Cheap party and decorating ideas for a frightfully frugal Halloween

Halloween: Party & Decorating Ideas

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Cheap Adult Halloween Party Ideas

TDS Reader Solutions

Use these tips to host a great party on a tight budget!

Great Halloween Treats

Jodie Lynn

This year, why not make Halloween fun with a few creative ideas to get everyone in the mood? Here are a few great party ideas to keep the spirit of Halloween alive.

Tricks that Treat your Wallet Right

Shaunna Privratsky

When ghastly ghosts and paper pumpkins fill the aisles, leave your wallet at home. You can scare up a skeleton or transform your home into a horrifying haunted house for mere pennies on the dollar. All you need are these tricks from a veteran dollar stretcher.

Halloween on a Dime

Tawra Kellam

The average American family spends over $100 per year on Halloween goodies. It can be much less expensive and a lot more fun to devise your own chilling creations. Here are a few tips that you can use to stave off the greenback gremlins and exercise your creative muscle. It won't hurt a bit!

Trick and Treat 'Em: Halloween Decorations


You can host a horribly good Halloween party with tips from Bankrate's ghoulishly great experts. And here's a treat: You can do it on a skeleton budget!

Frugal Family Halloween Fun and Games

Brenda Hyde

Play these friendly Halloween games during classroom celebrations, parties or family get-togethers. Involve both the kids and the adults for a howling good time!

Halloween Potions & Recipes

Jill Cooper

Both you and the kids and you can really have fun with these Halloween recipes and potions!

7 Spooky Alternatives to Haunted Houses


"Haunted Houses" feature live actors, ghoulish scenes and terrifying sounds of despair, but these shock shows also can haunt your Halloween budget. Here are some cheaper ways to scare up some holiday fun.

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Halloween Ideas for Teens

Louise Wulf

Most teens are too old for Trick or Treating. Here are some great suggestions that will allow them to still partake in the Halloween fun.

Halloween Special: Childrens' Party Ideas

Louise Wulf

A basic trade-off in life is time or money. Elect to spend time on your kid's Halloween parties but have the kids help! Don't make everything ahead. Instead, have materials and space ready and let the kids decorate, make refreshments and something to take home and create their own party. Here are some ideas.

Fun, Yet Frugal, Halloween

TDS Reader Contributors

Affordably fun costume and party ideas from our frugal readers.

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