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Scared man in the darkHalloween is around the corner, and that means trick-or-treating, pumpkin pie (pumpkin beer for some), parties, costumes, and candy. But did you know that you might be able to deduct some of the expenses for Halloween?

While the traditional cost associated with Halloween, costumes for yourself or your children, decorating your house, driving to the local “safe-night out”, and buying candy for the neighbor kids are not deductible; there are several things that actually are.

If you own your own business you can deduct:

  • Halloween decorations for the office. Many businesses decorate their office for an upcoming holiday. The decorations are intended to get business in the door and to increase revenue. While decorating a personal home is not a deduction, decorating a business can be.
  • Candy for the trick-or-treaters that come to your business. When you participate in the treat giving associated with Halloween at your business, you can deduct the cost of the treats you are giving the little “ghouls” that come into your business establishment.
  • Lunch, snacks, or treats for employees to celebrate the day. Many businesses don’t interact with the public directly, so employers offer lunch, snacks, or treats to encourage employee morale. The costs of these treats can be tax deductible.
  • Special advertising for Halloween specials at a business. Advertising is a deductible expense for a business any time of the year. Don’t forget to include the special advertising costs associated with holidays.
  • Costumes to wear during business hours. If businesses use Halloween costuming for themselves and their employees to drive more business in the door, remember to deduct them.

If you don’t own a business, well, there still may be some tax savings for you this October, such as:

  • Charitable contribution deduction for money donated to UNICEF, or any other worthwhile organization during Halloween. Whether it’s donated to kids who are trick-or-treating for the charity or larger charity events, donations can help you at tax time.
  • And don’t forget the dental bills to fill the cavities of your dependent ghosts and goblins. Medical expenses such as a visit to the doctor for the candy induced bellyache or cavities can be deductible if you itemize deductions.

Bet you didn’t expect a tax lesson for Halloween! Don’t forget to swing by Coupon Cactus to stock up for all of your Halloween party needs—deductible or not.



Pumpkin SoupIt’s autumn, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge this season’s favorite cooking ingredient—pumpkin! We found this eastern twist on pumpkin soup and tried it out. It’s so delicious, we just had to share it with the Coupon Cactus nation. Try it out and let us know what you think!

Total Time: 30 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 15 ounces 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat the canola oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, shallot and carrots, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the carrots begin to soften but before the shallot and garlic begin to turn brown.
  2. Add the brown sugar, curry powder, cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin puree. Stir until spices are well combined.
  3. Add the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir and combine the coconut milk. Serve.
  5. Or (optional) purée the soup to a velvety consistency using an immersion hand blender, food processor, or blender.


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