As I write this post, it is hard to believe that Halloween is 5 days away. With temperatures around 75 degrees today, my pumpkins and Mums are roasting in the heat.
Alas, this is what my Mum plant currently looks like.
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $66.28 on costumes, candy and decorations this year. (Add another $10 for Mum replacement….)
To avoid any other spooks or spoofs this Halloween, here are a couple of ideas to help both you and the kids have a fun, safe, and a non-break-the-bank Halloween.
- Get the Best Boo for your Buck: Be sure to shop store circulars in advance of getting to the store to get the best deals on costumes, candy, and decorations. It will also prevent any meltdowns and “I want that” demands from the kiddos if you can keep the focus.
- It’s a Pumpkin Passdown: Hand-me downs, consignment shops or goodwill stores are great places to find or be inspired for Halloween costumes. When I was 8, my Mom took a large box and cut out the bottom and cut holes in the top and two sides for my head and arms. She then glued colored construction paper on all sides and the top….I was a Rubik’s Cube for Halloween.
- It’s a Monster Mash: Pass on the candy. Enjoy ghostly goodies that you can make (and control) at home. It is also a fun Halloween-prep activity. Some great seasonal recipes are Stop & Shop‘s “Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies,” or “Frozen Pumpkin Dessert.” Then donate the candy to Magic Beans (from November 1-November 7th). The candy goes to our troops and you get 20% off one toy in their store. Sweet!
- Don’t Fear the Reaper: When venturing out in the dark, try to carry a flashlight or glow-in-the-dark items. Some houses have questionable walkways or none at all, which can be dangerous at night. A small flashlight or glow stick will keep you and your family safe and visible! I just went to Stop & Shop (to get a new Mum) and saw a large (and reasonably priced) selection of fun flashlights.
Feel free to share other cost-saving tips for Halloween below and Happy Hauntings!