• Kelly

How to have a Fang~tastic Halloween on a budget. Blogtober day 12

Updated: Feb 19, 2020

It is day 12 of Blogtober, I feel like this month is dragging actually, maybe it’s because I love Halloween.

It is almost Halloween which means the kids will be wanting some fang~tastic costumes so they can wear them for 3 hours and then never see the light of day again. This year that is not happening! We are being more strict when it comes to re-using, the planet could do with more people reusing the items they already have so this is exactly what we will be doing.

Halloween has gradually been getting more and more expensive as the years have gone by, from plastic vampire teeth that were so painful to wear, bin bag cape and those awful plastic witch fingers that never fit anyone. Now it’s all about fancy costumes with expensive accessories and contact lenses that cost a small fortune (or possibly a kidney). When we lived in the city we saw a huge change from kids wanting sweets to teenagers knocking on the door all night wanting money. We even had a teen not in a costume knock on the door and refuse the sweets. Safe to say he was sent packing.

Don’t worry though there are ways you can cut back the cost of Halloween if you follow these tips.

  1. Pull out all of your old costumes, decorations and accessories, if you are like us, you will have enough costumes to clothe a small army. See what you can put together with what you already have. Reuse those items that are just collecting dust.

  2. Have costumes that are complete but too small now? Pop them on a local selling group for a few ££.

  3. Use your own makeup instead of facepaint. I am a pretty good with the sfx make up, I very rarely use face paint. It is so unrealistic the best thing to use is the makeup you already have. Or use pound shop make up. It is awesome!

  4. Buy Halloween decor & costumes in the sale and put them away for the following year. Saves you an absolute fortune doing it this way. Asda sometimes have costumes from 10p!

  5. Visit your local charity store. You never know what bargains you will find.

  6. If you are handy with sewing/stitching you could make a costume with old stuff you have lying around.

  7. If the kids want to be zombies, rip up some old jeans and a t-shirt instead of buying a zombie costume, this looks more realistic. (Same for a werewolf too)

  8. Check out any local events near you, lots of events are free to attend and if you have younger kids who are too young for a scare, places like the local library always have mini events on full of crafting fun.

  9. Bake cookies instead of buying sweets. Make sure if you do this you print off mini stickers with allergy details though. Or you could just hand out fruit. My kids would rather eat an apple than a sweet. (Yes really)

  10. Make your own decorations, the boys have made a few things this year including a life sized Dracula for the wall and a pom pom spider each. We are busy making a pom pom garland to put along the fireplace ready for our carved pumpkins for movie night.

  11. Think, do you really need it? We now live on a farm in the middle of the countryside with no other houses right next to us and certainly no other kids. We get no one knocking on the door so we don’t buy trick or treat sweets. We put together three treat bags for the boys for our movie night. We attend local events and choose one special scary event to go to each year. We do decorate the house but only a few things here and there that we have collected over our city living years.

If you live in the countryside pop your carved pumpkins outside when you are finished with them, foxes LOVE them and so do the birds and small rodents. May as well get as much use out of them as you can.

How we do Halloween

We used to live in the city so we would go all out and decorate the house, buy tons of sweets and wait for the endless trick or treaters to knock on the door.

We would go to a really great Halloween event the night before and do a scare walk through the forest. But these things used to cost a fortune, the boys wanted new costumes every year and they were still in school back then so they needed things for Halloween discos etc. If you don’t need to buy it and you are on a budget, don’t buy it.

These days the boys are slightly older at 7, 11 & 13 they do like Halloween but there not bothered if they go Trick or Treating or not. Elliot doesn’t really like anything too spooky anyway and has only just come to like our medusa ornament.

We still go to a few events and we host our very own spooky movie night full of treats and maybe a few tricks too. They seem to enjoy doing this more. They get to choose a selection of Halloween themed movies, have some snacks and popcorn, nice warm blankets surrounded by freshly carved pumpkins. PERFECT!

We have come to realise what the important things in life are, and as we are gearing up to travel in 2020/21 what we save goes into that pot. Which in turn makes our travels even more enjoyable, because we won’t be worrying about funds.


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