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Monday, October 28, 2013

Frugal Halloween Tips–Guest Post

 
 
 
 
Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids- and their parents. But, costumes and candy and decorations can get expensive, and costs add up. With a little planning, having fun for Halloween doesn't have to break the budget. Here are some frugal ideas for enjoying the Halloween fun.
 
Costumes: Costumes are fun, but trying to buy them for one child, much less several children, can be very expensive. There are ways to enjoy dressing up for Halloween without spending much money.
    * Buy costumes at the end of the season. Immediately after Halloween, pick out some costumes from the greatly marked down costumes that are left. Then they can be used to play dress up throughout the year and can be worn for the next Halloween.
    * Use what you have. Dressing up doesn't have to involve buying a costume. There are all kinds of ways to use pieces of clothing around the house to come up with a costume. This site has some great ideas for using things around the house to make costumes.
 
Candy: Don't wait until the weeks before Halloween to buy candy. Use coupons and shop all year long. Stock up on candy after other holidays when it is on sale. Most candy doesn't go bad. Chocolate candy can be kept in the freezer to it fresh. When Halloween rolls around, you can use your stored up candy for parties or to hand out to trick-or-treaters.
 
Decorations: As with costumes, decorations don't have to be purchased. They can be made from things you have around the house. I don't really like scary decorations. We usually just let the kids each carve a pumpkin. But if you do enjoy having some decorations- creepy or just fun-this site has some great ideas for using what you have around the house.
 
 
Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. In her (very spare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and homeschool materials. You can visit her at As We Walk Along the Road.

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