How to Save Money on Halloween
Halloween decorations are appearing in stores earlier than ever, with some retailers replacing their July 4th novelty items with Halloween decorations, treats and costumes. By the time October rolls around, the fall holiday season is in high gear with Christmas stuff also showing up.
Retailers love Halloween and candy manufacturers especially so. Halloween is the biggest candy event of the year followed by Easter, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. As you might guess between the candy, the decorations and the costumes, Halloween can cost your family hundreds of dollars. We’ve put together a number of ideas that can save your family money while still helping your children have fun.
1. Find it online. Your local retailer has the goods, but the best prices might possibly be found right online. One retailer, Walgreens, is selling costumes for 25 percent off and will give you free shipping when you spend $25 or more. If there is a certain costume you must have such as that Angry Bird outfit, compare online to find the best prices, shipping deals and offers for you.
2. Make it yourself. With four children in your household, you can quickly run through the cash in an attempt to outfit each child. In many cases you can hand down last year’s outfit to a younger sibling and get the new outfit for the oldest child. Quite frankly, you may have the talent to make a costume yourself. Your son may want to be Frankenstein and your daughter may want to be a ballerina — you employ creativity by using t-shirts, face paint, sewing material and scrap clothing to put together one or more creative outfits.
3. Trade it in. Your retailer won’t take back last year’s costumes, but neighbors and friends might. Put out the word that you’re on the hunt for a different outfit and work with people you know to make a trade. Throw a trade-in party to bring everyone together to make a swap, share decorating tips and plan for Halloween. Mix and match outfits or tap each other’s expertise to repurpose an existing costume.
4. Save money on candy. There is no way to get around this — candy is expensive! But, candy prices can vary especially as Halloween draws near. Keep your eyes open for retailer special and consider your local warehouse store for your purchase. You’ll pay more for the name brands and less so for the local and or unadvertised brands. When it comes to sweets, kids usually are not too picky, so buy on price more than for brand. You might also consider giving out change — two quarters for each kid will cost you less than a candy bar.
5. Buy or make decorations. What kind of decorations do you want for you home? Spider webs, ghouls, corn husks, hay and all the rest can cost you a bundle. So, head to your discount store for affordable decorations and then to your farmer’s market to buy pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, hay and the like. Carve your jack o’lanterns or paint your pumpkins with Crayola washable paint.
6. Go to church. Each year, more and more churches are hosting alternative “harvest” parties to shed a more positive light in the season. If you find that your traffic is low, simply keep the light off, head to church and bring a candy for a “trunk or treat” distribution. Kids can still dress up, get their candy and have fun with people that they know.
You’ll find the best Halloween deals by shopping early. Retailers are keeping a tight eye on inventory and will reuse unused candy for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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