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Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas

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Cheap Halloween costume ideas that can be put together in no time for Halloween enthusiasts of all ages.

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Halloween is a special holiday where anyone can dress up and be whoever they want to be for a night. Putting together the perfect Halloween costume is the key to making this part of your Halloween holiday a fun success.

 

If you aren’t careful though, creating the perfect Halloween costume can quickly become a frustrating and costly endeavor. Shopping Halloween costume sales and brainstorming brilliant and affordable DIY Halloween costume ideas are essential to creating a great and cheap Halloween costume.

 

Where to Shop for Cheap Halloween Costumes

 

If you don’t have a lot of time to create a homemade Halloween costume, you might need to settle for either a low-effort Halloween costume or a cheap Halloween costume.

 

Lucky for you, there are plenty of inexpensive places to shop for Halloween costume deals.

 

Once you pick your costume on the store’s website, find your nearest store location to see if it’s in stock and go pick it up! On a lot of store websites you can even purchase your costume online and then pick it up in the store.

 

Cheap Halloween Costumes for Women

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Many people like to dress up as people they admire and want to emulate for Halloween. Famous women of history and prominent female figureheads are some great ideas for Halloween costumes for women.

 

It’s also a great idea to dress up as female characters you love. You can be anyone for Halloween! A female character from your favorite book series, TV show, or movie.

 

No character is off limits if it’s a character you know and love. If other people don’t recognize the person you are dressed up as, then you have the perfect opportunity to share your interests with someone.

  • Mrs. Potato Head
  • Famous women of history
  • Disney Princesses
  • Superheroines
  • Witch
  • Cher Horowitz or Dionne Davenport from Clueless
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Villanelle or Eve from Killing Eve
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Midge Maisel or Susie Myerson from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Alexa or Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek
  • Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter
  • Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
  • Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
  • Jo, Meg, Beth, or Amy March from Little Women
  • Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones
  • Jessica Day or Cece Parikh from New Girl

 

Cheap Mens Halloween Costumes

 

The same principles apply to brainstorming ideas for cheap men’s Halloween costumes.

 

You could dress up as any prominent male figure you admire or a male character from your favorite movie, book, or show.

  • Mr. Potato Head
  • Famous men of history
  • Disney Prince
  • Superheroes
  • Warlock
  • Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek
  • David Rose from Schitt’s Creek
  • Arthur Ashe the famous tennis player
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Marty McFly from Back to the Future
  • David Bowie
  • Indiana Jones
  • Bill Lumbergh from Office Space
  • James Bond

 

Cheap DIY Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to start preparing the costumes. You have your own costume to think about and if you have kids, then you have their costumes to think about too.

 

Halloween costume costs for everyone can add up if you aren’t careful. Save some money this Halloween by making homemade, DIY Halloween costumes.

 

All you need is a simple idea and then a simple plan for how to create that Halloween costume with things you already have at home or just a few inexpensive purchases at your local crafts store.

  • Greek gods and goddess
  • Comic book characters
  • Gumball machine
  • Bubble tea
  • Little red riding hood
  • Where’s Waldo
  • A tourist
  • Any of the characters from The Wizard of Oz
  • Spider
  • Witch
  • Ghost
  • Monster
  • Bat
  • Wherewolf
  • Zombie
  • Vampire

 

Cheap Halloween Contacts

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Colored Halloween contact lenses can be the exact thing you need to take your entire Halloween costume to the next level. It can also be a very inexpensive way to create an entire Halloween costume.

 

For instance, if you want to be a vampire for Halloween, all you really need are some red contact lenses.

 

Along with contact lenses, some makeup can help finish your entire costume. Read these 30 Halloween Makeup Video Tutorials to get some makeup inspiration to complete your Halloween look.

 

Cheap Halloween Masks

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Many of the same stores that are selling Halloween costumes will also have an array of Halloween masks available as well. Shop your local Halloween stores for the mask you are looking for or create your own Halloween mask.

 

Making your own Halloween mask isn’t hard. There are plenty of tutorials online. All you need to do is visit a craft store and get some foam, cardboard, or plastic that you can cut out and decorate to make any Halloween mask you want.

 

Funny Cheap Halloween Costumes

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One of the funniest types of Halloween costumes are funny Halloween costumes. Funny Halloween costumes usually refer to some kind of joke or are a character creation based on a pun or play on words.

 

For example, you could dress up as a smart cookie for Halloween by dressing up as an actual chocolate chip cookie with glasses. Funny Halloween costumes like this are also fun because other people can have fun figuring out your funny Halloween costume.

