Halloween http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7938/all en-US Are You Spending Too Much on Halloween This Year? http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-spending-too-much-on-halloween-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-you-spending-too-much-on-halloween-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_halloween_costume_96975833.jpg" alt="Wondering if you&#039;re spending too much on Halloween this year" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), more than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year at a <a href="https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/halloween-spending-reach-84-billion-highest-survey-history">total cost of about $8.4 billion</a> &mdash; an all-time high.</p> <p>Broken down, the price tag for each person is estimated to be an average of $82.93, up from last year's $74.34. But we all know that number goes right out the window if you're a fright-night fanatic. At least mine does &mdash; on candy and costume and festivities alone. Tack on decorations, greeting cards, and pet costumes to the list (the latter of which has become BIG business to the tune of $350 million a year), and you can easily spend $100 to $200 on Halloween &mdash; a hefty price tag for what's generally considered to be a &quot;kid&quot; holiday.</p> <p>Ward off such wickedness this October 31 by checking your receipts for hidden spending gremlins.</p> <h2>1. Decorations</h2> <p>The National Retail Federation found that 70% of Halloween shoppers plan to purchase decorations, spending $2.4 billion, while 49% &mdash; likely many of the same respondents &mdash; say they'll decorate their homes or yards. This certainly can become problematic if you're buying new, full-price decorations to add to your collection every year, but there are ways to lessen the cost.</p> <p>My method, for instance, is to buy new items postseason. I never purchase any holiday decorations, Halloween or otherwise, while the season is in full swing. Even if discounts are available (Target reels you in with discounts throughout the season on its Cartwheel app, for example), you'll pay a fraction of even those discounted prices if you wait until November 1 or a couple days after to snag what's left of the haul. Granted, you may not find high-end items like yard inflatables or animatronic monsters, but I'm usually able to add a few smaller decorations to my overall Halloween aesthetic. Outdoor holiday lights and party supplies also are in abundance on clearance the day after.</p> <h2>2. Greeting Cards</h2> <p>A whopping $390 million is spent on Halloween greeting cards every year, purchased by 35.4% of Halloween shoppers. This might not makes sense to some of you, but anybody who has children in their lives &mdash; specifically nieces, nephews, and grandchildren &mdash; will recognize how Hallmark and American Greetings continue to make a killing (mostly because of the guilt we feel for not actually being present to celebrate with them), especially when you consider that the average cost of greeting cards hovers around $5. In fact, I've known people who have spent upward of $18 on a single fancy greeting card; they've been drinking too much witches' brew, for sure.</p> <p>I cut costs on greeting cards for my own nephews by either buying them a year in advance like I do decorations &mdash; and I've walked away with cards at a whopping 90% off the day after Halloween &mdash; or forgoing the card altogether. Because based on my own personal experience, I can absolutely confirm that children don't care about the card whatsoever when there's also candy in the package. Skip it and it'll never be missed.</p> <h2>3. Candy</h2> <p>Okay, now we're getting into serious Halloween territory. Candy &mdash; the crux of the entire bloody celebration &mdash; rakes in an incredible $2.5 billion in September and October alone, with 94.3% of consumers surveyed by the NRF breaking out their wallets for the sugary-sweet treats.</p> <p>And it's not cheap. The average person will spend $24.43 on candy this year, which represents a big chunk of the total Halloween spend average of $82.93. It's easy to see how it gets there though. Premium chocolate brands, like Hershey's, Mars, M &amp; M's, and Reese's, are priced between $10 and $12 per large bag featuring kids/snack size servings. I've seen the per-pound cost of some of these bags between $5 and $7, which is rather expensive for run-of-the-mill chocolate.</p> <p>But therein lies your savings tip: Before I purchase any bag of candy, I compare the number of pieces in the bag/how much the bag weighs with the price-per-pound designation listed on the price tag on the store shelf. Most of them have these. While larger bags may seem like the best value, often the smaller bags are more economical, comparatively.</p> <p>Let's not forget, either, that you're paying for packaging and holiday marketing when you buy holiday food/candy &mdash; the brands factor in the cost of unsold post-holiday items into the cost of the bag you're buying &mdash; which means that you'll save even more if you purchase the everyday bags in the regular candy aisle opposed to those in the seasonal food section. Of course, you can reduce the price even further with app savings and coupons.</p> <h2>4. Human Costumes</h2> <p>Outside of candy, the other major Halloween expense is costumes, which takes up the biggest portion of the holiday-spending pie at $3.1 billion.</p> <p>When it comes to costumes, we're already fairly savvy: 35% of costume shoppers search for the perfect outfit online, where you can find great costumes at reasonable or even discounted prices, while 29% shop in store, likely at pop-up shops like <a href="http://www.spirithalloween.com/">Spirit Halloween Superstores</a>. (I receive discounts galore at Halloween by being on their email list.)</p> <p>What's even more heartening from a savings standpoint is that many of us rely on social media (34%), friend and family (19%), pop culture (16%), and print media (14%) for costume ideas, the pieces for which we look for in our own closets or thrift stores.</p> <p>Again, I've saved a bundle picking up full costumes, odds and ends, and accessories after the holiday; Spirit goes out of business for the year, end of day November 1, but you can snag tons of great stuff that day. I keep all those items in a box to piece meal a costume together the next year.</p> <p>Another smart idea is to swap costumes and accessories among friends. Somebody in your circle may have just what you're looking for &mdash; Facebook is an excellent way to find out &mdash; so you don't have to shell out for one-use-only items.</p> <h2>5. Pet Costumes</h2> <p>We love our pets. So much so that 20 million of us are willing to fork over a combined $350 million to dress up our furbabies as waggy-tailed ghouls and goblins.</p> <p>I admit that I've dressed up my own dog for a celebration at the dog park or for a neighborhood parade, but I'll let you in on a little secret: He doesn't like it one bit. And it stands to reason that yours probably doesn't either. Which is why I don't do it anymore.</p> <p>Even a discounted costume is a waste, in my opinion, because if the dog doesn't destroy it trying to get it off, it'll get filthy when your pet rolls around in the dirt and other dogs' poop in hopes of sending you a message to stop humiliating it in public. Thus, if you're looking to shave real money off your Halloween expenditures this year, cut out the pet costume altogether (or reuse the filthy one). No sleep will be lost, least of all by your slobbery companion.</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/are-you-spending-too-much-on-halloween-this-year">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-5"> <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/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016">The Big List of Money-Saving Coupon Codes for Halloween 2016</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/flashback-friday-85-best-ways-to-save-on-halloween-this-year">Flashback Friday: 85 Best Ways to Save on Halloween This Year</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/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys</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/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</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/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Shopping budgeting candy costumes decorations Halloween Holidays pets saving money spending Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Mikey Rox 1813149 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Are You Wearing a Costume for Halloween This Year? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-you-wearing-a-costume-for-halloween-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-are-you-wearing-a-costume-for-halloween-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_halloween_costumes_102152055.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="hhttp://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-you-wearing-a-costume-for-halloween-this-year#comment-798464">Guest</a>, Laura, and Kristin for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Wearing costumes is a big part of Halloween &mdash; and it can be a big chunk of Halloween spending. While store-bought costumes can be pricey, they're certainly convenient. On the other hand, a DIY costume allows you to exercise your creativity and may not cost a penny to put together.</p> <p><strong>Are you wearing a costume for Halloween this year?</strong> Is it a DIY costume or store-bought? What is the most memorable costume idea you've ever encountered?</p> <p>Tell us whether you're wearing a costume this Halloween and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! 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Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us whether you&#039;re wearing a costume this Halloween and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-you-wearing-a-costume-for-halloween-this-year">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-1"> <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/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-best-entertainment-tips-a-chance-to-win-tickets-to-a-broadway-show">Ask the Readers: What are Your Best Entertainment Tips? (A Chance to Win Tickets to a Broadway Show!)</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/15-theme-ideas-for-a-memorable-halloween-party">15 Theme Ideas for a Memorable Halloween Party</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/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</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/15-halloween-costumes-for-people-who-hate-dressing-up">15 Halloween Costumes for People Who Hate Dressing Up</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/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Giveaways Ask the Readers Halloween Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1807397 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 85 Best Ways to Save on Halloween This Year http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-85-best-ways-to-save-on-halloween-this-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-85-best-ways-to-save-on-halloween-this-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_halloween_witch_74979483.jpg" alt="Learning best ways to save on Halloween this year" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Halloween is just around the corner, as is the rest of the seriously pricey holiday season. We spend so much time budgeting for Christmas that we forget about how expensive Halloween can be. With the candy, costumes, decorations, and theme parties, it's very easy to blow your holiday budget before November even begins. Let's be better this year. Here are the 85 best ways to save on Halloween 2016.