Budget Blog: HOW TO… Have a Creepy, Cheap-y Halloween

It’s that time of year again, the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no one can say anything about it, but more importantly, when you should be holding the best Halloween party this side of Hyde Park (I will not compete with you, Fruity). This week we’ve attempted to provide your home an All Hallows Eve upgrade for under £10, and we did a boo-tyful job if I do say so myself. Go forth and entertain your friends as if you were Bette Midler in the season’s iconic film, and if you don’t know what I’m referring to then stop reading this blog right now because we are two different types of human. Or maybe keep reading so we can enrich your lives with the wonders of Hocus Pocus.


    1.        Decorations:

It’s not hard to get overwhelmed by the prospect of inflatable ghosts and mechanical corpses. Sadly, as these can rarely be found for less than your entire week’s food shop allowance, we must delve into the unknown depths of every student’s go-to extravaganza; Poundworld. No, we’re being very serious, there’s a heavenly light glowing from those doors (surrounded by the most poorly constructed umbrellas you could possibly imagine), so we entered at will and got all the Halloween decorations you’ll need this year. And probably next!



●     20 pack of Halloween balloons

●     Spider webs and spiders (plastic, don’t worry)

●     Halloween-themed cake stand for all those lovely treats, no tricks please

●     Skull mini baskets

●     2 popcorn buckets (used for sweets)

●     Large glitter wall skeleton

●     Yellow 'danger' tape

●     Clear bloody tablecloth (doubled up as window decoration; there's a lot)

As we went to one of the cheapest shops going, every item on this list, you guessed it, was £1. Meaning our total spent on amazing Halloween decorations came up to just £9!


                    2.        Cocktails

If this time of year leaves you feeling a little bloodthirsty, we have the perfect cocktail recipes for you. After buying your alcohol, all you need is a cocktail shaker, some spooky goblets and glasses at the ready (God bless Home Bargains). Brace yourself for the terrible puns.

Cranberry Boo Boo

-       Throw 1 shot of vodka, 1 shot of peach schnapps and around 85ml of cranberry juice into your cocktail shaker with some ice.

-       Shake it up and then strain into your glass.

-       Be sure to ensure others that you're drinking cranberry


-       Grab your cocktail shaker and fill with ice cubes, 1 shot of tequila, a dash of Cointreau and 30ml of lime juice.

-       Shake well and pour into your glass.

-       To add a little sweetness, put sugar around the rim of your glass so everyone knows that you’re a classy Halloween hostess.

Tequila Dead-rise

-       Pour 115ml of orange juice and 2 shots of tequila into a large glass with ice cubes.

-       Stir and then slowly pour a bit of grenadine around the inside edge of the glass.

-       Consume until you look like an actual zombie the next day.

If you’re an attendee to the festivities and don’t actually need to craft any cocktails, then feel free to claim your purpose: “I’M HERE FOR THE BOOS!”


    3.        Music

One of the most important aspects of the perfect Halloween party is the playlist, so below are the tunes we consider essential for the festivities. Have these playing in the background while you’re competing to make toilet paper mummies out of one another and pinning the skull on the skeleton (I’m not sure if this is a real thing, but it should be!) With a few classics and some more recent hits, think Rihanna in her ‘Rated R’ era, this is the ideal soundtrack to your haunted shenanigans.

➢     Bump in the Night – All stars

➢     Thriller -  Michael Jackson

➢     I Put a Spell on You – Jay Hawkins

➢     Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley

➢     Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett

➢     Witchdoctor – David Seville

➢     Monster - Rihanna ft. Eminem

➢     Disturbia - Rihanna

➢     Mad House - Rihanna

➢     Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.

➢     Highway to Hell – AC/DC

➢     Mama - My Chemical Romance

➢     Monster - Lady Gaga

➢     Teeth - Lady Gaga

➢     Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell


We hope you have a spooktacular time, with love from your Halloween Queens.

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