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Do you need to cut Halloween costs this year? Halloween can get expensive! In fact, experts claim that in 2009, on average Americans spend over $55 per person on Halloween. If you have a family of four, you know that things can add up fast! This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
5 Ways for Parents to Cut Halloween Costs
Knowing that everyone is watching their budget these days, I wanted to share five suggestions on how to make your Halloween half as expensive and twice as much fun!
Sell Your Old Costumes
What better way to pay for this year’s Halloween than by selling last year’s costume? Did you know that Saturday, October 9th is National Costume Swap Day? Look for retailers online to sell old costumes and buy gently used ones. Or, put together a community wide or city wide event to encourage everyone to participate. Check with your local school or church for a place to hold your costume swap.
Make Your Own Costume
Do you have a little more time on your hands? Do you like to get crafty? There are so many different ways you can create your own Halloween costume. This book has 23 Halloween crafts along with homemade costume ideas and the price is super affordable. Don’t forget to look for used Halloween costumes at your local thrift store.
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Give Creative Treats
There will be plenty of candy in circulation, so let’s give the dentists a break in November. Think different. Here’s a truly green way to celebrate Halloween: Give the gift of seeds that can grow into beautiful flowers. Just buy a few packs at your local nursery, separate the seeds, wrap them and give them out as little presents. It’s educational and affordable! You can surprise the trick or treaters by giving them spare change that’s been lying around the house. To make it even more fun, hide a dollar bill or something special in a couple baggies and tell the kids before they pick one.
Make Your Own Candy Bags
As kids, we used pillow cases the same orange pumpkin every year. There’s no need to buy a new Halloween candy bag each year. If you’re in a crafty mood, you can make this Halloween candy bag from duct tape.
Get your kids to help with this one. Sometimes the preparation can be as much fun as Halloween night. And, if you make your house feel fun and spooky kids will enjoy themselves that much more. How about making your own scarecrow from old clothes and setting him on the front porch? Or make a spooky ghost from an old sheet stuffed with newspaper.
What are your favorite ways to cut Halloween costs and still have fun?
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