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/halloween-3801440-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-sites-to-find-your-halloween-costume-cheap?ref=fbf">13 Sites to Find Your Halloween Costume Cheap</a> &mdash; You want a complete costume with attire and accessories, but you also want it for cheap. You're only going to wear it once anyway, so get your Halloween costume from any of these sites and you'll save mega bucks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash?ref=fbf">13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash</a> &mdash; One person's trash is that same person's Halloween craft treasure, apparently. There are tons of cute decorations you can make from recycling stuff you already have. Plus, it's fun!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dog_halloween_costume_000076280051.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets?ref=fbf">13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Pets</a> &mdash; Pet owners usually love dressing their pets up in Halloween costumes because the level of cuteness is astounding. But since your pet has no idea what's going on, and probably isn't a huge fan of wearing clothes, use these tips to create a cheap and adorable DIY costume instead of buying one.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-simple-and-cheap-halloween-costumes-for-kids?ref=fbf">20 Simple and Cheap Halloween Costumes for Kids</a> &mdash; Halloween costumes for kids don't need to be elaborate or costly. Plus, they'll probably grow out of the costume by the time trick-or-treating is over anyway, right? All of these ideas are creative, frugal, and all kinds of cute.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/000021549896.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love?ref=fbf">25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love</a> &mdash; Skip the candy corn &mdash; because nobody actually eats that anyway &mdash; and make any of these DIY Halloween treats. Your home might become the best one on the block.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016?ref=fbf">The Big List of Money-Saving Coupon Codes for Halloween 2016</a> &mdash; Looking to save some extra cash while doing your Halloween shopping this year? Look no further than this massive and magnificent list of money-saving coupon codes.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-85-best-ways-to-save-on-halloween-this-year">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-1"> <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/flashback-friday-38-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-celebrities">Flashback Friday: 38 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Celebrities</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/flashback-friday-34-ways-fitness-can-improve-your-finances">Flashback Friday: 34 Ways Fitness Can Improve Your Finances</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/flashback-friday-47-best-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: 47 Best Back-to-School Shopping Hacks Ever</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/flashback-friday-50-money-moves-you-need-to-make-when-big-changes-happen">Flashback Friday: 50 Money Moves You Need to Make When Big Changes Happen</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/flashback-friday-44-sneaky-shopping-traps-to-avoid">Flashback Friday: 44 Sneaky Shopping Traps to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping budgeting fbf finances flashback friday frugal living Halloween halloween candy halloween costume Holidays Fri, 07 Oct 2016 10:00:06 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1807574 at http://www.wisebread.com The Big List of Money-Saving Coupon Codes for Halloween 2016 http://www.wisebread.com/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/boys_halloween_costumes_75169753.jpg" alt="Kids using big list of coupon codes for Halloween 2016" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Halloween spending will hit an all-time high this year. The National Retail Federation's annual survey reveals that consumers will <a href="https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/halloween-spending-reach-84-billion-highest-survey-history">spend $8.4 billion</a> on Halloween purchases this year. That's a lot of pumpkins!</p> <p>While Halloween is fun to celebrate, it shouldn't blow your budget, especially since the pricier holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, happen shortly after. Coupon codes are a great way to save money on Halloween purchases. Don't forget to shop through a cash back site, such as <a href="https://www.ebates.com/">eBates</a>, if you are shopping online. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year?ref=seealso">30+ Cash Back Sites to Earn You Thousands Per Year</a>)</p> <p>All codes have been checked to ensure they work. Check back all month for updated coupons to your favorite Halloween stores.</p> <h2>Carter's</h2> <p><a href="http://www.carters.com/">Carter's</a> has incredibly cute costumes for babies and young toddlers. You can also score some Halloween festive wear for babies and kids up to size 8.</p> <ul> <li>20% off $40 coupon online or in-store when you sign up for Carter's email notifications.</li> <li>20% off $40: CART1016<strong> </strong>(expires 10/31)</li> <li>15% off your whole order: CART3230 (expires 12/31)</li> <li>20% off $50: CAROCT20 (expires 10/31)</li> </ul> <h2>Spirit Halloween</h2> <p><a href="https://www.spirithalloween.com/">Spirit Halloween</a> offers 20% off one item when you sign up for their email notifications. Be sure to check Spirit's social media accounts for more online and printable coupons.</p> <ul> <li>20% off one item: SPEN16 (expires 10/31)</li> <li>20% off one item and free shipping: SPHN1629 (expires 10/31)</li> <li>25% off one item: DONTLEAVE25 (expires 11/02)</li> <li>$5 off orders $30+, $10 off $50+, or $25 off $100+: TIER2016A (expires 11/1)</li> <li>$10 off orders $65+, $20 off $100+, $30 off $150+, or $50 off $200+: HIGHTIER (expires 11/02)</li> <li>Free shipping on orders over $30: SHIP30 (expires 11/1)</li> <li>25% off already reduced sale items: CLEAR25 (expires 11/1)</li> </ul> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites?ref=seealso">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></p> <h2>Halloween Costumes</h2> <p><a href="http://www.halloweencostumes.com/">Halloween Costumes</a> offers price match and costume rentals. On select costumes, you can save 50% off the price by renting. Return shipping on rentals is free. They even have pre-owned costumes for sale and pay for trade-ins on certain styles.</p> <ul> <li>Sign up for their email notifications and receive 20% off your first order.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Like them on Facebook for a <a href="http://www.halloweencostumes.com/coupon-code-discounts.html">$10 off $60 coupon</a>.</li> </ul> <h2>Halloween Express</h2> <p>Halloween Express offers a <a href="http://www.halloweenexpress.com/price-guarantee.php">110% price match guarantee</a>. If within 14 days of purchasing an eligible item from them online and then find a lower price for the same item on a direct competitor's U.S. website, they will refund the difference plus 10%. However, be sure to read all of the exclusions.</p> <ul> <li>15% off when you sign up for Halloween Express' email notifications.</li> <li>20% off your order: CYQJ328MZTE</li> <li>25% off any order: SAVE25CJ</li> <li>Free shipping on orders of $29 or more: FS2016ZLA</li> <li>Get $10 off $65 or more, $25 off $125 or more, $50 off $199, or more: BIGSAVINGS2016</li> </ul> <h2>Costume Discounters</h2> <p><a href="https://www.costumediscounters.com/">Costume Discounters</a> currently has a 10% cash back offer through <a href="https://www.ebates.com/coupons/costume-discounters/index.htm?query=costume&amp;position=3&amp;type=suggest&amp;store=10706&amp;navigation_id=23078">eBates</a>.</p> <ul> <li>25% off an order over $20: SAVE25 (expires 11/01)</li> </ul> <h2>Anytime Costumes</h2> <p><a href="https://www.anytimecostumes.com/">Anytime Costumes</a> currently has an 11% cash back offer through <a href="https://www.ebates.com/coupons/anytime-costumes/index.htm?query=anytime&amp;position=1&amp;type=suggest&amp;store=9606&amp;navigation_id=23078">eBates</a>.</p> <ul> <li>15% off an order over $25 and free shipping: SHOP15</li> </ul> <h2>Wholesale Halloween Costumes</h2> <p><a href="https://www.wholesalehalloweencostumes.com/">Wholesale Halloween Costumes</a> has a 9% cash back offer through <a href="https://www.ebates.com/coupons/wholesale-halloween-costumes/index.htm?query=wholes&amp;position=1&amp;type=suggest&amp;store=11432&amp;navigation_id=23078">eBates</a> for a limited time.</p> <ul> <li>Save 5% off your order: SAVE5</li> <li>$10 off an order over $80: PTEN80</li> <li>20% off of clearance: CLEAR20</li> <li>Free shipping on orders over $75: SUMMER75 (expires 12/30)</li> <li>Free shipping on orders over $40: FBLIKE</li> </ul> <h2>Party City</h2> <ul> <li>20% off all Halloween orders over $50 and free shipping: TRICK39M</li> </ul> <h2>Joann&rsquo;s</h2> <p>For those who are ambitious enough to craft your costumes this year, here are coupons for you. Don&rsquo;t forget to check out <a href="http://www.joann.com/">Joann&rsquo;s</a> fun Halloween décor.</p> <ul> <li>40% off one online item: GFHV303 (expires 10/08)</li> </ul> <h2>More Ideas on How to Save This Halloween</h2> <p>The coupon codes above will help you get a discount on Halloween costumes, décor, and party supplies. For those looking for more money-saving advice, try these five Halloween saving's tricks.</p> <h3>1. Swap Costumes With a Friend</h3> <p>If you have kids that are similar ages/sizes, then you can trade costumes. Even if your children are different sizes, borrow the accessories and save.</p> <h3>2. Don't Skip the Dollar Store</h3> <p>Your local dollar store and .99-Cent Only Store can be great shops for affordable Halloween décor and costume props. Just be advised before buying candy there. It might cost you more than buying candy at a warehouse.</p> <h3>3. Wait to Buy Pumpkins</h3> <p>If you wait until the 30th to buy your Halloween pumpkin, you can save almost half the cost, depending on the seller. One year, at Trader Joes, I received a free pumpkin on the 31st.</p> <h3>4. Look for Free Activities</h3> <p>Most communities offer free fall activities to the public. Check with your city's parks, churches, and mall to see what is being offered.</p> <h3>5. DIY Fall Decorations</h3> <p>Pinterest is a well of good ideas for inexpensive DIY décor ideas. Also, check out <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash?ref=seealso">13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016">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/are-you-spending-too-much-on-halloween-this-year">Are You Spending Too Much on Halloween This Year?</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</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/9-online-retailers-who-let-you-stack-coupons">9 Online Retailers Who Let You Stack Coupons</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/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping costumes coupon codes decorations discounts Halloween Holidays kids online shopping sales Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:30:14 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1805690 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Smart Ways to Save Money on Halloween http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-money-on-halloween <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-money-on-halloween" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/halloween_pumpkin_money_21513754.jpg" alt="Finding smart ways to save money on Halloween" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on ways to save money on Halloween, the best time to buy international flights, and ways to make healthier breakfasts.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/smart-ways-to-save-money-on-halloween">10 Really Cheap Ways to Save Money on Halloween</a> &mdash; Don't get chocolate candy for the trick-or-treaters. On average, chocolate candy is 20% more expensive than hard candy! [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1003/When-is-the-best-time-to-buy-international-flights">When is the best time to buy international flights?