With Halloween just around the corner, shops in the UK seem to be inundated with stuff associated with the holiday. Now, Halloween is much more celebrated in the US than it is here, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun! Whether it’s decorating your home, playing games or telling spooky stories, there are lots of things you can do as a family or with friends that don’t cost the earth.


Here are 8 frugal halloween activities you can do:

  • Make a hanging ghost for your entrance. Blow up a white balloon, cover with a sheet and secure around the ballon with a bobble. Draw on the eyes with a black sharpie and hang in your entrance hall; perfect for welcoming guests to your house!
  • Tell ghost stories in the dark. The scarier the better! If you need a torch, then so be it. But, remember, don’t look behind you… 😉
  • Halloween wouldn’t be complete without candles! How about making your own halloween luminaries?
  • Why not make your own potion? Using a bowl and some ingredients from your cupboards, see what tasty (or not!) potion you can come up with! You definitely get bonus points if you want to actually eat/drink your potion…
  • Carving a pumpkin! You could even have a pumpkin carving party and judge the best. All you need is some pumpkins and a knife. Plus a template if you’re like me, who can’t draw at all.
  • Watch a movie with a Halloween theme! My favourite would definitely be Hocus Pocus.
  • Make a Halloween wreath – look at this one! I’d love to be that creative, the artist gene bypassed me by.
  • Face painting! Who can paint the scariest, or perhaps most realist face; how about a zombie or vampire?


As an adult, we generally don’t do a lot for Halloween, though I have been to some parties in the past! However, I love getting into the spirit of the holiday as I love scary things. I can’t wait until our son is a little older and we can do some of these things with him. I’m hoping he’ll love it!


Do you celebrate Halloween? Any frugal activities you can share? I’d love to hear from you! 

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