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Oct 15

Tips and tricks for sneaky Halloween bargains

Have a fantastic Halloween with these exciting Halloween bargains and top value days out. We’ve thrown in some deliciously disgusting recipes guaranteed to impress your little ones, plus a scattering of Halloween events aimed towards adults. Why should the kids have all the fun, eh?

 

Costumes

moneymagpie_halloween-kids-costume-sweets (5)Buy costumes from…. Angels Fancy Dress is a great place to start for imaginative costumes on a budget. They look well-made and, depending on the outfit, generally come with all the accessories (hat, belt, tights) included so you won’t need to fork out on extra bits. At the moment they have a whole range of Halloween costumes for both adults and children. Prices start from around £10 – not bad for something you can reuse year after year. Supermarkets are another good place to look for affordable costumes.

ASDA has a wide selection of fancy dress items. for all ages and even a few aimed at your pets! Items for their fancy dress range start from just £4. Marks & Spencer have also come up trumps this year with a spooky kids and baby selection too.

Got any old Halloween costumes cluttering up the loft? Then why not advertise them on eBay and make yourself some extra cash. Alternatively, swap last years costumes with friends who have kids around the same age and size.

 

halloween bargainsHire costumes from…. in our opinion there’s no real need to hire your child’s Halloween costume. It’s expensive (generally between the £20 to £40 mark) and in most cases you’ll have to fork out on delivery charges, plus a returns fee if you need to send it back. We’ve had a good look through costume hire sites and can honestly say that most of them were no more impressive than the ones you can buy in-store, so what’s the point? Why not invest in a decent Halloween costume that your child can use on more than occassion. If it’s really nice you could eventually sell it on eBay and make some money back.

 

Make costumes from…. get your creative juices flowing by making your own Halloween costumes this year. It’s not as difficult as it sounds and there are plenty of websites to help. For character inspiration check out Halloween Costume where you’ll find images of every ghoul imaginable, and for tips on how to sew your costume to life visit Sew Essential.

 

The pumpkin

Pumpkins are like the Christmas trees of Halloween – every household has one. Fortunately for our wallets they tend to be pretty cheap, but that’s no excuse not to use them to their full potential. Use the flesh of the pumpkin to make a delicious Halloween meal and save yourself the cost of buying dinner. Our favourite cheap and easy pumpkin recipes:Halloween bargains

  • Spicy pumpkin risotto
  • Pumpkin soup
  • Roast pumpkin seeds
  • Pumpkin pasta
  • Pumpkin & ginger teabread

Are you a bit of a gardener? Then why not plan to grow your own pumpkins next year? The BBC has some great tips on how to grow the perfect pumpkin, and if you plant a few you could sell them to friends and neighbours for a profit. If growing plants and vegetables for cash appeals to you, check out our article on 13 ways to make money from your garden.   six_magpie

Sweets and treats

When it comes to buying sweets for little trick-or-treaters KEEP IT CHEAP. Kids don’t care how much their chocolate costs, they just want lots of them! All of the major high street supermarkets will have cracking offers going on Halloween treats right now, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding some very sweet deals!

Halloween recipes for kids Let your kids get messy with these cheap ‘n’ cheerful Halloween ideas:halloween bargains

  • Halloween cupcakes
  • Bat and pumpkin Halloween cookies
  • Scary skull biscuits
  • Hubble bubble pumpkin pot
  • Spider fairy cakes

 

 

Halloween recipes for adults Not all recipes are safe for little helpers. Make these Halloween treats yourself and keep the kiddies out the way:halloween bargains

  • Toffee apples
  • Cinder toffee
  • Gnocchi with pumpkin and pancetta sauce
  • Hairy Bikers’ pumpkin fritters
  • Halloween brain dip

Going out for dinner on Halloween? Take a look at our latest cheap eat and 2 for 1 offers around the UK or get a free meal by trying out mystery shopping.

 

 

Decorations

halloween bargainsSo you’ve got the food, the pumpkin and the costumes; now it’s time to vamp up your house. A simple, easy and cheap way to do this is to pull long pieces of cotton wool apart and place them in corners of rooms and over ornaments etc. to look like cobwebs. Sounds cheap (well, it is cheap) but looks great. Go a step further by weaving in some plastic spiders which you can usually get from the pound shop.

Light the room with tea light candles for extra spookiness, but make sure that they’re kept well away from youngsters. Invest in some tea light candles, or for something more colourful check out  purple bat fairy lights for just £4 from ASDA. 

