Between costumes, food, decorations and even invitations, hosting a big Halloween bash can cost a small fortune. And with Christmas fast approaching, not everyone has the budget to throw a big Halloween party, complete with spooky props, lots of food and elaborate costumes for you and your guests. There are many different ways, however, to throw a creepy, classy party on the cheap and keep your guests happy—and scared!

1. Come up with a simple theme with one or two color schemes thrown in

For example, a cute Halloween party idea is to do a skeleton theme, and go with shades of gray, white and black; or try a simple "haunted house" theme complete with cobwebs, fake spiders, paper skeletons, fun Halloween treats that are inexpensive and homemade, plus cute decorations you can pick up at a dollar store like ceramic pumpkins, window clings, candles, candy and more. Whichever theme and color(s) you choose, make sure you don't overdo it and keep it simple so you don't overspend your budget.

Cheap Halloween treats and DIYs

2. Buy all your decorations and candy at the Dollar Store

As I mentioned above, dollar stores always have a plethora of cute Halloween décor, costumes, candy and other things you can use for your party. Depending on your theme and the colors you're using, most dollar stores have festive paper plates, plus cups to match. Here are just some of the Halloween decorations you can find at a Dollar Tree near you:

Price-wise, you just can't beat spending a $1 for all of these great Halloween decorations, especially compared to party supply stores or even Walmart; even craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels are more expensive on things like skeletons, styrofoam headstones, skulls and more. My local Michaels carries similar Halloween supplies, but prices range from $2 to upwards of $20 depending on what the product is. Walmart does carry some items that are just as cheap as those at dollar stores; you just have to shop around and compare prices. For example, orange and black plates and matching cups are around $0.97 at Walmart, and they even have cute Halloween plastic tablecloths for right at $2. Check here to see what Walmart has to offer in their Halloween party supply line.

More dollar store savings strategies:

3. Throw it late

Plan your Halloween party later in the evening, preferably after dinner and after the kids have gone trick-or-treating. Having it late will prevent you from having to make a big meal for guests, so you can keep your budget under control and still have a great party. Instead of a big meal, plan to serve some fun Halloween snacks like these:

4. Rent a scary movie

A classic scary movie is the perfect activity for a Halloween party, whether it's just for adults or kids as well. Here’s how to save on movie rentals for your party!

Popular kid-friendly movies

  • It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Halloweentown
  • Spookley: The Square Pumpkin

5. BYOB

Have your guests bring their own alcohol to the party instead of having to supply it yourself—booze can get expensive! Make sure to specify this on your invitations so your guests can bring their own wine, beer or wine coolers. However, if you do plan on providing some adult beverages for the party, here’s how to get it for cheap:

 

This is a guest post by Kristy.

 

 

How to Throw a Classy, Spooky Halloween Party on the Cheap