Fun Family Projects for a Budget-Friendly Halloween Party

Halloween Party

Holidays can be a blast when it comes to quality family time; however, let’s talk about the elephant in the room.
That is the price tag. Think about it: Halloween is perhaps the worst offender when it comes to “one and done” holidays. The costly costumes. The trash bags full of candy.

Sure, Halloween represents the ultimate holiday for the kids, but what about the parents picking up the tab? For example, the average American spends approximately $74 on Halloween, and the bill only grows as you consider the cost of throwing a party for friends and family.

The question remains: how can you enjoy Halloween with your family without breaking the bank?

Easy. Consider these DIY projects that will not only help you stretch your Halloween budget but also…

  • Get into the Halloween spirit for the entire month rather than just one day
  • Serve as alternatives to pricey decorations and seasonal treats
  • Allow you to spend some quality time with your family in the process

So, where do you begin?

Window Decorations

Decorating the windows of your home is a classic Halloween tradition with seemingly endless possibilities depending on how crafty you are. All you need is some black poster paper (or construction paper if you’re pressed for time), clear tape and scissors.
You can easily find stencils on sites such as Pinterest for a variety of designs, including castles, black cats, and vampire bats. Simply outline the stencils with marker and cut accordingly. While you may be responsible for more intricate designs with sharper edges, even toddlers can get in on the action by cutting out simple patterns such as ghosts or pumpkins.
Once you’ve cut out your silhouettes, place them against the windows and secure them with tape. If you place your silhouettes behind blinds, you can ramp the scare factor with a black light at night.

Spooky Living Room Decor

It’s no secret that big box stores sell just about every Halloween decoration under the sun; however, the prices of such items are often jacked up specifically for the holiday season. On the flip side, there are plenty of spooky decorations you can make yourself with common items you may already have around the house:

  • Instead of buying bags of “spider web,” you can make your own out of cotton balls mixed with hairspray (to achieve a wispy texture); similarly, you can create a giant yarn spider web with ease
  • Haunted hang-ables such as bats be cut out of paper or craft foam with the help of a stencil: you can add googly eyes and hang them from the ceiling with craft-store materials that won’t cost more than a few bucks
  • Rather than buying a bag of plastic spiders, you can create your own using black pieces of pipe cleaner and Styrofoam balls: all you need is a bit of creativity to make them come to life

Tasty Treats on the Cheap

Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on candy. In fact, common confections such as cookies, rice crispy treats, and homemade cakes just need a bit of orange frosting for some Halloween flair. A mixture of one cup powdered sugar, two tablespoons milk, one teaspoon vanilla and a few drops of orange frosting will do the trick.

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