OMG I am falling over with laughter at some of these costume ideas, they are awesome!! I particularly love the Jelly Belly and adult Operation costumes ideas.

  14. LaToya C
    October 2, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    I love these ideas! I’m definitely using some of these this halloween!

  15. pennyspuravida
    October 10, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    What a great compilation of ideas! Creative and affordable costumes, simple, yet unique decorations, and fun halloween treats I haven’t seen before. Well done!

    Pura vida, Penny

    • October 10, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks so much Penny! πŸ™‚

  16. October 10, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    The decoration ideas and costumes are precious! I was just at the store and decided to hold off on candy. It is so expensive. I will most likely do like you said and mix good stuff with the lower end candy.

    • October 10, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      If you can wait until the day off you can probably score a couple of bags at 50% off!

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