|Be thrifty and add old tights, boots, gloves, |
and make-up for a homemade Halloween costume.
For all the busy parents like myself, you can find some great deals and even free things online. Halloween costume ideas, decorations and even recipes can be downloaded for free.
Thrift stores are great places to find clothing and accessories that won't put fear into your budget! You can always find odds and ends to make up a great costume. I usually buy the main part of a costume then go to the thrift store to find the accessories since they seem to cost more.
Buy bulk when you are buying Halloween candy. The cheapest alternative that I have found instead of candy is Halloween pretzel bags. It is a healthy solution to candy and I've usually been able to get a large quantity for as low as five dollars. Also the longer you wait to buy your candy the cheaper it seems to get. The week of Halloween is when candy is least expensive. They don't want it lingering around after the holiday so they lower prices to move it off the shelves. Plus if you wait you won't be tempted to eat it! A holiday hazard! Whenever I buy it early it seems to disappear quickly and I find wrappers all over the house.
Simple Halloween Decorations
Make your own easy Halloween crafts with your kids.
- Make ghosts from tissue paper and rubber balls and hang them up with fishing line.
- Cut bats out of black paper and color them with chalk and hang them all over the house.
- Cut pumpkins out of orange paper and different shapes out of black paper and have your kids make their own Jack-O-Lanterns.
- Buy a cheap bag of webs and put them all over the porch. Once the web is up have your children make paper spiders or pumpkins and place them throughout the web. This is always a favorite project to do with kids.
- If you are a Pintrest fan there are always great ideas for homemade Halloween decorations on their website.
Inexpensive Pumpkin Shopping
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One last Halloween tip is, keep your kids safe. When you are trying to think of a costume for your child make sure it has some white material or lighting/reflectors on it. When they are trick-or-treating it can get hectic and you want to make sure they are seen by everyone. If your child has a dark costume, use glow sticks around their wrists or make a necklace or headband out of them. Flashlights are a good idea, and make sure it can be attached, for instance looped around their wrist, as kids might fidget with their bags or costume.