This Halloween may look a lot different than those in the past. We can thank the Coronavirus pandemic for that. It doesn’t mean you can’t still have a safe and fun time. We’ve got a list of ways you can still be safe and even save money on this ghoulish day. Check them out below!
1. Customized Masks –
Masks have become a fashion accessory. There’s a range of creative and fun festive ones out there. The plus side is that they offer some protection as well. Make your mask reflect your costume. You can customize it from spooky fabrics or match it exactly to your costume. If you’re into a fairy princess or unicorn this year, go for a bedazzled, glittery, rainbow mask. If you go for a scary monster or ghoul, paint some jagged teeth or fangs on your mask. If you were already wearing a costume mask as part of your ensemble, you can easily wear any cloth mask underneath it.
2. Tame Down The Costume –
Many people take this scary day to go overboard on their costume. People spend hundreds of dollars on something they’ll wear once or twice this year. You don’t have to go wild buying your costume. It’s budget-friendly to check out online marketplaces, consignments shops, and friends’ closets for the coolest and cheapest costumes. If you can’t find exactly what you want at these places, try the do-it-yourself method, and create the perfect costume from things found at places such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.
3. Boo Your Loved Ones –
It’s sooooooo much fun, budget-friendly, and safe to BOO your friends and neighbors. It’s a no-contact way to connect. There are some great new ideas coming out because of the pandemic. Fill up a Boo bucket with all sorts of inexpensive goodies. Leave it at a neighbor or loved one’s doorstep. The rule is that they have to pay the BOO forward to someone else.
4. Contactless Delivery –
If you’re trying to find a way to give candy without contact, try contactless delivery. This is done using clips or clothespins to attach little bags of treats on a bush, a fence, a clothesline, or vines. Kids have an easy way to unpin the bag and keep going. Another fun thing is to make a candy graveyard. You create a path through your front yard with drops of candy. This path winds through skeletons and tombstones for a spooky walk.
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5. Check Out The Dollar Store –
Americans spend thousands of dollars a year on decorations. Before you dive in to the expensive décor, check out the dollar store nearest you. They have all sorts of decorations for a much less expensive price than other stores. You’ll find tiny, scary décor as well as big, wild décor for a dollar or a little more. The dollar store is great place get buy your seasonal decorations all year round!
6. Grocery Store Pumpkin –
The pumpkin patch is usually a family activity filled with photos and activities. The whole reason you’re there from the company’s perspective is to buy a few overpriced pumpkins. The good news is you don’t have to buy one. Your grocery store will have a large assortment at half the price. Of course, you can still go to the pumpkin patch if you socially distance. Give a small flat donation instead of buying a few pumpkins.
7. Host A Scary Movie Night –
This special day is all about the thrills and chills. Instead of doing the usual activities that involve big crowds and candy, host a small movie night at your place with your own candy. Put out a big bowl of candy, pop some popcorn, and get ready for a scare.
8. Drive-By –
It’s a reverse trick-or-treat. Kids riding in cars can either throw out treats to others waiting on their lawn, or car riders can drop treats in buckets on the side of the road. Everyone dresses in costume for the fun, of course.
9. Wait Until The Last Minute –
The best sales happen last minute. You don’t need to buy your candy a month before the big day. Don’t kid yourself, you’ll eat it all before the big day anyway. Retailers will begin to slash prices the day before or the day of Halloween to get ready for Christmas stuff. Stores are never going to run out of candy anyway, so don’t worry about getting there and being left with an empty cart.
We know that this year may look or feel different, but you can still save money and have a lot of fun. There will be an abundance of scares, candy, and costumes even with the addition of social distancing and masks. Make new traditions this year that turn into a family legacy for this special spooky day. We have more money-saving tips and advice on our blog at www.advantageccs.org/blog