October is my favorite month! Everything is burnt orange, pink and pumpkin scented. I love seeing breast cancer survivors and their friends participating in 5k races, defying odds, and inspiring us. I love watching the kids transform into their favorite characters and letting their imaginations run free. Fall harvests bring about fall festivals and pumpkin pies. The apple trees are droopy from the bounty. You see a subtle shift in messages from spooky puns to thankful tidings. October is a month of hope and promise, and it really kicks us into the holiday season. I’m going to share how to budget for a fun month without draining all of your resources, because I believe holidays should certainly be fun but they should never break your budget!
First off, you need to hit your library’s website. Place Halloween/Fall books and movies on hold. If you have Amazon Prime Video or Netflix, they also have great viewing options. Grab your books and read a new one every day to help build the anticipation of the season. Every Friday of October, my family will be watching a kid friendly scary movie. (We watched OG Casper last week and it was so cute and fun!)
Find out about free community events. Does your park and recreation department host any spooky events? The library will usually offer a haunted story time or crafts! Get these on your calendar!
Head to a pumpkin patch. Give each kid a few dollars to choose a smaller size pumpkin. Tip: see if your pumpkin patch can offer a group rate for a group of friends. This works really well especially if you have younger kids who aren’t school age. I tried to do this with my friend group all the time before the boys entered school. Look for a patch with fun free stuff like a petting zoo or maze.
Target Dollar Spot- Grab a few ghoulish projects for the kids in the TDS. It’s absolutely lit this Halloween. The boys particularly loved these shrinking things you can color and bake in the oven. Tip: create a Halloween inspired “invitation to create” by putting some orange markers, construction paper, halloween stickers and other crafts into a box for the kids.
Invite your friends over to exchange old costumes and/or hit the thrift store. Costumes can be so expensive. See if your friends can swap out or hit the thrift store for some affordable options.
Go for a nature walk. Fall is the best time for this. The temperature is cooperating and beauty is looming everywhere.
Does your zoo offered discounted admission days? Most zoos do some type of “zoo boo” where they deck out their zoo and animals areas with spooky details. The Indianapolis zoo does an Elephant Pumpkin Smash. My six year old still asks if we can go to this. If you’ve got a membership, this is also a great time to invite a friend for a fun outing.
Host a pumpkin painting party. Have guests bring their own pumpkin and you whip out some of your finger paints or get some at the dollar store. It’s a fun way to spend time with friends without spending money on spendy seasonal items.
Get your kids a pancake at iHop on Halloween morning! iHop is again offering little ghouls and boos a free scary face pancake on Halloween day. Dine in only from 7:00 am-10:00 pm.
Is your McDonald’s selling Halloween Treat Books? If yes, buy one! I stumbled upon this recently, but our local McDonald’s was selling special coupon booklets redeemable from Halloween day to December 2018. Ours came with 3 burgers, 3 jugs of milk or apple juice box, 3 small cones, and 3 apple slices.
Chipotle- They typically do “boo-rito.” It hasn’t been announced if they will do so again this year, but it’s my favorite holiday. So, stay tuned I will update if so!
Krispy Kreme – Free Doughnuts on Halloween day
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