Halloween is kind of like a kick-off to the holiday season—three solid months devoted to eating, being with loved ones and, of course, spending way too much money. But thankfully Halloween is one holiday that doesn’t necessarily require deep pockets. Here are ways to do Halloween cheaply.
Rite Aid’s Fall Gift of Savings
Rite Aid Fall Gift of Savings program is hitting at the perfect time for Halloween shopping. From now until October 17 you can save your receipts and get a gift card back worth as much as $20 to use on future purchases. Here’s how it works—buy over $100 worth of products at Rite Aid and you’ll receive $20 back. If your purchases total between $51-$100 then you’ll get $10 back. And if you spend $25-$50 Rite Aid will give you $5 back. So in reality, the more Halloween goodies you buy the more money you’ll get back.
Look for Candy Sales
Candy deals are just starting and there are sure to be many more. Soon candy manufacturers will start to roll out candy coupons and when you combine these with advertised sales, you’ll be able to please lots of little trick-or-treaters come October 31.
That pumpkin you carved does more than make your porch more festive. It also holds a free snack—pumpkin seeds. Clean off the seeds, lay them on a cookie sheet and sprinkle some salt on them. Bake at 250 degrees for about an hour, making sure to shake them every 15 or 20 minutes. Soon you’ll have a great, and healthy, Halloween snack.
Deals on Decorations
Think outside of the box and pick up perfect items for doing up your Halloween party. For example, grab a box of Kleenex, a bag of suckers and some twist ties so your little one can make some spooky ghosts. Also, be sure to buy some rubber gloves, fill them with water and freeze for a frightening addition to a bowl of red punch.
Forget that expensive store at the mall, get creative with what’s in your closet to design a spooky or funny costume. Anybody with some extra cash can buy a cool costume, but only the creative ones can do it frugally with things they already own.
By Alison Storm
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It's all treats and no tricks at many retailers this Halloween. Here you'll find a list of stores and restaurants we've comprised that are offering up special deals and maybe even a freebie or two to celebrate the spooky holiday. Keep checking back, we'll be adding new ones as we find them!
Barnes & Noble - Free Halloween storytime on 10/31/2014. Contact local stores for times.
Bass Pro Shops - Free 4x6 photos & Halloween activities for kids from now through 10/31/2014.
Chipolte - Participating restaurants are offering a $3 "boorito" to those that arrive in a costume. Offer valid from 5PM to close on 10/31/2014.
IHOP - Free Scary Face Pancake for kids 12 & under on 10/31/2014 only from 7AM to 10PM.
Krispy Kreme - Free doughnut to customers in full costume. Only on 10/31/2014 at participating restaurants.
LEGO Stores - Free Halloween sticker for kids in costume on 10/31/2014.
Outback Steakhouse - Free kids meals w/purchase of adult meal. Limited to kids 10 & under and 2 free kids meals in a visit. Participating restaurants on 10/31/2014 only.
Sonic - 50 Cent corn dogs all day on 10/31/2014.
Wendy's - Halloween coupon booklets are only $1. This book contains coupons good for free Jr. Frostys. Of special note: 90 cents of the purchase price goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Offer's ending is unknown.
Stores: 20x200, 6pm, Amazon, Apple Store, American Eagle, Banana Republic, Best Buy, Buy.com, Dell, Eastbay, eBags, Eddie Bauer, Endless.com, Home Depot, H&R Block, Kohl's, Macy's, Old Navy, Restaurant.com, Sandals, Shoes.com, Target, Tommy Hilfiger, Toys 'R' Us, Urban Outfitters, Wal-Mart (See more)
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