When stores fill up with Halloween, it is magical. I want to spend every single day wandering the aisles, gathering up treasures and bringing them home to the Spooky Little Apartment.
Luckily, my bank account balance and 700 square-foot apartment keep me in check these days. (Usually…)
But there were definitely days early on in my adulthood love of Halloween where if it was black, orange or candy corn…I was buying it.
That approach to Halloween is fine and well, but it doesn’t lead to a pretty collection of decor – instead, it usually means a hodge podge of stuff, half of which stays packed away in boxes because you don’t have enough nooks and crannies to display everything.
I say no more to mindless Halloween buying madness!
I’m all for a finely curated collection of Halloween decor – I like everything to look like it belongs together while mixing in with my normal home decor – so I developed a little system for myself.
Any time I’m Halloween shopping and I find the perfect goodie I can’t live without, I have to ask myself a series of questions to make sure what I’m buying is truly something I need, not just an impulse buy.
I thought they might be helpful to you too, so here they are:
7 questions to ask before buying Halloween decor
1. Have I looked at all the options available?
I really hate when I find something spooky at one store and buy it, then I find something even better at the next and wish I would have waited! There are so many stores these days that carry the same or similar items. Before I do any MAJOR purchasing, I make sure I buzz through as many stores as possible so I have a good idea of what everyone is carrying for the year.
This is a great way to avoid buyer’s remorse. (Or having to hassle with returns…because I know you, Halloween junkie – you forget and just end up keeping both items, right?)
2. How does this fit in with what I already own?
Years ago I would buy anything Halloween. These days I am very picky about what gets to come home with me. I like items that have a vintagey, spooky vibe to them. I also like rustic and cute. I stick mostly to black and orange decor, with a healthy dose of candy corns mixed in.
Knowing your Halloween style is half the battle! Not sure what yours is? Group your decor together by categories like vintage, spooky, rustic or colors. Pay attention to trends or patterns in your purchases, and viola – you’ll have your Halloween style figured out in no time.
3. Where will I display it?
This is The Big Question #1 – if I can’t immediately think of a spot in the Spooky Little Apartment where I will display an item, I don’t buy it.
And you shouldn’t either. We buy Halloween decor because it makes us happy, right? So what’s the point of buying happiness if you can’t look at it every single day during Halloween season? (Or beyond!)
4. Will I use it for multiple Halloweens?
The Big Question #2. For awhile there, I was buying decor to use for one specific Halloween party theme…and I ended up with a lot of junk I had no use for. Now I make it ridiculously simple: if I can’t see myself displaying a piece of decor for years, I don’t buy it.
5. Can I multi-purpose it the rest of the year?
While not necessary, this point is certainly beneficial! You may remember from this post that I have select Halloween items out all year. I like getting creative with things, so while not every piece has to qualify…if it does, it’s a big selling point for me!
6. Where will I store it?
This photo should explain why this question is on the list! But seriously…do you ever think about where the heck you’re going to store all these Halloween goodies when you buy them?
I didn’t for a long time – esp. the weirdly-shaped goodies like my spiderweb food stands – which is how I ended up with 12 boxes of Halloween. If I’m not going to repurpose it, I make sure the item will fit in one of my current storage boxes.
7. Can I use a coupon?
You guys, this is probably my biggest secret: I very, very rarely buy anything Halloween full price. In fact, I hate having to pay full price. It’s the Taurus in me – I like getting a deal.
I almost always use store coupons via apps on my phone or, if I’m shopping online, I hit up retailmenot.com and search for coupon codes. If I can’t use a coupon, I’ll usually leave it behind until it goes on sale or I do have a coupon. For more of my secrets for doing Halloween on a budget, head to this post.
Bonus tip: Only impulse buy items under $5
I usually stick to $3 or less. If it would cost me less than my favorite Starbucks order (grande iced coffee – or cold brew where I can find it – no cream or sugar if you’re wondering) and I just have that nagging feeling I can’t live without it…why not? Sometimes you do need to trick-or-treat yo’ self, y’know?
So did I just suck all the fun out of Halloween shopping for you? I sure hope not! These questions not only help me stick to my budget – they also help me keep my decor collection curated and manageable so I don’t dread having the pack it up when – sniff sniff – Halloween is over.
What’s your best tip for buying Halloween decor?
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