5 ways to save money this Halloween in 2022
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By Bromwich+Smith Staff | 713 words | Reading Time: 3 minutes | Last Update: 2022/10/27
Halloween can be scary for our wallets. Between trips to the party store to find the latest costumes, stocking up of bags of Halloween candy, and setting up over the top Halloween displays. Whatever happened to the thrills we experienced in childhood, making our own costumes, displaying home made décor topped off by carving pumpkins and of course roasting the seeds. By bringing some of these traditions back, we can ease the fear of overspending well past October 31st.
1.Bring out your crafty side
Binge watching crafting shows will finally pay off! Who needs to stock up on pricey décor or costumes, when you and the kids will have a blast repurposing some household items. That ripped bed sheet you’ve been meaning to throw out for ages would make the perfect ghost. The stack of online shopping boxes could turn your front yard into a graveyard with a little time and crafting know how. Leftover glowsticks and flashlights from summer camping can be repurposed inside pumpkins to set a glowing pathway to your front door.
If you think back on your most memorable Halloween costumes, its likely the ones you remember are the ones made with love and not the ones purchased from a fancy and expensive store! This may take a little more effort and thought, but your kids will remember it for years to come.
2. Get ready to thrift
If you don’t consider yourself crafty, fear not! You are not doomed to overpay this Halloween as long as you know where to go. Consider the local thrift or consignment stores and make sure to check all sections. You never know what treasures you may find. If you are looking for something more specific, but not wanting to shell out the extra cash consider checking out the dollar store. Keep in mind the décor is only going to be used for a few weeks tops and then put away again. If you aren’t ready to commit to a theme or pay a lot for your items, this could be a great option.
3. Count your candy
Having a Halloween candy budget is one you may not plan for but should consider. Does your neighbourhood max out at 20 kids- lucky you or are there 150+ spooky monsters each year. This may determine what sweet treats you hand out. If you have a large number of trick or treaters, you may not be able to be the full-sized chocolate bar house and that’s ok! Do not go into debt for Halloween candy. Keep an eye out of Grocery store flyers, or consider using points towards the purchase.
4. More than a day
Halloween can be fun throughout the month, not just Halloween night. Check out your local community groups for free Halloween activities, many will have decorating events, corn mazes, or even a haunted house! Depending on where you live, October can be a cold month, what better way to warm up, than to tell some spooky stories around a backyard fire and toast up some s’mores while wrapped up in a blanket. If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard, fall is a wonderful time where the fruit is ripe and a great price! This activity is the first in a series of family events, as you will have to bake the perfect apple pie or crumble to show off the pardon the pun fruits of your labour.
5. Halloween Party on a dime
For many of us who have been missing out on social get togethers, Halloween may be the ideal time to see friends and celebrate being together. With the rise of grocery costs, you may need to do some research and flyer shopping to stock up before your guests arrive. Look for items in season to lower the cost. You may consider hosting a potluck as spreading out the cost of food to your guests will help clear the cob webs from your wallet.
However you celebrate, we wish you a Happy Halloween!
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