Thrifty Halloween tip of the day

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Each day we will be posting A Thrifty Halloween Tip, from our readers. At the end of the month, one of you will win a $25.00 Visa Gift Card. For all the details click here. Keep those thrifty tips coming!!!

Thanks to Megan M. for todays tip,

SDC10753When our two kids were very young, they missed out on Trick or Treating because we had to attend the funeral of our brother in law and their uncle John who died after his battle with cancer. So, we had a family Halloween party for the four of us instead. Looking back they wouldn’t have known if we missed trick or treating or not since they were so young.

This is our fourth year for the party and I was determined not to spend much money. For dinner we had Bloody Bones with Brains and Monster Meatballs (breadsticks with spaghetti and meat sauce). Then we played pin the wart on the witch. (I think I got this game idea from your blog!?) I drew and colored a witch on a huge piece of cardboard. We used circles cut from felt for the warts and just put some tape on the back of them. The winner received a Butterfinger that I bought on sale for .29 at Walgreens a few weeks back. 2) We always have a Scariest Scream contest. This year the winner received a hug and a kiss from our daughter who got to pick the winner. 3) I found some sparklers leftover in a cabinet from last summer. This was their favorite part of the evening. Plus it was nice we didn’t have to wait until 9:30 or later for it to get dark like you would in the summer! We said we were scaring away the ghosts. 4) We did a craft where they each made skeletons out of cotton swabs and black construction paper . I found the directions just by googling it. 5) Finally, they each got a book of stickers and an activity book that I found on sale recently at Walgreens. I also gave each of them a small container of cotton candy from Aldi. I think I spent less than $6 on the entire party (not including dinner ingredients).

In past years, we have had them trick or treat from room to room. Also we’ve had them “Guess the Gross Thing”… where they put their hand in a bowl of eyeballs (peeled grapes) etc; Usually we read a Halloween book or watch a Halloween show on t.v. Last year I got their costumes at the Goodwill; they were brand new with tags on. This year we are trading costumes with other families.

This was the most fun year yet and it was sooo THRIFTY too!

Our brother-in-law would be proud he was the reason that such a fun and strong family tradition started.

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