</a> &mdash; Generally speaking, the closer your destination is to the U.S., the closer to the travel date you can book without spending a bundle on airfare. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-ways-to-make-unhealthy-breakfasts-healthier">8 Ways to Make Unhealthy Breakfasts Healthier</a> &mdash; Prepare fresh fruit the night before and dole out portions for breakfast. Berries and orange wedges do fine overnight, and you can slow the browning of apple slices with some orange juice. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Last-Minute-Halloween-Costumes-Women-42403722#photo-42403722">31 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes For Women</a> &mdash; Keep these last-minute costume ideas in your back pocket in case you need to whip up a get-[PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/frugal-ways-to-get-ready-for-winter/">Frugal Ways To Get Ready For Winter</a> &mdash; Plan for the sick season so your family is prepared when flus and colds hit your house. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/classic-get-rich-quick-schemes-14527/">18 Ways to Go Broke Trying to Get Rich</a> &mdash; One way to get rich is to start your own business, but you're in for a lot of headache (and losses) if you don't know what you're doing. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://savingdollarsandsense.com/extend-life-carved-pumpkin/">How to Extend the Life of a Carved Pumpkin</a> &mdash; This easy 3-step process will ensure your spooky creation lasts through the season! [Saving Dollars &amp; Sense]</p> <p><a href="https://christianpf.com/financial-practices-in-marriage/">7 Simple Rules To Stop Fighting About Money</a> &mdash; When you're sharing finances with a partner, it's important for each person to also have an &quot;allowance&quot; to spend however they choose. [Seed Time]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/5-home-warranty-myths-debunked/">5 Home Warranty Myths Debunked</a> &mdash; Some people think they can go without a home warranty if they already have homeowner's insurance, but they're actually two different things offering different coverage. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stackthechips.com/top-7-jobs-no-experience-required/">Top 7 Jobs Where No Experience Is Required</a> &mdash; You don't need a lot of experience to be a delivery driver &mdash; as long as you have a clean driving record. [Stack The Chips]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-save-money-on-halloween">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/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">Blood, gore and hairy warts; a DIY Halloween makeup guide.</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/flashback-friday-85-best-ways-to-save-on-halloween-this-year">Flashback Friday: 85 Best Ways to Save on Halloween This Year</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/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016">The Big List of Money-Saving Coupon Codes for Halloween 2016</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/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall">Flashback Friday: 84 Reasons to Be Done With Summer and Get Excited for Fall</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/6-signs-youre-not-frugal-youre-cheap">6 Signs You&#039;re Not Frugal — You&#039;re Cheap!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips Halloween Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1806097 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 84 Reasons to Be Done With Summer and Get Excited for Fall http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_autumn_leaves_60364548.jpg" alt="Woman getting excited for fall" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm so over summer. I've eaten more than enough ice cream to last me until next year, and the high temps are slowly killing my spirit. We're still about a month away from jumping in piles of leaves and consuming way too many candied apples, but until then, let's all get psyched for the wonders of autumn we will soon get to enjoy.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/autumn-candle-178492659-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor?ref=fbf">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a> &mdash; Pumpkins, dried leaves, candles that make you feel like you moved into a bakery, oh and everything orange. Fall decor is rich and cozy, and you can easily decorate your home on the cheap.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-fun-fall-getaways?ref=fbf">5 Cheap, Fun Fall Getaways</a> &mdash; Plan your fun fall getaway now and you'll save even more! Plus, it'll give you something to look forward to until it becomes socially acceptable to order hot pumpkin spiced lattes.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/mother_daughter_halloween_000075821055.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays?ref=fbf">Carving Pumpkins and 14 Other Cool Ways to Make Cash From Fall Holidays</a> &mdash; Did you know that you can do all the fun fall holiday activities you normally do, but also make money? Yep, it's true! Map out your moneymaking strategy now, because as you know Autumn is coming.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-autumn-is-good-for-your-mind-and-body?ref=fbf">6 Ways Autumn Is Good for Your Mind and Body</a> &mdash; See? It's not just because sweater weather is the most universally flattering time of year. Fall is a season of healing, and pies. You really can't go wrong.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/homemade-pizza-479473563-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-fall-pizzas?ref=fbf">15 Easy Fall Pizzas</a> &mdash; Any pizza is a winner in my book, but these fab fall pizzas use seasonal ingredients, and creative alternatives to the classic pie that will make you drool. The following three words should sell you on it: Pot. Roast. Pizza. Hungry yet?&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-frugal-ways-to-celebrate-fall?ref=fbf">31 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Fall</a> &mdash; There are so many amazing ways to welcome the prettiest season of the year, and you don't need to spend a fortune to do so. Most of these activities are free, because the best way to celebrate autumn is to take a step outside and look around.</p> <p><em>What are some other reasons to welcome the Autumn season? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-reasons-to-be-done-with-summer-and-get-excited-for-fall">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/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</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/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner</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/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments">Flashback Friday: 62 Creative Uses for Your Favorite Condiments</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/flashback-friday-85-best-ways-to-save-on-halloween-this-year">Flashback Friday: 85 Best Ways to Save on Halloween This Year</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/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink apple cider autumn fall fall activities fall food fall fun fall holidays fbf flashback friday food and drink frugal living Halloween Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:00:17 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1775195 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: How Do You Celebrate Halloween Frugally? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-halloween-frugally <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-halloween-frugally" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_halloween_treat_000017183526.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to celebrate Halloween frugally" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-halloween-frugally#comment-785096">Bethany</a>, Liz, and Lisa for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Halloween is just around the corner! Between the candy, costumes, and decorations, celebrating this spooky holiday can get expensive <em>fast</em>. But there are many ways to save money on Halloween, like donning a DIY costume instead of store-bought and crafting your own decor...and opting out of this holiday altogether!</p> <p><strong>How do you celebrate Halloween frugally?</strong> What Halloween crafts are your favorite? Do you dress up for Halloween? If so, what is your costume this year?</p> <p>Tell us how you celebrate Halloween frugally and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa215/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa215" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_z7xvrot9">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, November 2nd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after November 2nd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you celebrate Halloween frugally and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-celebrate-halloween-frugally">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-1"> <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/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</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/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</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/ask-the-readers-share-your-favorite-frugal-holiday-tradition">Ask the Readers: Share Your Favorite Frugal Holiday Tradition</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/ask-the-readers-are-you-optimistic-about-2011">Ask the Readers: Are You Optimistic About 2011?</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/ask-the-readers-hamburger-what-to-do-with-it-a-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Hamburger, What to Do With It? (A Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers Halloween Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:39:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1597976 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Pets http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog_halloween_costume_000076280051.jpg" alt="Dog wearing DIY Halloween costume made by owner" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don&rsquo;t leave your favorite furry friend out of the Halloween fun this year! You can make a cute costume for your pet in just minutes. Most of these comfortable getups work for either dogs or cats, so gather your crafting supplies and check out these 13 spook-tacular tutorials.</p> <h2>1. Piñata</h2> <p>My heart skipped a beat when I found this <a href="http://www.studiodiy.com/2012/10/22/haunted-housewarming-our-costumes/">DIY piñata</a> costume. You'll need a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;fst=as%3Aoff&amp;keywords=dog%20sweater&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1445350976&amp;rh=n%3A2619533011%2Cn%3A3024176011%2Ck%3Adog%20sweater&amp;rnid=2619534011&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AMYI34SSSATT5VGK">dog sweater</a>, crepe paper, hot glue, and some time. Just cut the paper into fringe and glue it to the sweater. Throw in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=dog%20sombrero&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=GK2SS5ME4TY33I3J">pet-sized sombrero</a> to finish the look.</p> <h2>2. Beanie Baby</h2> <p>Strapped for time? You can whip up this <a href="http://www.doodlekisses.com/photo/enzo-ready-for-halloween?context=latest">Beanie Baby</a> costume in a few minutes. Grab a piece of white card stock, a pencil, a red marker, and a hole punch. Draw a heart on your piece of paper, cut it out, and then lightly outline the TY logo with pencil. Color the tag red, punch a hole, and attach to your four-legged friend.