Friday, October 15, 2010

The Best Ways to Save Money for Halloween

The leaves are turning and Halloween is just around the corner! While the festivity can be contagious, all these costumes, candy corn, and fake cobwebs can really add up, taking your budget from spooky to downright terrifying.

Alison Deyette,  “TheFind Shopping Expert.” offers up some savvy tips to help you think outside the box to prep for Halloween for cheap, whether it’s decorating your home, costume hunting, or getting ready for trick-or-treaters.

1. Halloween Costumes:

“Costume shopping can sometimes seem endless, crowded and messy when your kids either don't know what they want to be, or they have a definitive idea and the shops you visited don't have the costume. The best way to save time and money is to shop online. I personally use because it allows you access to all retailers at once, while being able to narrow down your search to a specific costume, gender and size range. After finding the perfect costume, you can view all available coupons, sales and shipping offers at a glance to make sure you’re selecting the store with the best possible price.”

2. Decorating Indoors:

“I like to make pumpkin bats to add a little DIY Halloween-themed home d├ęcor. All you need are mini pumpkins, black and white paint, and black craft foam. First, paint the mini pumpkins black, adding in eyes with the white paint and black dots. Next, cut the craft foam into the shapes of wings and ears and insert into small slits that you cut into the sides and top of the pumpkins.”

3. Decorating Outdoors:

“For outdoor decorating, I like to stick to one streamlined theme – such as spiders. I start by staging small and medium plastic spiders around the front door, along the outdoor stair railings and around columns or beams. For an added touch, have the path of creepy crawlers lead to one large inflatable spider and stretch gauzy ‘spiderwebs’ from a craft store over bushes.”

4. Keeping Kids Engaged:

“To keep the excited little ones happily occupied while counting down the minutes to trick-or-treat time, keep them engaged with a craft project. Set up a table where they can bejewel and decorate their own masks – all you need are simple black masks with an elastic strap, glue, glitter, feathers, stickers, and fake crystals. If you have photo print paper at home, take a group picture of all the kids in the masks then send everyone home with a printed photo from the party.”
TheFind Lifestyle & Fashion Expert
Alison Deyette is a seasoned fashion, shopping and lifestyle expert with extensive national broadcast experience. As TheFind Shopping Expert, Alison educates consumers about the best kept secret in town: Giving voice to the ultimate online shopping resource, Alison unlocks the best deals and steals for everything under the sun, from apparel and appliances to popular labels and under-the-radar brands. This savvy shopper practices what she preaches – Alison taps TheFind to collect product details, coupons, shipping deals, reviews and local store info on all of her must-have items and favorite brands. She shares these can’t-live-withouts on the “Shop Like Alison” profile on TheFind.

Alison appears regularly on Today, The View, CBS Early Show, Tyra, TBS’ Movie and a Makeover, and The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet. She is the Style Expert on Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker, TLC’s Ten Years Younger and for SoapNet’s Get the Look. Alison's energetic, sassy personality and her dynamic yet approachable sense of style give her segments a unique flair that relates to the everyday viewer. She has covered the latest in style trends and travel destinations, performed hundreds of makeovers, and interviewed celebrities and top designers.

Prior to establishing her successful television career, Alison worked as a stylist, fashion director, runway producer, and print journalist. She has worked with such acclaimed designers as Michael Kors, Cynthia Rowley, Betsey Johnson, Ralph Lauren and Kate Spade. Often interviewed in print and news publications, she has also lent her expertise to O Magazine, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, In Touch, People StyleWatch, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today and more. For five years, Alison wrote a popular column, "Ask Alison," that was regularly featured on

She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York and appears on TV in plenty of cities in between.

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