With the more "official" tip out of the way, I would like to add a few money saving tips that probably won’t make it into our published weekly column:
-Don’t give out full-size chocolate bars. They are expensive and the kids get too much candy already.
-Don’t buy a fancy trick-or-treat bag. Who doesn’t have an extra bag around the house?
-Don’t make treats to hand out on Halloween night. Parents won’t let their kids eat them anyway, so don’t waste your time and money.
-Don’t buy a costume for your dog. Last year, 7.4 million people planned to dress up their pets. I promise that your dog won’t be sad if you skip a year.
For some amazing Halloween statistics, check out Kiplinger’s slide show titled Halloween by the Numbers.BTW, safety is one area where you don’t want to skimp. At a minimum, children should wear clothing with reflective markings or tape and carry a flashlight.