There is one advantage of having multiple children around Halloween. Chances are that you have a costume from a previous year that the younger children will wear. If you don’t have multiple children consider heading a local costume swap with people in your group of friends, moms and other community.
We are going to two events this year. We needed a costume for that, and a costume for the toddler that was more suited to outside. Her Jake and the Neverland Pirate costume just wasn’t going to cut it for trick or treating. Last year, her little friend was a lion, and she has been obsessed with that ever since learning Halloween was soon. So, I picked up a second costume. However, we picked the first up during a Superstore 40% off of costumessale. There are lots of sales right before Halloween so you don’t have to pay full price.
Stop buying too much candy. Last year it was our first year living in our neighborhood and we overestimated the amount of candy to purchase. We had more candy leftover than the little on snagged trick or treating. Who knew that in a neighborhood filled with young families there would be so few kids trick or treating? This year, we took it down a notch and picked up one box.
I am big on choosing décor that I know is going to last from season to season. This means that our décor budget was a little higher this year, buying pieces that would store away well, and high quality ornaments and scary pieces. I skip the fake webs and streamers and go for pieces that I can bring out from year to year. In five year, the costs of decorating for Halloween goes down to zero!
The day after Halloween I am going to start hitting up Michaels, Homesense, Shoppers Drug Mart and Hallmark. Finding Halloween items for 75% off is going to give me a head start for next year and reduce the costs of decorating. This is also a great time to buy costumes for next year (if the little ones are still young enough to let you choose) and Halloween related baking items.