The spookiest time of the year is here, but don’t let your wallet take a scare with it. Halloween time is so fun. Between the costumes, parties and décor, but you may not realize how much this can all add up until it’s too late. Here are some expenses to consider:

Costumes
Shopping for that perfect Halloween costume can be the biggest expense of the season. According to Investopedia, the average price of a costume ranges between $30 - $60. This price doesn’t include props, make up or bags to store the candy. The number of people dressing up in your household can double, triple or even quadruple this price.

Don’t fear, there are ways to save. Try the thrift stores, Facebook Marketplace or eBay. Many people wear a costume once then get rid of it. You could also try costume swapping with another family or if you are somewhat crafty or know how to navigate Pinterest, you could make a costume.

Candy
It seems like the price of candy gets more expensive every year. The best thing to do is buy in bulk. If you don’t have a membership at Costco or BJ’s, try Amazon. Shop the sales at your local grocery store and don’t forget to look for coupons. If you are daring, you can also try waiting until the last minute, many retailers start to discount candy on Halloween day in hopes of getting rid of it for November 1st.

Halloween Activities
If you are ready for some fall fun without breaking the bank, check out activities in your area. This is a busy time of year for fairs and festivals and Halloween happenings and many aren’t too expensive. Make your own fun by hosting a pumpkin carving party/potluck, ask guests to bring their own pumpkin and a side dish.

Decor
While spending some time at the pumpkin patch may be fun, it’s a more expensive place to buy a pumpkin. Your local grocery store is actually a better bet. As far as other décor goes, visit the dollar store or shop the clearance areas. If you are crafty, browse Pinterest. You will find thousands of DIY fall décor ideas that will not break the bank.

Save more by using your KASASA account. All of that Halloween shopping will add up those debit card swipes. If you are a KASASA Free Checking account holder remember to also enroll in eStatements and log in to Online Banking to qualify for your monthly rewards too! If you don’t have a KASASA Free Checking Account, learn more here.