Friday, September 25, 2015

6 Ways to Reuse Last Year’s Halloween Costumes

Halloween is a fantastically fun holiday that can inspire you to go all out when it comes to Halloween decorations and costumes. Still, spending loads of money on great costumes for the kids every year can get a little pricey. Fortunately, you don’t have to waste all of those old looks; they’ll come in handy for various future projects. 

Make Creative Halloween Decorations

Just because Halloween is over and the kids are quickly growing doesn’t mean you have to trash their old costumes. You can turn those old costumes into yard decorations to use all year long or just around Halloween time. This Halloween, spend some time choosing stupendous-looking kids costumes for parties. Why? Because later, you can stuff that Frankenstein or Buzz Lightyear costume with old clothes and cotton batting, and it will look amazing in your yard or hanging from your porch. The whole neighborhood will be envious of your creative yard decorations. Haunted Home Decor now available for up to 50% OFF + FREE Shipping at eBay! No code required! Visit at and Get the latest eBay redemption code, eBay promo code 2015!

Upcycle for Different Events

Before you recycle the old costumes, try upcycling them. Lots of kids don’t want to wear the same costume twice–at least where all of their friends can see it. If your little one went as a pirate or a ballerina, that costume could come in handy during a school play or a dance recital. They could also wear it to a cousin’s costume-themed birthday party or another holiday party. Hang onto it for at least a year so that you get the most use out of it. You can even collect costumes from family and friends and put them into a dress-up bin. Encourage your kids to perform a play of their own.

Halloween Hand-Me-Downs

Do you have more than one child or other young relatives? The rules for hand-me-downs apply to Halloween costumes as well. This is particularly true if you have a younger child, niece, nephew, or neighbor who looks up to one of your older kids. The little ones will love wearing a big kid’s costume next year, plus you’ll save someone else from spending money.

Initiate a Costume Swap

Another way to save while getting the most out of the holiday is to swap costumes. If your kids are part of a playgroup, have best friends at school, or if you’re close to a group of mothers, talk about swapping costumes. Each child gets something new—to them—and no one has to spend money on a brand new costume. After you’ve swapped as much as you can, you can either look for different ways to reuse old costumes or donate them.

Dish Up Home Decor

Lots of costumes are made from interesting materials like metallic fabric, netting, or velvet. If you’re crafty, start cutting up old costumes. You can turn them into place mats, use the pieces for quilting, or create lovely collages and decoupage projects. There are all sorts of possibilities, including picture frames and pot holders. Pinterest is a great resource for ideas and patterns for DIY home decor.

Cut It Up for Festive Decorations

The right Halloween costume works for different holidays as well. Keep that crafting spirit and start making holiday decorations. Different pieces from the costumes can work as tree ornaments on their own, but you can also make garlands and ornaments out of bits and pieces of fabric. Get inventive and invite the kids to join in; they’ll feel tickled knowing that their old Halloween outfits are now long-lasting holiday decorations.
By following these tips, you can feel better about buying a really creative or pricey Halloween costume. What’s the most inventive way you’ve ever reused an old outfit?

How To Find The Perfect Halloween Costume

What fun is a Halloween celebration without the perfect costume? That guy or gal with the stunning costume can easily be the life of the party.
Preparing for festivities is the highlight of the process if you’ve already determined exactly who or what you’ll represent. However, not knowing where to start can be an absolute nightmare!
Fortunately, with a little guidance from this infographic and consideration of a few important factors, you will be well on your way to having the time of your life in the Halloween costume that’s perfect for you.

Popular Trends

Similar to fashion, Halloween trends are cyclical, and the popularity of certain costumes shifts from one year to the next. The Halloween Express infographic above displays the most notable costumes based on Google search results in the past five years, along with a prediction of how they will fare in the forthcoming holiday season. Those costumes that made the cut for the past five years include the Pirate, Batman, Ninja, Disney, Superhero, Monster, Bunny, Witch, Catwoman, Power Rangers and Witches.
The Iron Man, Great Gatsby and Vampire costumes are slated to be the hottest costumes this Halloween.

The Search Is On!