</p> <h2>3. Ballerina</h2> <p>Give your pooch the night of her dreams with this whimsical <a href="http://pitlandia.blogspot.ca/2012/09/diy-dog-tutu.html">ballerina tutu</a> costume. You&rsquo;ll need a wide elastic band, tulle, and piece of cardboard. Once you&rsquo;ve looped the elastic, just wrap the tulle around your cardboard form, cut, and then tie to the band. Poof it out and slip it onto your pet.</p> <h2>4. Angel</h2> <p>A little paper and glue can go a long way. Dress your cat in this divine <a href="http://petdiys.com/diy-cat-angel-costume/">DIY angel</a> costume. Twist together some white pipe cleaners to make a halo. Then cut wings out of paper and use elastic to wrap them around your cat. Done!</p> <h2>5. Elsa From <em>Frozen</em></h2> <p>You don&rsquo;t need kids to jump in on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=frozen&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Afrozen&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=YLRTYHXCK2J2XBU6">Frozen</a> trend. Doll up your pup in this <a href="http://jaderbomb.com/2014/10/15/homemade-halloween-costume-for-dogs/">Elsa snow queen</a> costume &mdash; complete with a wig. Use blue tulle to fashion a flowing skirt made for a princess. And the wig is just white yarn hot glued onto some felt.</p> <h2>6. Teddy Bear</h2> <p>Who doesn&rsquo;t love a cuddly stuffed animal? Turn your pet into a <a href="http://www.i-heart-pets.com/munchkin-the-shih-tzu/">Teddy bear</a> with this nifty tutorial. Find an old stuffed bear, cut its face out, and cut open the back of the toy. Leave stuffing in the arms. Then attach using some Velcro or string.</p> <h2>7. Lion</h2> <p>Maybe your pet wants to feel like the king of the jungle. Try this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Lion-Dog-Costume/?ALLSTEPS">lion costume</a> on for size. It&rsquo;s especially perfect for larger dogs and requires a bit of sewing knowledge. You&rsquo;ll start by measuring your pet&rsquo;s head and neck so you can sew a simple base layer. After that, you&rsquo;ll pin fur to the base and then sew it into place. Don&rsquo;t forget the ears!</p> <h2>8. Candy Corn</h2> <p>This <a href="http://diymaven.com/2009/09/09/crochet-a-candy-corn-pet-sweater/">crochet candy corn</a> sweater will look cool and keep your kitty warm. You&rsquo;ll need orange, yellow, and white yarn. The project is completed in just 16 rows of various stitches. Definitely a great project for beginners looking to learn a new craft.</p> <h2>9. Bat</h2> <p>Martha Stewart&rsquo;s team came up with this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/852545/bat-wings-harness-costume">bat wing harness costume</a>, and it&rsquo;s a winner. You&rsquo;ll print out a wing template, cut the shape from three pieces of felt, and then stitch them together. Then cut a small rectangle of felt to secure to your pet&rsquo;s harness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-pieces-of-homemaking-advice-from-martha-stewart?ref=seealso">The 7 Best Pieces of Homemaking Advice From Martha Stewart</a>)</p> <h2>10. Spider</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pwsuWyZM9O4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwsuWyZM9O4">DIY spider</a> costume that's creepy and crawly. The best part? Your pet won&rsquo;t mind wearing it. All you need are <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VG5KPM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001VG5KPM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MZW442XVXRWZC5JS">pipe cleaners</a> and a dog (or cat) collar. Twist pipe cleaners until you get a nice, thick leg that&rsquo;s around 15 inches long. Then tie the legs to the collar, four on each side. Use the giant pipe cleaners for more drama.</p> <h2>11. Construction Worker</h2> <p>If you have an hour, you have enough time to make this <a href="http://chasethestar.net/2015/10/diy-pet-costume.html">construction worker</a> costume for your animal. Take two squares of orange felt and cover it with a strip of metallic silver duct tape and yellow felt. Cut a small hole into this new vest and loop elastic through for a custom fit. Finish off with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00567GDAI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00567GDAI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AMVNNLCNC7A6XKE3">foam construction hat</a>.</p> <h2>12. Painted Pet</h2> <p>Do you have, like, zero crafting skills? Check out <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=pet%20paint&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apet%20paint&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=2JQC5MLQO5RB5TA6">pet paint</a>, a veterinarian-approved pigment spray that washes off your pet with mild shampoo. You can safely spray a costume &mdash; like this <a href="http://www.mypawsitivelypets.com/2013/10/i-painted-my-dog-to-look-like-tiger.html">tiger dog</a> &mdash; in no time at all. You can even get <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=pet%20paint%20stencil&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Apet%20paint%20stencil&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=SGQQ7TD2V6OHLPWT">pet stencils</a> to make the process easier. Rinse and repeat for another event.</p> <h2>13. Ghost</h2> <p>Or go with this <a href="https://instagram.com/p/e79EeZMW6d/">classic ghost</a> costume. It&rsquo;s so easy, a kid could make it. You&rsquo;ll need a small white sheet or piece of fabric. (It looks like the author may have used a white t-shirt.) Cut holes large enough for your pet&rsquo;s eyes and snout. Slip it on and spook your friends.</p> <p><em>Are your pets dressing up for Halloween? Share their costumes in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets">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/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash</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/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">7 Homemade Pet Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</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/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</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/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations</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/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY cats crafts dogs Halloween Holidays pet costumes Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:16:47 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1597936 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Scariest Halloween Frights You Can Make From Trash http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/diy_halloween_decorations_000050085508.jpg" alt="Making Halloween frights you can make from trash" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Halloween will be here before we know it, so here's a bunch of awesome ideas for decor that will cost you only pennies. Better yet, a lot of the supplies you'll need for these projects can be found in your trash and recycling bins. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash?ref=seealso">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a>)</p> <h2>1. Milk Jug Ghosts</h2> <p>Talk about easy! These <a href="http://www.isavea2z.com/easy-halloween-craft-ideas-milk-jug-ghosts/">milk jug ghosts</a> take only minutes to make. Clean out your jugs, draw on a spook-tacular face with Sharpie marker, place several mini LED lights in each one, and line them up outside your home. Don't forget to weigh each one down with a few pebbles.</p> <h2>2. Milk Jug Skeleton</h2> <p>Apparently milk jugs are made for Halloween crafting. Check out these <a href="http://www.thepartyanimal-blog.org/milk-jug-skeleton-fun-recycled-craft-decoration-halloween/">DIY skeletons</a> made using seven old milk jugs, string, and patience. The tutorial walks you through the specific bones to cut from each jug. After you have them all ready, just punch holes in each so you can connect with your string. You can even coat your skeleton with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GLG7HS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000GLG7HS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IC3LRAEQHZXV6QNE">glow-in-the-dark spray paint</a> for extra fun.</p> <h2>3. Acid Bath</h2> <p>Are you lucky enough to have access to an old oil drum? Creep out your neighbors with this <a href="http://www.fulcrumsites.com/haunt/html/new_props_9.html">acid bath</a> decoration. Slip yourself (or a dummy) into the drum with a scary mask on. Then use spray foam to create that skin-bubbling look.</p> <h2>4. Monster Yard Lights</h2> <p>Clean out a few plastic jugs and make these <a href="http://craftsbyamanda.com/halloween-monster-yard-lights/">monster yard lights</a>. You'll decorate them however you want before placing a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R7PM36/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000R7PM36&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AWPOITLNTF4LSXQB">tap light</a> inside to illuminate. To finish, insert a broom handle or another sturdy stick into the spout. Then place them wherever you need a little fright outdoors.</p> <h2>5. Poison Bottles</h2> <p>Use recycled jars, bottles, and boxes to make freaky apothecary <a href="http://magiamia.blogspot.com/2013/08/it-glue-gun-plastic-time-again.html">poison bottles</a>. You'll create your designs and words on the recycled bottle of choice and then paint over it with several layers of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DCTH2G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001DCTH2G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GOP6VWKMNZ5WJZ6E">chalk paint</a>. You can leave them plain or coat with another color to cultivate a more distressed look.</p> <h2>6. Paper Jack O'Lanterns</h2> <p>If carving standard pumpkins isn't enough for you, try using your discarded newspaper in this giant <a href="http://www.spookyblue.com/halloween/giant-jackolantern/index2.htm">papier mache jack o'lantern</a> project. The author uses a vintage plastic pumpkin as a form, but you can build one from chicken wire or another object. Rip paper into 10 inch lengths, slather in a glue mixture, apply to your form, and let dry. Then get creative with cutting or painting your faces.</p> <h2>7. Specimen Jars</h2> <p>Okay. These <a href="http://laura.moncur.org/archives/2012/10/08/specimen-jars-for-halloween-decorations/">specimen jars</a> are beyond disturbing. Disassemble an old baby doll and distribute its body parts into recycled pickle jars. (I warned you, right?) Fill with water and a drop of red and green food coloring.</p> <h2>8. Bottle Lanterns</h2> <p>Or give your wine-loving friends a boozy spook with these <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Wine-bottle-jack-o-lanterns/">wine bottle jack o' lanterns</a>. Drink a bunch of cheap wine, then clean out the empty bottles. Spray paint the widest section (under the neck) orange. Draw their faces on with a Sharpie marker.</p> <h2>9. Bulb Spiders</h2> <p>Recycle all those burned out Christmas lights by making these <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20150209234231/http://www.flickr.com/photos/34241256@N07/4221641924/">bulb spiders</a>. You'll wrap metal wire around the bulbs to create the legs. The author of this project left them colorful. I'll give them a coating of matte black spray paint.</p> <h2>10. Spooky Eyes</h2> <p>Use a couple used toilet paper rolls to make these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMPwGMts-ho">spooky eyes</a>. You'll draw eyes onto each roll and then cut them out using a hobby knife. To finish, place an LED light into each roll and position them in a dark area.</p> <h2>11. Living Dead Dolls</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but my daughter has tons of half broken Barbie dolls laying around the playroom. I might collect them up, spray paint them white, and make these <a href="http://www.madebygirl.com/blog/images/savers6.jpg">Dolls of the Living Dead</a>. After they've dried, accentuate their eyes using a fine tip Sharpie marker. I've seen similar projects using vintage dolls that are even more frightening.