As Halloween arrives, children begin eagerly anticipating the fun they’re going to have. That always puts a lot of pressure on parents who want their kids to have a great time, but who also want to be sure they’re safe.

However, this year there’s an even bigger burden on parents than in years past, because with budgets being stretched to pay for basic necessities, there may not be a lot left over to create the kind of Halloween festivities that the kids are used to.

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Halloween Freebies

In spite of these obstacles, your kids can still enjoy the holiday without your having to declare bankruptcy. A number of national organizations have put together Halloween freebies that you may want to take advantage of to keep the fun going:

  • Toys ‘R’ Us stores across the country are hosting special Trick ‘R’ Treat events on October 31st from 1 to 5 PM to provide children with a safe place to celebrate. The kids are encouraged to come in costume so they can take part in ”Geoffrey’s Costume Parade”. Geoffrey will be the parade leader, bringing children around the store, every hour on the hour, to receive treats from the store’s staff. Kids will also receive a complimentary, reusable, and reflective Trick ‘R’ Treat bag. Keep in mind that treats and treat bags are only available while supplies last.
  • Inkubook is a Web site where users can turn digital photos into a professionally printed photo book. This year, the company is offering a promotion that allows you to create a free Halloween photo book so you and your family and friends can share all of your favorite pictures. To make your free Inkubook photo book:
    1. Go to Inkubook.com and create a free account by October 31, 2008 to start your book.
    2. Using the “Invite Friends” feature, invite someone to join Inkubook and submit a few photos to include in your book. Inkubook will send them a promotion code to use for a free book.
    3. Finish your book and order it within 30 days of joining Inkubook, using the promotion code PMPKN31. Find more details here.
  • Family Education is an online publisher of parenting guidance, family advice, and exercises and activities for children. They have added a number of Halloween-releated activities to their Web site. On this page you can find printable activities, party games, and treats. On another page there is an arts and crafts project sheet, as well as costume ideas.
  • Ben & Jerry’s has put together a Halloween Web site filled with things to keep the kids busy. The coloring pages, Print & Play puzzles, and word searches come in three levels: easy, medium, and hard. There are also recipes, games, and crafts you can use at your Halloween bash.

As you and your family get more and more immersed into the holiday planning, keep one thing in mind: half the fun is sharing the time together. So whether your kids march in the parade while you cheer them on, or you’re making a book of treasured photos, the one thing that your children will take with them, no matter how old they get, is that you made all of those memories together. And what could be a better reason than that to celebrate any holiday?

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