So, you’ve taken a look at the infographic and either can’t narrow down your selection or would like to go another route. Either way, be sure to take a few items into consideration.
1. Money, Money, Money!
How much cash are you willing to part with to make this happen? The lower the budget, the more rapidly the creative juices will need to flow. You may have to make a few of the embellishments on your own, or head over to your local thrift store to pick up a few items to complete your costume. Don’t fret, though, because you may discover that the process was a lot more exciting than you initially expected it to be. And, by going this route, the sky is the limit and you can rest assured that no one else will be as cool as you. Which brings me to the next key point…
2. How will you feel in your new costume?
Not only will you need to dress for the weather, but comfort is a priority! After all, Halloween is supposed to be about having fun and you need to make sure that your costume will not hinder you from partaking in the festivities. This will have a lot to do with your personal preferences and…
3. Themes!!!!
They’re everywhere! If the party follows a Gothic theme and you show up wearing a princess or superhero costume, it may be a bit awkward! You may also attract a ton of unwanted attention.
Want to avoid this blunder? Think before you shop and proceed with caution to make this Halloween one you’ll never forget.
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Top 15 Creative Halloween Costumes for Every Occasion That Will Surely Impress You

Since Halloween is around the corner, here are some creative costume ideas for the whole family.

Parents and Progeny

Because you still want to bring out your inner kid!

1. Wrecking Ball

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Celebrate that bump! You may not want to let your child know years later that he was once a wrecking ball for Halloween. But, you will certainly have the most interesting look at any party.

2. Surfer Dad with Shark

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If all the sharks were this cute, more people would surf!

3. Beetlejuice Family

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Family pictures never looked so horrifying.

4. Chefs with Lobster

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Cutest dish ever!

5. Nesting Dolls

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If you have lots of women of different ages and heights in your family, then this is a great group costume.

6. Little Shop of Horrors

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Grab the Round-Up!

7. Labyrinth

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Who doesn’t love a little Bowie?

8. Alien Baby

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This kid is in a huge hurry to go trick or treating!

9. You’re the Treat

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If you want kids to run away screaming, then this is your costume! And, it’s as simple as a t-shirt.

10. The Incredibles

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11. Spider and Web

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Along came a spider, and it was adorable!

12. Addams Family

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Borrow a friendly Puli puppy to play Cousin Itt and complete the family.

13. Alice in Wonderland

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Even if the white rabbit is late, he’s so cute, no one will care!

14. Lord of the Rings

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These hobbit “prisoners” don’t seem to be in too much trouble.

15. Farm Family

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Farming may make a comeback if the result is livestock as sweet as these two.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Top 25 Creative Halloween Costumes for Every Occasion That Will Surely Impress You

Tiny Tots

Need costume ideas for your little ones? Here are some creations that are more cute than creepy!

1. Audry Hepburn, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

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Because every girl likes diamonds, no matter what age!

2. Burrito Baby

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Chipotle’s menu just got a lot cuter!

3. Smurfs

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Blue never goes out of style!

4. Biker Baby

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You can never go wrong with drawing facial hair and tattoos on babies.

5. Albert Einstein

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Baby Einstein has got nothing on this!

6. Little Old Lady

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Image Credit: Costume Works
Does your little one still need help walking? Work in a walker into their costume.

7. Edward Scissorhands

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Someone’s ready to shape some shrubbery.

8. Dwight Schrute from “The Office”

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Some beets would make this costume!

9. Headless Boy

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Adding a candy bag inside and telling people to put the candy in the neck opening would cause this costume to be even more unforgettable.
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10. Harry Potter and Fluffy

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Does the leash law apply to all three heads?

11. Gandhi

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Baby wisdom is the best! If only he could talk!

12. Baby Carl Fredricksen

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Any costume that incorporates balloons automatically makes you the coolest guy at the party. Just don’t add too many!

13. Eggs and Bacon

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Who doesn’t want to start their morning sunny side up?

14. Raggedy Ann

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Red heads just have more fun!

15. Wilson from Castaway

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If Wilson was originally this cute, no one would ever allow him to float away.

For The One-Man Show

Do you want to make a strong solo statement? Then consider these suggestions.

1. Corpse Bride

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Beauty and horror have never looked better!

2. The Joker

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The joker is both timeless and terrifying. And what guy doesn’t want to wear smeared lipstick?

3. Question Man

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Do you have trouble deciding what to be for Halloween? Maybe it’s time to just embrace that!

4. Dr. Who

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Becoming a timeless time lord is as simple as putting on a brown pin-stripped suit and glasses. Don’t forget your sonic screwdriver!

5. Loofah

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This is most likely the cleanest costume you will encounter.

6. Despicable Me Minion

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Everyone loves a minion! And the best part is that no one expects you to be articulate!

7. Napoleon Dynamite

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Embrace your inner listless teen. Just don’t crack a smile!

8. Sheldon

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Do you already know everything? Then choose a costume that allows you to call other people idiots and still stay in character.

9. Jellyfish

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With this costume, you can’t wait for the sun to set to show off your iridescent style.

10. 50 Shades of Grey

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A trip to the hardware store for paint samples is all that’s needed for a literal interpretation of this steamy novel.