DIY costume ideas http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12541/all en-US Halloween Time Savers for a Stress-Free Holiday http://www.wisebread.com/halloween-time-savers-for-a-stress-free-holiday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/halloween-time-savers-for-a-stress-free-holiday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_on_halloween_1.jpg" alt="Little witch and wizard" title="Little witch and wizard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="144" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Halloween is lurking just around the corner. To help you prepare in advance (so on October 31 you&rsquo;re not in a zombie-like trance), here are some pre-holiday tips that will allow you to make the most of the scariest night of the year.</p> <h3>Get Your Costumes and Accessories Early</h3> <p>Yes, I know that costumes are discounted as Halloween nears &mdash; and those discounts are well worth waiting for if you don&rsquo;t care what your costume is &mdash; but if you want the pick of the litter, you have to shop early. Shopping even a week in advance will limit your selection, because the best costumes will be picked through and the range of sizes will be small. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/85-easy-frugal-halloween-costume-ideas">85 Easy, Frugal Halloween&nbsp;Costume Ideas</a>)</p> <p>Think of all the other items you&rsquo;ll need, too, and make a list. If you plan to use accessories or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">makeup</a>, don&rsquo;t wait until the last minute to pick them up. You&rsquo;ll be disappointed if they&rsquo;re not available at the costume shop or stressed out if you&rsquo;re rushing in there two hours before the big party.</p> <p>The night before, bring all your items out, take inventory, and place everything together in a safe place. If all your costume components are ready and waiting for you when you get off work, you'll get out of the house and into celebration mode much quicker.</p> <h3>Make Your Costume From Things Around the House</h3> <p>Want to avoid the crowds and mass-produced costumes all together? Let your creativity run wild in your own closet, which will also save you time and money. Everyone has random clothes and accessories that would work well as part of a themed outfit. Football jerseys, tool belts, boots, scrubs, cheerleading outfits, old suits &mdash; whatever it is, you can dress it up or down and turn into something fun and frightening. It might not be the most original costume out there (although you can still come up with amazing ideas with things you have already have around the house), but at least you&rsquo;ll be festive without dropping dough on a costume you&rsquo;ll wear for less than 12 hours.</p> <h3>Make Dinner the Night Before</h3> <p>If you have a family of trick-or-treaters, make your Halloween meal the night before. Put it in the fridge so you can heat it up and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-quick-meals-that-are-faster-than-pizza-delivery">serve quickly</a>. As soon as you get off work, the kids will be ready to go; by having the meal on the table in less time that it usually takes, they&rsquo;ll have more time to go door-to-door, and you won&rsquo;t have to listen to as much nagging. Plus, by heading out on a full stomach, you and the kids will be less inclined to dig into the stash before you can get home to properly inspect it.</p> <h3>Plan the Trick-or-Treating Route</h3> <p>Print out a map of the neighborhood in which you intend to trick-or-treat, and sit down as a family and discuss the route. This will give the kids a chance to pick the houses they definitely want to hit (they always remember the ones will the full-size candy bars), and it will allow you to set a schedule. If you have more than one child, let them each contribute to the route choices, so there's an equal balance of power. Once you reach the end of the route, let them know that it will be time to go home &mdash; an easier task to accomplish if it&rsquo;s predetermined and on paper.</p> <p><em>Have even more time-saving Halloween tips? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/halloween-time-savers-for-a-stress-free-holiday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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That's why I was overwhelmed with the number of high-quality, affordable DIY costume ideas for adults, kids, and even pets available online and in some of my favorite magazines. Check out these links to some excellent tutorials. Most costumes can be made in a few hours or less &mdash; and are done with even the most limited budget! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-diy-halloween-costumes" title="Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes">Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes</a>)</p> <p><strong>All You Magazine's <a href="http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/crafts/easy-to-make-halloween-costumes-00400000048093/page10.html">7 Easy Halloween Costumes for Kids</a> </strong> &mdash; This roundup includes directions for a robot, butterfly, a bunch of grapes, flower girl, baby bat, and lizard.</p> <p><strong>Family Fun Magazine's <a href="http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/halloween-kids-costumes/last-minute-costumes/">13 Last-Minute Costume Ideas</a></strong> &mdash; These can easily be adapted for adults, and they are perfect for the parent who forgot to plan ahead and couldn't buy or make a costume in time for the big holiday! Ideas include Spa Princess and Miss Universe (as well as some &quot;pun-based&quot; ideas that may or may not be as popular).</p> <p><strong>Woman's Day <a href="http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Crafts/15-Print-and-Color-Halloween-Masks.html">15 Print-and-Color Masks</a></strong> &mdash; If the weather is chilly, and your costume will be covered by a parka and gloves, anyway, you may want to consider a mask! These printables are easy to color, cut, and wear (and make a super activity for kids to participate in long after the holiday is over).</p> <p>Like this? How about <strong>WD's <a href="http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Crafts/7-Super-Easy-One-Hour-Costumes.html">7 Super Easy One-Hour Costume Ideas</a></strong>? These include some pretty creative costumes, including my favorite &mdash; the <a href="http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Crafts/Mad-Scientist.html">mad scientist</a>!</p> <p><strong>Real Simple's <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/halloween/last-minute-halloween-costumes-00000000008498/index.html">8 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes</a></strong> &mdash; I'm not sure I like the outdated Broccoli Spears idea, but the rest on this list are cute and clever. If you have just a few minutes to throw something together, this is the list for you! (Includes highway, bubble bath, the impressive jellyfish!)</p> <p><strong>Ready Made's <a href="http://www.readymade.com/magazine/article/bubble_wrap_man_to_the_rescue">13 Eleventh Hour Halloween Getups</a></strong> &mdash; These tongue-in-cheek costumes are probably best for the ambitious adult, but all of them take little time to create. Choose from Bubble Wrap Man, Cereal Killer, Freudian Slip, and more.</p> <p><strong>Woman's Day <a href="http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Family-Lifestyle/Pets/Darling-DIY-Dog-Costumes.html">3 Darling DIY Dog Costumes</a></strong> &mdash; These work well for anyone who has a dog too large to squeeze into a infant costume (which can be used for some breeds of dogs). Adapt them for cats, too! (We like the little Frenchman the best.)</p> <p><strong>Lifehacker's <a href="http://lifehacker.com/315886/homemade-halloween-costume-photo-gallery">14 Homemade Halloween Reader Gallery Costumes</a></strong> &mdash; There aren't instructions for these super-creative, reader-submitted ideas...but I think you get the picture.</p> <p><strong>Working Mother's <a href="http://www.workingmother.com/BestCompanies/gallery/2010/09/go-to-halloween-getups?page=0%2C0">5 Go-to Halloween Getups</a></strong> &mdash; These adorable ideas for younger kids, like ladybug and cowboy, use things you probably have lying around the house (like pantyhose and winter gloves). There are even shortcuts for those of us less motivated moms!</p> <p>Don't forget Wise Bread! We've got our fair share of tips for simple and creative costumes, too! You can check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-homemade-halloween-costumes">homemade costumes</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-save-on-halloween-costumes-online">cheap online shopping sources</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-kids">cheap and easy kids costumes</a>, and why <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-were-spending-more-on-halloween-costumes-this-year">spending more may be better</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/85-easy-frugal-halloween-costume-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-kids">Cheap and Easy Halloween Costumes for Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-diy-halloween-costumes">Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-sites-to-find-your-halloween-costume-cheap">13 Sites to Find Your Halloween Costume Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-save-on-halloween-costumes-online">5 Places to Save on Halloween Costumes Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-useful-gifts">25 Awesome, Useful Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Family Shopping DIY costume ideas Halloween Halloween costumes kids costumes Thu, 30 Sep 2010 13:00:12 +0000 Linsey Knerl 251045 at http://www.wisebread.com