It’s many students’ favourite night of the year. Halloween is the perfect excuse to wear fancy dress, drink punch and scare the bejeesus out of your mates. And what better way to celebrate all things spooky than with a house party? But when it comes to Halloween it’s go big or go home. Your guests will expect decorations, party food and games galore. And, of course, you’ll need to be best-dressed. Well, have no fear! You can still go big within your student loans that won’t terrify the life out of you.

halloween student budget party

Dead good costumes

Imagine the horror: you’re strutting your stuff in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume when a guest arrives wearing the same turtle. It’s enough to send shivers down your spine. Luckily this nightmare scenario needn’t ruin your party. Because, this year, you’re going to make an outfit yourself. And the more rubbish your attempt, the better. Loo rolls at the ready! Alternatively, you’ll find ingenious homemade costume ideas at Buzzfeed . How great is that umbrella bat?

A house of horrors

The best Halloween parties need a spooky ambience. Candles are a great cheap way to create the right atmosphere, but we suggest the battery powered variety in the interests of health and safety. You can also pick up very reasonably priced decorations at your local pound shop or supermarket. But it’s even cheaper, and far more fun, to make your own. We love these ghost lanterns fashioned from milk cartons, and there are thousands more terrorifically good ideas on Pinterest.

Frightfully tasty food

If you want to save money on food, it’s a good idea to host your party after dinner. That way you can get away with just a few nibbles and snacks. And as this is a Halloween party, it would be wrong not to theme your offering, right? A few affordable and easy ideas include these brilliant frozen banana ghosts, these stomach churning dead man’s fingers sarnies and these devilled eggs with spiders. We also recommend you buy a bumper pack of sweets in case trick-or-treaters come a-knocking – Tesco has this 1kg tub Swizzels for just £5.

Devilishly good drinks

No Halloween party would be complete without a lethal punch to put your guests in good spirits. Plus you won’t have to worry about investing in a range of drinks options to keep everyone happy. We think the lychee eyeballs in this blood-red brew are inspired. And we can’t wait to make floating hands (freeze some of your concoction in a washing-up glove) to add to our mix too. Head to bringabottle.co.uk to source the best priced booze.

halloween student budget party

Freaky fun

Halloween games are dead easy to make yourself. Apple bobbing, anyone? Thanks to the wonderful World Wide Cobweb (groan), you’ll find plenty of inspiration to keep the party alive. These creepy cans make great bowling targets. And here’s the perfect excuse to turn out the lights: have your guests toss glowing rings over empty wine bottles. Feeling crafty? Exercise your artistic side with a homemade game of Pin the Smile on the Skeleton. And everybody loves a pumpkin lantern. Hold a competition to see which guest can carve the best one. Don’t forget to have some killer tunes playing courtesy of this corker on Spotify. All together now: “Like a bat out of hell I’ll be gone when the morning comes…”