This is a sponsored post on behalf of Flipp. All opinions and experiences are my own.
We’re just days away from Halloween! Have you purchased your supplies yet? If you’re not careful, the costs associated with Halloween can rack up pretty quickly, but they don’t have to! Use these quick tips to save the most on your Halloween shopping:
- Make a list! If you go shopping without a list, you’re more apt to make impulse buys. So make a list and then stick to it!
- Make your list using Flipp! Not only will your list be on your phone (so you don’t forget it at home!), as you add items to your shopping list, Flipp will automatically show which stores currently have a sale on that item! You can add generalized items (like 3 bags of candy) or be more specific, like 3 bags of Snickers, and Flipp will show you deals for both! This way, you can get the best prices for your area! I’ve saved so much money this year alone by checking sales on Flipp!
- Purchase candy you could use beyond Halloween. Why? Because most years we have leftover Halloween candy. I like to purchase things I know my family loves and will eat, and/or things I’d use in upcoming recipes (like M&Ms for cookies!).
- When in doubt, size up for costumes. I usually purchase the next-size up costumes for my kids so that, they can use the costumes to play dress-up for months to come! You can always pin the pants legs or arms if needed (although I’ve never needed to if I only go up one size).
Last week I was making my weekly grocery list and searching for Halloween sales on Flipp when I came across an ad for Hershey’s Glow in the Dark assortment candies, available exclusively at Walmart. I don’t know about your kids, but mine absolutely love things that glow in the dark. I knew right away these would make a great choice for candy to give out at our church’s annual Trunk or Treat. And, when I went shopping at Walmart a few days later, I found it and purchased a bag!
The kids were so excited to see if it would really glow in the dark and it does! (Tip for those of you who purchase this candy – we found that a black-light charged them better than regular fluorescent bulbs.) Check out how cool they look:
Have you heard of Trunk or Treat or participated yourself? For those that might not be familiar with the practice, a group of people get together, decorate their trunks in a theme, and then hand out candy to children. It’s a great alternative to going door-to-door trick or treating.
While we have participated for years walking our children from trunk to trunk, we decided that this year we also wanted to be part of the trunk decorating and candy handouts! The special Hershey’s Glow in the Dark candy got me thinking — how cool would it be to have our trunk’s theme be something that would glow in the dark?! We tossed around a few ideas for things that might glow and finally settled on an underwater scene, complete with jelly fish and a treasure box that would hold the candy!
After some trial and error, here’s what our trunk looks like, ready to go for Trunk or Treat night:
You can’t tell from the photo, but there is a treasure box at the bottom which holds candy and glow-in-the-dark bracelets. It was a little hard to photograph since it needs to be dark to get the full effect. But hopefully you get an idea of what we’re doing!
We already had the cool candy to hand out, but we needed decor for the trunk. I went back to Flipp to see what I could find. I would have never thought to check Dollar Tree because it’s not a store I shop at often, but when I searched Flipp for glow, Dollar Tree’s circular came up with a huge selection of glowing items! I headed into my local Dollar Tree and picked up tons of glow sticks to hand out with the candy, plus some of the supplies we used to create the jellyfish and the glow-in-the-dark bottle.
Want to create your own Glow-in-the-Dark underwater scene? You’ll need a blacklight, plants (we used the kind for fish tanks – Flipp let me know that they were on sale, buy 3 get 1 free at my local Petsmart!) and glow sticks, and here’s how we made the other things:
Glow in the Dark Jellyfish
At the Dollar Tree, they sell clear Christmas ornament bulbs. We got a few of those in various sizes. Then we cut cheesecloth to fit (enough to drape over the balls and have some hang down) and spray painted the cheesecloth with Krylon Fluorescent (glows under blacklights) spray paint that we found at Walmart. Last of all we attached a few pieces of ribbon that we also sprayed with the Krylon Fluorescent paint.
We purchased this bottle at the Dollar Tree (yes, only $1.00!) then spray painted it with Krylon Fluorescent spray paint from Walmart.
Glowing Bubble Background
We purchased a black plastic tablecloth at Dollar Tree. Next we sprayed glow-in-the-dark spray paint over a circular shape we moved around the tablecloth.
Our family is so excited to enjoy Trunk or Treat this year and I’m thrilled that we were able to buy all the supplies we needed for under $75, thanks to Flipp! Flipp is available to download for FREE in the App Store and at Google Play.
Flipp wants to help one of my readers with their Fall purchases, so they’re offering one of my lucky readers a $100 Walmart gift card! Click HERE to be taken to the giveaway entry form. Good luck!