College Football is in full swing, the AC is off and snack size candy is back! So that must mean one thing here comes Halloween.
With the other Holiday season approaching and the thought of your gift list looming there are things you can do to control costs while still enjoying the season.
Costumes : Consider holding a costume swap between friends or neighbors. Dont forget the random pieces such as wands, tiaras, glasses, tails and other parts that can be used again to create a whole new look. Goodwill this is the busiest month of the year for them for consumers so drop in to find hidden treasures that will make your outfit complete.
Handling the Trick or Treaters : Try using non sweet alternatives this year such as pencils, stickers or other treats. Go by the Dollar Store to get lots of ideas of cheap items to fill those plastic pumpkins. If you are going to buy candy, be on the lookout there are lots of coupons this year in the Sunday papers. I suggest watching the drug store inserts for the best deals there. My final suggestion wait until the last minute to buy or at least hide the candy, last year I had to go back out to buy again. If you do have leftover candy, try adding chocolate varieties to brownies or cookies and with other sugar filled treats try making a special trial mix.
One of the best things about decorating for Fall is that the focus is on the changes in the weather and the effects on Mother Nature. Look around for tree branches with crimson and yellow leaves and use in a vase in your home. Here is a great centerpiece idea, use pie pumpkins, gourds, and leaves. To preserve the leaves and keep them from drying out rub a good moisturizer on the back and front of the leaves. They will be less brittle and will last longer. For your centerpiece consider using a tiered cake plate or serving platter. For outside Fall decorating idea, turn to a local Farmer who might be willing to sell a bale of hay or provide you with a few dry corn stalks. When the season is done, toss the hay into your garden to help speed up the compost process as you look towards spring planting.
Plan Ahead The day after Halloween is a great time to pick up decorations and costumes for next year. Before heading out to the area craft stores, be sure to Google the name of the craft store + printable coupon to save even more.