Happy Halloween Gather friends!
We actually finished all of our Halloween activities already, but I do have one last fantastic frugal surprise up my sleeve for my three sons.
This year my husband is in school full-time, so the budget is stricter than ever before, but thankfully my sons have no clue (especially since we have always lived a very frugal life). Now, just because we live a frugal life, certainly does not mean that we have to live without, and I have made sure that the boys has had and still, and will continue to have a fantastic Halloween.
Yesterday we started out going to the Fun Rail Event, which was a big Hallloween style event, with shows, gifts, candy and much more. The boys got Blue Bell ice cream, decorated their own cookie and much more....all for free! We even got free coupons for soup at Pollo Tropical and free coupons for mini golf and go cart rides at Boomers.
We went home to rest a bit before the big party. At 6 pm we went to the church fall festival, which I have to say impress me every year. Most kids and a lot of adults are dressed up. They have bounce houses, horseback riding, a climbing wall and lots of different activity station where the kids can earn candy. Everyone get 1 piece of candy at each station no matter how they do, but the better you do the more candy you get. The best part about it is that everyone from the youngest to the oldest person there are kind, helpful and very polite. I love this church because everyone are so kind, and while we don't go there often, it really is my favorite church by far because of the people there.
We always make sure to get there when they open, and we start out riding horses and climbing the wall, because from experience I know that the lines will soon be huge. After that the boys spent two hours throwing hoops, playing mini gulf, throwing baseballs and much much more. Even my fifteen-month-old baby boy, who apparently is not really a baby anymore, participated in several activities. I was very surprised how well he followed instructions at every station, and if he did an activity more than once he knew exactly what to do. He was so cute, when he picked up one or two pieces of candy, exactly as he was instructed to do. My baby is no longer a baby!
As for the Halloween costumes, we went all out, although I spent a total of $7.99 and a lot of sweat. My oldest got to pick out the Armed Forces Pilot Costume he wanted from more than 500 costumes at the Wholesale Costume Club ....for FREE in exchange for me writing a review. My four-year-old, who wants to be a shark scientist of course requested a shark costume, which could not be found in his size for an affordable amount. I promised I'd make him one. It turned out to be great, and most importantly...he LOVES it! The "baby" was a puppy, and he used a costume that his older brother already had. Cost of all of the above $7.99 in materials for the shark costume.
I spent $2 at the Fall Festival by buying two tickets, so that the boys could each choose something to eat. After the event was over we went to Taco Bell to get drinks with 4 free Frutista Freeze coupons.
Now, I told you we weren't done yet, right? I have a big surprise in store for the kids today, because the entire family (my husband too) is going to the Yo Gabba Gabba live show in Miami....for free! I have written about the event on my blogs, and I am giving away a Yo Gabba Gabba prize package, and in exchange I have received 5 free tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live: There Is A Party In My City.
So yes, we might be on an extremely tight budget this year, but no one has noticed. I am so excited that our frugal lifestyle and my blogs are keeping my family happy and entertained. I am very aware that material stuff is not everything, but the memories, the memories are worth gold, and the expression on my four-year-old when he scored two hoops in a row and won extra candy was priceless, so was his pure joy when he danced at his preschool Halloween party in his very own unique shark costume.
My eight-year-old climbed to the top of the climbing wall in a minute or so, and his pride sure was priceless too, and so was my little one's pride and shy smile whenever he completed an activity and won a piece of candy.
Now, being able to take the entire family and having my husband with us at the Yo Gabba Gabba show - that is just something we would never have been able to afford. Memories, frugal memories worth gold!
How are you celebrating Halloween this year?
Are you dressing up?
*I tried unsuccessfully to upload my photos twice, but our very slow Internet Connection (I mentioned a very tight budget, right?) will just not let me. If you want to see any photos, you can click the links above, as these will go to photos uploaded when the connection actually worked. Somehow slow Internet and gather just go together, but I can upload photos to my blogs...sometimes.