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Say BOO on a budget!

It’s estimated that Halloween spending this year will be more than $7 billion. That’s a lot of decorations, costumes and candy. If you’re looking to skip the expense, but still want to have a frightfully good time, we have a few family-friendly tips

Get the whole family involved.
Why buy an expensive costume when your child can make their own? Ask your children for five possible trick-or-treating costume ideas, then together brainstorm cheap and creative ways to make them.

Research projects online.
Websites such as Instructables, Pinterest and eHow contain thousands of projects that cater to every interest. From the simple to the complex, there are plenty of ideas for Halloween
costumes. Help your child find a creative costume idea they can create themselves (perhaps with a little help from mom or dad). Some of the lessons they learn when constructing a costume (sewing and DIY skills) will last a lifetime.

Don’t be spooked by kitsch.
If the idea of the holiday is to take part in some fun “scares” and eat a lot of candy, why take things so seriously? Instead of buying a whole lot of expensive (and cheap-looking) decorations, break out your old clothes and have a 90s-themed Halloween. Or, put on some Elvis and have a 50s Halloween. Whatever you do, don’t take it too seriously. You’ll save money while you have a great time.

From Buckaroo Family Newsletter.