Want to throw a Halloween Party but afraid you can’t afford it?  Think again!   We’re about to show you how you can host your own spooky celebration without breaking the bank.  We sent our party planner on a mission to see if she could throw an enviable Halloween bash for under $50.  Read on to see exactly how you can throw the same party!  Use the links below for step-by-step instructions for each party element:

Scary Bat Mirror and Pom Poms
Black Tablecloth and Goodie Bags
Spooky Black Tree Centerpieces
Witches Brew Party Drinks
Lime Popcorn Cakes in Paper Cones
Franken Pops
Spider Cakes
Mummy Pops

Here’s the shopping list!


Tip: Use the 40% off coupon Michael’s offers each week; the prices below reflect the coupon savings.

White Chocolate Melts, 14 oz $1.99
Wilton’s Lollipop Sticks, 35 ct $2.49
Wilton’s Food Writer Markers, 5 ct. $3.00
Purple Ribbon 1/8” width, 10 yds (Found in the $0.50 ribbon section) $0.50
Black Ribbon 1/8” width, 10 yds $0.50
Purple Glitter $2.00
Mini Lime Green Paper Bags, 12 ct $1.99


Black Tissue Paper, 20 ct (Found in gift wrap section) $1.99
Purple Tissue Paper, 20 ct (Found in gift wrap section) $1.99
Black Plastic Straws, 50 ct (Found in Halloween party section) $2.00
Marshmallows, large, Target brand $1.00
Ding Dong type cakes (Hostess’ Ding Dongs were on sale in my store through the end of October) $2.50
3, Halloween Scrapbook Paper (Found in the Dollar Spot area) @ $1.00
Halloween Tin Buckets; 2 Lime Green w/Spider & 2 Purple w/Glow in the Dark Ghost (Found in the Dollar Spot area) $1.00


Tip: Save some money on your party by using the overage you get from buying other items at this store for the items you’ll need below!

Black Fabric, 3 yds (I was able to find solid black fabric for $1.50 a yard, but you can easily save money if you have black curtains or even sheets at home to use as an alternative.) $4.50
Black Spray Paint (Be sure to look on the bottom shelf for this item. That’s where cheaper items can typically be found.) $0.97
Lemon-Lime Kool-aid $0.20
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, 12 oz $1.99

Dollar Store

You got it. Everything is $1.00!

Purple Dinner Napkins, 20 ct.
*Purple Paper Dinner Plates, 20 ct
*Plastic Silverware
Black licorice
Floral Foam, 2
Spider Webs, 1 bag
Construction Paper
Spiders, glittered; 2 (1, 3-pack black and 1, 3-pack purple)
*Items not shown in photos.


Tip: Don’t forget to use your Register Rewards here to lower the costs of your party for even more savings!

Lime Gelatin $0.59
Popcorn, microwaveable; 2 packs $0.25 a bag
Ghost Peeps, 9 ct box $1.50


Royal Icing Eyes 3/16 inch, 60 ct $0.55

Free Items

Free items are those we assume most households have on hand!

White crayon or colored pencil
White sugar
Elmer’s Glue Stick and Liquid Glue
28 ounce cans, thoroughly cleaned and dried (Tip: Think crushed tomatoes or baby formula cans)
Branches from your garden (Tip: Look for branches that have fallen from a storm or that you can prune from a tree.)
Empty frappuccino jars (Tip: Don’t throw out those Starbucks Frapuccinos you bought on sale recently! I’ll show you why…)

Tools You’ll Need

Shredder (Don’t have one? No problem. Scissors will work just as well.)
2” circle cutter (Don’t have one? Tip: Look around the house and you’re bound to find a glass or tin can with the same dimensions.)

The grand total spent on this entire party for ten children is only $48.75!  

I didn’t think a party like this could be done for under $50.  Did you?  Are you impressed?  Inspired?  Do you want more?  Do you have an upcoming party?  Let us know if you want help with a party you’re planning, and we’ll put our party planner on the job!   And don’t go easy on us — we like a challenge!

This party was planned exclusively for KCL by Simply Chic Living.
Photographed by Profinish Design.

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14 thoughts on “Halloween Party Ideas: Plan your Spooky Party for Under $50”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This party plan, from decorations to theme eats, is very clever and would make for a long lasting memorable party for the little ones. Whoever put this party plan together is very talented. This person coordinated, colors, theme, fun treats, etc….I am truly impressed.
    Jill Walker

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would LOVE some help with my son’s party! We have to have it inside as it’s in January and is pretty cold out. I had a candy theme last year and the kids made ice cream sundaes and we had hot cocoa, but I want to do something cool this year as well. He will be 6 and loves cars so I will probably go with that. He is asking for it to be at a local birthday place but they are so pricey I’m not sure if we can afford it right now as I’m not working. Would love some help.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love this! I love party planning! My son turns 1 in February and we are really excited to share his 1st Birthday with our friends and family! We are planning a sports themed party! Any help would be wonderful! We’ve had a lot of trouble finding inspiration since so many of the websites and blogs post a ton of beautiful girly parties but, not much for boys!

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is wonderful! I love planning parties! My son is turning 1 in February and we are wanting to do a sports themed party! Of course on a tight budget! The problem with so many party websites and blogs is there are not a whole lot of ideas out there for boys parties! Any help would be great!

  5. Anonymous says:

    So as a result of this post, I have decided to do my boys birthday party this month using this idea. I started picking some of the stuff up today. I have already gone to 2 different targets to find the items from the shopping list. Wish me luck in my “hunt.” I am excited to make all the cute goodies. :)

  6. Isabel Ginsberg says:

    What a neat idea! I love the bright colors. It all comes together very nicely. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love a plan where you know the budget before you go shopping…Happy Holloween!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Love, love, love this post!! I love to get crafy for my kids parties! I think I will do this halloween party too…I totally have a challenge for you. My sweet girl is graduating high school in June (I know its far away) and am trying to plan already as to save as.much as possible. We live in California but she is a counrty girl at heart. We really want to do a theme of say…”country chic”? Im thinking pastel colors, mason jars, maybe lace? Not sure, but do you get the idea?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m having a magical Christmas party in December… slash Dinner Party,and would love to see what you can do as far as Christmas-y decorations for $50! And possibly what you can do for food! Let’s say the budget is $100 for food for 10-12 people, and decorations. Challenge accepted? :-D

  10. Blah Blah says:

    I want to go to that Party!

  11. gracie says:

    I would love some help planning a bday Transformers party for an 8yr old

  12. Anonymous says:

    A friend and i r giving a Halloween party for 7 yr olds, this is sooo perfect, I just love it, wonderful timing!! Im doing the popcorn cones (no suger on top) and the spider cakes, so want to do the Frankenpops but I do not think I am that talented.

    • I know you can do those Frankenpops, 3andMe! They may look like a lot of work, but they’re really not and super fun to make. In fact, you could even have the kids coming the to the party make them! That would be a lot of fun!

  13. Love these types of challenges. I’m planning a wedding reception including wedding attire for $500 or less, currently. Same kind of thought processes. :)