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Last night was my second annual Halloween Spooktacular. I hosted a concert from my front porch, with attendees sitting on the front lawn. I had some t-shirts made up, which I sold for $20 each, and my brother grilled hot dogs. My girlfriend made a bunch of Halloween-themed baked goods, and I had a couple of opening acts.
House concerts have long been a popular option for independent musicians, but those are typically indoor performances at someone else’s house. I took that idea and flipped it to an outdoor format.
In this post, I want to break down some of the numbers to see how it all worked out. As of this moment—after paying for expenses, paying musicians, and the rest—the whole shindig cost me a little less than $20 (I’ll end up in the black after selling another couple of t-shirts). Essentially, I threw a very well-attended Halloween party nearly at cost.
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