A budget friendly Halloween your family will love.

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A Budget Friendly way to Celebrate Halloween without Trick or Treating!

I know… I know… You’re thinking.. Whaa? No Trick or Treating! What torture for those poor kids!

A budget friendly Halloween

Buying costumes, candy, and most likely pizza, can get expensive fast. Especially if you have a large family. Did you know that more pizza is consumed on Halloween then any other day of the year?

This year we tried something new for Halloween. This new tradition we tried came to our rescue in so many ways. It just might come to yours too, if you are looking for something different to do on Halloween and a way to save your budget. Especially right before the big holidays that are coming.

Celebrating Halloween has been a struggle in the Our Thrifty Home household.  It always seems to be a confusing split decision.

Since our first child was old enough to celebrate Halloween, Mr. Our Thrifty Home didn’t want his little girl (or any of our children for that matter) to celebrate this holiday. Stating that he didn’t think we should celebrate the holiday because it wasn’t a Christian holiday. I would argue the fact that we both celebrated when we were kids and what was the harm.

I would also justify this by the fact that we wouldn’t cater to the devilish side of the Halloween holiday by keeping our costumes clean and cute. No spooky or gross creatures.

Every year it was like the little angel and devil would sit on our shoulders and whisper their reasonings in our ears. One saying “Oh’, what’s the harm in dressing up? Just go to the church fall festival!” The other saying “you know this doesn’t feel right in your heart. Why are you still considering?

A budget friendly Halloween tradition

This year, our 9 year old asked “just why exactly do we celebrate this holiday?” I explained about the Day of the Dead in Mexico and that I wasn’t sure exactly how we came to celebrate in America. (If you know, please be sure to comment or send me an email. I’d love to know.)

I could see the little (but powerful) wheels in his head turning. LIGHT BULB!

“Mom, if this isn’t a Christian Holiday, then why do we celebrate it?”

Can I just say that this hit me like a ton of bricks. My conviction was coming through loud and clear through the mouth of my child – straight to my ears… and heart.

Feeling the guilt, we decided to do something a bit different this year. It went so well that I’m pretty sure this will stick as a new Family Tradition. We’ll see!

UF Gator Pumpkin ~OurThriftyHome~


This is how we ARE celebrating in the more traditional way:

  • Carve a pumpkin. (pictured above)
  • Roast delicious pumpkin seeds.
  • Dress Up. (we didn’t buy any costumes. they used their imaginations and dressed up with items they already had)

Here is how we made a NEW tradition:

  • On Halloween night we had a Family Fun Night. Watching sports, a movie, playing games and making special goodies. (all while they were dressed up as a Football Coach, A Football Player & a Football Cheerleader)
  • The day after Halloween we went to the store and they got to pick the candy of their choice.
  • We hid the candy all around the house for the kids to find. Yep! You know how much kids love a good game of seek & find!
  • *An idea for next year. ** I think I might create a scavenger hunt or maybe create a treasure maps for each of the kids. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Turning this candy finding fun into a Math Lesson was also a great new twist. A Math Lesson that no one will complain about.

  1. Count the pieces of candy they found.
  2. Separate all the different types of candy.
  3. Place all the same type of candy in the center (they did this for each different type of candy) and then divide the candy evenly amongst themselves. (This way everyone gets an even amount. The younger guys don’t usually find as much as the older)
  4. Count how many there are of each type of candy.
  5. Compare the amounts of the candy from each group.
  6. Practice Less or More. Which group of candy has the most? Which group has the least?

What makes this tradition Budget Friendly?

  • You save $$$ by not buying costumes. Costumes can break your budget… quickly!
  • You save by buying candy the day after – When it’s marked down. My wallet really appreciated this. Buying candy around Halloween gets so expensive. 

Other lessons we learned:

  • We felt safer by staying home and not being out driving or walking the streets.
  • We have a child that doesn’t enjoy Halloween. He doesn’t like the creepy and scary aspects of this holiday. By creating this new tradition this saved on his little stress and anxiety.
  • We are able to control the amount of candy our children get. WooHoo for that!
  • Creating a Family Tradition is priceless! One that could be passed down for generations to come.
  • Our kids said “thank you” and that this was the “best Halloween they have ever had.” That is saying a lot coming from kids who are 7, 9, & 11.

I’m all for saving money and being thrifty. I am even more excited to have family memories. One’s we can talk about when we are sitting around a dinner table while we are enjoying family time with future generations. No one says you have to conform with the way some traditional holidays are celebrated.

You can find more {Thrifty} Fall Activities on the
Our Thrifty Home Pinterest Board

Do you celebrate Halloween the traditional way or do you have your own way of doing things?
Do tell about it below!


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  1. I love this new Halloween tradition!! As a Catholic, we talk about All Saints Day and All Souls Day. I am not a fan of commercialized Halloween. I love how you create your own costumes and consider your entire family in deciding what is best for all of you!
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  2. Thank you, Amy!
    Our kids were so super receptive to it also. Quite frankly, I was shocked they liked it as much as they did. They want to skip trick or treating and do this every year. I’m game! Thrifty & Simple totally works for me. I think it’s important to consider them in decisions such as this. I don’t want them to inform me that they had to seek a therapist when they were an adult because their mom was a nutso and created these off-the-wall family traditions. Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

  3. Hello Brandy! Halloween actually originally IS a religious/Christian holiday. Did you know the Christmas was a pagan holiday until Christianity changed the focus to be the birth of Christ? So Halloween is just the eve before the day we recognize all those who gave their lives for Christ. Just like we want and need hero’s in our lives to look up to and strive to be like, so we need examples of those people who loved Our Lord so much they died for Him! Families went door to door and promised to pray for each family and in return the family handed out a cake (like a donut, the shape of eternity) to the children. Sadly, as with all holidays, even Christmas, the commercialism makes us lose the Christian meaning.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your Halloween (or properly called All Hallows Eve) and I understand why you would celebrate as you did but I just wanted to let you know that it was originally created as a Christian holiday! Feel free to delete this comment if it’s not appropriate to you! May God bless you and your family! Love your blog!!!

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