Halloween is around the corner and we are so excited! However, as we all know that as the years have gone by, the price has gone up on this spooky, fun, candy-coated holiday. According to the National Retail Federation, the average consumer who celebrates Halloween will spend $75.03 on candy, costumes, decorations, and other Halloween-related fun. Here are 8 ways to let your visitors know how to have a ball without breaking the bank!
Decorations on a Dime
Let your visitors know witches and goblins live here with an inexpensive and easy Halloween Straw Wreath. Or why not put those old wine bottles to use to create a festive mantel with a candy corn bottle display? While you’re at it, forego the typical jack-o-lantern and clean the dredges of the crayon box. Give even the smallest, most broken pieces a new-found purpose with a melted crayon pumpkin.
Designs on a Dime
Photos courtesy of Tatertots & Jello: DIY decorations and crafts, Practically Functional, and Crafty Morning.
Fall Farm Fun
Photo Courtesy of Burnside Farms
Northern Virginia boasts countless farms and wineries, which is perfect for your fall produce-needs! Burnside Farms is an excellent farm, market, and barnyard in Haymarket – and with no admission fee, who can say no?! It is perfect for the littlest tyke with beautiful wildflowers in which to pose, a barnyard to mimic the animals, a sensory sandbox full of corn kernels, and a small slide. The market is full of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes, absolutely delicious apple cider, and other autumnal decor.
Yankey Farms, in Nokesville, is another fantastic option for a fall festival and pick-your-own pumpkin patch that won’t empty your wallet. Open weekends and some weekdays leading up to Halloween, Yankey Farms’ Fall Festival doesn’t charge an admission fee and offers many fun play activities with a la carte pricing for kids of all ages.
Costumes, Candy, and Community… oh my!
Costumes on a Dime
Photos Courtesy of Living on the Cheap
Enjoy good food in a safe environment with a free community event near you:
Local Halloween Parades & Festivals
October 24, noon-2:30pm: National Harbor Halloween
October 24, noon-4pm: Market Common Clarendon Falloween
October 25, 2pm: Del Ray Halloween Parade
October 31, 5-7pm: Great Falls Halloween Spooktacular
Not Your Neighborhood Trick or Treating
October 24, 2-4pm: Shirlie’s Trick or Treat Fall Festival, Shirlington
October 25, noon-2pm: Brambleton Trick-or-Treating
October 28, 10:30-12:30pm: Fairfax Corner Spooky Tots
October 30, 5-7pm: Potomac Mills KIDGITS Halloween Boo Bash 2015
October 31, 10-11:30am: Dulles Town Center Mall-O-Ween
October 31, 5-8pm: Fair Oaks Mall-O-Ween
October 31: Manassas Mall Trick ‘r Treat
And Last but Not Least…
Check out your local dollar store for glow sticks to distribute to trick or treaters (20/$1 for sticks or 8/$1 for bracelets at Dollar Tree). Not only will the kids love the cool factor of the glow sticks, but parents will love that they are a break from the sugary norm – not to mention that their kids can more easily see and be seen by drivers! To increase child visibility, you could also try decorating costumes and candy bags with reflective tape and/or use light colors.
Do you have any tips for Halloween on a dime? Comment your tips and tricks below!