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7 Halloween Hacks and Money-Saving Tips

Canadians dig deep into their wallets to splurge on Halloween tricks and treats. Some surveys suggest a whopping $400 million is spent across the country- and that’s just for Halloween candy!

You shouldn’t have to consider taking out a line of credit to cover the scary costs. There are many ways you can fulfill your ghoulish wishes without getting spooked by your bank statement:

Halloween Money Saving Tip: Pick the Perfect Pumpkin

Heading to local farms and pumpkin patches can be a ton of fun for the whole family but it’s a good idea to skip the pricy gourd and opt for one at your local grocery store instead. Some pumpkins at privately owned farms can run upwards of 15 to 20 dollars. A similar size pumpkin is half the cost at the grocery store.

Halloween Hack: Jack-o-lantern on the cheap

Pumpkin carving kits are pretty inexpensive but when you factor in stencils and other pumpkin art supplies, your bill can easily creep into double-digit territory. Instead, find creative ways to make your pumpkin stand out by using household crafts and supplies. Taping small pieces of crayons to the top of the pumpkin and melting them with a blow dryer will create a funky, colourful look- and the best part is, it won’t cost you a cent! You can also use child-friendly paint to create an eye-catching, colour-coordinated look.

Halloween Money Saving Tip: Get your look for less

Check out costume stores and websites for ideas but skip making a purchase at a specialty shop if you can. Get your Hallow-inspiration by creating your look for less with second-hand store items. You can also splurge on a statement piece instead of the entire costume in order to cut costs. Halloween swap groups and websites where gently used items are sold are also great bets- think eBay or Varage Sale!

Halloween Hack: DIY Costume

Do you remember Halloween in the 80s or 90s? It wasn’t unusual for trick-or-treaters to be dressed as a homemade ghost by wearing a white sheet draped over their heads with cut outs for eyes.  Why not add a soother and pigtails to a pair of pyjamas to quickly transform into a baby? The ideas are endless and cost nothing.

Halloween Money Saving Tip: Swap masks for make up

Leave the masks in the costume aisle and spring for a combination of Halloween face paint and make up that’s already at home (if you have it). A tube of white face paint can go a long way if you apply it with a make-up sponge, while simple black eyeliner can help make your look a little spookier.

Halloween Hack: Skip the expensive décor

Instead of buying expensive decorations at craft stores, take home some ideas instead. Colourful construction paper, cheesecloth and a hot glue gun will do wonders. Got rope? Turn it into a giant lawn spider web or use it to hang your own ‘cheesecloth ghosts.

Halloween Money Saving Tip: The One candy rule

Doling out handfuls of candy is generous but it’ll cost you more. Try handing out one to two pieces to each little ghoul and goblin instead. You’ll get a whole lot more bang for your buck.

If you’re looking to stretch your budget even further, try re-using or repurposing last year’s costumes by adding an inexpensive pair of wings to a princess dress or cutting holes in an old outfit to create a unique zombie look. Happy Haunting!