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Tips help to keep Halloween from being so expensive

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Fall can be a very expensive time of year for families with back-to-school clothing and supplies, fall school activities and several holidays on the horizon. Often the holidays catch up before we have time to plan and one holiday coming up soon is Halloween.

Halloween ranks as the third most expensive holiday, following Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  This might surprise some people, since typically the holiday does not involve large gift giving or family events. Nonetheless, the price of costumes, candy and decorations can add up. 

What follows are some budget saving tips to help you celebrate Halloween in style, without playing a trick on your wallet.

• Shop local consignment or thrift stores for costumes. You may also consider selling some of your children’s costumes from previous years. Shop for clothing items you can put together to create a “unique costume.”

• Be creative, search your closets, as well as grandma’s, for items you can turn into a costume.

• Do an internet search for easy do-it-yourself Halloween costumes. 

• Buy Halloween home and table decorations from other areas in the store than the “Halloween” section. Be creative and put together your own items and colors for special effects. This can save money and also you will not have the same decorations as your friends and family. And, doing this can also help you create a decorative theme that looks better in your home.

You may not want to be a Halloween scrooge and not pass out candy. Search the local ads for Halloween candy specials.  Try not to buy too much as this costs extra and you will also be tempted to eat the leftovers. Buy other items for Halloween “trick or treat” favors. Children (and parents) often appreciate this so children don’t get too much candy.

Jennifer Hunter, Extension Specialist for Family Finance, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture  shared this information.

Local Extension Homemakers Honored

At the Northern Kentucky Extension Homemakers annual meeting Tuesday, Oct. 11 in Williamstown, Carroll County Extension Homemakers won several honors.

The Cover Girls club won a certificate and check for the largest increase in members in Carroll County clubs.

One thrust for members of the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association is for members to donate time to service in the community. The Carrollton Extension Homemakers group reported 7,585 hours of service and the Cover Girls 2,090 hours in volunteer work in the community in 2010–11. This is only “reported” hours and wuld be much higher if all members reported. Individual hours reported by members are: Mary Ann Kunselman, 500 hours; Patricia Kindoll, 522 hours; Helen Cannon, 575 hours; Dale Anderson, 575 hours; Martha Moorman, 1,200 hours; Gloria Lindsay, 1,005 hours; Mary Katherine Smith, 1,510 hours; and Patricia Perkins, 1,800 hours. Other members reported less than 500 hours each.

Ribbons were given for projects placing first, second or third in cultural arts projects made by the members. Winners are: first place (blue), Brenda Price for apparel, accessory – a quilted purse; second place (red), Pat Kindoll for a fall holiday decoration, a wall shelf; Mary Anne Kunselman, counted cross stitch greeting card; Brenda Price for machine pieced hand quilted item, a patriotic quilt; and third place (white), Pat Kindoll in the miscellaneous category, “don’t forget” glove notepad.

Attending from Carroll County were members Pauline Batts, Alice Long Burke, and Bobbie Sparrow along with myself.

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.