Halloween is a festival enjoyed by all ages of people though children make the best out of it. They dress up fancy, consume candy, and try to scare each other with their tricks. But the actual scary aspect is that if not planned properly, the expenditure on Halloween can take a huge toll on your budget. Purchasing Halloween costumes, candy, special accessories, decorations, and treats for school events can actually bust your bank account. Here are our money saving tips for you to save on Halloween costumes, decorations, and candy during 2015 Halloween sale.
Money Saving Tips for Halloween Costumes:
- Buying the costumes online and early as you’ll get it at the best price thus skipping the mad rush on October 30th.You can also compare the websites while shopping for the Halloween costumes.
- You can also exchange costumes with some other family or use hand-me-down costumes from family members and friends. You can plan a Halloween costume exchange time with your neighbors to get an even better selection of costumes in a variety of sizes.
Skip the masks! Apart from being costly, masks can be dangerous as well. Safe Kids Worldwide warns that “masks obstruct both vision and breathing in kids, and should be avoided.” Skip the cost and the risk and opt for face paint or makeup. It’s both secure and affordable.
Money Saving Tips for Halloween Decorations:
- While shopping for the decorations for Halloween try to avoid the big stores as at the specialty shops you won’t be finding any cheap decor. Keep an eye on the discount stores and search online for much cheaper and affordable things for decoration.
- Put your creative skills at work and save a huge amount of money by making decorations on your own. There are several methods to make hangings, danglers or jack-o’-lanterns to candles by crafting simple items.
- Change the light bulbs. For less than a few dollars, you can swap out your normal front porch bulb with a red or orange one to give your home a creepy glow.
- Don’t be tempted by magazines and internet as they are full of super amazing but often ideas that are over-the-top. Your budget should be always in your mind while preparing. Go for more basic, cheaper items. After all, candy is the paramount interest on Halloween, for both kids and adults. Instead of going all-out on a meal, stick to finger foods with a freaky flair to it!
- Roast pumpkin seeds. Not only do pumpkins make for great decorations, you can roast the seeds for guests to munch on.
- Have a Donut-Eating Contest. One of the best yet cheap way to entertain kids at Halloween parties is with a donut-eating contest. Get your donuts from the bakery and attach each to a long dowel with a piece of string. Tell the children to try and eat the hanging donut without hands while two adults hold the dowel horizontally. It’s actually fun!
It’s time finally to go out and begin trick-or-treating once all the festivities are done. There are ideas to lessen the cost if you’re going house-to-house or you prefer to stay home and hand out candy, of the age-old trick-or-treating tradition.
- Use Candy Alternatives. Candy can actually be costly instead take non-candy treats as It’s much affordable to buy a roll of stickers to a child, or grab a huge bucket of plastic bugs at the dollar store. It is a considerable option as children receive huge amount of chocolate, chewy candy, suckers, and gum each Halloween and receiving a little prize, toy, or pencil seems more exciting.
- Buy Glowsticks. Children are more likely to be engaged in pedestrian accidents on Halloween than compared to other nights, so make sure your kid is as visible to cars as possible. You can buy lighted accessories to ensure that your child is easy to see. Purchase cheap glowsticks from the dollar store as they come with joining fasteners, which can be used to make circles around ankles, necks, and wrists.
- Get Creative With Containers. For your little monster’s to trick-or-treat you needn’t require the perfect plastic pumpkin. You can be more creative with the candy carrying containers: Pillow cases, reusable grocery bags, baskets, decorated gift bags, and even sand buckets work perfectly for treats.
- Stay in your neighborhood. You can avoid going to the theme parks and fairs this year and instead have a stroll trip around the block. Keeping the festivities local will help you save on gas, admission and refreshments. Also, it’ll help you keep an eye on your little one and you too can enjoy as much as you can!
Plan Early for Halloween:
This fact can’t be avoided that Halloween can be a costly holiday, more so when your kids have high expectations. But by brainstorming new ideas, finishing most of the work by yourself and by being creative with your resources is huge part of the fun of Halloween celebrations with family. Think outside the big box store and get crafty – and you’ll find that Halloween doesn’t have to break the bank. The best ideas to save on Halloween items are by beginning early. In the week following Halloween you can also purchase items for next year. You’ll be getting deals like up to 75% off on decorations and costumes once the festival is over and when the Halloween arrives next year, you will be glad you that you thought ahead, and you will be grateful for the Halloween savings.