Most of the time, we find ourselves pinching pennies to get by another week. However, when it comes to a party, you really want your kids to enjoy themselves. Here are some ways you can make a Halloween party fun without spending a fortune.
- Have a Halloween Treasure Hunt party – In the big, plastic Jack-O-Lantern buckets you can purchase for $0.50, place candy, stickers, bags of fruit snacks and party favors. Now, create a map that you can copy on a copy machine, showing where all the buckets are hidden. Give the kids plenty of time to find all the buckets and grab one (or several) of each of the prizes.
- Shop at Dollar Stores for decorations – You don’t have to go to expensive party stores to get all that you will need to throw a Halloween party. You can find paper goods, like plates, napkins and table covers, invitations, thank you notes, streamers, and many other thematic holiday decorations for $1! The party favors and candy you use for game prizes can also be found there for a fraction of what you would pay for them elsewhere.
- Use online retailers to your benefit – Online auction sites and party retailers can give your great deals on things like craft projects and party favors. If you plan to throw a party at Halloween time, you need to pre-plan when you purchase on the internet, though. Shipping can take some time, so you will need to order early.
- Have all the guests bring a Halloween treat to share – Cookie swaps are very popular, so you can have the adults bring cookies to share with all the kids! No parents mind bringing a food item to share, so ask for fruit and veggie trays, popcorn, Chex Mix , Goldfish and other popular snacks with kids. As the person throwing the party, you can furnish the drinks and cake.
- Look for games that don’t require purchasing supplies – Musical Chairs, “(Child’s Name) May I?”, and Hot Pumpkin (instead of “Hot Potato”).
Being creative can make for a very fun, but very inexpensive party!