  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Woodchuck
  • Leatherboard tee shirt with a funny saying
  • Bob Ross
  • Balloon animal
  • When life gives you lemons
  • Party animal
  • Holy Guacamole
  • 50 shades of grey
  • Cool as a cucumber
  • A smart cookie
  • A ceiling fan
  • Error 404 costume not found shirt
  • Bubble bath

 

Cheap Easy Halloween Costumes

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Cheap and easy Halloween costumes are extra important to have when you need a last-minute Halloween costume. Easy Halloween costumes also take less effort to put together and save you money.

 

The Secret to Last Minute Costumes – take out all your clothes and get a big picture look to see what you have, something might pop out to you

  • A Music Note
  • Name Tag Costume
  • Ninja
  • Burglar
  • Zombie
  • Bat
  • Burrito
  • Polka dots
  • Smarty pants
  • A selfie
  • Queen of hearts
  • Men in black
  • A blessing in disguise
  • Dress up as your favorite meme

 

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To really keep current with popular Halloween costumes, try looking at your favorite movies that came out this year.

 

Here are just a few movie inspired costume ideas you could try out this year.

  • The Tiger King
  • The Mandalorian
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Birds of Prey
  • Dolittle
  • Onward
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Stranger Things
  • Joker
  • Star Wars
  • IT
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Toy Story
  • Frozen II
  • Marvel

 

Classic Halloween Costumes

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Are you stumped on what to dress up as this Halloween? Don’t worry. There are plenty of classic Halloween costume ideas you can choose from.

 

Classic Halloween costumes include all of the traditional Halloween characters that people first think about when they think of Halloween.

  • Ghost
  • Black cat
  • Witch
  • Vampire
  • Zombie
  • Werewolf
  • Pumpkin
  • The Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow
  • Magician
  • Monster
  • Clown
  • Devil
  • A screaming banshee
  • Frankenstein
  • Skeleton

 

Group Halloween Costumes

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Group costumes are super fun for a group of friends or for families that want to dress up together! Group costumes can also be a great part of an epic costume contest.

 

For more group Halloween costume ideas check out this article, “78 Amazing Group Halloween Costume Ideas to Text Your BFFs Immediately.”

  • Box of crayons
  • Office supplies
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Avengers
  • Inside Out
  • Josie and the Pussycats
  • Mario Kart
  • The Scooby-doo gang
  • Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3
  • The Breakfast Club group
  • Mean Girls
  • Grease
  • Power Puff Girls
  • Power Rangers
  • Harry Potter character’s
  • The Addams family
  • Dominos
  • 3 Little Pigs
  • The 4 seasons
  • The 4 elements
  • The Greek gods
  • Clue characters
  • The Wizard of OZ

 

Cheap Couples Halloween Costumes

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Think of any couples or pairings that you love and you can probably make a Halloween costume out of it.

 

Here are just a few great ideas to get you started with your partner or pal, but for more ideas read “75+ Amazing Couples Costumes You Need This Halloween.”

  • Batman and Robin
  • Bacon and Eggs
  • Pizza and Pizza Delivery Guy
  • Clark Kent and Lois Lane
  • Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Mary Poppins and Bert
  • Danny and Sandy From Grease
  • Milk and Cookies
  • Ketchup and Mustard
  • Rain Cloud and Rainbow
  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Old Married Couple
  • Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
  • Wanda and Cosmo from The Fairly Odd Parents
  • Fred and Wilma Flintstone
  • Jim and Pam from The Office
  • Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf
  • A Mermaid and A Sailor

 

Cheap Halloween Costumes for Kids

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Halloween is a special time for kids. They get to dress up as their favorite people and characters and walk around showing off and gathering candy.

 

What’s not to love as a candy-loving kid? For even more adorable kid costume ideas check out this article, “95 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids of All Ages.”

  • Little Monster
  • Hot Dog
  • Raggedy Ann Doll
  • Baby Candy Corn
  • Sushi Roll
  • Baby Animal
  • Baby Yoda
  • Old Person With a Walker
  • Their Favorite Disney Characters
  • Dinosaur
  • Princess
  • Fairy
  • Little Ghost
  • Animals
  • Winnie the Pooh Characters

 

In Conclusion,

 

Just because it’s the last minute that doesn’t mean it’s too late to think up a great Halloween costume this year.

 

Take a look at this master list of Halloween costume ideas to get your creativity going and choose the best Halloween costume for you this year. For even more creative Halloween ideas, check out our article about even more Cheap Halloween Ideas.

