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MoneySaving ways to go Trick or Treating

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It's not everybody's cup of tea, we know, but we were all young once, and many of us found it thrilling - or should I say chilling - going trick or treating with family and friends, seeing it as nothing more than a fun night out once a year!

Despite numerous sweetie and chocolate offers in the supermarkets this time of year, it can get pricey for those on either side of the door. Especially if you live in an area with lots of families!

So what are your MoneySaving tips? (Let's be positive, people! We want no comments along the lines of 'Don't go at all!' or 'Turn the lights off and pretend you're not at home!' :rotfl:)

Do you have a go-to outfit that you repurpose every year? What low-cost gifts do you give to 'treaters'?

Let us know in the comments below :j

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  • rach_krach_k
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    We have a variety of multi-purpose items that can be reused for various costumes. A simple black cloak can be part of a vampire, witch, pirate, highwayman/Highway Rat costume etc, and if you buy/make them long for a small child they'll just get a bit shorter as they grow!

    Treats-wise, I add a couple of packets of sweets or chocolate to the shopping basket for a couple of weeks beforehand but only if they're on offer. To keep costs right down, you could buy bags of Starburst (£1 when on offer at Tesco) and give each child one or two. They don't need more than that so a couple of bags should do. Or get satsumas (draw on faces with Sharpie) or apples or mini boxes of raisins, if you will eat any left-overs yourselves and aren't sure how many children to expect.
  • Love the faces on satsumas idea!!!

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    Unfortunately it's cheaper to buy multi bags of sweets (10p haribo bags etc) than raisin boxes or satsumas. We usually spend a fiver. Costumes are often reused etc. Plus the kids bring sweets back; that evens our spend out and provides them with sweets for the next few weeks.

    Also all trick or treaters that knock on our door actually have to do sth. None of this sweets for free business ;)

    Colleague of mine once handed out toothbrushes and travel size toothpaste, which I thought was a great idea.
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    I buy the costumes for the following year, in the Halloween sales the day after Halloween. And then sell the ones from the current year, shortly before Halloween the next year (providing they haven't been worn to death in the interim).
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    We live in a village where people travel from MILES to visit at Halloween - we go through a 5kg tub of swizzles from Costco (well nearly all... I pilfer the Parma violets for friends and some of the lollies for me first :rotfl:
    On the other hand everyone goes really all out decorating and all the kids make a good effort with their costumes - it’s really quite cosy here at Halloween which seems odd hehehe
    Even the supervising adults dress up and it’s been known for drinks to be topped up as people go round :rotfl:
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