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Cheap Ways to Throw a Halloween Party

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Throw the Best Halloween Party for Adults on a Budget

Halloween is the only time of the year that you can pretend to be someone else. Adults and children love Halloween. Lets make this about the adults. In times like these, adults need to unwind. Do you want to host a party for Halloween? Are you concerned about blowing your budget if you threw a party? Below are tips on how to throw a Halloween party on a budget.

Budget

Establish a budget for your party. Set aside a certain amount and do not go over it. If you exercise good judgment and follow the tips in this article you can through a wonderful party for less than $300.

Invitations

Instead of mailing formal invitations, send emails to invite your guests. If you must mail invitations, make them on your computer and print them out.

Food

If you are not careful, food can wipe out your whole budget. Ask you guest to bring something. Let them know it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You can have your guest bring chips, soda, or cookies. Shop around for meat trays at you local deli. Depending on how many people you are inviting meat trays won’t cost you very much. You can also get a couple of loaves of bread and a jar of mayonnaise at you local General Dollar. There is nothing wrong with the food at a discount store. Just make sure to watch your dates on perishable products.

Don’t waste money on vegetable trays. The majority of parties I have attended, the vegetable trays always have loads of celery and cauliflower left on it. This is just a waste. If you must have a vegetable tray, get carrots and tomatoes only. These two vegetables are extremely popular.

Just an FYI, the usual foods that are served at a Halloween party are finger sandwiches, trail mix, Halloween cookies, cheese and crackers, peanuts, mints, potato chips, taco chips with salsa, and apples.

Drinks

To serve alcoholic drinks or not is entirely up to you. If you do decide to serve alcohol, please keep it to a minimum. As the host, it is your responsibility to make sure that no one drives drunk.

Use common sense when purchasing alcohol. If you are not careful, you will blow your budget on alcohol alone. Even the cheap wine can run you $7 a bottle these days and if you’re buying ten bottles that will run you $70 and that is not including tax. If your guest are beer drinkers, that is good because beer is cheaper than wine. You will get more bottles of beer for your money.

A keg of beer is a good idea, if your budget will allow it. With a keg you will be saving the environment (and your back) by not throwing away empty beer bottles. Also, you won’t have to worry about recycling beer cans.
Make sure to have something for non-alcoholic drinkers and designated drivers to drink. Punch, soda, and water are good to have available.

If you rather not purchase alcohol, yet you don’t want to deprive your guests of the privilege, make it a BYOB. Discretely mention in your invitation that this is a BYOB party. You won’t offend anyone. It is done all the time.

Decorations

It’s Halloween! Decorate appropriately for the occasion. Paper plates, cups, streamers, and balloons can be purchased cheaply at your local Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, or General Dollar stores.

Entertainment

Hold a costume contests. Get a plastic container with a lid. Cut a slit in the lid and place it on the container. Get a couple of pens and small pieces of paper. Have your guest vote on who has the best costume at the party. Announce the winner of the contest and give them a door prize. Remember, you will have to give a door prize that is for both men and women, since you won’t know in advance who will win. Items that are good door prizes are candy jars, key chains, clocks, or magnets. Don’t forget you can purchase door prizes from your local discount stores.
Make sure you have a card table and a deck of cards available. Some folks might want to play a friendly hand of gin rummy or go fish. If you have board games, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to break them out. A couple of folks might want to play them.

Don’t forget music. Get together some of your favorite CDs and play them for the party. However, this is a Halloween party. If you prefer, get a CD of Halloween songs. They might sell them at your local haunts…I mean discount stores. If you can’t find a Halloween CD there, then check Wal-Mart. They usually have them.

There you have it. Multiple tips on how to throw a great Halloween Party on a budget. Have fun and exercise caution on this holiday. Don’t drink and drive. Watch out for trick or treaters and other pedestrians if you are driving. Don’t walk by yourself, walk in a group. Happy Halloween!

 

 

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