Halloween Party Food Ideas

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Having a Halloween party and don’t know what to serve? Have no fear! Here are some classic Halloween party food ideas for you to use this October:

There are lots of great reasons to eat this time of year. There are all kinds of Halloween parties and events to cook and bake for, and you’d be amazed by how many Halloween-themed foods there are to choose from! Because it’s Halloween you can literally take almost any food, and just make it scary!
 

Halloween Appetizers

At any party, if you’re not serving dinner, it’s a great idea to serve some appetizers as the main course. Think of the appetizers as the savory part of the treats for the evening.

Mummy Pigs in a Blanket

For the original recipe check out Chelsea’s website. She also has loads of other great recipes for Halloween like, monster meatball sliders, cheesy bread fingers, and 7-layer spider web dip!

Ingredients

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  • Hot dogs
  • Dinner roll dough
  • Dipping sauces of your choice
Method
  1. Cut out strips of dough to use as the mummy wrappings
  2. Cut the hot dogs to give them arms and legs
  3. Wrap the dough around the hot dogs arms, legs, and body so it looks like a mummy!
  4. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees
  5. When they’re done you can add eyes and mouths with mustard, ketchup, or food dye pens

Then you can serve a plate of mummy pigs in a blanket with the sauces of your choice.

Ghostly Mini Pizzas

Ingredients
  • English muffins
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese slices
Method
  1. Set the english muffins out on a tray
  2. Spread the pizza sauce on each muffin
  3. Cut out ghosts on the cheese slices and place those on top of the sauce
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 5 to 10 minutes (or until cheese is melted and the muffins are toasted) at 350 degrees

Now you have cheesy, easy to serve mini pizzas with ghostly apparitions on top!
 

Halloween Desserts

Now on to the desserts section! After the appetizers, or at the other end of your serving table, you can display some yummy desserts. This is the sweet section of your party menu for the night and there are so many things you can choose from.

Cups of Dirt

Ingredients
  • Chocolate pudding packets
  • Oreo cookies
  • Gummy worms
Method
  1. Make the chocolate pudding according to the instructions on the box
  2. Put the Oreo cookies in a zip lock bag and use a rolling pin to crumble them
  3. Fill individual cups with the chocolate pudding
  4. Sprinkle the crumbled oreos on top of the pudding
  5. Place a gummy worm or two into each cup

If you want to get even more creative with these, you can decorate some whole Oreo cookies with icing to look like gravestones. Then you can insert these gravestone Oreos into the “dirt” to give your pudding cups a haunted graveyard feel.

Spooky Sugar Cookies

Decorating sugar cookies is a great party staple. You can even leave the baked, cut out cookies in a tray with the icing and decorations out for your party guests to decorate themselves. Not only will this save you a lot of time prepping your party snacks, but decorating cookies is a fun party activity for your guests to enjoy!

Ingredients

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For the cookies you’ll need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk

For the icing you’ll need:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 to 8 tsps milk
  • 4 tsps corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Food dye
Method

To make the cookies:

  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt
  2. Mix butter and sugar in a separate bowl
  3. Add both mixtures together and mix in the egg and milk
  4. Cut out your cookies into fun Halloween shapes!
  5. Bake in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes (until the cookies just barely begin to brown) at 350 degrees

If you want to watch a video on how to make easy sugar cookies, you can watch Alton Brown make his recipe on Food Network!

To make the icing:

  1. Put powdered sugar in a bowl
  2. Add milk, corn syrup, and vanilla
  3. Stir until smooth
  4. Divide the icing into different containers and add the food dyes you want

Now with icing bags or knives you can have a kitchen party decorating your Halloween cookies! Feel free to add other decorations besides icing too. You can add candies and sprinkles to finish off your Halloween figures with a flourish.

Other sugar cookie decorations you can have out:

  • Crumbled up Oreos
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups, cut in half
  • M&Ms
  • An assortment of sprinkles
  • Pull apart twizzlers
  • Candy corn

You can even have a cookie decorating contest with a table set up for serious cookie decorating contestants to do their work!

For some other Halloween dessert ideas, check out these awesome recipe websites below:

 

Halloween Drinks

Every good party host has to provide beverages of some kind. Otherwise, after eating all those savory appetizers and sugary sweets, your guests will die of thirst and haunt your house forever!

