A Frugal Halloween…with Events for Kids and Doggies

Halloween comes each year without fail and it is hard to not spend money when Halloween products are being sold at every store.  I make sure to recycle as much as a I can from the previous Halloween each year so I can save some money.  My daughters are 2 years apart and I dress my youngest daughter in a costume that my oldest has worn already, this way I can recycle a costume.  When I am done using a costume I offer it up to another family that would like to save some money.  Because a costume is only worn for a few hours, it can last through several trick or treating nights.  I noticed that the Christmas Tree Shops have kids costumes for as little as $3.00, that is a steal!

Keep an eye out for local Halloween events, this past Friday I brought my two girls to a local pumpkin carving for kids event at the local park.  The event was put together by the Eastham Rec Center and there were s’mores, hot cocoa, hot cider and pumpkins to carve.  All of this for only $2.oo per kid.  It was a fun time, there were lots of families, the weather was nice and well worth the time and money.

Here are some neat frugal Halloween tips:

If you need a favor to take to the whole class at school, here’s a quick, easy idea that won’t hurt your pocketbook too much: Take a round lollipop, such as a Tootsie Roll Pop, and drape a white Kleenex over it. Tie it on with orange or black yarn, ribbon, raffia, or if you like, use a twist tie. Then dot 2 eyes with a black magic marker and you have a ghost!

Make some milk jug ghosts. More info here

Save money and buy your Halloween candy at Bj’s or Kmart.  Sometimes you can also get good candy at the Christmas Tree Shops cheap.

Give out temporary tattoos, pencil erasers in fun shapes or stickers in place of candy.

Face Paint:

Mix cornstarch, water, cold cream and food coloring for a great frugal Halloween alternative to scary masks.

Pour melted colored chocolate over homemade popcorn and place in little bags tied with black or orange ribbon as treats.

Buy your Halloween decorations and costumes after the holiday is over.  Everything will be on sale and you will save bundles of money.

Don’t forget about local happenings this Halloween:

Trick or treating at the Cape Cod Mall from 4pm to 6pm.

Boo at the Zooquarium. Wear your costume to this not so scary event. Arts and crafts, face painting, special ‘Boo-rific’ animal shows. This event is made possible by Dennis Girl Scout Troop 80-679. Rain date, Sunday Nov. 1.

Halloween cookout at Snows Home and Garden in Orleans.  Featuring Cape Cod Firelog Mini-Logs. 508-540-3216. FREE!

Halloween kids fest at the Tony Andrews Farm in Falmouth. Pumpkin picking, tractor rides, kid-friendly Haunted House, face painting and more. Info. for pumpkin picking: 508-548-4717. Info. for tractor rides/Haunted House, 508-527-0189.

Mashpee Commons children’s and doggy Halloween Parade. Costume contest and doggy treats.

Provincetown Pilgrim Monument: tricks and treats from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Those who come in costume will be treated to free admission. There will also be a costume contest with prizes. 508-487-1310.

There are many more events here on the Cape this Halloween Saturday, you can view local events at the Cape Cod Times Online and Cape Events dot com. You can search by date, type and town.

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