Halloween With Kids On A Tight Budget

A child looking at carved pumpkin.

We all love Halloween, sometimes it is hard to tell who loves it more, parents or kids. But Halloween requires a lot of preparation that could be very time consuming and costly - starting with pumpkin shopping and carving, choosing Halloween costumes for an entire family and making sure you will have enough treats for all the kids. Yes, it could be overwhelming but with proper preparation, it can be a lot of fun!

Halloween decorations for kids.

In order to have a perfect Halloween on a budget, you should follow the 6 steps below:

Step 1. Halloween Costumes

First of all: how about Halloween costumes? Yes, you can go Halloween costume shopping with your entire family. However, for a family of 3 to 5 people, Halloween costumes could be anywhere around $100 to $400. Think of your budget and how much you are willing to spend on just one night.

If your budget is tight, there is no reason to worry! Think of some of the old clothes that you can reuse. Maybe your old leopard skirt complimented with leopard ears from the Dollar store will make up for a great costume for Halloween?

The same could work for your child too. Rather than buying an expensive costume that your child is going to wear only for a couple of hours, it could be fascinating to make the costume yourself. Find some old skirt/dress that you could decorate yourself and make it into the costume. With the help of a hot gun, you could glue some sparkles, buttons, gems and make a simple skirt into a fancy princess's skirt. All you need is a crown - which is easily available at the nearest supermarket for just a few dollars - and your little girl is a princess!

Step 2. Candies

Make sure you have a lot of candies!  Search for items on sale and large family packs in your local stores. You don't need to get the fanciest candies, rather go for larger amounts! Kids love a lot of candies than a measly few!

Step 3. Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkins with eyeballs and faces.

Pumpkins will never break your bank! Carving these seasonal cuties is not the easiest thing to do. However, if you don't enjoy pumpkin carving you do not need to struggle with it. Get markers and decorate the pumpkin together with your child. Want something fancier? Use a glue gun to put sparkling eyeballs on your pumpkin. Use woolen threads or colorful pipe cleaners to make the hair on the pumpkin. It's all up to your imagination!

Step 4. Celebration

Whether you are celebrating alone with your family or you have been invited somewhere else, Halloween is a holiday for which you might need to cook something festive. However, it doesn't need to be expensive to be exciting. Frozen or homemade pizzas with extra cheese sprinkled on it will be more exciting for your kids than a filet mignon! Mac and cheese with bacon, cheese sticks, burgers, hot dogs and popcorn are equally great!

Then, don't forget about a good Halloween movie or animated cartoon! If you are looking for some more exciting activities, check some games and activities that could complete your Halloween night!

Step 5. Sugar And Hyperactivity

Halloween candies for kids.

Children love treats, chocolate, and candies - it is hard for them to resist the temptation of eating them all at once. Make sure you set strict rules of how many candies a day are allowed beforehand. Sugar overconsumption is not just harmful to your child's health, it can make your child overly active, hyper and in some cases even aggressive. Two to four small candies a day should be enough to feel festive but not to the point of being overly hyper.

Step 6. Home Decorations

There is no need to buy fancy home decorations because actually you can make most of them yourself. For example, take cardboard and cut it in big circles, paint it in orange color, add eyeballs, woolen threads for hair - and you have a cute pumpkin made by yourself. Then, add a little string and you can hang it on a tree. You can also make little ghosts from white cardboard and hang them beside the pumpkins. Even simple white garbage bags with a little effort and decoration could look like Halloween ghosts hanging on the trees!

Remember, Halloween is not about breaking the bank while shopping for expensive costumes, candies, and dinner. It is about simple things like making it fun for your children, enjoying the spirit of the festivities and enjoying everyone's company. Do not overspend trying to impress your neighbors and friends with home decorations and costumes, if you do not feel comfortable with it. Instead, make costumes, decorations, and interesting snacks yourself and impress your children and close friends with your creativity.