It’s Halloween, and it’s time to decorate your home in freaky scary decor to delight the children and get into the festivities of the holiday. While it’s fun to see all the cool stuff you can get at your local department stores, you can really be spending a bundle for that candy bowl with the hand in it that moves. Rather than pay an arm and a leg for your Halloween decorations that you’ll only be using for a few days or weeks, shop smarter and get more stuff for less!
Right now is when the local dollar and discount stores are putting out their Halloween decorations, accessories, and candy on full display hoping shoppers will empty their shelves. They can’t sell these things once Halloween is over, so you’ll often get a plethora of cool items 2 for a dollar. Dollar and discount stores are your first stops for Halloween candy bags or buckets, face paint, fake eyelashes, gruesome teeth, strings of skeletons, black and orange light bulbs, those bags of spider webs, hanging bats and spiders, door decorations, and carving kits for pumpkins. This is a great stop for getting flashlights for all your kids for safer trick-or-treating as well. You can even get Halloween spooky noise CDs and almost anything you could imagine for cheap, cheap, cheap!
Want that moving hand bowl, or a life-size Frankenstein or other mechanical scary Halloween decoration to get your holiday off to a great start? This is where thrift stores come in. Every year, people toss out their old expensive Halloween decorations in favor of what’s new. They’re loss is your gain. Simply plug the item in to make sure it works and you’ve got expensive Halloween decorations for super-cheap. eBay is another great stop for these more expensive decorative items. Keep checking eBay or craigslist for Halloween decor for a fraction of the new cost.
Check with family members and see if they’ll be using all their decorations this year. Your sister may not be setting up that life-size scarecrow this year and if you’re willing to dig it out of storage, she’ll likely let you use it. This way you can get cool stuff without spending a dime.
Thrift stores are also great stopping places for awesome costumes from infant size clear on up to adult. Check them out- they won’t be too expensive because thrift stores have a lot of these items to clear out and they want them gone. You can get full costumes, or just accessories like fairy or bat wings, headbands, and trick-or-treat bags. All you have to do is give these stores a good look, and they’re putting out fresh stuff every day. If you don’t find what you are looking for the first time, stop by again tomorrow and they will have already replaced what was sold. There is a massive surplus of Halloween costumes donated all year long so these thrift stores will keep those racks full and at cheap prices in the hopes of minimizing their holiday merchandise.
Just a few great ways to have an awesome Halloween without breaking the bank!