How to be a smart spender this Halloween season

October is a month of pumpkins and sweets – and it’s a time when “Trick-or-Treaters”, young and old celebrate this ‘scary season’ with lots of spending, all of which can really add up.

More treats than tricks this halloween season when it comes to spending

More treats than tricks this Halloween season when it comes to spending

Following are some handy tricks to make sure your ‘scary season’ celebrations remain a treat!
1. Trick-or-Treating
Trick-or-treating is a great time to show off your fancy costume and earn some serious sweet donations. But for items you’ll only use for a couple of hours, consider some budget-friendly alternatives.
Treat Bags. Stores stock shelves with plastic baskets shaped like pumpkins and other fun sweet carriers. But going back to the traditional pillowcase treat bag offers an opportunity to get creative, like dying an old pillow case or decorate it to match your costume. You might even find it will hold more sweets than a store-bought basket.
Sweets and Chocolates. In the case of Halloween treats, waiting until the last-minute just might work in your favour. Shops often lower prices to rid their shelves of Halloween sweets to make room for Christmas merchandise.
2. Halloween Entertaining
Whether you’re hosting a big party or going to someone else’s event, keep these tips in mind to make a big impression without spending big euro sums.
• Plan Ahead. Make sure you have all the costume materials, decorations and sweets and treats that you need on Halloween day to avoid last–minute splurges.
• Make a budget and stick to it. Like any holiday, there is the temptation to overspend during Halloween. You can set a realistic budget for your family in advance using our Personal Budget Planner.
• Reuse decorations. If you keep decorations in good condition, they can often last you for years to come.
• Get creative. Want to have the scariest looking house in your neighbourhood? Get your kids or friends involved in making decorations, so you don’t break the bank making the house look frightful. Construction paper, pens and a little imagination can go a long way.
• Get together. To help defer some of your holiday costs, plan a party with friends and family so you can share the burden (and the fun!) of hosting a neighbourhood bash.
• Shop clearance sales for next year. Enjoy significant savings on costumes and decorations by shopping just after Halloween this year for supplies you can use next year.
• Be safe. Everyone wants to have fun on Halloween, so when hosting an event, remember to keep the environment safe for children and parents alike.
3. Cost-Conscious Costumes
Whether you’re outfitting yourself or helping to dress up your kids, you don’t have to break the bank to have a ghoulishly good costume this Halloween. Here are a few time-tested tricks for saving yourself big-time.
Skip the store. Seasonal Halloween stores can be tempting, but purchases can really add up. Instead of visiting a specialty store to shop for your entire costume, get your costume elsewhere first and visit seasonal stores for accessories only.
Be thrifty. Cruise the bargain shops to look for accessories or the costumes you are creating. Whether it’s a princess, a superhero or a zombie, you can often find what you need at a second-hand shop. The price tag is likely to be less than €10 compared to €50 or more for a costume purchased at a specialty store.
Swap with friends. Kids don’t typically wear the same costume year after year. Consider getting together with neighbours who have kids the same age as yours and swap costumes from previous years.
Jump online. If you are set on the idea of getting a complete costume online, check out eBay’s Halloween store or other discount sites.

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