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If You Were Broke Growing Up, These Halloween Hacks Will Be Too Real

We all know Halloween decorations, candy and costumes get super pricey. But that never stopped our parents from making sure we enjoyed Halloween… on a slim budget.

Time to bring out the old piñata candy!

Now that's what I call a good #strategy lol! #crazykid #pinata #birthdayparty #pinatacandy

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You waited in line to hit the piñata at your little prima’s birthday party and you scrambled to the floor to get as many dulces as possible, right? Well your parents definitely put all of your hard earned dulces to good use! You can’t let all of the Duvalín, Pulparindo and Mazapán go to waste, that just wouldn’t be right. 

Your parents drove miles to get to the rich neighborhoods to trick-or-treat.


If you handed out recycled piñata candy, chances are your neighbors were probably doing the same. So if you wanted some Costco-size, freshly purchased candy bars, you had to drive to donde viven los ricos.

And when they didn’t want to spend money for more candy… ¡Apaga las luces y cállate!

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Your parents would shut the blinds and tell you to be as quiet as possible. You might still have some trick-or-treaters come knock on your door, but they’d be gone in three seconds and on to the next house.

For sure your family stocked up on candy the day after Halloween (when it went on SALE).


There’s nothing better than post-holiday sales, one of which includes Halloween candy. By stocking up on all of the Halloween candy that’s on sale, you were prepared to fill up any piñatas for upcoming November and December birthday parties.

You would then use that candy for future holidays.

I am so done ?? #cuzyoumyboo #hebetterdont #valentines

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Not only can all of the Halloween candy you bought on sale be useful for birthday parties, but also for future holidays. Why buy expensive chocolate for your significant other on Valentine’s Day when you have loads of Halloween candy?

You always had the most original costume because mom made them at home.


You didn’t waste your time pushing through the crowds Party City to get a $70 costume. Your crafty mom busted out her máquina de coser every year and made her own replicas.

No shame here – most of us recycled costumes from the year before… 0r from 10 years ago.

Nine years difference. My spidy sense is tingling with nostalgia. #Halloweentransformation

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That costume might’ve had a few tears and stains, or might’ve been a little tight under the arms, but you had to pick between wearing a tight costume or no costume at all. Oh, and you knew better than to complain to mom or she’d lash out and call you a malagradecido, and kiss trick-or-treating goodbye.

And then you’d pass that same costume on to the younger generation.

#ninjaturtles #leonardo #raphel #happyhalloween #boyshalloweencostume

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If you have any younger brothers or sisters, they were in luck! Or misfortune depending on how you look at it. On the bright side, this finally meant you’d get rid of your old, dusty costume and upgrade to something different for Halloween.

Tickets for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios? Nope. Sit down and let mom tell you about El CuCuy…

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Buying tickets for Halloween Horror Nights were very expensive. And waiting in line for the mazes and rides? Who has time for that? Luckily your parents had a cheap alternative: stories about El CuCuy or La Llorona.


READ: 11 Halloween Candy Dangers According to Latino Parents

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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There’s A ‘Haunted Drive-Thru’ Experience Coming To Save Halloween And It Looks Terrifying

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I don’t care if it’s barely August. It’s never too soon to start talking about Halloween.

The year 2020 has already taken so much from us, I won’t let it take Halloween too. And thanks to come very creative, socially-distanced supporting Halloween fans, it looks like we won’t have to say goodbye to the best holiday of the year after all.

Orlando is getting a drive-thru haunted experience and I really want to go.

If you were worried that COVID-19 would spell the end of haunted attractions in 2020, you’d best buckle up. The brave and the squeamish alike are invited to travel The Haunted Road this fall, a drive-thru Halloween experience in Central Florida that offers a socially distant alternative to the traditional haunted house.

The Haunted Road promises a fully immersive horror experience replete with monsters and gore galore — which should ring like music to your ears if going to haunts is your Halloween tradition of choice. The difference here is that you’ll experience the world of nightmarish scenery and gruesome creatures entirely from the comfort of your vehicle. So, kind of like a haunted hayride, but Coronavirus safe.

At the heart of the experience is an original take on the story of Rapunzel. On The Haunted Road, Rapunzel “journeys into a world of disarray, faces bloodcurdling creatures — and hundreds of shocking scares.” There will also be a more family-friendly daytime version of the event on weekdays.

OK, a huge thank you to whomever thought up this genius idea.

The idea for The Haunted Road was borne from the idea of creating an original haunted attraction that adheres to safe social distancing measures.

Most haunted attractions place visitors into smaller spaces and encourage performers to get up close and personal to secure the scare. But with the coronavirus pandemic raging on, that in-your-face approach is largely unfeasible and could lead most haunts to remain closed for the 2020 season. And that’s where The Haunted Road comes riding in like a headless horseman poised to save Halloween.

“With the arts and entertainment industry at a standstill, and an increasing need to find new, safe outdoor entertainment, we knew it was the perfect time to develop a unique Halloween experience so everyone can enjoy a dose of horror this upcoming Halloween season, from the comfort of their car,” said Jessica Mariko, executive producer and creative principal, The Haunted Road.

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights Canceled For The First Time In 30 Years Thanks To Covid

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Halloween Horror Nights, a Universal Studios staple, is not happening this year and there is only one thing to blame: Covid. The virus, which is still spread wildly in the U.S., has forced so many things to be canceled. People are not happy with the decision.

For the first time in 30 years, Halloween Horror Nights is not happening.

Halloween Horror Nights is one of the biggest events of the year at Universal Studios in Florida and California. The sudden (and not surprising) cancelation is a devastating announcement for the fans of spooky culture.

Honestly, people are ready to throw their tantrums over this.

Florida and California, home to both Universal Studios, are dealing with major Covid outbreaks. California had an explosion of Covid cases that forced the state to reverse some of its rapid reopenings. Florida is another state dealing with a major Covid outbreak that has forced some places to reclose as Disney pushes forward with the reopening.

There’s a lot of pain out there right now.

It really is another blow in a very devastating year. So many people hoped that Halloween would still happen yet the patchwork response we’ve had against the virus isn’t helping. The loss of a Halloween tradition is just too painful right now but we will be alright.

All we can do now is wait “patiently” for Halloween 2021…

All it took was wearing masks and social distancing to avoid this yet, here we are. Remember to take care of yourself, your health, and your community. This means wearing masks and social distancing to protect each other.

READ: Republican Senator Blames Latino Community For Disproportionate COVID Case Numbers

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