Halloween is a high point between the end of summer and the festive season, a spooky little treat of a holiday to lift our spirits amidst dark evenings and chilly days. It’s especially fun for children and something for them to look forward to, but how can you make the most of it without spending all the money you’ve been saving up for Christmas? Here are our spooktacular hacks for enjoying Halloween on a budget.
Cakes are great whenever you make them, but this recipe gives your tasty treats a fiendish little twist. They’re very easy to make and feature a simple but very effective spider web design and copious amounts of chocolates, so they’re perfect for handing out to trick or treaters, or keeping for your family. Make them with your kids so you can all enjoy the freaky festivities.
Frightful goodie bags
The greatest parties have goodie bags and your party guests will remember these themed ones for years to come. It’s a super cheap but super creepy idea: buy a box of surgical gloves from your local chemist, a load of Halloween themed sweets (think googly eyes and edible slime) and fill the one with the other. Add a scary spider or another small Halloween toy and tie each at the top with a nice bit of ribbon.
Dress the garden as well as yourselves
If you’re throwing a Halloween party, you can really spook things up by dressing the house and the garden up too! A cheap and clever way to create some atmosphere is with these creepy glowing eyes. Simply cut some scary eye shapes into empty kitchen rolls and put glow sticks in them, then scatter them around the garden and watch what happens!
Syringe jelly shots
Whether your party is for kids or adults, these mad scientist-style syringe shots will go down an absolute storm. They’re very easy to create but are a superbly scary addition to your Halloween celebrations. Once you have made your jelly, suck it up into the syringes before it sets and pop it in the fridge for 2-3 hours. If you’re making boozy ones for the grown ups, just replace half of the water you use to make the jelly with alcohol.
Recycle what you already have
What’s the point of spending money on new stuff when you have the makings of a great Halloween party already lying around at home? With a little planning you can create a spooky old house vibe using candles and wine bottles. A few days before your party, put some long candles in the top of old wine bottles and burn them down: the wax will drip onto the bottle creating an effect like something from the Addams Family. A few strategically placed mirrors and some fake cobwebs will give your party a classy, yet creepy, atmosphere.
Get an outfit in a charity shop
Halloween is super popular and this is reflected in the price of buying an outfit or hiring one from a shop. Rather than spending all your money, get creative and get your own outfit together from the bits and pieces you can find in your local charity shops. Second-hand shops are great at theming their stock, so you’ll find plenty of suitable things to make the scariest possible costume. Click here for some last minute dressing up ideas.