Posted October 4, 2012 by Jen in Finance

Spend Less this Halloween

Photo and facepaint by j.sparksphotography
Photo and facepaint by j.sparksphotography

October has arrived and all of you have survived the first month of school – kudos!

Apart from Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, Halloween is the next holiday you should be thinking about. Having to buy the treats, costumes and decorations can be overwhelming for any well-meaning parent. But, as with most things, a bit of planning goes a long way when it comes to saving.

Plan your costume: When you decide how to dress-up in advance, you can keep your eye out for sales and deals on individual articles needed to complete your costume instead of having to buy a packaged costume, which usually costs much more. However, planning can be difficult with young children who often change their mind at the last minute. If this is the case with your little one, wait until closer to the date to avoid buying multiple costumes.

Shop around: Shop for your costume in second-hand stores. Not only will it cost less than buying a mainstream one in specialty stores, it will also be more original. Whether a child or an adult, you do not have to spend a lot to have a great party costume. I once wore a white slip with the name of Freud emblazoned upon it (a Freudian slip), while Father Miser wore blue from head-to-toe with a rubber chicken roped around his neck (chicken cordon bleu). Have fun with it!

Consider face paint: Younger children sometimes resist dressing up. They want to participate in the rituals of Halloween but feel claustrophobic when it comes to pulling on a heavy costume or mask. Instead, consider focusing your efforts on face paint. You can buy a kit of paints and handbook and do it yourself. Not only will your child enjoy his or her transformation on the night, but face paint can help make any ordinary day so much more exciting.

Above all, stay safe and try to have fun. It is important to embrace such special occasions and build positive memories for your family.

What is the best costume you have ever worn for Halloween?