The holiday season is coming, and the best way to kick it off with a bang is to organize a Halloween party to remember. There are dozens of Halloween party ideas on the Internet. However, for some, the very thought of hosting a Halloween party may be too scary because of the tight holiday budget. It’s pretty understandable: you’d probably prefer to buy good Christmas presents for your loved ones over hosting a huge Halloween party. But do we have good news for you - Halloween party planning and organizing doesn't have to cost much.
Here are some great Halloween party ideas that will help you to enjoy the holiday season while staying on a tight party budget:
SAVE ON HALLOWEEN INVITES
If we’re not talking about a formal party, a great money-saving party hack is to send invitations to the party via email or social media – think Facebook or Instagram. It is also the opportunity to be creative. Send a cool spooky Halloween party flyer, gif, or a video invite to your Halloween party. It could be legen - wait for it - dary! However (if there IS a need to send out invitations in paper form) a good idea is to prepare a printable Halloween invitation and use a printer at your office or school or library – sneaky! - to print as many invitations as you need for free.
No need to rent a room or a house for the night – one of the best ideas for a Halloween party is to use the places that will cost you nothing. If your friends are mostly colleagues, talk to the boss about organizing a Halloween-themed office party. Maybe a colleague will be willing to host if they in a private house or a big flat, but – if all else fails - you can always use your own place. The goal is to catch the holiday mood
and enjoy time with your friends.
REUSE LAST YEAR’S PROPS
I am sure you have a lot of decorations and other stuff left lying in a closet from last year’s Halloween. One of the best ideas for a Halloween party is to use it again! Can’t find anything? Ask your friends, parents, and family. People tend to keep all kinds of things and never use them again. Save your relatives' nerves and your own budget! - use second-hand decorations. Pay attention to the other holiday stuff stored in the closets you have access to. Lights, balloons, masks, flowers, paper decorations, and wooden letters could all come handy and save your money.
SHOP LAST MINUTE
If you still need REALLY to buy something, wait till the last minute to do so. Halloween stuff usually goes on sale on October 31st. Since the date falls on a Wednesday this year, a great idea would be to throw your party the weekend after. It gives you three days to shop and decorate your Halloween party saving your party budget in the process.
TRY THE DOLLAR STORE
If your party is planned before Wednesday or you feel the need to buy everything beforehand, a good (and cheap!) Halloween party idea is to go to your local dollar store. There is usually plenty of Halloween related-stuff on the shelves. You can easily find a spooky tablecloth, plates, napkins, cups, fake spider webs, posters, stickers, and even a genuinely cool Halloween mask there. And it won't cost you a fortune! We guarantee that you’ll leave with some great fresh ideas for a Halloween party decoration for just a couple of dollars.
WHEN IN DOUBT - DIY
There are hundreds of great tutorials teaching how to create cool Halloween costumes, food, and drinks all over the Internet. Often enough, you only need the things you already have in your home for these DIY ideas for Halloween party decorations. Invite your friends to hand-craft them with you and you’re guaranteed to have the best time ever.
CREATE A SPECIAL ATMOSPHERE FOR FREE
There's no need to go big with expensive fog machines or invite a crazy band to create the perfect mood for your party. Play a scary movie in the background and put on some spooky tunes from your iPod. A great Halloween party idea is to create a special playlist themed for the occasion and stream a scary movie on Netflix.
ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BRING THEIR OWN SNACKS
If you feel like preparing food for everyone is a bit too much for you, ask your guests to bring spooky foods or BYOB - Bring Your Own Booze. You can share ideas for cool Halloween recipes beforehand or even make it a tasting contest. This Halloween party idea will also save you from the hassle of bothering about who’s allergic to what.
HOST A LATE HOUR PARTY
If the previous Halloween idea is no good for you, consider hosting your Halloween party past dinnertime. This way, you can stick to appetizers like chips, dip, pretzels, veggie trays, nuts, and, of course, Halloween candy.
DON’T FORGET THE COSTUMES
The best idea for spicing up a Halloween party is to ask people to get creative with their Halloween costumes. Isn’t the main point of Halloween to wear a cool costume and check out what your friends chose? Costumes create the right atmosphere even if there are not too many decorations.
A great Halloween party idea is to have a costume contest. Remember: your friends are more likely to be more creative with their outfit if you let them know about the contest in advance. Choose different categories and ask people to vote for each one. Pick out the scariest, funniest, most authentic, or the best group (or family!) costume. Offer prizes or just announce the winners - winning the title sure means a lot.
Whatever you do, remember that you’re doing this to enjoy the time with your friends. Good Halloween party ideas don't have to be expensive - the atmosphere depends on your mood and the mood of your guests, not the money you put into it.