Have a happy — but not expensive — Halloween
As we dive into another beautiful October, it’s time to plan for another fabulous Halloween. Latest figures have Americans shelling out about $75 (or more!) per costumed, candy-loving kid. My buddies with children are already quietly groaning, and who can blame them? Hundreds of dollars for a basket of sugar and a costume the kids wear for 3 hours? Not exactly a slam dunk investment. Here’s the good news – our wonderful kids can still enjoy a fabulous, sugared-up Halloween in an outstanding costume, surrounded by fabulous décor, with baskets of sugar rushing chocolate, and we can pay about 75-80 percent less than the national average to do it. Read on for effortless strategies on how to pull it off.
First things first – the costume. In most Halloween stores, these costumes weigh about 3 ounces, and cost anywhere from $50$100 (or more). Don’t think so. Instead, hit your local Goodwill where racks upon racks (upon RACKS!) of fantastic costumes, in perfect condition, in all sizes, await you, usually for $5 or less. The latest movie themes, the latest videogame themes, the latest princess themes, the costumes are fabulously varied and delightfully priced. Score!
Next, the décor for the house – I have two words. Dollar Store. If you haven’t been in there in a while, stop by when you can. The selection is fantastic. Window decorations, room decorations, balloons, streamers, party plates and cups – it’s all there. Best part, these decorations are pretty sturdy – once Halloween is done, throw it into a bag, leave it in the closet until next year, and you can pull it back out with no effort and no cost.
Last, but not least – the candy. I’ve heard from countless readers suggesting a great money-saving, healthy tip is to give small toys or pencils as gifts instead of candy. This is just me talking here, but I’m begging you not to be that house. We were all young once, we all remember the house that gave out the pencils. Let’s not be that house. In contrast, we also remember the house in the neighborhood that gave out the full-size candy bars, and how we vowed pure and eternal love to them as we raced away. You get the point.
Now, I’m not advocating for full size candy bars to every kid, but I’d like to strike a happy balance between getting the kids exactly what they love, just not paying an arm and a leg for it. My best bet has always been the warehouse stores for the bags of small candy bars – you can buy it in huge bags, and pound for pound, they have the best prices.
Let’s face it, the most important thing about this Halloween is that the kids have fun. Put these few tips to work, and the kids will have a fabulous time, without breaking the bank. Everyone’s a winner!. Happy Halloween, gang — Frugal On!