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Throwing a Halloween party doesn’t have to be scarily expensive
After meeting with a friend last week, we decided we should do something with fun with the children during half term week . She mentioned how much her kid was looking forward to dressing up for Halloween so we decided a mini Halloween party was in order. It will be a little bit early, but hopefully still lots of fun.
It would be really easy to go out and spend loads of dosh on this little party. There are a couple extra adults coming too, but as it’s nearing the end of the month I’m almost at the end of my £50 food budget. So, I’m going to spend £1 on a Pumpkin (Asda have some huge ones for a pound!) and I’m going to have to raid my cupboards and house for the rest!
The great thing about Halloween is the food doesn’t have to be normal – it can be as weird and wonderful as you like. I decided to raid my cupboards and see if there was anything lurking at the back that I could make use of.
So far I have found. . .
- Lime Jelly – left over from making alcoholic pollyjuice potion shots for our wedding. I have a beautiful copper jelly mould which I have never used so this is the perfect excuse to try it out!
- Small bar of cheap white chocolate – Again left over from cake decorating for our wedding. For some reason we have two boxes of Rice Krispies open (something else I discovered while raiding the cupboards) So I am going to make Rice Krispie treats and hopefully mould them into the shape of ghosts.
- Red Food Colouring – no idea what I’m going to do with yet but figured it might come in useful for something.
- Unopened Hit Chocolate Biscuits – It amazes that a packet of biscuits has remained intact an unopened in our house. I’m hiding them again until the party.
- Bag Of Pretzels – Again left over from our wedding. Will do for nibbles while we carve our pumpkins.
My Freezer is bulging with food so making some room and using up some odds and ends is no bad thing. Bits I’ll be using up include.
- Chili Sausages
- Cod bites
I will also be scraping out my Pumpkin before the guests arrive to make pumpkin soup. You can find a fab recipe for it here!
I have some lime cordial so jugs of green *something spooky* will be in order for the kids. Taking a look a some of the shopping apps on my phone there are some bits I can pick up for free this week including Mini Pepperami’s and Popcorn. If you’d like to know more about shopping apps you can read about them here.
While raiding my cupboards I found a long forgotten carrier bag stuffed with tealights. I’ll keeping some for emergencies but there is definitely enough to create a lovely spooky atmosphere for my party too. I actually found some orange cardboard bunting at work the other day but threw it away as we were having a clear out and it was a bit tatty . Really wishing I hadn’t now as it would have been perfect for this.
My Mum has told me unequivocally that she is ‘not doing Halloween this year’. She lives on quite a busy main road so gets hundreds of trick or treaters. This means I can borrow her light up pumpkins (she has 3) and some spiderweb decorations. It’s a start!
I have asked each of my Guests to bring their own Pumpkin so we can all carve them together. This saves me buying them and it will be lovely to see them all carved and lit up together.
It’s really easy to come up with a few cheap Halloween party games – here are a few we will be playing.
- The name game. Write a scary/Halloween character on a post it note and stick on the person next to you’s forehead. They have to guess who they are by asking yes/no questions. The first person to guess theirs correctly wins.
- Dressing up Box – I have loads of costumes left over from previous Halloweens. I’m gonna pop these in a box and let the kids (and adults!) go wild. May add a selfie stick to get some hilarious photos.
- Pin the Spider on the Web – Easy to create with some paper and Markers and a toy plastic spider.
- Guess how many sweets in the Jar. We are have a few sweets left over from our wedding so this will be a good way to use them up.
I’m actually quite excited for my little party and hopefully I can continue to resist the urge to spend more money on it. Are you planning your own budget party this Halloween? How is it going? I’d love to hear about it!