Posted by Deborah Taylor-Hough on 21st Oct 2014
By Deborah Taylor-Hough from Frugal Living For Dummies
Halloween doesn't have to scare the daylights out of your budget. Have a happy Halloween with these cost-saving tips for costumes and treats.
A simple homemade ghost, gypsy, or hobo costume can be loads of frightening fun, especially if the children design it themselves. Here are a couple more inexpensive costume ideas can be made from things found around the house or at thrift stores:
You can adapt different colored sweat suits to become almost any type of animal you can imagine: a pig, cow, unicorn, or kitten. Just attach any extra finishing pieces (spots, stripes, arms, tails, horn) to the sweat suit, add any required head gear (horns, antennae), and your little creature's good to go!
When the neighborhood goblins show up at your door, how can you keep from forking over the family farm in treats and goodies?
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