Act 303

Co host a halloween party

I live in, quite possibly, the best neighbourhood ever. Especially on Halloween. In fact, our street is so popular come Halloween, we’ve developed a few cherished traditions. The full size chocolate bar (which, if you shop around is cheaper than 3 tiny chocolate bars), the campfire and the “check in” spot where kids can trick or treat and check in every 1/2 hour or so. As a result, Halloween has become a neighbourhood get together. ¬†Everyone who spends the evening brings a little something – some extra bars, a bite to eat, a warm refreshment, and we make a Halloween potluck of it. It’s a great night and we share the expense. Many friends have no kids come to their houses, so they spend the evening with us. It’s great fun. And cost effective too.

Act 302

Bring duct tape

Remember that TV show MacGyver? He always had a stick of gum, a match, a safety pin and some duct tape. Got him out of all kinds of trouble.

Duct tape played a major role in our family’s life today. My eldest son, who’s on the border of wether or not to trick or treat, and wary of the traditional halloween costume, but still wants the candy, said to me. “Mom, I want a duct tape costume”. Ok. Fine, I think. So off we went to the dollar store and Canadian Tire for some traditional as well as some colourful duct tape. And despite my initial skepticism, I won’t lie, it looks pretty awesome. So for about $7.00 worth of tape (or a roll and a bit), and an old pair of PJs, we might have the best halloween costume we’ve ever had.

MacGyver would be proud.

Act 300

Make your own halloween costumes

Scary savings! Use old halloween costumes, duct tape, cardboard, fabric, whatever you can get your hands on to fashion something unique, homemade and cheap. But don’t wait till the eve of halloween to do it. Maybe start like today, a mere three eves away.

Check online and especially on pinterest for costume ideas. There are some simple and creative ones that are far more memorable than the ones you can buy in any store.

What you can’t sort at home, pick up at a dollar store or a thrift shop. I simply can no longer imagine walking into a big box store and buying a $30 costume off the rack as I once did. It scares me now to just think of it.

And price out your candy. I believe in giving good quality candy. We’ve always given away full size chocolate bars and depending on how many treats you give, it is sometimes worth it to just buy the full size bars at wholesale prices and give those away instead. Plus, the kids will never forget it. As a bonus, we think of it as a mini-insurance policy. The kids know our house as the “big” chocolate bar place – and they keep an eye out for us year round.

Happy Halloween Week!