Planning a Halloween Party When You Are Broke

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Cheap Halloween Party Ideas For Kids

 It happens all the time. Kids decide they really truly want something just when we are really truly pretty darn near broke.

Like a Halloween party. What happens if this is the year they decide they desperately want a Halloween party and you simply do not have the extra money to throw a party? But you still can't disappoint your kid, so you try to figure out a way.

You need some really truly cheap Halloween Party Ideas. Now.

To start, serve simple treats and snacks. Forget about planning main dishes. Kids are happy with grab and go snacks anyway.

Make as many of the decorations yourself. Use things around the house, check out Pinterest for amazing ideas, and if you do shop for the party, go no farther than Dollar Tree.

And check out these 20 Non-Candy Halloween Treats For Kids ( no sugar, just fun.)

DIY Halloween Games For Kids

Pin The Boo! Game

DIY Halloween Pin the Boo Game For Kids

A Halloween twist for Pin The Tail game. Paper, tape and you are pretty much ready to play! Thanks to Simple Play Ideas for this idea!

Halloween Pumpkin Golf

Easy Pumpkin Golf Game

For this game, all you need is a large pumpkin and a plastic toy golf set (Dollar Tree?). Kimbo from A Girl and A Glue Gun found a carveable pumpkin that works really well, plus you won't have to deal with any stringy mess!

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If you are on a strict party budget, a real pumpkin will be cheaper and will work jut fine. If you don't want to buy a plastic golf set, how about using a broom and small plastic ball? It could be a 'Witch's Broom!'

Pumpkin Ring Toss With Glow in The Dark Necklaces

Games to play at Halloween Kids Party

Set up a game of good old fashioned ring toss using a pumpkin. Definitely a budget-friendly Halloween idea courtesy of Melissa at Kid-Friendly Things To Do.

Classic 'Guess How Many' Halloween Game

Halloween Games For Kids

Simple, easy and always a fun game at kids' parties! Pour some Halloween candy in a bowl, and let kids guess how many pieces are in there. And you can use that bowlful of candy as a prize.
Picture courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

Other game ideas for kids:

Musical Chairs

Egg and Spoon Race: Have the kids color their own eggs using Halloween stickers, crayons, etc. Then set up a good old fashioned egg and spoon race with teams.

Cheap DIY Halloween Decorations

Spooky Flying Egg Carton Bats

DIY Halloween Flying Bat Decorations

Use egg cartons to make these hanging bats. Then hang them everywhere and anywhere you like!
 Easy instructions at Happy Clippings.

You can make adjustments depending on your party budget. If you can't buy (or have on hand) Googly Eyes, for example, cut some out using construction paper. No black paint handy? Use a black marker to color the bats!

Ghostly Treat Table

Halloween Party DIY Ghost Table Decoration

If you have an extra white sheet, use it to make a Ghost Table. Use it for party snacks, party favors, etc.

Spooky Googly Eyeballs
spooky Halloween Eyeballs decoration

Make spooky eyeballs  for your Halloween party using ping pong balls and googly eyes.

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DIY Halloween Front Door Mummy Decoration

DIY Halloween Front Door Mummy

This 5 minute DIY Halloween Front Door Mummy idea from Honey and Fitz definitely falls under cheap decorating. All you need is a roll of white paper streamers and black and white construction paper for the eyes. Photo Credit: Honey and

Cheap Spooky Halloween Party Food Ideas

Halloween Candy Witches Brooms

Cheap Halloween Treats Witches Broom

Probably the easiest party food you will ever make, and yet kids are going to love them!
Thanks to The Kitchen Magpie for this recipe and photo.

Halloween Chex Mix Party Snacks

cheap Halloween party snacks

Okay, so maybe this colorful Chex mix is the easiest party snack ever. Thanks to One Little Project for this easy Halloween treat idea!

Individual Mac and Cheese Cups

Halloween Party Ideas Mac and Cheese Cups

You might think these mac and cheese cups are more dinner than treat, but don't you love them anyway? Besides, you would just be putting a couple of little scoops in each cup, right? So still more snack than meal. Awesome and cheap party food idea for little kids!

Head to the Dollar Tree or Party City for some cheap plastic cups. Then grab a marker and draw pumpkin faces on each cup. Easy Peasy!

Yummy Mummy Candy Holders

Halloween Mummy Candy Holders

These too-cute Halloween mummy candy holders  make perfect party favors. You can have kids make these as a craft project at the party, or simply have them ready for guests as they arrive.

Coffee Filter Ghost Pops

coffee filter ghost pops

Use coffee filters to wrap lollipops instead of tissue paper! Just a twist on this popular easy kids' party treat. Either works great, but I think the wrapping part is easier using a coffee filter. Thanks to Happiness Is Homemade for this idea!

Mini Doughnut Spiders

mini doughnut spider Halloween treats

Let the party guests make these easy Halloween treats themselves, or have them ready ahead of time and put them on that Ghost Table you set up! Thanks to It's Always Autumn for this idea!

And check out these two easy healthy Halloween food ideas for kids

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