The countdown has begun in our home. T-minus XX days until Halloween, the day that my boys can dress up and run around the neighborhood collecting CANDY. It’s their dream day. This holiday, amongst others, can get a bit expensive when you add up the cost of costumes, decorations, and candy. Here are some tricks to enjoy some Halloween fun on a budget.
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Make Your Own Costume OR Buy A Dual Purpose Outfit!
A great way to save money and have a unique costume is to create your own or buy an outfit, especially for the little ones, that has the main purpose first and can be used as a costume second. Character themed pajamas can easily double as a costume, so there are no wasted dollars spent on a costume you’re just going to throw out on Nov. 1st.
Otherwise, you’d be surprised what you can put together with what is in your closet.
- Have a white sheet that you don’t use much? Cut out holes for your eyes and mouth and you are an instant ghost!
- Put on black leggings and a black t-shirt. Take an old pair of black tights, cut one leg off, stuff it with old socks and pin to your bottom. Using black eyeliner, create whiskers and literal cat eyes. Use pink lipstick to create a pink nose. Pick up a pair of cat ears at your local costume store OR cut out two triangles from construction paper and adhere it to a black headband. Meow!
- Take that same white sheet mentioned above and wrap it creatively around yourself. Wear a pair of cute flip flops or gladiator sandals, and you are a makeshift Grecian.
Plan Early – Very Early
Plan on hitting the Halloween stores, Target, Walmart or any other store that stocks Halloween costumes and decorations – check out online too! You’ll be able to find great deals for the coming year.
Homemade Party Games
Having a party and looking for some fun games for the kids? Try these fun ideas:
- Marshmallows and bananas w/ chocolate chip cookie eyes, cake pops and more can easily be made for ghoulish entertaining.
- Repurpose things around the house to create a scary guessing game. Set up small brown paper bags filled with “scary” household things. Cooked spaghetti could be labeled as brains or snakes; grapes or olives as eyeballs; jelly or pudding in a ziplock bag as a heart or liver. Blindfold the party guest and have them squeal with grossness!
Treat Your Guests to a Trick or Two
I love this idea and it is super inexpensive! Grab a bag of plastic bugs from your local dollar store. Clean them well and then place them with water into an ice cube tray. Check out the faces when they realize what’s in their beverage!
Four Funny Pranks for the Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween
- Ask the trick-or-treaters, “Canned goods or meat?”
- Hand them bags of sand or a penny instead of candy and see what their response is.
- Tell the trick-or-treaters they have to do 15 jumping jacks before they can get candy.
- After you hand out the candy, tell the trick-or-treaters, “That will be 50 cents please.”