</p> <h2>12. Trash Corpse</h2> <p>While you're taking out the trash, snag an extra black bag to make this <a href="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/39/99/47/399947e85bff575332e601bbfa2aaf72.jpg">trash bag corpse</a>. Fill the bag with crumpled newspapers and tie off different areas with rope to form the shape of a body. Bonus points for adding caution tape to section off your creepy crime scene.</p> <h2>13. Trash Ghosts</h2> <p>Only have white or clear bags? No problem. Try assembling these incredibly convincing <a href="http://www.monstertutorials.com/2015/03/27/ghost-1-how-to-make-a-packing-tape-and-trash-bag-ghost-tutorial/">trash bag ghosts</a>. You'll use a dress form or friend volunteer to frame out the body using packing tape. Then carefully remove your form by slicing it down the back. Do the same with the head before attaching the pieces with more tape. Distress and decorate however you like and hang with fishing wire.</p> <p><em>What are you decorating your home with for Halloween?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-scariest-halloween-frights-you-can-make-from-trash">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/18-smart-ways-to-reuse-your-empty-glass-bottles">18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles</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/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</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/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</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/12-cute-ways-to-upcycle-shoeboxes">12 Cute Ways to Upcycle Shoeboxes</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/15-ways-to-recycle-and-reuse-old-t-shirts">15 Ways to Recycle and Reuse Old T-shirts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living arts crafts decorations Halloween recycling trash to treasure Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:15:37 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1591933 at http://www.wisebread.com Carving Pumpkins and 14 Other Cool Ways to Make Cash From Fall Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_halloween_000075821055.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter carving pumpkins and making cash " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If there's ever a time of year that we could use a little extra padding in our pockets, it's the holidays. So try adopting a different approach this year by taking on a side hustle. All you have to do is get up, get out, and make a commitment to staying in the black with just a little creative thinking. Take a look.</p> <h2>1. Offer Pet-Sitting Services</h2> <p>Dogs and cats can get pretty lonely when Mom and Dad are visiting family or on holiday vacation. To ensure their furry best friends are well cared for during this time of year, many pet parents opt for a sitter. Services like <a href="https://dogvacay.com/">DogVacay</a> and <a href="https://www.rover.com/">Rover</a> help regular people like you and me earn extra money by providing a safe, loving environment for pets to spend time while their parents are busy. I'm a dog sitter on DogVacay myself, and I can tell you firsthand that it's a decent way to put a few bucks in your bank account. It's also a lot of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-it-costs-to-own-a-dog">fun to have a dog</a> (I'm not a cat person) liven up your home.</p> <p>Once vetted by the service, you can set your sitting fee and have fun for the weekend, or even the week, with a loving pet. Both DogVacay and Rover also offer insurance, 24-hour support, and other services that make pet sitting easy and fun.</p> <h2>2. Open Up Your Home to Travelers</h2> <p>If you have extra space in your home &mdash; a guest bedroom, or even pull-out couch &mdash; you can &quot;micro-sublet&quot; (fancy word for a short-term rental) your digs on sites like <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a> and <a href="https://www.roomorama.com/">Roomorama</a>. I've been a micro-subletter for the better part of a decade now, and I can honestly say it has enriched my life. Not only by providing an additional source of income, but because of all the people I've hosted over the years with whom I've interacted and often befriended.</p> <p>Micro-subletting will only be successful if you're a people person &mdash; nobody wants to stay in the home of a Scrooge &mdash; but if you can make it work, you could potentially pay for all your holiday expenses and then some. No joke.</p> <h2>3. Host a Real or Virtual Garage Sale</h2> <p>I'm hosting a yard sale this month to get rid of too much accumulated junk in my basement and to pull in, ideally, a couple hundred bucks. Of course, there's not much time left to host an outdoor sale, but wouldn't you know that the Internet has solved that problem.</p> <p><a href="http://www.varagesale.com">VarageSale</a>, founded by a wife-and-husband team, is a social, local, and mobile online marketplace for families who want to sell their unwanted items to people in their neighborhoods. Once approved for a community, members can sell (and buy) everything from children's clothing to cars at a fraction of the retail price. As an added bonus, members can meet and develop closer ties with their neighbors &mdash; if that's your thing.</p> <h2>4. Clean Out Your Closets for Cash</h2> <p>Why not turn your closet clutter into some extra holiday cash? <a href="https://www.tradesy.com/">Tradesy</a> lets users safely, securely, and easily sell or rent their clothing, shoes, handbags, wedding dresses, and more. They handle the transaction from the time a photo of the product is uploaded to its delivery to the purchaser's door.</p> <p>Parents can also get in on the clothing resale action with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.totspot.me/">Totspot</a>, a parent-to-parent mobile marketplace that allows moms and dads to buy and sell gently used (or brand new) children's clothing and accessories. TotSpot boasts more than 150,000 active users today, and users often buy and sell just in time for the holidays.</p> <h2>5. Sales Referral Programs</h2> <p>If you have a robust social media following or a website that gets a lot of traffic, you may be able to take advantage of sales referral programs. If a customer buys an item as a result of your advertising, you get a cut. You can find these opportunities from large companies, like <a href="https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/">Amazon</a>, and even some mom-and-pop merchants.</p> <h2>6. Social Media Influencer Programs</h2> <p>The number of sites that will pay social media users for promotion of products is increasing, and you don't have to be a Twitter or Instagram superstar to participate.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.getswayd.com">Swayd</a>, which connects micro-influencers (defined as anyone with a couple hundred followers) with brands, is creating a marketplace for these people to connect.</p> <p>Instead of paying Kim Kardashian $100,000 for an Instagram or retweet, Swayd is paying 100,000 micro-influencers a dollar apiece to tweet. It's working with brands big and small, and if a campaign matches a profile, the influencer can see it and choose to accept the offer to post to their social media. Swayd will allow the market to define what a social media post is worth and allow influencers to show that even though their numbers are small, their engagement is strong.</p> <h2>7. Sell Unused Gift Cards and Merchandise Credit</h2> <p>If you've received gift cards for which you don't have much use (hey, it happens), or you've got merchandise credit to a store you don't particularly like, sell it to&nbsp;<a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=368971.3&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Raise</a> for cold, hard cash.</p> <p>Raise is an online marketplace that sells unwanted gift cards or store credits for real money. On the platform, consumers can choose their selling price and once the gift card sells, they have the option to be paid by check, PayPal, or direct deposit. Easy as that.</p> <h2>8. Become Part of Your Local Holiday Event Activities</h2> <p>Everybody thinks of being a mall Santa or one of his festive helpers, but there are lots of other opportunities to become part of your local holiday event activities, especially for Halloween. <em>Someone's </em>got to be the monsters in the haunted houses!</p> <h2>9. Entertain Kids With Scary Stories at Halloween Parties</h2> <p>Just like a magician or clown entertains at kids' parties, you too can read scary stories in costume to add a spook factor to local Halloween bashes.</p> <p>&quot;Dress up like a scary character and read books to kids,&quot; suggests<a href="http://www.sharronsenter.com/products/attract-customers-to-your-business"> marketing consultant</a> Sharron Senter. Your ideal target audience is parents hosting Halloween parties. You could easily get the word out by [putting flyers in] mailboxes and posting to online community portals. You could also pitch your entertaining services to small independent retailers who have a customer following.&quot;</p> <p>Taking this one step further, perhaps you could even become a regular reader at your local bookstore. Never hurts to ask.</p> <h2>10. Run Errands for Busy Holiday Shoppers</h2> <p>Some lucky ducks have assistants to do all the things they can't accomplish in a day, but what about the rest of the world? They often need help, too, and there's a possibility that folks in your area are seeking someone to run errands &mdash; like shop for meals, buy gifts, or other tasks. Post your errand-running service on Craigslist, <a href="https://www.taskrabbit.com/">Task Rabbit</a>, or mention it to your <a href="https://nextdoor.com/">NextDoor</a> community to get started.</p> <h2>11. Provide Gift-Wrapping Services</h2> <p>For many folks, gift-wrapping is the bane of their existence. You know who they are in your family because your presents look like they were kicked all the way from one house to the other. Likewise, there are plenty of people out there looking for someone with the handy, crafty skills of Martha Stewart to turn their gifts from drab to fab &mdash; and they're willing to pay for it, too.</p> <h2>12. Help Decorate Area Homes for the Holidays</h2> <p>I'm completely able-bodied, but after it took me 11 hours to decorate the exterior of my home last Christmas in the freezing cold, I'm not altogether opposed to finding someone on Craigslist who's willing to assist me for at least part of the day. If I'm looking, others are looking, too.</p> <h2>13. Start a Small Fall/Winter Yard Work Business</h2> <p>When I was a kid, I made a good amount of holiday (and post-holiday) spending cash by shoveling snow from my neighbors' walkways and driveways. The best part about this prospect is that you can totally start your own fall and winter yard work business (which can also include raking leaves and other tasks) the old-fashioned way &mdash; by walking door-to-door. The easiest way to capitalize on this tactic is to wait until a weather event, like a snowstorm, to make your move. Some of your neighbors would much rather pay someone to do that grunt work for them, and that's money in the bank for you.</p> <h2>14. Carve Pumpkins</h2> <p>Fancy yourself an artist? Offer to carve pumpkins in your area for those who like to get in the holiday spirit, but don't want to get their hands dirty.</p> <h2>15. Sell Baked Good and Cooking Services</h2> <p>If you know your way around the kitchen, and your baked goods taste like they could be in a professional bakery, there's a market for your skills. To build your business, start with the people you know &mdash; friends and family. Let them know that you're taking orders for holiday events, and that you'd love to supply the cakes, cookies, pies, and pastries. Also, if you're a decent cook, you can offer your services to cater a small party or prepare a holiday meal for a small group of people. There are a fair amount of overwhelmed hosts out there who'd be happy to pay your fee to free up their time and ultimately stress less.