Halloween is second only to Christmas for parties, celebrating and decorating. This year, the National Retail Foundation has suggested that this year’s expenditures for the holiday will be up about 17 percent to $5.8 billion. The average American family will spend more than $66 per person on costumes and decoration.
What?!? $66 per person? That would give me a budget of more than $300 this year! Rest assured, we will not be spending anywhere near that amount…
Here’s a peak at some of the decorations I’ve put up around the house:
1. This guy has to be my favorite Halloween decoration right now. You can’t see it in this photo, but he’s a little spooky and all covered in glitter. I purchased him here for about $35, which means he is also the most expensive decoration I have purchased by far!
2. I made several of these little spiders last year. They are Styrofoam balls and heavy floral wire. I wrapped a little black thread around the spider’s body for dimension, painted the whole thing black, added “beady” little eyes and some purple glitter. I spent about $8 to make six…
4. This photo shows the mantel. In addition to the items already mentioned I have dollar store spider webs, tulle (less than $3 per bolt), a couple of dollar store ravens and little plastic spiders that I glittered purple. Also, take a peak down at the bottom right. This is an apothecary jar filled with glitter Halloween balls picked up last year for $1 and topped off with a metal witches hat – a gift from my mom.
All of the items, along with the Halloween advent I featured here, the wreath featured here, a couple of garlands and some porch decorations was purchased for under $100 – money spent over the course of three years!
How are you decorating for Halloween this year? Going to meet the national average?