Putting the Monster Back Into the Mash: 5 Tips for a Budget-Friendly Halloween Party

October 18, 2018 | By Mason Roberts

Ah, Halloween. Pumpkins and skeletons fill shopping centers. Children wait excitedly for candy and costumes. College students are preparing for a night out.

Those of us who fall in neither category might be looking forward to a Halloween party for our fun. Or, perhaps you are thinking about throwing a Halloween party yourself?

Keeping Halloween on a Budget

If that is the case, you don’t need to worry about destroying your carefully cultivated holiday budget. Here are 5 tips to get through your planning and party!


Food and drinks are always the heart of a good party. Some alcohol is also generally welcomed to keep a party fun and fizzy! But, food and drinks are often two of the most expensive setup costs. To help cut down on this, tell your guests to BYOB!

This is also a great way to make sure everyone has something they enjoy drinking for the evening. Alcohol is expensive and trying to satisfy everyone can be outrageous. Instead, you can just focus on the food. Maybe, if you are so inclined, you can try making one of Cosmo's Halloween-themed cocktail or mixed drink to kick things up a notch!

DIY Decor

While the impulse is to buy decorations, this can often be expensive. Stores expect sales in spooky knickknacks and tablecloths to go up this time of year so they’ve upped their prices accordingly. To avoid this, you can make your own decorations!

While this might be time-consuming, you can turn this into a fun get together prior to your party. Invite a few close friends and spend a day working through some creepy crafts. The supplies are often less expensive than buying decorations themselves!


If you aren’t using electronic invites to organize your events and parties, we don’t know what century you are living in! E-Invites are easy to use and useful in keeping track of who is coming and not coming.

No need to spend time handwriting or mailing invitations (Is this the Victorian Era?) and no need to call or text your friends individually. There are so many services available with a quick Google search. You can even use Facebook to organize your event!

Plan Early

Whether you chose to make your own decor or bargain hunt for cheaper options, planning your party early is key. Making decoration takes time. Bargain hunting takes research AND time! Starting early can help keep costs down.

You might be able to find crafting supplies on sale if you keep an eye out on your local craft stores deals. Also, the end of October is filled with Halloween parties vying for your guests’ attendance. Plan early and get your E-invites out early so you secure your party people before they are all booked up!

Schedule Late

While telling you to “schedule late” might seem odd after also suggesting you “plan early,” there is a method to the madness. If you schedule your party later in the evening, there are several benefits!

First, most people will eat prior to coming to your party so you can keep your food budget down. Instead of a meal or substantial finger food, you can focus on chips, dips, and a dessert or two.

Also, starting later in the evening means you’ll have less time to fill. If you start the party at 8:30 pm instead of 5:30 or 6 pm, you’ve gotten rid of 2-3 hours of trying to entertain your guests.

The early hours of a party are always the hardest to get through. People haven’t started drinking much yet and most people are trying to eat dinner while small talking.

Starting later, people will be more comfortable with having a few drinks and less time dedicated to eating will mean more time laughing and having a great time!

How Will Your Celebrate Halloween This Year?

And there you have it! 5 ways to keep your Halloween haunting under budget but filled with howls of enjoyment. No need to search for “payday loans near me!” – Just grab your broomstick and cauldron and let’s get this party planned!