</p> <p><em>Do you have other ways to make cash from the holidays? Let me know some of your ideas 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/carving-pumpkins-and-14-other-cool-ways-to-make-cash-from-fall-holidays">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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Take a look at these festive ways to enhance your home's curb appeal for the late-year holidays.</p> <h2>1. Adorn the Front Door With Holiday Wreaths</h2> <p>Wreaths are an easy way to dress up your front door in an inviting way. You can buy wreaths for nearly every holiday these days &mdash;I've personally seen examples for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MIE8KYY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MIE8KYY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Z65ORNXHMDVATKC5">Halloween</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013JGO1WY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B013JGO1WY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LNIUALIXMJKTWFLY">Thanksgiving</a>, <em>and </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009A9P3HC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009A9P3HC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=K7JMHGECMHNPHNEH">Christmas</a> this week alone (yep, Christmas starts in September now) &mdash; or you can try your hand at making your own by visiting your local craft store for supplies. Often, the same craft stores host wreath-making classes this time of year, or you can search for them in your area on your local event boards, Craigslist, Meetup, or the NextDoor app.</p> <h2>2. Swap in a Seasons Greetings Doormat</h2> <p>Along with changing my door wreaths for the fall and winter holidays, I also swap out my door mats. I don't buy new ones every year, but rather use the same one from year to year by cleaning it before packing it away <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-january-is-the-right-time-to-start-planning-for-christmas">after the holiday has passed</a>. You can find cool mats with fun greetings at store like Target for around $10 &mdash; totally a steal &mdash; but there are plenty of other places that will have different selections at different prices. Or you can do what I do and wait until after the holidays to snag your mats when they're, like, 75% off.</p> <h2>3. Power Wash Porches, Sidewalks, Windows, and Siding</h2> <p>You can instantly give your house a facelift with a little soap and water by power washing your porches, sidewalks, windows, and siding.</p> <p>&quot;Sometimes a home just needs a good exterior dusting, and the cheapest way to do that is by renting and using a power washer,&quot; says Alexander Ruggie, PR director for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.911restoration.com/">911 Restoration</a>, which specializes in water damage restoration.</p> <p>I recently power-washed my home, and the difference is pretty astonishing. You don't really think about the accumulated dirt until you get all up in there, but I promise you'll be happy with the result once you've blasted away all that dirt, dust, and muck.</p> <p>In addition to renting a power washer, you also can buy one. I found a great deal on Groupon a couple years ago, and I've definitely gotten my money's worth. Something to look into, at least.</p> <h2>4. Dress Up the Front Yard With Tasteful Decorations</h2> <p>The key word here is tasteful &mdash; because it's not really curb <em>appeal</em> if your home is surrounded by a bunch of tired, tacky decorations. That's not to say you shouldn't have fun decorating for the season, but, ya know, use your common sense when deciding what's appropriate for your yard and what isn't.</p> <p>Zakiyya Rosebelle, lifestyle and interior decorator behind <a href="http://sweetlittleluxuries.com/">Sweet Little Luxuries</a>, suggests keeping it classic. &quot;Accent the front yard with outdoor art or a sculpture made from a natural material such as metal owls, a galvanized pumpkin, or a wooden reindeer,&quot; she says.</p> <h2>5. Tie Large Bows Around Gates, Posts, and Mailboxes</h2> <p>Another simple fix to give you property added flair is to tie large bows &mdash; which come premade or you can make them yourself &mdash; around fixtures in your yard, like gates, posts, mailboxes, and more. Personally, I think bows give homes and yard a tidy-but-festive touch that adds that little something extra.</p> <h2>6. Line Walkways With Seasonal Flowers and Plants</h2> <p>There are several varieties of plants and flowers that are popular in the fall, like mums, turtlehead, sunflowers, and stonecrop. You can find a great selection of these plants at your local farmers markets, flower shops, and big-box hardware stores, the latter of which probably offers the best deal, but not always guaranteed. Line your walkway with these perennials to add autumn color to your yard, or hang a few on your porch to dress up the immediate exterior of your home. After the season, plant them in your garden before the ground freezes and you'll have a new batch of your own every year.</p> <h2>7. Clean the Gutters</h2> <p>While you're up on the roof hanging lights and other decorations, take time to clean out your gutters, too. Not only will you keep the gutters from clogging &mdash; which could lead to a costly incident if left unattended for too long &mdash; but you'll ensure that there's no gunk or trash spilling out that will take away from the seasonal prettiness that you're trying to accomplish.</p> <h2>8. Brighten Porches, Trees, and Paths With Decorative Lights</h2> <p>I love holiday lights &mdash; and they're not just for Christmas anymore. You can decorate with lights any time of year, including Valentine's Day or even the Fourth of July, to give your home a certain twinkle. During the fall and winter holidays, however, you can go all out, hanging lights from trees, wrapping them around your porches and patio, draping them from awning, affixing them to windows, and more. There's an increased expense in electricity, of course, but we can't be misers about everything, right? Let yourself enjoy life a little more this time of year.</p> <h2>9. Hang Ornaments and Decorations on Trees</h2> <p>If you're hanging up lights, why not add a few decorations? These aren't the same decorations that you'd put on your indoor trees (nobody would be able to see those), but rather larger variations, like figures or shiny balls, that will give your vegetation a look of completeness and ultimately add to your curb appeal.</p> <h2>10. Design a Fall/Winter Garden for the Cooler Weather</h2> <p>If you want to be more creative than just lining your walkways and porches with seasonal flowers, perhaps you can create an entire fall or winter garden using the appropriate flora. My grandmother used to change her garden out seasonally &mdash; which was a lot of work (I know, because she made me help several times), but the end result will be something you can be proud of and the neighbors can admire.</p> <p>&quot;Create fall or winter gardens with flowers that bloom beautifully in these seasons such as sweet autumn clematis, sedum, helenium, snowdrop, or winterberry,&quot; Rosebelle says.</p> <h2>11. Paint the Front Doors</h2> <p>I recently had my front porch and door repainted to an upbeat lavender color, and it gave my home a whole new look. It's really incredible what paint can do for a stale palate. You can give your doors a once-over that will last for years, or, if you're adventurous, you can paint your door to reflect each holiday.</p> <h2>12. Trim Trees and Shrubs</h2> <p>If you have the skills a la Edward Scissorhands, try trimming your trees and shrubs into festive shapes. This activity obviously isn't for everyone &mdash; you probably shouldn't work on your <em>front</em> yard if it's your first time &mdash; but if you think you have what it takes, try a bush in the back yard. Plus, whatever mistakes you make will grow back, and if you discover you have a knack for it, your curb appeal can only benefit from your shear genius.</p> <h2>13. Camouflage Unsightly Exterior Hardware</h2> <p>Every home has less-than-appealing hardware on its exterior. To maximize your home beauty and hide its flaws, disguise these items, which can usually be accomplished with paint.</p> <p>&quot;Camouflage your home's electrical boxes, piping, and wires by painting them the color of the rest of your house,&quot; says Natalie Wilhelm, a luxury real estate agent in Southern California. &quot;They are an eyesore when they are different colors and they stand out. By painting them the same colors, it makes them blend into the rest of your house.&quot;</p> <p><em>How do you plan to add seasonal curb appeal to your home this fall? 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/13-festive-ways-to-dress-up-your-property-for-the-holidays">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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A very nice old man explained that he had run out of treats, but asked her to wait while he checked his kitchen. He came back with a large bag of prunes. Although she politely said her thanks, the look on her face was priceless.</p> <p>Don't be the prune guy. Give out one of these great ideas instead.</p> <p>(<strong>Note</strong>: I usually have two types of treats to give to trick-or-treaters at my door: homemade for children and parents who know me, and therefore don't have to worry. And then wrapped candy or non-edible treats for children whom I don't know.)</p> <h2>1. Spooky Hands</h2> <p>Purchase food handler gloves, and fill the fingers with bulk candy. Tie off with orange or black ribbon.</p> <h2>2. Candy Lei</h2> <p>Get some orange or black <a href="http://www.onlyfromhawaii.com/leinetting.aspx">lei netting</a>, and fill with candy. (Place a candy in the netting, tie off, add a candy, repeat). Tie the ends and give a spooky aloha!</p> <h2>3. Bag it Up</h2> <p>Small <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OJ60FIS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00OJ60FIS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OEKXYQX5UJZAFMVL">orange paper bags</a> are easy to stuff with that bulk candy. Add a ribbon or close with a Halloween sticker.</p> <h2>4. Blow it Up</h2> <p>Orange nine-inch balloons, stuffed with a few pieces of bulk candy, easily become very cute pumpkins using this <a href="http://blog.hwtm.com/2013/10/halloween-diy-balloon-pumpkin-patch-easy-fast/">easy DIY technique</a>.</p> <h2>5. Borrow From the Ballerinas</h2> <p>Buy a yard or two of tulle, or netting, and cut into 6&quot; squares. Place a few of those bargain candies in the center, gather, and tie with contrasting ribbon.</p> <h2>6. Classic Caramel Apples</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lBNbQqrePRo" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Did you think <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBNbQqrePRo">caramel apples</a> would be difficult? Well, I'll confess: I did. Wrong! They are easy, fun, and kids, both big and small, love them. I like them with just the caramel, but as you can see in the video, you can add all kinds of decorative items. Make sure you wash your apples to get the wax off, dry them well, and choose apples that are very firm and on the smaller side.</p> <h2>7. Easy Popcorn Balls</h2> <p>A seasonal classic, <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20519/best-ever-popcorn-balls/">popcorn balls</a>, are inexpensive and fun to make. Put the finished ones in these orange <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030ELKGQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0030ELKGQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IIFM4UHMFRC52S3N">cello bags</a> and tie with black ribbon.</p> <h2>8. Spooky String Cheese</h2> <p>For those looking for sugar-free options, get out your markers. Purchase string cheese in a bulk bag and draw spooky faces on the cheeses, making tiny ghosts. I found it is best when the plastic wrapper is very dry, so wipe them down before attempting to draw.