Caitlin Cosper / October 31st, 2016
Halloween is that fun time of year when we want to go all out with decorations, candy and fun. But with other holidays right around the corner, we also want to be careful about expenses. We’ve got some tips for making the most of fall fun while not going overboard on resources or money.
Don’t throw away your haunted houses and spider webs after every Halloween. Even simple paper and plastic decorations can be carefully saved and reused year after year.
Use recyclables to decorate:
Large pieces of cardboard can be made into tombstones. Clear milk jugs can turn into ghostly lights. Old books can become new pumpkins.
Use decorations for multiple holidays:
Stalks of hay, branches with colorful leaves and uncarved pumpkins can stick around after October 31 as Thanksgiving decorations. Also, white lights can be used for any holiday.
Turn off glowing decorations:
If you have battery- or electric-powered decorations, make sure to turn them off at night so you don’t waste energy.
Paint your pumpkin:
If you don’t carve your pumpkin, you can cut if up after Halloween to make pie!
Buy tiny pumpkins:
These little guys are usually only $1 each. These are especially satisfying for small children who can lift and carry them, then paint their pumpkins themselves.
Use the whole pumpkin:
Separate the seeds as you scoop out the insides. Rinse and roast the seeds, then compost the rest.
Recycle costume parts:
Basic items can be reused from year to year for new costumes. For example, a black dress can be used for vampire, witch and cat costumes. Add new accessories for different looks.
Visit thrift stores for costumes:
Create a one-of-a-kind costume by looking through thrift store offerings rather than a big-box store’s shelves.
Gather your friends for a costume exchange. Bring past costumes, silly hats and unique accessories you no longer want. It could be just the thing someone else is looking for
Buy candy in bulk:
The big bags are usually a better deal, but don’t use that as an excuse to sneak too many pieces!
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