5 Free Things to Do With Your Kids This Halloween {guest post}

Halloween is around the corner and if you’re thinking about taking your children out, you may be on a tight budget. Even if you aren’t, why spend hundreds of dollars at the local cider mill when you can take advantage of free entertainment in your area?

No matter where you live, there’s a good chance that there are going to be a handful of things to do for free. To help give you some ideas, here are some things to consider:

#1 Trick of Treating

Yes, I know this one is obvious, but you’re going to want to take full advantage of this. Every city will have a particular area where the neighborhood will dress up their town. These towns can usually be found by talking with the locals or searching online. When going to these neighborhoods, make sure that there are a lot of homes around so that you can take advantage of lots of candy!

#2 Take a Drive and Tour

You don’t have to visit the haunted neighborhoods the night of Halloween. Most of the time, these neighborhoods will have their homes decorated weeks ahead of time. For example, in my neighborhood, most of my neighbors start decorating as early as October 1st. Grab your camera, take a walk at dusk and explore these neighborhoods — your children will get a kick out of it!

#3 Pumpkin Activities

Yes, the pumpkin is probably going to cost you a few dollars; however, there are so many things that you can do with one! To give you an idea, here are some things you can do:
– The obvious one — carve them. Consider downloading cool stencils online and carve away! No matter what you want to carve, I’m almost certain there will be something on the web that you can find. Never pay money for the stencils.
Paint them. This is a great alternative for younger children that shouldn’t have knives in their hands. Like the stencils, download a cool painting online and try to mimic it.
TIP: Don’t want to use pumpkins? Use some of the ingredients that you have around the house and create a delicious dessert using pumpkins (or something else).
Want a free pumpkin? If you don’t want to spend money, consider getting one from a neighbor with a yard, grow them for next year or do a search locally. Some colleges and organizations will have fields full that you can pick from, for free.

#4 Venues and Malls

Every large (and small) town will always have some sort of free trick or treating event. This is a great way to dress up your child and take them to a safe, secure place. Before you choose a mall or venue,
look for one that offers prizes for the best dressed. This is a great way to win gift cards, prizes and more. You can usually find these events by going to your local newspaper’s event page online.

#5 Create a Costume

Using materials around the home, consider creating your own costume. This can be done by using materials such as cardboard, older clothing, gloves and so much more! If you need some ideas, search for something like, “Make your own costume.” You’d be amazed at what you can make around the house.

Stephanie Lynch is from howmuchisit.org a website that helps consumers find out what the many things in life are going to cost. Whether you want to know what a professional service or particular pet is going to cost, keep her website in mind.

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