That title makes me sound like I am trying to horn in on Squawkfox’s territory. No I will not be posting a photo of my refrigerator, you don’t want to see what is in there. Is there such a thing as a Frugal Halloween?
Halloween is a special day in my house, because it is the day my youngest daughter was born. From that started a tradition that lasted about 16 years. The tradition was me, Michael James and a group of other parents would wander around MJ’s neighbourhood. They live in the ritzier part of town, and we ended up drinking wine and collecting candy, but that has very little to do with the title of this post either (but you would be surprised to see how much candy a pillowcase can hold).
As Hallowe’en is approaching, here are a few helpful hints to help your celebration be as frugal as a Witch’s Elbow:
- Don’t buy candy in September for Halloween. I don’t care how good a planner you are. You will end up eating it, have a shame fit, buy some more. You then start a violent shame cycle that will eventually cause you to spend $300 on Candy and gain 10 kg by All Saint’s Day (November 1).
- Please don’t buy a pumpkin. Yes, they are cheap, but it’s a waste of money, given our master plan.
- Don’t buy any candy. You won’t need it (and you don’t end up with the problems from (1) as well).
- Put out a bowl that says, “We are not home. Please take as much as you want”, but don’t put any candy in it. Better still leave a single empty wrapper. This was suggested by my daughter and an astoundingly sneaky piece of advice.
- Go out on Hallowe’en evening and don’t come back until 8:30 PM, and when any teenagers show up wearing a hockey sweater, tell them to, “… get lost, that isn’t a costume, shouldn’t you be out fighting a war or something ?” (make sure you have a front door camera to get their pictures in case of retribution on their part).
You can either hide in your basement and ignore the doorbell (my in-laws did that for many years) or be more brazen and sit in your living room and not answer the doorbell all night.
No money is spent, no time is wasted decorating, and you can celebrate All Saint’s Day with a clear conscience that you didn’t take part in some pagan/wicken/druid festival of the dead.