Halloween is a favorite US holiday among children and parents alike. Spooky decorations, changing fall colors, and spending quality time with family and friends are just a few of the fun filled activities you have to look forward to this Halloween. The best part is, you can enjoy this popular holiday on a small budget and still create some of the year's greatest moments and memories. Read on to find our favorite tips for cheap ways to have a fun Halloween this year.
Carve Some Pumpkins
One of the most classic Halloween traditions is also one of the most affordable - and fun! Gathering together with your kids to carve pumpkins is a great way to get them into the holiday spirit while creating a fun decoration to spruce up your neighborhood. Lifehack also notes that roasting pumpkin seeds is also a great way to make your own healthy alternative to mountains of candy and use some of what would otherwise go in the trash.
Find Local Haunted Houses
Wise Bread reports schools and local businesses are often eager to generate some additional exposure around the Halloween holiday by putting together a haunted house and inviting the community to test their bravery on a walk through - often free of charge! Facebook community groups are a great way to find out about local offerings and give you an idea of just how scary things will get, so you can choose an event appropriate for your own kids.
Watch a Halloween Movie
Hollywood has a serious love affair with the Halloween holiday and has produced hundreds of films to prove it. The Spruce points out that many of these movies are available on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services you may already be subscribed to. Pick one of these films that the whole family can agree on (not too scary!) and gather on the couch for some Halloween fun and fantasy you can't get anywhere else.
Make a Homemade Costume
It's hardly Halloween without kids in costumes, but you don't need to spend a lot of money to get in on the fun. Head to a thrift store or consignment shop for super cheap deals on old uniforms or supplies for your own idea. MoneyWise also suggests that if you're crafty, you can skip the thrift shop entirely and use your skills and creativity to make a costume that will impress the neighborhood without costing a fortune.
Find A Corn Maze
Even during the harvest season, there are lots of opportunities to visit farms in your community and enjoy the fall season. Mile High on the Cheap notes that many farms will postpone their harvest to put on mazes that are great fun for kids and adults alike, with many being offered free of charge. These events also often have petting zoos or other kid friendly activities or attractions your kids are sure to love.
Halloween isn't just about candy and ghosts, there are all kinds of fun activities during the fall season for you to explore that the whole family will love. Get out there and enjoy the fall colors and save some money this Halloween - your wallet will thank you!