EARLY YEARS: Enjoying Halloween while keeping on a budget

Macaroni Kid Roanoke publisher Beth Bell says re-using costumes and DIY decor can save some big bucks during this spooky season
Beth Bell from Macaroni Kid Roanoke offers some advice to help families save money on everything from costumes to decor
Published: Oct. 25, 2023 at 5:45 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2023 at 8:30 AM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - It seems everything is costing more these days, and that includes costumes, candy and decorations we buy to make Halloween creepy and fun.

That’s why WDB7 asked for some advice on ways to save money this Halloween from Macaroni Kid Roanoke publisher and mom Beth Bell.

Bell has these tips to save on costumes this year:

● Reuse & Upcycle and accessorize with affordable items from 5 Below, Dollar Tree, Olies, and thrift stores.

● Shop the toy section. Look beyond the Halloween sections.

● Resale Stores and Events- Once Upon a Child & LFA Consignment (in September)

● Costume Swaps- Swap costumes with other families. Local Mom’s Facebook groups have a thread just for this. The public library also hosts one.

As for Halloween decor, Beth encourages you to bargain hunt and get creative.

● Discount stores- Ollies, 5 Below, and Dollar Tree all a lot of Fall, Halloween, and even spooky decorations. Everything was under $5, except for inflatables (at Ollies), but they had some as low as $8.

● Shop Clearance after Halloween to stock up on higher quality items for next year.

● DIY-There are so many examples of crafting using dollar store and thrift store finds to create fun decorations.

Bell says there are also great ways to save on candy and other treats:

● Non Food Treats - Bulk Party Favors from Walmart, Amazon, Oriental Trading

● Candy- Locally- Kroger has candy on sale this week

● Wholesale Clubs like BJ’s & Sam’s