Updated October 2020 – But please be aware this was originally published pre-Covid19. Observe all current government guidelines.
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Half term is approaching for most of the UK, and for a lot of parents that means time to fill entertaining the kids which can add up to a great deal of expense. Below I list some cheap & thrifty Halloween ideas for activities in and out of the house – as well as money saving tips for days out.
Pumpkin picking & carving
Pumpkin picking seems to be more popular than ever in the UK, certainly in my local area there seem to be more and more farms offering pumpkins fresh from the fields, as well as assorted Halloween activities. Depending on the cost of entry, this can be a very reasonably priced day out.
I’m very lucky that we live on a farm that grows pumpkins so we can pick our own from the comfort of our own “back yard”! However, there are a couple of local farms that I love visiting and would recommend if you are in the Cheshire / Merseyside / Manchester areas.
Of course, if you just want the pumpkin you could pick one up for £2 or less from a supermarket or farm shop. You could carve into a traditional Jack O’ Lantern face, or get creative searching the internet for images and video tutorials. Here’s some great tips on pumpkin carving.
Save money on days out with KidsPass
KidsPass is a fantastic money saving app with discounts on a range of theme parks, days out, restuarants and more. You can get up to 40% off cinema tickets and this works even if the tickets are just for adults!
Thrifty Halloween baking
Baking is a relatively cheap activity that kids of all ages love. I’ve asked a few fellow bloggers for their favourite Halloween recipes:
Halloween Bark from Sophobsessed.com – This looks AMAZING! We will definitely be making this!
Teacake spider treats from the Gingerbread House – these look yummy and so simple. And who doesn’t love a Tunnock’s teacake!
Orange Jelly Pumpkins from Mybump2baby.com – again these look so simple and super cute!
Halloween Games & Crafts
Crafting is a cheap activity that gets kids using their creative skills. As a computing teacher, I’m going to offer you a – shock horror- iPad based activity!! The iPad gets a bad reputation, but it is the way you use it that matters and there is a great deal of creativity in using the right apps. Obviously this is only a cheap option if you already own an ipad/phone!
Make spooky digital photo collages for Halloween using Pic Collage
1.Download the free app Pic Collage
2. Take a photo of a face, an animal or even an object. This could be a new photo or one from the camera roll or internet.
3. Using the search function (magnifying glass in blue circle), search for features such as “Pirate hat clear background” “cartoon eyes/nose/mouth clear background”(adding the words “clear background” prevents getting an image with a background behind it)
4. Add the features / accessories to the photograph. If you have access to a printer, you could print out and add further crafty embellishments or use for a greetings card. No printer or ink? Email the collage to a willing recipient!
This is simple enough for my 3 year old to do it with support; older children can get much more creative and imaginative!
Here’s some of my favourite crafty suggestions from other bloggers:
Jo from ARoseTintedWorld has many fabulous thrifty Halloween craft ideas in this post – I can’t wait to try some of them out!
Apple Bobbing from Lesbemums – such a cheap and simple idea and great for Halloween!
Make ghost bunting from Daisiesandpie.co.uk – another very cheap and simple idea, I think we will be trying this out this week.
Head to the library for spooky stories
The library is a fantastic FREE place to use all year round. My 3 year old loves to choose new books each time we visit. In this post, Claire from Theladybirdsadventures gives us her top Halloween themed books for young children.
Do you have any other suggestions for thrifty Halloween activities? Let me know in the comments!
I’m taking part in the Mummy Monday linky with Becca from Becca Blogs It Out