Tricks and treats to stay on budget this Halloween

Posted October 11, 2014 8:47 a.m. EDT

Halloween fun

(StatePoint) Halloween comes but once a year.

So make it extra spooky with ghosts, goblins and ghouls galore – and don’t forget all the great treats. While all this fall fun does come at a price, you don’t have to spend a pirate’s booty if you plan carefully.

For more treats than tricks this year, make a budget and stick to it. The shopping experts at Dollar General are sharing great ways to celebrate Halloween affordably.

Clean Up

Before the trick-or-treaters are at your door, spruce up your house with a few household cleaning supplies. Stock up on paper towels to use for clean-up after pumpkin carving, or pick up a new broom for all those fall leaves that are bound to make their way into your house. These fall months lead right into the holiday party season, so make sure you have all the tools you need to be party ready for your guests!


Give your home a fresh fall update. Evoke the harvest season in the entryway with an autumn wreath. Buy one or DIY the project with supplies like glue guns, ribbons, faux leaves and flowers. Use seasonal placemats, runners and pumpkin pie scented candles to accent your home with fall flair.

Stock up on spooky supplies, too. Skeletons, cobwebs, ghosts and other festive supplies will make your home a favorite in the neighborhood.


Whether you’re hosting a Halloween bash or just preparing for a crowd of trick-or-treaters, think frugally when stocking up on treats. Buy candy, chocolates and treats at a discount store such as Dollar General. If you’re ordering online, consider buying in bulk to save further, as many retailers offer free shipping on large purchases.

Make Halloween party snacks for less by buying peanuts, pumpkin seeds and candy corn, and creating your own seasonal trail mix. For dessert, bake a cake and decorate it creatively with gummy worms and colored icing to scare your guests!

For crowd-pleasing ideas and more Halloween tips, visit www.DollarGeneral.com or visit their Pinterest page.

With more holidays on the horizon, be sure to stay within your budget this Halloween season. Take steps to celebrate affordably.