Eight ideas for hosting a retro Halloween party on a budget

Halloween is just around the corner – and, for some, that means throwing an extravagantly spooky party for friends and family.

But heading to the shops every year to buy funny costumes, eerie decorations and spine-tingling snacks all adds up.

Here, NetVoucherCodes has compiled a rundown of eight party ideas that won’t leave your bank balance looking truly frightening.

Budget-friendly activities range from making your own costumes to baking scary treats. Any alcohol-based ideas can easily be switched out for soft drink alternatives.

A NetVoucherCodes spokesperson said: “A lot has changed since the Celts started the tradition over 2,000 years ago. In the early days, people lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off ghosts on October 31.

“Traditions then turned from ghost stories and sweet sharing to people are now dressing up their pets, filming scary looks on socials.

“However, you can still have some sort of retro All Hallows’ Eve fun on a budget, even if your bank account looks a bit scary.”

Eight money-saving Halloween party ideas:



Go retro all the way with costumes to save big this year
Go retro all the way with costumes to save big this year

1) Homemade costumes

Go retro all the way with costumes to save big this year.

Expensive character costumes seem to have become the norm, but there is nothing wrong with a traditional take on dressing up. Old plain white sheets with eye holes cut out can be used as an ooky-spooky spirit.

Using binbags and card, make the perfect witches outfit fit for any fancy-dress party. Make a cone wide enough to sit on your head out of cardboard and add a rim around the edge from a strip of cardboard about 10cm wide. Then cover with bin bags, using double-sided tape to ensure they stick to the cardboard.

Skirts and dressed can easily be fashioned out of ripped up and cut bin bags.

2) Terrifying trivia

Using a skeleton prop, decoration or picture, each player can have the chance to ‘name that bone’. Medical professionals will have a leg up with this anatomy trivia!

Starting from the skull and working downwards, each player names the bone – or, if they can’t, take a forfeit.

3) Jelly eyeball beer pong

Set up a traditional beer pong triangle out of cups on a table and grab a jelly sweet or bouncy ball embellished eyeball.

For adults, get the beers flowing into those plastic containers.

Kids will enjoy downing shots of juice or carrying out a dare.

Anyone that gets caught out with an eyeball in their drink will have to get downing.

4) Boozy apple bobbing

Most of us will be familiar with the traditional game of bobbing for buoyant apples in water.

This Halloween classic is not to be missed but can be reimagined and recreated on a budget for adults and kids.

Those unable to find a bucket big enough to fill with water or an alcoholic punch could use a washing-up bowl.

Anyone with a boozy concoction in their containers should eat their alcohol-soaked apple as a tasty treat.

5) Messy movies

Horror films can be jumpy, yet predictable, and many make a great drinking game for anyone wanting to get spooked, or just a bit merry.

Every time something happens that is typical of the horror genre, drink.

This can be set by the viewers, but it could be a jump scare, every time a door slams or when someone at home shouts at the screen when a character does something dangerous and stupid.

6) Spooky snacks

Creative cooks will love getting their creepy creativity flowing when making spooky snacks.

Brownies make brilliant spider bodies, especially when decorated with chocolate fingers or pretzels to make eight tasty legs.

Devilled egg eyeballs already sound creep enough and are particularly creepy-looking when served with a healthy helping of beetroot puree.

Finger-bone sandwiches are also much loved among both grown-ups and kids at parties and can be filled with any delicious sandwich stuffing to meet any dietary requirements.

Halloween snacks are not only tasty but are also fun to make, share and eat.


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7) Creepy cocktails

Make drinking over Halloween more interesting by making some creepy looking cocktails.

Bloody Marys are a festive classic at this time of the year, but there are also plenty of other drinks that are eerie and scrummy to taste.

Zombies are made using light rum, dark rum, apricot liquor and orange juice. Once shaken together, pour into a glass filled with ice and top with the shot.

Poison apple cocktails are another attention-grabbing but tasty favourite. Mix apple cider, cranberry juice, grenadine and a small amount of gold glitter and blend with ice

8) Turnip carving

Long before people were carving pumpkins for Halloween, they were actually carving turnips.

They are much easier and cheaper to get your hands on around spooky season and make for some much more disturbing looking faces and shapes.

Those ready to embark on turnip carving should start training their arms now as they are tough to cut through.

Have you got any other wallet-friendly party ideas? Let us know in the comments.

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