05 Oct

Written by Kristin on October 5, 2016

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Now that October is officially here, the countdown to Halloween can properly begin. If your kids are like mine, they’re probably begging for an expensive costume (and then will change their minds the moment you buy it). The good news: you don’t have to spend loads of money to enjoy a scary good time this Halloween, so check out our favourite deals!

Costumes

At Party Delights, they’ve got loads of costumes under £25, plus save 10% on costumes until 9 am today and get free delivery with our code.

For babies: I’m loving The Pumpkin Patch Cutie for a not-scary baby costume (£11.99).

For women: Who doesn’t love a vampire costume? Countess Vampiretta is just £22.99 – don’t forget the fangs!

For men: Can’t decide on just one Halloween costume? How about a zombie skeleton pirate? (£16.99)

For boys: He’ll love this Day of the Dead Zombie costume (£12.99) for a scary fun night.

For girls: If your little girl isn’t into the scary costume thing, this fun and colourful Miss Matched Witch (£18.99) is the perfect one for her.

Decorations

Some people love to go crazy with the decorations, especially if you’re have a Halloween party, but there’s no need to blow tonnes of money.

For something super cheap and easy, I made a paper chain with my toddler to count down the days until Halloween. It took about half an hour and not much effort, but he looks forward to ripping off a new chain each day, plus it’s a great way to teach him about patience while waiting for something special to happen. You could replicate this idea for Christmas, or counting down until the summer holidays, too. Better yet, it’s free if you have black/orange coloured paper at home! I took a shortcut (because my child doesn’t have the patience to cut out thirty-one pieces of paper) and bought a kit with pre-cut, printed Halloween designed strips of paper since I had a voucher for a local arts and crafts store. It wound up costing less than £3 so it was well worth the time saved for me! We wrote the number of days left until Halloween with a marker on the inside of each paper loop and attached it to the wall with tape.

Food

You don’t need to host a Halloween party to have some fun with a Halloween-themed menu! Baking or cooking with your kids is always a fun and relatively cheap activity to celebrate special occasions, and whilst you might think of sweets when it comes to Halloween, why not expand that and create an entire Halloween meal?  Pinterest is a great source for ideas on everything from spooky-themed cookies to pumpkin-shaped cheese balls.

A quick and simple idea is to scoop out the inside of a pumpkin and use it for a fun chip-and-dip display. You can make guacamole and queso for a Mexican vibe (and an authentic-looking vomit reaction), like the recipe from Tasty here, or if you’re looking for something a bit less gross, just cut off the top and fill it with the dip of your choosing.

Another really easy idea is to use a cookie cutter to cut out cheese in the shapes of ghosts and pumpkins. Makes a fun snack for your kids that looks like you put loads of effort into it!

 

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