</p> <h2>9. Frugal Spiders</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7VhJn0SpUqs" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>These <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VhJn0SpUqs">Tootsie Pop spiders</a> always appear at Halloween, and I'll admit to letting them hang around for a while because they really are cute. As the enthusiastic lady in the video says, check 99 cent stores for supplies.</p> <h2>10. Cereal Killer</h2> <p>Look for extra-cheap &quot;krispie&quot; cereal and make these delicious <a href="http://candy.about.com/od/halloweencandyrecipes/r/jackolanterns.htm">pumpkin treats</a>.</p> <h2>11. Play-Dough</h2> <p>What kid doesn't love play-dough? I'd include a little label with a bag of this <a href="http://www.oleanderandpalm.com/2010/10/best-play-dough-ever.html">homemade play-dough</a> just to make sure nobody tries to eat it (although the recipe seems to safe).</p> <h2>12. Glow-in-the-Dark Slime</h2> <p>Even adults love to play with this gooey <a href="http://domesticcharm.blogspot.com/2011/10/glow-in-dark-slime.html">glowing slime</a>. This blogger kindly included the cute labels to go with!</p> <h2>13. Smiling Spiders</h2> <p>I really and truly do hate spiders, but if they are smiling like these <a href="http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Animals/pompomspider/pompomspider.html">pom pom spiders</a>, they aren't so bad.</p> <h2>14. Fold It Up</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/miZaXlUaWWk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Origami and I just get don't along, but some people really love it. I won't post my attempt, which looked nothing like the one in this video, but these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miZaXlUaWWk">Origami pumpkins</a> are really cute, aren't they?</p> <h2>15. Good, Clean Fun</h2> <p>Ever made your own blowing bubbles? These are sure to delight all the kids who come to your door. Try a <a href="http://bubbleblowers.com/homemade.html">bubble recipe</a>, and you can even buy bright, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Z715ZO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003Z715ZO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CP7HG7WHGUVZQVTM">inexpensive containers</a> for your solution.</p> <h2>16. Witches' Hats</h2> <p>I love that there are creative people out there who say <em>hey, let's take a cookie and a </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FA1DSM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001FA1DSM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VSHW7KUR66F3DKQM"><em>Hershey's Kiss</em></a><em> and make some </em><a href="http://updownleftrightbastart.blogspot.com/2011/10/witch-hat-cookies.html"><em>witches' hats</em></a>. This kind of stuff just never occurs to me, so I am tickled every time I see something like this.</p> <h2>17. Very Twisted</h2> <p>Dollar Stores are a super place to get big bags of pretzels. Then, <a href="http://www.lovefromtheoven.com/2012/10/12/chocolate-covered-halloween-pretzels/">dip them in chocolate</a> and decorate. I love the salty-sweet combination. Apparently, so do a lot of people &mdash; we went through an entire &quot;test&quot; pan of these at work last week.</p> <h2>18. Peanut Butter Ghosts</h2> <p>Being a big peanut butter lover, I was excited to see the use of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092KLP1M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0092KLP1M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RHK2QV5SAAPXZMGJ">Nutter-Butters</a> as ghosts. Simply dip into melted white chocolate, and add bits of chopped licorice for eyes, nose, and mouth. Let the chocolate dry and then bag up.</p> <h2>19. Bark! Bark!</h2> <p>I'm a sucker for all the types of &quot;bark&quot; out there, this <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipes/desserts/candy/halloween-candy-bark/">Halloween bark</a> being no exception. It looks nifty all chopped up and bagged in clear cello bags, with bright ribbon.</p> <h2>20. Sorry, Candy Corn Haters</h2> <p>I know you are out there, but I ADORE candy corn and eat an entire bag all by myself every Halloween (I always offer to share, but no one takes me up on it). What do you think about <a href="http://www.somethingswanky.com/fudge-candy-corn/">fudge candy corn</a>?</p> <h2>21. Pumpkin Oranges?</h2> <p>Just get out a marker and draw faces on clementines, tangerines, or other smooth-skinned citrus delights.</p> <h2>22. Orange O'Lanterns</h2> <p>Who could resist these <a href="http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/2014/08/31/orange-jack-o-lantern-cups/">jack o'lantern bowls</a>, all filled with fruits of your choice?</p> <h2>23. Franken... Kiwi?</h2> <p>This food blogger is an<em> artiste</em>! I can't stop laughing about her <a href="http://www.twohealthykitchens.com/2014/10/14/frankenstein-kiwis-another-healthy-halloween-treat/">Frankenstein kiwi</a> creation, which is almost too cute to eat.</p> <h2>24. Sort of Seedy</h2> <p>Aren't the seeds the best part of the pumpkin? Clean most of the &quot;guts&quot; away from the seeds and soak overnight in salted water. Drain well, toss with a little olive oil and garlic salt, and roast at 300 degrees until crispy.</p> <h2>25. Boo-Nanas</h2> <p>You can easily substitute carob chips for the chocolate in these <a href="http://eatingrichly.com/healthy-kid-snack-for-halloween-boonanas/">ghost bananas</a>. Look for firm bananas, or your ghosts will be mushy.</p> <p><em>What are your go-to halloween treats?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">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-1"> <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/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes</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/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</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/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</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/sweet-and-salty-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">Sweet and Salty Snacks You Can Make at Home</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/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you">10 Indulgent Desserts That Are Actually Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink candy Halloween recipes sweets treats trick or treating Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:00:35 +0000 Marla Walters 1589919 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/candy_corn_000048590154.jpg" alt="Learning how to make bonkers candy corn recipes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no middle ground for candy corn. You are either like me and think that candy corn is one step up from Necco Wafers in the realm of disgusting, or, you are like my friend Brigida whose love for candy corn is only surpassed by her love for <em>stale</em> candy corn. (&quot;You have to let candy corn age for a few months like a fine cheese,&quot; she insists.)</p> <p>Candy corn is insidious. Like fruitcake, candy corn is always &quot;accidentally&quot; left behind at parties. So whether you love it or hate it, chances are there's a bag of aging, tri-colored fondant languishing in your pantry. Here are 20 candy corn recipes to use up this <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-not-to-hand-out-on-halloween">classic Halloween leftover</a>.</p> <h2>1. Candy Corn on the Cob</h2> <p>This is definitely the most work intensive recipe I found, but also the cutest. Use egg-free cookie dough to make this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Candy-Corn-on-the-COB/">no-bake treat</a>.</p> <h2>2. Candy Corn Turkeys</h2> <p>Why stop with the corn on the cob side dish desserts when you can make Thanksgiving themed turkey <a href="http://www.loveitsomuch.com/stores/2014-thanksgiving-chocolate-sprinkles-turkey-cupcakes-sweets-candy-corn-1413868766,1231612.html/buy">cupcakes</a>, <a href="http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2013/11/brownie-candy-turkeys/">brownies</a>, or <a href="http://thekrazycouponlady.com/at-home/snacks-under-5-kid-friendly-thanksgiving-oreo-turkeys/">cookies</a>?</p> <h2>3. Functional Dessert</h2> <p>Get your Martha on with these edible, turkey-shaped <a href="http://ourbestbites.com/2010/11/oreo-turkeys-and-cookie-pilgrim-hats/">place card holders</a> made from Oreos, peanut butter cups, candy corn, and frosting.</p> <h2>4. DIY Payday Candy Bar Mix</h2> <p>Mix equal parts candy corn with <a href="http://nancycreative.com/2013/09/22/candy-corn-payday-mix/">salted peanuts</a> and some optional M&amp;Ms. For best results, seal in an airtight container for 24 hours before serving.</p> <h2>5. DIY Butterfinger Bars</h2> <p>Why make homemade Butterfinger bars when you can make <a href="http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2011/10/25/homemade-butterfinger-candy-bars/"><em>artisanal </em>Butterfinger bars</a> for your kid's next bake sale? It's called marketing&hellip;</p> <h2>6. What's the Opposite of Nutella?</h2> <p>For an easy, last minute holiday gift use this recipe that combines <a href="http://www.savynaturalista.com/2013/11/05/candy-corn-butter-butterfinger-in-a-jar/">candy corn with creamy peanut butter</a>. Store finished butter in a mason jar.</p> <h2>7. White Chocolate Candy Corn Buckeyes</h2> <p>Okay, I'm just going to say it: Any recipe that combines white chocolate with candy corn is the work of Satan. That said, there are heretics lining up to eat these no-bake <a href="http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/2013/10/white-chocolate-candy-corn-buckeyes.html">buckeye cookies</a>.</p> <h2>8. Pretzel Fudge</h2> <p>More of the Devil's work. Try this white chocolate <a href="http://lilluna.com/candy-corn-pretzel-fudge/">candy corn pretzel fudge</a>.</p> <h2>9. Soft Cookies</h2> <p>The Devil's hobby job: Candy corn and white chocolate <a href="http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/10/candy-corn-and-white-chocolate-softbatch-cookies.html">softbatch cookies</a>.</p> <h2>10. Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/10/06/candy-corn-chocolate-chip-cookie-cake/">perfect dessert</a> for the indecisive. Candy? Cookie? Cake? How about all three?</p> <h2>11. No-Bake Sweet and Salty Mystery Ingredient Cookies</h2> <p>Actually, the secret ingredient in these <a href="http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/no-bake-sweet-and-salty-peanut-butter-bars/">bar cookies</a> isn't the candy corn. It's the Frito corn chips.</p> <h2>12. Scarecrow Bars</h2> <p>This is a graveyard <a href="http://cookiesandcups.com/scarecrow-bars/">cookie recipe</a>. It's a good way to use up sugary pantry leftovers from Thanksgiving to make room for the sugary pantry dry goods you will be buying for holiday baking.</p> <h2>13. Fake Cake Decorating Skills</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.momtastic.com/food/367241-kit-kat-candy-corn-cake-recipe/">Thanksgiving-themed cake</a> starts with boxed cake mix and ends with Kit Kat Bars and candy corn. Or, decorate a frosted cake with <a href="http://www.make-fabulous-cakes.com/halloween-cake-candy-corn.html">candy corn sun flowers</a>.</p> <h2>14. When Spumoni Just Isn't Weird Enough</h2> <p>Yes. <a href="http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/2010/10/01/candy-corn-ice-cream/">Candy corn ice cream</a>.</p> <h2>15. Make the State Fair Happen in Your Kitchen</h2> <p>Leave it to the state fair to inspire a candy corn heart attack-inducing dessert. Fried pickles and fried ice cream are so last century. Flirt with a coronary by eating <a href="http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/deep-fried-candy-corn/">deep-fried candy corn</a>.</p> <h2>16. Ultimate Trademark Mix</h2> <p>My family refers to this holiday snack as &quot;puppy chow,&quot; but apparently it's based on a classic Betty Crocker recipe known charmingly as <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/chex-muddy-buddies/92e4756c-abc1-452a-9b2c-dd124d858050">Chex&reg; Muddy Buddies&reg;</a>. Add some Brach's&reg; candy corn to puppy chow for extra trademark legalese. Delicious&trade;.