10 Simple Ways to Save and Celebrate Halloween 2020

by Kaitlyn Ranze | 14 October 2020

The pandemic has changed how we do normal activities of daily living from grocery shopping to working and now it might be impacting how you’re celebrating Halloween.

Let’s talk budget-friendly ways to still celebrate the spooky season.

(For recommendations about holiday gatherings, check out what the CDC says here.)

1) Lockdown and Enjoy a Film

Whether it be the original horror flick It or light or kid-friendly Halloweentown, turn off the lights and enjoy a festive film and some popcorn. Extra time on your hands? Make it a marathon. Bonus points if you have a projector to picnic outside and enjoy fall’s crisp weather or create a pillow fort if it’s just too cold to stage outside.

2) Getting Festive with the Kids

Have little ones at home? Stage a Ghost Busters style scavenger hunt or an Easter egg style candy hunt in your backyard or house. Social distancing may restrict trick or treaters but it can certainly inspire creativity.

3) Treats and Savings

If your town or state isn’t under lockdown orders and you plan on treating costumed superheroes, witches, and wizards, scope out sales for candy before investing in your faves. Remember, your grocery budget , clip coupons, use rebates, and shop sales. The festivity landscape has changed so make sure you invest in candies you don’t mind eating (unless you bake them into Christmas cookies).

Looking for a safer way to hand out candy? Check out this candy chute.

4) Tricks and Laughter.

Practical jokes are an easy way to celebrate the day. What better time to use fake bugs? Take Sharpie to your toilet paper and draw in some spiders. Hide behind a corner for a boo! Just remember to keep it harmless and know your audience.

5) Have a Zoom Costume Contest

Still worried about getting together for the trophy? Zoom and Google meet is still bringing people together from afar. Make it more challenging by adding time limits or color restrictions or
only use objects found in your garage, pantry, or closet.

6) Headed out? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Have a friend with a history of hoarding? Ask to recycle previous costumes. They are likely not going to be a sexy witch two years in a row, so you can sneak that one and save yourself.

7) Pumpkin Carving Contest

Whether it’s between you or other people in your household, or friends across the country, get creative and have a pumpkin carving contest. Have different categories for winners like “Funniest” or “Most Creative.” Don’t forget to toast the pumpkin seeds for a snack.

8) Take Decorating a Step Further.

It’s a great time to DIY and get creative, making fall decorations you can use all season long. Look outside your window for fall foliage and free decoupage material and scope out Pinterest for kid friendly activities to get them involved.

9) Boos and brunch.

So maybe traditional brunch is out of the question but you can still muster up some orange food dye for festive pancakes and waffles.

10) Treat yourself.

Maybe the thought of not celebrating in a normal way is depressing you. Find other ways to treat yourself. And remember, budgeting IS financial self-care.


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