Happy Halloween! I know most of you are just here to see Frugal Hound’s Halloween costume and so, I give you Ballerina Hound:
I truly adore all things fall and Halloween ranks highly for me (you can see why based on the above photo). Plus, it’s the quintessential example of a holiday that can be enjoyed on the cheap.
There are incredible statistics on the magnitude of money people spend on this little holiday and, as a frugal weirdo who celebrates any and all possible holidays, it gives me pause. In America, there’s a compulsion to, well, kinda overdo it.
Every holiday has morphed into a marketing dream with predictable consumer nightmares. There’s competition to have the best decorated house, the greatest costumes, and the largest candy bars to hand out. Not to mention the costly haunted houses, hay rides, and corn mazes. But why? And to what end?
I suppose I harken to a simpler time, but, I fail to see what’s wrong with trick-or-treating in homemade costumes and drinking hot cocoa at home afterwards with your family. Please don’t misunderstand, this is not an anti-Halloween rant, this is instead a pro-Halloween woot/plea for reveling in this holiday, and all holidays, rationally and frugally.
I find that holidays, and especially poor ol’ Halloween, are often characterized as a one or the other proposition: 1) you spend a ton of money and don’t worry about it because it’s a holiday, or, 2) you’re a miserly grinch who refuses to celebrate. But there is a third way!
Tonya at Budget and the Beach coined the term Frugalween, which I love! It is possible to partake in the simple pleasures of Halloween without spending a dime. More than just tips and tricks for discount costumes and budget decor, I think it’s a mindset. Mr. Frugalwoods and I don’t approach every holiday or event as a spending opportunity. We approach them as fun things to do together–for us, it’s all about the experience.
This year at the Frugalwoods home, Frugal Hound has a free costume of scavenged stuff from around the house (basically my clothes and ballet gear), Mr. Frugalwoods & I will be “prairie folks” since he already has a beard and flannel shirt and I have a floral skirt + long braid, we decorated with hand-me-down pumpkins and ghosts, and tonight we’ll distribute Costco-purchased treats to kiddos. Perfect, cozy, simple, frugal. With a dash of greyhound costuming thrown in.
I conjured up the scariest thing imaginable for our Grumble today…. spending above your means! AHHHHH! Leads to debt, rampant disappointment, inability to appreciate what you have, continual hedonic adaptation, and a permanent ride on the dreaded carousel of consumerism. Nooooooo! Anything but that!!!!