Below are some yummy beverage ideas for your party, but it’s also a good idea to always have some cold water available throughout the party too.

witch's brew

Cauldron Punch

Ingredients
  • A large bowl for the dry ice
  • A smaller bowl for the punch
  • Fruit punch
  • Ginger ale or 7-up
Method
  1. Make your punch by adding the fruit punch and soda in the smaller bowl
  2. Use gloves to set up the dry ice in the larger bowl
  3. Place the smaller punch bowl inside your larger dry ice cauldron
  4. When the party is ready, pour warm water on the dry ice to get the cauldron going
  5. *don’t let the punch and dry ice mix (hence the separate bowls)

If you’ve ever wondered how party pros get that misty cauldron effect on their punch bowls, wonder no more! Here is how they do it. Just remember to be safe with the dry ice! It is not remotely edible.

Ghostly Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa is a great beverage to have when a party is more intimate or calm. That way you won’t die of heat in a big crowd by drinking something hot. It’s also a great beverage to serve if your party includes activities in the chilly outdoors!

Ingredients
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Your favorite creamers
  • Ingredients for making marshmallows
Method
  1. Make hot cocoa how you like it
  2. Make homemade marshmallows and shape them into ghosts
  3. Watch your ghost disappear in your warm hot cocoa!

To make your hot cocoa servings extra special you can drizzle fudge syrup on the inner walls of the mug. This way you get a deep chocolate flavor the more you drink!

If making homemade marshmallows seems like too much work, you can also top your hot chocolate with whipped cream, and draw spooky figures with chocolate syrup instead.

 

There are many ways to put on a Halloween party, and there are lots of choices to fill your food table. Your food choices will depend on the preferences of you and your guests, but hopefully this list can get you started!

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Easy Halloween Party Food

17 Last-Minute Halloween Snacks That Will Save the Spooky Day

3 Easy Halloween Snacks


13 Halloween Activities to Do this October

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Halloween isn’t just for little kids who go trick or treating. There are loads of things to do during this spooky section of the fall season that all ages can enjoy.

October is a great time of year because it’s Halloween time and fall time. So it’s completely up to you how you celebrate this month—whether decide to do spookier, Halloween themed activities, or just fall time ones.
 
Here are 13 things to do this October:

  1. Have a Halloween Party
  2. Have a Scary Movie Night
  3. Start Some Fall Time Baking
  4. Go to a Haunted House or Corn Maze
  5. Carve Pumpkins
  6. Do Some Crafts
  7. Participate in Your Community
  8. Trunk or Treat with Friends
  9. Play Games
  10. Make Your Own Haunted House
  11. Have a Campfire and Tell Each Other Scary Stories
  12. Read Scary Books
  13. Listen to Spooky Podcasts

There are tons of fun, festive activities you can do in October, or you can search events near you on google. By the time October comes around there are often tons of events going on for kids, families, and friends near you.

1. Have a Halloween Party

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Include a Costume Contest

Costume contests are a great event to include in any Halloween party. A costume contest is a great idea too because it gives those who have grown out of their trick or treat years a chance to dress up for Halloween too. Here are some things you can do to successfully hold a Halloween costume contest.

Decide what the prize will be.

You can make some kind of trophy or you can buy one. You can even have different rewards for winning different categories.

Halloween costume category ideas:

  • best group costume
  • scariest costume
  • funniest costume
  • most creative
  • most original

Make the invites!

Like any event, you’ll want to invite your guests. You can quickly invite everyone you know by making a Facebook event. You can also put up flyers or send out invites in the mail. You can make your spooky invites yourself the traditional way, with glue and paper, or you can design and print them on free websites like Canva and Adobe Spark. If you don’t want to pay for printing out a bunch of invites, but you still want to design something fun, you can also send out your spooktacular design via email.

Decide what the rules will be.

If your costume contest is going to need a set of rules, it’s best to outline them as early as possible so that people can appropriately plan their costumes ahead of time.

Examples of costume contest rules:

  • Maybe it’s a family party and costumes need to be appropriate, or not too gruesome
  • Maybe it’s a themed party and costumes need to be on theme
  • You can have rules about whether you allow group contestants

Choose the judges.

Every contest needs judges to decide the end results. Before you can have the contest you’ll need to decide who these judges will be.
If you don’t want to have the outcome of your contest depend on the decision of one or a few people, you can make everyone the judge and provide a place for guests to enter their own votes for who should win.

Figure out how you’ll judge.

After you decide who will judge you have to decide how they’ll judge. They’ll need to know what things to look for in deciding who should win.

