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Tricks and treats this Halloween

Halloween

Last week we focused on saving money for Christmas so, logically speaking, it’s time to take a look at Halloween savings.

The cost of the celebration can quickly add up, particularly if you’ve got young kids, including costumes, decorations, sweets and entertainment. Parents are forking out in the region of €30 per child to get them ready for trick-or-treating, and that’s not including sweets or decorations.

But fear not – we’ve got some tips for a consumer-savvy Halloween.

Go DIY

If you’ve got kids who want to dress up as the latest Marvel or Disney, steer them in the direction of perhaps more traditional costumes that you can easily put together at home, such as zombies, skeletons or witches. An old bed sheet quickly becomes a spooky ghost, while you can easily turn cardboard boxes, paint and a little imagination into a fully-functioning robot.

If you’re looking for cheap fancy dress masks or accessories, Dealz has got a range of items including fake blood and skull masks for €1.50, while both Lidl and Aldi have kids’ costumes for just €4.99 (among other cool items).

If you’re feeling creative, CountryLiving has also got some great ideas for homemade Halloween costumes that won’t break the bank.

The same can be said for the decorations – all you need is a few sheets of orange and black paper, some markers and glue to make some spooky paper chains. The one and only Martha Stewart has got some handy printable templates for Halloween decorations and crafts to keep the kids busy.

Treats

Steer clear of the fancy and expensive Halloween treats – the likes of Lidl, Aldi, Dealz and Mr Price all have big bags of varying sweets and treats at low prices.

Don’t go too overboard – when they’re gone, they’re gone. Your trick-or-treaters will have plenty of other opportunities to fill their bags and gorge on sweets throughout the night!

Events

If you want to keep the kids occupied before they head out in search of copious amounts of sugar, check out free Halloween events in your locality.

If you’re in Dublin, the National Museum is hosting some fun-filled workshops and events for free, such as spooky storytelling in Collins Barracks or a chance to learn more about medieval superstitions (and make your own medieval amulet to take home) in Kildare Street. Or you could head over to Dracula’s Disco in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar – entry is free on a first-come, first-served basis, and don’t forget the costumes!

Elsewhere, Galway’s Aboo Halloween Festival (October 28th – 31st) takes place in the city’s Latin Quarter, with plenty of fun, free events for the younger generation, while the Trick and Treat Trail of Galway on October 30th will feature a free trick or treat bag, face painting, magic and much more.

Or, if you’re in Belfast, the Halloween Monster Mash and Fireworks Display is a must-see on October 29th – tag along for street theatre, workshops, music and some epic fireworks.

For more cool free events, see mykidstime.com.

Plan ahead

Pop into the shops a day or two after Halloween to see what’s leftover – you could pick up some decent decorations and accessories at a deep discount, ideal for next year!

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When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money’s editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.

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