The ULTIMATE Budget Halloween Party Guide
Budget Party Decor Ideas, Free Printables, Cheap Party Supplies, Free Party Fun and $1 Halloween Snacks and Treat Ideas
Did you know that the average person spends $74 for Halloween?! And probably much more than that if you are hosting a Halloween bash! The following halloween party tips will help you stay on budget. so you can throw the spookiest party in your neighborhood without scaring your wallet!
Halloween Party Decor
Spider Web Mason Jar
webs with spiders (Dollar Tree) + LED tealight candle (Dollar Tree) + mason jar (Dollar Tree)
Trash Bag Spider Webs
black trash bag + scissors.
Tutorial here: http://www.fastforwardfun.com/easy-diy-trash-bag-spiderwebs
DIY Bleeding Candle
White taper candles (2 pack – Dollar Tree) + red taper candle (2 pack – Dollar Tree).
Just light the red candle and drip it over the top of the white candle.
Tip: You can put the candles inside an empty wine bottle and put a creepy label on the bottle.
Creepy Cloth (Dollar Tree)
Add it to your table, halloween scene, lamp shades and curtains for a budget-friendly spooky touch!
DIY Fake Blood
8 Easy Recipes found here
Bloody Bathroom Scene: Cheap white shower curtain ($3 – Walmart) + paint brush (for writing on toilet bowl and strokes of blood on shower curtain )+ cheap white towel ($2 – Walmart) + fake blood + red food coloring in toilet bowl + cheap white bath mat ($3 Walmart) – An entire room’s decor for under $15!
DIY Bloody Handprint Window Clings
Made with supplies you probably already have at home.
Tutorial here: https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/do-it-yourself-bloody-handprint-window-clings
Skull Candle Holder
3 skulls (Dollar Tree) + 2 terra cotta saucers ($0.75- Walmart) + black spray paint (Walmart -$0.99) + Halloween candle(Dollar Tree).
Here’s the tutorial – http://endlesslyinspired.com/2014/10/22/diy-skull-candle-holder-31-days-halloween-day-20/
Chalkboard Tombstone (Dollar Tree) + Chalk (Walmart – $0.47)
Cute Hanging Ghosts
Cheese cloth or white creepy cloth + craft balls (Dollar Tree) + googly eyes (Dollar Tree) + fishing line to hang them
Ghost Paper Bags
white paper bags (Dollar Tree) + LED tea light candles (Dollar Tree, 2 pack) + black permanent marker (Dollar Tree)
Witch Hat Chandelier
orange streamers (Dollar Tree, 2 pack) + basic witch hat (Dollar Tree) + orange gift wrap for top (Dollar Tree)
Just cut the streamers in half, vertically into smaller strips. Tie a orange ribbon around gift paper
Candles are cheap and they create a spooky ambiance.
basically, you just need white lantern lights and white fabric
Tutorial here: http://designdininganddiapers.com/illuminated-ghost-garland/
Free Printable Halloween Party Ideas
Spooky Bottles, Jars and Vases
Buy a bunch of various sized $1-$2 glass vases, jars and bottles (or use the ones you have) and print out these spooky labels. You can get some small and medium sized ones at Dollar Tree. Large ones are $2-$3 at Goodwill. You can also use old pickle and jam jars that you already have.
- Tip 1: Spray paint some of the bottles. Walmart has $0.99 black spray paint.
- Tip 2: Add spooky looking liquids and creepy candies like worms, eyeballs, etc.
- Tip 3: Add spiderwebs, insects and creepy cloth accents around bottles
Spooky Soda Labels
Cute Halloween 2 Liter Soda Labels
Bat Wall Scene
All you need is black construction paper or card stock, scissors and tape! The tutorial is here
You can also:
- add these to your lamp shades
- make a garland (hole punch + black string)
- make a bat tree (with a black vase, sticks and bats glued to the sticks)!
- add googly eyes (Dollar Tree)
Creepy Mice Silhouettes
All you need black construction paper
You can download the template here
Spooky Book Covers
Kraft paper or brown paper + free printable + any book + glue stick
- These book covers would go great with these witch labels and this witch party set
- Tip 1: Books looks great with a crow or skull decor (both of which you can get at Dollar Tree).
