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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.