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Trick or Treat Yourself: 4 Ways to Save on Your Halloween Party

As we finally say goodbye to summer and trade in our sandals for fall boots, it’s time to start getting ready for fall festivities. Halloween parties are a great way to bring everyone together for some spooky fun. But if you are not careful, spending money on decorations, food and drinks, entertainment, and incidentals, the price tag of throwing a party could be the scariest thing you see this Halloween.

However, there are ways to throw a great party on the cheap. By following some of the tips below, you can save yourself some money while still throwing a great get-together!

1) Make Your Own Decorations

Decorations can be pricey when you shop at the store, so why not use your creativity and make your own? By using items such as paper plates, paint, and scissors you can make great looking items! Even your kids can get in on the fun of creating decorations to be placed around the house. You can even draw inspiration from the new hit horror film IT by blowing up red balloons and placing them throughout the house. If you need more inspiration, the app and website Pinterest is full of decoration ideas to make your party look both spooky and cute.

2) Throw a Potluck

There is nothing better than bringing the neighborhood together for a potluck! By encouraging everyone to bring their favorite fall recipes is a great way to showcase everyone’s cooking while giving everyone an opportunity to try new dishes. My tip is to have everyone bring an index card with the recipe on it and trade recipes.

3) Set the Soundtrack

Music can add a special element to any Halloween party. Whether your event is kid friendly or catered to a more adult crowd, Spotify and Pandora are free for basic memberships and they already have pre-made Halloween playlists available. Apple Music is another music streaming service that has playlists available for use as well. If you do not want to pick music, play scary movies in the background. By playing classic horror films, your guests could really get in the Halloween mood for a great party!

4) Low-Cost Entertainment

When it comes to entertainment for your guests, you don’t need to spend a lot of money for fun; there are a lot of ways to entertain yours guests!

For something both adults and children can participate in, Halloween costume contests are always fun! Your guests can show off their amazing costumes and there can be winners of different categories such as “Best Scary Costume,” “Best Couple Costume,” “Funniest Costume” etc.

Another way to entertain your guests is to use objects around the house for different games. There is a game called the mummy contest. You have your guests pair off in twos and with a roll of toilet paper have your guests wrap their partner to make them look like a mummy. Whoever covers their partner with toilet paper first from head to toe wins!

Last but not least, spook your guests by playing “Mystery Box.” This game is a touch and feel game where you can place food items in a box and label them as different body parts. Examples of what you can put in the boxes are dried apricots as ears, peeled grapes as eyeballs, baby carrots as toes, and spaghetti as brains. By using a little imagination you can create a fun game using items found in your refrigerator. And let’s not forget the classic game of bobbing for apples- all you would need is a bucket full of water and some apples!


Throwing a Halloween party can be fun and if you follow any of these tips, the money you save will be a treat. Investors Bank offers savings and money market accounts designed to meet your needs and help you save for unexpected emergencies, a vacation, or anything else.

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