- Tip 2: You can also use Aged Parchment Cardstock or scrapbooking paper ($2-$4)
- Tip 3: If you don’t have the right sized book, you can go to Goodwill or any Thrift Store and get a book for under $0.50.
printable candle holder wrapper + LED candles (or glass candle holder) (Dollar Tree)
black construction paper or foam board (Dollar Tree) + wire (Dollar Tree) + glass jar pillar candles (Dollar Tree)
Printable Halloween Art
free printable + black frame (Dollar Tree).
Full Party Set Printables
includes invitation, treat tags, cupcake toppers and cootie catchers.
Printable Cupcake Toppers
free printable + plastic picks or toothpicks
Want more Halloween printable ideas? Here is a comprehensive list of 100 Halloween printables. Also, check out this Pinterest board for Halloween printables
$1 Halloween Party Supplies – Dollar Tree
Mostly Dollar Tree just has basic colors available like black, orange, purple, red, maroon, gray, green, white. There are a handful of halloween printed things like plates, wine glasses, plastic cups etc.
- plastic skull goblets
- halloween wine and beer glasses
- plates – 24 count
- bowls – 10 count
- napkins – 24 count
- utensils – 48 count
- party cups – 12 count
- TIP: add googly eyes to the tops of the cups for a spooky look
- table covers
- streamers – 2 pack
- ballons – 15 pack
- TIP: Add ghost faces to white balloons and pumpkin faces on orange balloons with a black permanent marker
- cauldron – use as a serving bowl for apples or candies
- spider web candy bowl – Party City
- round black plastic sectioned serving tray
- plastic punch ladles, 12″
- plastic tongs, cake cutters, scoops
- crystal glass bowls
- clear fluted serving bowls – great to put colorful candies in
- halloween ice cube trays
- plastic shot glasses – 24 count
- glass martini glass
- glass wine glass
- wine corkscrew
- plastic halloween partnered cups
Tip 1: while not $1, you can get glass punch bowls set (with cups) for $5 at Goodwill
Tip 2: If you are looking for speciality barware or servewear, check out Goodwill for that too. You can get most glass items there for under $5
Under $1 Halloween Party Food (Per Serving)
2 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Dip – recipe here
Brain Jello = jello (peach and watermelon) + brain mold (Dollar Tree)
Halloween Cheese Platter
Candy + Bowls + Sharpie
Orange with Celery Stem
Caramel Apple Bar
get the list of ingredients and great tips here
Easy Caramel Corn – recipe here
5 Ingredient Candy Corn Poke Cake – recipe here
Candy Corn Pizza
Just use different colors (e.g. mozzarella and mild cheddar) of cheeses with a white sauce
Apples + Marshmallows
Spread a little peanut butter the inside of the apple slices so the marshmellows stick
celery + peanut butter + plastic spiders
peanut butter cups + pretzels sticks
lollipops + tissue + small ribbon
Put snacks and candy in a witch cauldron for a creepy look!
You can even add a witch label.
Dollar Tree sells cauldrons for $1
Tip: choose foods that match the colors of your tableware to make your decorations pop
Budget Friendly Halloween Alcohol
BYOB – I highly recommend asking your guests to bring their own alcohol to the party because it will get pretty pricey trying to buy alcohol for everyone! After all, you are supplying everything else so it’s a reasonable request that I’m sure your guests would be willing to do. If you insisting on buying the alcohol, here are some cost effective and festive Halloween alcoholic drink ideas. They all have less than 2 alcoholic ingredients.
2 Ingredient Black Velvet
Tip 1: If you choose to buy beer in addition to alcohol, skip the craft pumpkin and cider beers. Even though they are festive, it will cost double, if not triple, the price of regular beer. Pick whatever beer is on sale and is the cheapest. Look for deals at your local liquor store. You can add some free Halloween beer printables to make them look extra spooky!
Tip 2: You can do without the garnishes that these recipes suggest to save money. It doesn’t need to look super fancy, just taste good!
Budget Halloween Fun
- 43 Free Halloween Party Games for Adults
- Halloween Beer Pong (plastic party cups + beer + plastic ping pong eyeballs (Dollar Tree)
- Horror Movie Trivia
- Pumpkin Ring Toss (pumpkin + small glow stick necklaces)
- Monster Mash Dance Contest
- Scary Movie Character Name Game
- Guess the Candies in the Jar (with a cheap prize of some sort)
- Horror Movie Drinking Game
- Finish My Scary Story
- Bobbing for apples
The best choice is Dollar Tree. They have a large selection and every bag is only $1. You may catch some good sales at CVS/Walgreens too though so keep an eye out. Of course, the best time to get Halloween candy is after Halloween when everything is 50%-75% off.