If you have time on your hands be crafty and try making your own decorations. Do it yourself with some felt, sequins, glitter and a glue gun and get the children to help. You can even get some creative inspiration from DIY sites like Etsy and Tumblr.  Also take a look at Moneymagpie’s halloween Pinterest board for some DIY spooky ideas. If you really want to push the boat out and create a really eerie setting, fill a ‘cauldron’ (a plastic bucket) with hot water and drop in some dry ice (using tongs or insulated gloves as its super cold!) which will cause chilling fog to rise up and around the room – but make sure the room has ventilation. Place a glow stick in the cauldron or bucket to make the fog glow.

 

 

 

Party games – cheap and fun

Traditional Halloween games The old ones are always the best and these traditional Halloween games are no exception. All you’ll need is a bag of apples and a handful of hazelnuts.

  • Hazelnut popping – traditionally, young girls believed their future husband could be revealed to them on Halloween. Four hazelnuts that each symbolised a suitor would be placed in front of the fire while the girl chanted ‘If you love me, pop and fly; if you hate me, burn and die’. Alternatively, you could use popcorn in the microwave! A good game for teenagers!
  • Pass the apple – as Halloween was traditionally linked to the harvest, fruit and vegetables played a big part in the celebrations, particularly apples. Line the children up in two separate rows and get them to pass an apple to the person behind them using only their chins. The first line to successfully pass the apple down without dropping it wins.

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  • Apple peeling – another one for the girls. Peel the skin of an apple in one long strand and then throw it over their shoulder. The letter that the skin represented will be, as legend has it, the first letter of your future husband’s name.
  • Apple bobbing – Quite a fun Halloween game to play! Fill a large bowl with water, add a few drops of red food colouring to give the gory effect of blood, and drop in some apples. The aim is to use just your mouth to get the apples out. Make sure you have plenty of towels on the floor and spare ones for people’s faces!

 

Modern Halloween games

  • Pumpkin competition – if you’re having a party, invite all your guests to bring their own carved pumpkin and give a prize for the best one. Not only will it get everyone involved but it’ll enhance the spooky Halloween feel in your house without the extra cost.
  • Halloween pictionary – split the party into two teams and take it in turns to draw something connected with Halloween on a white board if you have one, or pieces of paper stuck on the wall. Set a time limit for the drawing to be completed. The team with the most correct guesses at the end of the game wins a prize. Alternatively, the team that loses gets a ghoulish forfeit!
  • Halloween hunt – hide treats like chocolate and sweets around the house and garden and send the kids off to hunt for them. Make it more interesting by assigning points to different items and the child with the most points wins.
  • Build a monster – draw a monster (like Frankenstein or a vampire) onto a large piece of cardboard and cut out all the body parts. The object of the game is to put the parts back together on the floor or a table in the correct places while blindfolded.

 

 

Halloween events for kids

There’s plenty going on this Halloween so round up your brood and make the most of these exciting days out:

  • London Eye Witch Academy – The London Eye gets mysteriously transformed into the set of a spooky witch story, featuring the High Witch Priscilla and the evil Grimly Grim (voiced by Harry Enfield). Storytelling, participation and fancy dress are combined for oodles of fun as you get panoramic views across the city.
  • halloween bargainsBoo at the Zoo – There are spooky events all through the day at London Zoo. Events included; Halloween versions of the popular regular feeding sessions to storytelling and batmask-making. You can trespass into Mr Darkmire’s Curiosity Shop of Horrors, while owls fly over your head, or see creepy creatures up close in the Amphitheatre for an Animals in Action show.
  • Scary Halloween show – Over Halloween week, a bunch of talented character comics and sketch acts are putting on a spooky comedy gig at The Invisible Dot.

 

 

Halloween for adults

For something a little scarier….

Halloween screening – being scared witless should be a major part of everyone’s Halloween plans and what better way to celebrate the holiday than to watch a scary movie? Club de Fromage is holding a screening of horror classic Scream, followed by a fancy-dress Halloween party. Much cheaper than heading to a pub or club this Halloween and a hell of a lot scarier too! halloween bargains

Phobophobia  – prepare to be chilled to the very core of your being at what has been described as Halloween’s most ‘hellish’ event, Phobophobia. The after-dark show, held at The London Bridge Experience, focuses on fear itself. It will bring patrons face to face with a wide array of common phobias as well as a few bizarre ones in a scarefest of epic proportions.

Themed club nights – nightclubs up and down the country will be hosting special Halloween nights this month. Think spooky cocktails and dancing zombies. Get cheaper tickets by booking online.

Need a bit of extra cash to fund your Halloween shenanigans? We’ve got exactly what you need – 10 easy ways to make quick cash.

Finally, don’t forget to stock up on reduced Halloween goodies after Halloween is over – put them in storage and Halloween next year will be sorted.

 

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