Halloween is just around the corner and the boys are getting so excited. This is by far one of their favorite holidays. They love the decorations, the yummy treats and most of all, the HERSHEY’S candy! Oh wait, maybe it’s me that loves the candy. This year, I decided to throw them a little Halloween party just for our family. I didn’t want to spend a fortune though, so I busted out some budget tips to help me save money and still create a fun-filled party for them.
For decorations, I used a lot of DIY ideas. I like Halloween decorations, but I like a more classic look and nothing too scary or bloody. I created a wall of flying bats on the sliding glass door blinds using a template I found online and cut out the bats from some card stock I already had. Using candy as a decoration is a two for one. Not only do you have a cute decoration, but the kids can eat it too.
The candlestick holder was a steal for $2 from a local thrift shop and I created the dripping blood by dripping candle wax from a red Dollar Tree candle down the white ones. I utilized pieces we already had like some pillar candle sticks to place skulls I got for a $1 on top of. The witch’s brooms are actually treat bags made from brown paper lunch bags and a stick from outside. By using pieces you already own and hitting up your local dollar store, you can get a great look for less.
Apart from the candy you can use as a decoration, you can also find other food options that won’t cost a fortune. Most people have string cheese in their fridge already. Cut a few slits in the cheese for knuckles, top it with an almond sliver and you have a ghoul finger to enjoy! Wrap some hot dogs in refrigerated bread sticks and create cheap hot dog mummies. An inexpensive sub can easily transform into a sea monster sandwich with olives for the eyes. Want to get creative? Buy some cheap plastic wine glasses at the Dollar Tree, our 5 pack was $1. Fill will an eyeball and jello for a spooky treat.
Having fun at a Halloween party doesn’t have to cost a lot at all. We sat down and ate while watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” a family favorite. Later, I strung up some donuts on string and we had a hilarious version of bobbing for donuts. The goal is to see who can eat their hanging donut the fastest. The only cost was basically the donuts themselves and they were also a yummy treat for the kids. Put that pumpkin you already bought to good use and play pin the face on the pumpkin. Blindfold each person and whoever creates the best pumpkin face wins. The boys giggled like girls all during this game.
Even though this party was just for us, I still created goody bags for the boys. The bags themselves were just brown paper lunch bags with a stick from outside in the top to form a witch’s broom. Inside, there were fun goodies from the dollar store party favor section. You can find the directions for the bags here.
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