America loves Halloween. What other night can you dress like a hot dog and eat all your favorite childhood sweets without having someone judge you? The problem is we may love it a little too much.
According to a consumer spending survey, it’s projected that Americans will spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $7 billion (that’s “billion” with a “B”) on Halloween this year. That means the average American will spend over $70 on the holiday!
If you’re tight on cash, that figure may sound scary. But the good news is it doesn’t have to be. You can buy as little as you like and still have a great time. Try these five simple tricks for your family’s Halloween treats:
1. Costume Games
Instead of buying a $40 Iron Man or other Marvel Comic costume for each of your kids, or sewing some rough-looking versions from scratch – turn it into a family game. Think ‘Project Runway’ meets ‘Supermarket Sweep’.
Here’s how it works: Head to the consignment shop or thrift store with your Guardians and give each child an envelope with five or ten bucks inside. Split into packs to pick out a costume, or find materials to make a custom creation. When time’s up and purchases are made, head home and have the Galaxians dig into their closets for the rest of their getups. Finally, hit the runway, and may the best designer win!