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27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27

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Halloween fun doesn't have to be frighteningly expensive. Check out these chillingly cheap party ideas!

Everyone loves a good Halloween party. Admit it — no matter what age you are, you delight in getting dressed up and transforming into someone (or something) different for a night. Whether it’s a bash for your kids or a more sophisticated soirée, Halloween fun doesn’t have to have a hair-raising budget. Check out these scarily cheap Halloween party ideas to have a chillingly good time.

 

1. Freaky Fridge

Fend off fiendish party guests from helping themselves with this spooky fridge decal.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Halloween fridge decal

2. Dollar Store DIY

Check out your local discount and thrift stores for your Halloween essentials at low prices. I found dollar skeletons, fake spiderwebs, and eerie candles at my local store. And with a plethora of DIY tutorials on Pinterest, there’s nothing to stop you from spooking up your house on a budget.

 

3. Up the Walls

If you don’t want to spend hours cutting out pieces of black paper, try these cheap paper garlands that are sure to make your guests go batty.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Bat paper garlands

4. Pumpkin Spice It Up

Put a Halloween spin on your treats with some cute pumpkin toppers. ’Cause who doesn’t love a li’l pumpkin this time of year?

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Pumpkin toppers

5. Nobody’s Home . . .

Terrify your trick-or-treaters before they even get to the door with bloody window and door decals from Amazon.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Bloody window and door decals

6. Instant Wall Art

Left your party planning till frighteningly late? We got you! Download one or more of these cheap printable banners, stick them up, and voilà — Halloween party saved!

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Printable Halloween banners

7.  Come Into My Parlor

Get tangled up in the Halloween spirit and deck out your garden with a giant spider.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Giant spider

8. Off With Their Heads!

Nothin’ like a few skulls here and there to really boost the creepiness level of your party. Don’t be a bonehead — get this cheap set on Amazon.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Halloween skulls 

9. Napkins

Keep the bloody mess to a minimum with some Halloween-themed napkins.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Trick-or-treat napkins

10. Make It Rain

Do you really have a party if you don’t have tons and tons of confetti to clean up afterward?

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Halloween confetti

 

11. Halloween Boo-loons

Make your party pop with a spooktacular set of Halloween balloons and banners.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Halloween balloon set

12. Stump Your Guests

Totally freak out your party guests when they take a bathroom break with some unnervingly realistic homemade finger soaps. 27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Finger soaps

13. A Bloody Mess

A set of cutely crawly coasters will not only brighten up your party, but also stop a gruesome mess.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Halloween coasters

14.  Props to the Host

There’s always that one guy who forgets to wear a costume. This photo-booth prop set on Amazon will save the day — and your Instagram pics, too.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Halloween Photo Booth Props

 

15. Guest of Honor

Who doesn’t want to be greeted by a giant Grim Reaper hanging at your (or death’s) door?

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: giant grim reaper

16. Witches’ Brews

Serve your party snacks in cute mini cauldrons, and your guests won’t know “witch” one to choose!

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: giant grim reaper: Witches' brews - cauldrons with candy

17. Fire It Up

Give your fireplace a creepy makeover with this spiderweb mesh.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Fireplace with spiderweb mesh

 

18. Smashing Pumpkin . . . Lights

Lighten the mood with atmospheric strings of LED pumpkin lights.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Pumpkin lights

19. Hanging Out

Add an autumn feel to your party with a stylish burlap Halloween garland.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Happy Halloween garland

20. Chic Pumpkins

Break away from the cliché black and orange. These affordable, hand-painted pumpkins will imbue your party with a stylish twist.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Hand-painted pumpkins

21. Realistic Ravens

Give your Hitchcock-crazed friends a fright with some lifelike raven props.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Raven props

22. Wall Art

Walls looking pale as a ghost? Spruce them up with printable Halloween signs.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Halloween signs

23. Pumpkin Decals

Avoid the mess of pumpkin insides and skip carving altogether by using one of these cute pumpkin decals.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Pumpkin decals

24. Stripy Straws

Whether you’re sucking blood or soda, stay on theme with striped Halloween straws.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Striped Halloween straws

25. Pumpkin Patch-Scented Candle

Everyone loves a little pumpkin, so how about a pumpkin-spiced candle to fill the room with a festive Halloween scent?

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Pumpkin-patch scented candle

26. Get Corny

Really get into the Halloween spirit with some corny party hats.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Candy corn party hat

27. Tombstones

Bring your party to life (or not) with these convincing tombstones.

27 Cheap Halloween Party Ideas for Under $27: Halloween tombstones

How Much Do Americans Really Spend on Halloween?

Candy

We all have a sweet tooth, but even more so on the last day of October, apparently. Consumers are planning to drop a massive $2.6 billion on candy this Halloween. Can you hear those shouts of joy? That’s your local dentist.

Costumes

According to the National Retail Foundation’s annual Halloween spending survey, consumers plan to shell out an insane $3.2 billion on costumes this year. Whatever happened to the good, old-fashioned DIY bedsheet ghost costume?

Decorations

Even after incredible articles like this one providing some cheap alternatives for your Halloween party decor, Americans are predicted to spend $2.7 billion on decorations this year. Now that’s terrifying. 

Overall

Halloween is gaining popularity and fast, with the nation spending approximately $9 billion this year on festivities. If that’s not enough to make your heart drop, then I don’t know what is.