Friday, October 21, 2016

Budget Tricks and Treats

With a new house we bought last year (that needs both homesteading AND general working on) I have to carefully budget our favorite holiday.

 It isn't any less fun, if anything it inspires creativity to work within the confines of your means. Or, that's how I am looking at it. 

This did mean library finds for All Hallows Reads, but the kids certainly didn't mind...
"Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween" by Melanie Watt for my son, with its humor and vivid illustrations, was a hit. He's not a scare-fan, so we needed something light-hearted, but not too young, and this was perfect.
For my youngest, "Pumpkin Party" by Maudie Powell-Tuck couldn't have been cuter, or more age appropriate, if it tried. It elicited some giggles at a fox with a pumpkin on its butt, which is basically the toddler seal of approval. 

For my oldest daughter, "Upside Down Magic : Sticks and Stones" by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins was actual magic. She was fascinated by the cover and read it within a few days. "The Door by the Staircase" by Katherine Marsh is a darker read, but not in a bad way. The situations are scarier, but it has a lot of humor. I'd recommend both of these for elementary readers in 3rd-5th grade. 

Budgeting for Halloween means saving money on costumes, too. What we store-bought, I price-shopped for. (I'm always inclined to absolutely get the costume my kids ask for, but don't accept store prices until you shop online. This year it saved us over twenty dollars.) And as for my husband, myself, and the toddler? We are hand-making most of our outfits. With the help of tutorials like this unicorn horn via Tikkido, you can put together something more original than what you can get in-store, and save some cash. Always check out what your supplies will cost you, and start EARLY crafting it if you can. 

For safety reasons, always give out store-bought treats for neighborhood trick-or-treaters, but you can hand-make toys and sweets for the closest members of friends and family in your life if you are so inclined. And, if you are participating in All Hallow's Read, don't forget to shop thrift stores or library book sales for your book presents, too. 

We will post finished costume photos, I promise. 
Saving doesn't mean skipping on the warmth, fun, or happiness of important holidays-especially now with so much at our fingertips as far as ideas and inspiration goes. Whether you have a ton to spend this year or not, enjoy the ever-loving-heck out of your Halloween! 

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