How to judge a costume contest:

  • Scariness
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Best group costumes
Play Games

Board games don’t have to be Halloween themed in order to be a great group activity for a party. October is a cold month, making things like board games a great thing to do when you and your guests want to stay indoors.

Party Food

The food for your Halloween party is one of the things you can get super creative about. For instance, you can put labels on the food to give them spooky names. Punch then becomes a witch’s cauldron, grapes become spider eggs, and deviled eggs become eyeballs.

Choose a beverage

There are an endless variety of punches for you to choose from. Below are some websites with witchy Halloween brews to quench your ghoulish guest’s thirst:

Choose appetizers

Every party needs some great food to keep everybody full and happy. There are the staple party foods like chips, pretzels, and dip. But you can also make your own little appetizers, or your own party mix, to add some Halloween creativity to your food table.

Spooky Playlist

Lots of music streaming services have a Halloween themed playlist you can use.

2. Have a Scary Movie Night

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Have a movie night with friends, host a drive in movie, or if it’s not too cold you can have an outdoor movie night on the lawn. You’ll need to plan some movie worthy snacks, like popcorn, soda, candy, and other treats.

Then you’ll need to plan the movie watching space, gathering all the cozy blankets, pillows, and flashlights your guests will need to be comfortable during the duration of the movie. You could even make a fort for you all to hide out in while you watch some scarier movie choices.
Then you’ll need to pick your movie.

Classic Halloween Movies

Experience some older but great Halloween movies this season.

  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Nightmare before Christmas
  • Halloweentown
  • Casper
  • Monster House
  • Beetlejuice
Halloween Movie Snacks
  • popcorn, seasoned sweet or salty
  • pretzels
  • fruits
  • veggie trays
  • make your own monster mash mix

3. Start Some Fall Time Baking

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You can have a night of baking or cooking together with friends! Gather your favorite people around you, listen to your favorite music, turn on a show, converse, or play games all while making yummy fall time foods and desserts.

Check out these 50 Easy Fall Baking Recipes from Taste of Home for some ideas of what you could bake. But here are some other fall staples you could look into making with some friends:

  • Maple donuts. Everyone can help form the donuts out of the dough.
  • Candy apples. This is a great group activity because you can have all the decorating options out on a table and everyone can make up their own candy apples.
  • Pumpkin bread. Slices of this seasonal bread goes great with warm cups of cocoa or apple cider.
  • Apple cider. If you live near an apple orchard or an apple cider press you can make a night of picking apples and watching them get pressed into freshly made apple cider.
  • Sticky buns. A warm, gooey classic to chunk out on in the cold months.

4. Go to a Haunted House or Corn Maze

There are lots of outdoor Halloween activities you can do in October. There are scary corn mazes and regular ones, hayrides, and haunted houses.

5. Carve Pumpkins

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Jack-o-lanterns can be really fun, no matter how old you are.

  • Remember to be safe
  • Use templates
  • Make it a competition
  • Use sharpie to draw your design first
  • box cutters
  • Use a pumpkin carving kit
  • use a tarp!

6. Do Some Crafts

This is an especially great activity to do when you have little kids to occupy. Happiness is Homemade has some great craft ideas to choose from.

7. Participate in Your Community

You can volunteer! Or start a cause or charity. This time of year is a great time to use Halloween fun as an opportunity to fundraise, or do a coat drive.

8. Trunk or Treat with Friends

Just because you’re not 8 years old anymore, that doesn’t mean you can’t have your own trunk or treat with friends. Everyone can decorate the trunks of their car as you all go around the parking lot getting candy and being with those you care about.

9. Play Games

Before it gets too cold out you can all get outside and play some fun spooky games. There are some classic games you can play with friends that can really get you in the eerie Halloween spirit.

10. Make Your Own Haunted House

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Who needs to spend money on expensive tickets when you can haunt your own house!

  • Decide where you’re going to have it, the porch, inside the house, in the basement
  • Use tarps to make the walls
  • Cover everything in cobwebs
  • Save money by making your own decorations and scary characters

11. Have a Campfire and Tell Each Other Scary Stories

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Here’s a list of some books where you can find uncomfortable tales to tell in the dark.

12. Read Scary Books

13. Listen to Spooky Podcasts

 

It’s always fun to do seasonal things and get into the spirit of the season, whether that means doing scary stuff like haunted houses, or just festive fall time things like baking. And if payday just isn’t landing on the right day this October, you can always take out a convenient Payday Loan to tide you over.


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