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Cheap ways to prepare for Halloween

Not only does the month of October bring with it a cooler gust of wind, it’s also the month of Halloween.  For many families with young children, it is also a time to buy costumes, sweet treats, and the spookiest Halloween decorations.

Whether you are planning a Halloween party, or getting the kids costumes ready for ‘trick-or-treat’, we’ve got tips to help you spend less. 

Make your own black hat

Do you have unused cardboard lying around the house? Instead of going to the local shop to buy costumes, you could easily make one yourself. 

Just collect up some cardboard and gently mould this into shape of a pointy black hat.  Then start painting this in black.  You can even get the kids involved, it will be a great way to keep them busy and occupied on a weekend. 

Recycle old clothes and sew them together  

Are there any clothes you or your children have grown out of?  If you have basic sewing skills, you could make a whole new costume out of these clothes.  For instance, you can sew an extension to a skirt from other clothes.  All you need is a needle and thread.

 

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Make a simple ghost costume

If you’re not great at DIY, then this one is for you.  If you have a white sheet you don’t need any more, all you have to do is cut out large holes around the eye area and cut the sheet to make it more useable.  If you think this is too simple, then you can also go the extra mile by adding an additional belt around the waist area.  Just make sure it is a white belt so that it blends in nicely. 

Make your own Halloween decorations

There are so many ways you can make your own decorations with only a little effort.  If you have string, scissors, black paper, glue, white yarn and tape then you’re good to go.

We’ve compiled a list of decorations you could easily make below:

  • A wall of bats – all you need to do is make use of a whole lot of black paper.  You will just need to draw the outline of the bats with a pencil first then cut them out.
  • Door decorations -   You can decorate the front door of your house or flat with scary eyes. 
  • Cobwebs -  use white yarn wool and follow this step by step guide.

Bake your own Halloween cupcakes 

We spoke to Zoe from our Lewisham shop who loves baking cupcakes for Halloween. When asked about how she made the cupcakes she says, "I used icing sugar to make the white icing and black icing sugar to make the cob webs. 

You can also check out Pinterest to get some ideas on things to use for Halloween.  You may want to purchase a large pumpkin and some tasty treats to hand out to the kids.  Discover more about the best UK supermarkets to buy your last minute Halloween shopping.

 That’s it, you’re all set. Time to get ready for Halloween.  

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