If you’re thinking of hosting a halloween party this year then be sure to budget each of these elements to ensure you don’t pay above and beyond for what is one night of fun. There are lots of ways to budget at Halloween so check this list before you start planning.
If you’re hosting a big party you might be tempted to hand out invitations how anything that you print or have to pay to be printed should be avoided. We live in a social media driven world so set up a Facebook page for the event, throw up a simple picture and details such as time, venue and theme and invite your guests there. Later on, people will can it as reference when they forget the time, venue and theme.
Hiring out a hall, decorating it all and buying 1-time-use decorations is an expense you don’t need. Simply host at home, give it a theme and decorate just the downstairs or even just your main room. Get your decorations from Wilko’s, Home Bargains and B+M Bargains. Store them right and you can use them next year too.
Don’t be buying lots of ingredients to bake themed cakes especially if you’ve never baked before. This will put the price of your party right up. Also, don’t try and cook a 5 course set themed menu unless it’s to use to food already in the house. And, finally and foremost, don’t even think about hire a catering company. You can totally do this yourself or your part can be a potluck relevant to your theme.
Hiring a perfect costume from a shop will cost you upwards of £100 – that’s a lot of money for one night. My golden rule, and what I always advice people, is to pick characters you already look like to save money. That way you just need a few accessories so everyone knows who you are. If you don’t look like any characters, at least pick real life characters so you’re spending a lot of money on face paint to look like a Simpson.
Buying or renting anything such as a movie or video game when we all own so much is a waste of money. Board games, Spotify, blu rays and video games (that you all already own) can be more than enough entertainment for the night. If you don’t have anything simply ask your guests to contribute.
Don’t hire a barman no matter how hassle free you want your night. People will be able to self-serve better than we probably presume as hosts. Alternatively host a BYOB (bring your own booze) party and every every guest to bring something that can be shared. If not, just buy basic wine and beer – no high-cost cocktails or fancy drinks.