There are many people that just love Halloween. The air gets crisp, pumpkins and other goodies show up in stores, and before you know it, your home can turn into the lab of a mad scientist!
Halloween is something that can bring out the inner child in anyone, so it is really easy to get carried away with outfits, decorations and treats. With Christmas being right around the corner, the last thing you will want is to spread your budget a bit too thin.
In order to enjoy a Halloween to remember that is not going to slash your bank account, these are some helpful tips:
Do you remember growing up and grabbing items from around the house to put together a creative Halloween costume? The chances are good that you may have put together a ghost or witch costume using items you already have at one point in your life. This is because your parents understood how to stretch a pound, which means recycling!
Spend some time making Halloween costumes with your kids, which as well as saving you a good bit of money will also be a great bonding experience.
There is something to be said about being able to make your own decorations. If you happen to be someone that is great with a pair of scissors, sewing machine or a glue gun, you will be able to use free Halloween ideas to make your own items.
Are you already on Pinterest? If so, this is a valuable resource for free ideas that will help you to wow your friends, family members and neighbours this Halloween season. As well as Halloween decorations Pinterest is also a gold-mine for DIY costumes to help you tip number 1 above.
Look to supermarkets
Believe it or not, supermarkets have great deals when it comes to Halloween. For some reason, however, these stores tend to get overlooked at this time of year. Not only will you be able to find amazing savings on some of the treats and decorations that you are looking for, but there will also be some grocery stores that have a section of Halloween costumes and various accessories.
Hit the bargain shops
Look to some of the local bargain stores in your area to see about deals on some of the different props, decorations, fancy dress accessories and full Halloween ensembles that you need to make this ghoulish holiday truly special. Just keep in mind that it can be very easy to get carried away. To avoid this, simply make a shopping list ahead of time of some of the spooky goods that you are looking for so that you can stick to the list and your budget.
Sell it later
When you have some of those expensive costumes from years gone by that you purchased for your kids, think about selling them on eBay or some of the other seller sites so that you can get some of your money back. There are always people looking for a bargain, and you may even find a market for your used adult costumes as well.
Time to swap
If you have already worn costumes before or your kids have outgrown favourite costume accessories, think about swapping with other families that may have what you are looking for. Nobody will get caught in the same costume twice and both families will be able to save money for a winning situation all around.
Don't forget charity shops
Even if it seems like the last place that you would go to to find a Halloween ensemble, there can be a lot of great charity shops in your local area that will accept costume donations. This is the best way to get a real bargain and you are giving back to a charity when you find your costume pieces at such a shop. Once you are done, you can donate the costume next year to keep the charitable spirit going.
Variety shopping sites
If you are a fan of Amazon or some of the other big variety sites that are available today, you will usually find a massive savings on Halloween items. In some instances, you could be looking at about 50% off on the Halloween collection, which translates into an incredible bargain. Look through funky wigs, your favourite pieces reflecting that of popular Halloween characters and the best make-up around. To make the savings even better, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you could end up with free shipping, next day delivery or both. This will help you to be sure that your items arrive on time.
Stay away from pop-up stores
Even though a lot of the gimmick stores that tend to pop up around Halloween have a great selection to choose from, the chances are very good that you will be paying prices that are far too high. Instead of buying costumes and accessories here, you will find that shopping around will give you the same goods at a fraction of the cost.
Price those pumpkins
There is never any reason why you have to settle for boutique pricing on the pumpkins you want for Halloween. Shop locally with some of the farmers in your area that offer pumpkins at great prices. If you have small children, think about buying smaller pumpkins instead of paying per pound for gigantic carvables. You can currently get free pumpkin from WOW FreeStuff.
Keep the scares close to home
When you have the room in your house, garage or your backyard, you can think about putting together a great scavenger hunt, haunted house or spooky area for everyone to enjoy. Not only is this a nice way to get everyone involved and feeling the Halloween spirit, but it is a nice way to make memories without having to spend all kinds of money on Halloween party entrance fees.
Scary movie night
Once the trick or treating is done, think about settling in with family or friends for a Halloween themed movie night. You will be saving money instead of seeing a horror film in theatres and you already have snacks that you collected for the evening!
Do you like Halloween? How do you save money on this spooky night?
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