</p> <h2>17. Monster Mash Popcorn Mix</h2> <p>The candy googly eyes make this <a href="http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/monster-mash-popcorn-mix/">popcorn recipe</a>.</p> <h2>18. Candy Corned-Apples</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.howdoesshe.com/candy-corn-caramel-apples/">microwave recipe</a> combines caramels with candy corn. Melt the candies together with a little evaporated milk. Spoon the resulting goo over Granny Smith apples. This caramel also works well as an ice cream sundae topping.</p> <h2>19. Homemade Candy Corn</h2> <p>Overachievers can make the above recipes with homemade candy corn. Why make it easy when you can make <a href="http://www.girlyobsessions.com/2012/10/baking/homemade-candy-corn/">candy corn from scratch</a>? For the record, Alton Brown is one of those people who prefer <a href="http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2012/10/how-to-make-alton-browns-candy-corn/?soc=dishpinterest">stale candy corn</a>, so let your homemade candy dry out for a few days before eating.</p> <h2>20. Vegan Candy Corn</h2> <p>This recipe is <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2014/10/vegan-candy-corn/">animal-friendly</a> and adorable.</p> <p><em>Candy corn fanatics, please share your favorite candy corn recipes in the comments section. Here's your chance to convert some haters to the dark side&hellip;</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">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-1"> <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/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love</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/30-ways-to-use-up-a-jar-of-preserves">30 Ways to Use Up a Jar of Preserves</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/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</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/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</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/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink candy corn desserts Halloween recipes treats Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:00:35 +0000 Max Wong 1578713 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Sites to Find Your Halloween Costume Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/13-sites-to-find-your-halloween-costume-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-sites-to-find-your-halloween-costume-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/halloween-3801440-small.jpg" alt="witch costume" title="witch costume" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Deciding on a costume might be difficult; shopping for your perfect getup shouldn't be. With this list of popular costume, party, and Halloween retailers, you'll gain access to a wide selection of inventory, plus deep discounts on shipping and sale items. You'll have your killer costume in no time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-minute-diy-halloween-costumes">Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes</a>)</p> <h2>Spirit</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.pjtra.com/t/RkFGSERFSElBRklISkFFSEVESUs">Spirit</a> is a one-stop shop with an easy-to-use interface. Well-organized and with plenty of videos and costume idea resources, Spirit's strengths are in its variety (four pages of pirate costumes) and ease of use. Returns are free.</p> <h2>Halloween Express</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-11907659-1407424509000">Halloween Express</a> is your one-stop Halloween shop. They have everything you need for the spookiest 31<sup>st</sup> ever, with free exchanges and free same-day shipping to get you your treats in no time. They also provide live chat help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.</p> <h2>Frank Bee Costumes</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10573284-1403912537000">Frank Bee Costumes</a> offers one of the largest, if not the largest, collection of costumes around. Their massive inventory includes the newest and most popular brands and characters, which makes finding the perfect costume for yourself or for your children incredibly easy.</p> <h2>Pure Costumes</h2> <p>Looking for Halloween costumes for the whole family without having to break the bank? Then you should definitely give <a href="http://www.purecostumes.com">Pure Costumes</a> a good look. They are currently offering free shipping on orders over $65, and you can receive $5 off an order of $50 or more by using the code FIVEOFF. Sign up for their newsletter, and you'll receive 15% off your first order.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Anytime Costumes</h2> <p>Any costume, any time is certainly true of Anytime Costumes, which houses lots of promotions and a gigantic variety of inventory. They've also got free exchanges and in-home delivery date guarantees. <a target="_blank" href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=265140.31&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Get 15% off orders $50+ with code TREAT15!</a></p> <h2>Costume Craze</h2> <p>&quot;Thousands of Costumes. Millions of smiles.&quot; The motto of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10433948-1428433164000">Costume Craze</a> certainly rings true, as they have a gigantic inventory of costumes, accessories, and props for everyone! Most costumes have costumer reviews for added information before you buy.</p> <h2>Official Costumes</h2> <p>As their name may imply, <a target="_blank" href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=335526.82&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Official Costumes</a> is one of the best places to look for authentic, officially licensed costumes for Halloween for both kids and adults. From Star Wars to Disney to DC Comics, your favorite brands and characters can almost certainly be found here.</p> <h2>Costume Discounters</h2> <p>You'll find everything you need at Costume Discounters, and they'll match any price you find for an identical costume on the web. Plus, Costume Discounters has many expedited delivery options, promotions, and sales and includes pet costumes in their already extensive line of inventory. <a target="_blank" href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=328273.32&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Use coupon code 15CD50 to get 15% off $50 or more!</a></p> <h2>Costume Supercenter</h2> <p>Costume Supercenter offers free exchanges, free shipping, and lots of sales items ensure you're getting the best price for the costume or accessory of your choice. Browsing for the perfect getup? The site has over 20,000 to choose from and the prices are hard to beat. <a target="_blank" href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=279325.10000165&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Get 15% off costumes priced $20 or more with code X15!</a></p> <h2>Wholesale Costume Club</h2> <p>Low, low prices make <a target="_blank" href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=328271.5&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Wholesale Costume Club</a> a steal. Membership at $5 a year yields even deeper discounts on already discounted merchandise with really low, fixed shipping rates.</p> <h2>Wholesale Halloween Costumes</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=279323.45&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Wholesale Halloween Costumes</a> not only has a wide array of costumes, makeup, hats, masks and wigs, but it also has party supplies, props, and decorations to make any holiday experience complete.</p> <h2>Buy Costumes</h2> <p>Packed with exclusive buys, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-5021361-1419271425000">Buy Costumes</a> has costumes for men, women, groups, teens, pets, and accessories for everyone&hellip;PLUS great deals on party supplies, favors, candy, and kits.</p> <h2>HalloweenCostumes.com</h2> <p>Not only does <a target="_blank" href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-11516817-1442861150000">HalloweenCostumes.com</a> offer an incredibly vast collection of costumes and accessories, they also ship to over 200 countries around the world, and they offer same-day shipping for most orders that are placed before 12PM CST on the weekdays.</p> <h2>Price Comparison</h2> <p><img width="592" height="388" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/halloween%20chart.png" /></p> <p><em>What's your favorite source for halloween costumes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rebecca-leib">Rebecca Leib</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-sites-to-find-your-halloween-costume-cheap">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-3"> <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/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016">The Big List of Money-Saving Coupon Codes for Halloween 2016</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/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</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/25-great-gifts-for-5-or-less">25 Great Gifts for $5 or Less</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/save-on-christmas-shopping-with-this-clever-gift-card-strategy">Save on Christmas Shopping With This Clever Gift Card Strategy</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/85-easy-frugal-halloween-costume-ideas">85 Easy, Frugal Halloween Costume Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping cheap party ideas Halloween Halloween costumes Holidays online shopping product reviews Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:15:18 +0000 Rebecca Leib 981745 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Cheap and Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-adults <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-adults" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mime-female-186518860-small.jpg" alt="mime " title="mime" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a 30-something adult, I've dressed up for many Halloween parties and celebrations throughout the years. Would you believe that I've only bought my costume a handful of times? Heading to those crowded, overpriced costume pop-up shops gives me anxiety &mdash; and it certainly empties a fair share of wallets. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-halloween-costumes-for-people-who-hate-dressing-up?ref=seealso">15 Halloween Costumes for People Who Hate Dressing Up</a>)</p> <p>To that end, check out these 20 classic and clever DIY costumes that are sure to impress any crowd.</p> <h2>1. Mime</h2> <p>French style is very in right now, so there's a good chance you have black pants and a striped shirt to make this simple <a href="http://www.seejaneblog.co/2012/10/24/partners-in-mime-costume/">mime costume</a>. If you don't have suspenders you could always use some black tape or ribbon for the evening. But that white and black face makeup is essential.</p> <h2>2. Bandit</h2> <p>You can wear similar clothing if you'd rather dress as <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/halloween/couples-halloween-costumes/bandits">bandits</a>. Exchange the face makeup for a basic black eye mask, the suspenders for a sack to carry the cash you steal. Okay. Maybe skip the crime in real life and fill that bag with candy instead.</p> <h2>3. Pop Art Girl</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hBB_nwS39GY?rel=0"></iframe></p> <p>Find all your polka dot clothing and then follow this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBB_nwS39GY">stunning makeup tutorial</a> to create a pop art girl look right out of a Warhol or Lichtenstein painting or comic book page. All you do is accentuate your features with a strong black line and then use a brand new pencil eraser to apply those textbook dots.</p> <h2>4. Andy Warhol</h2> <p>Speaking of <a href="http://ohhappyday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/andy-warhol-materials.jpg">Mr. Warhol</a>, looking like him isn't terribly difficult. Wear all black (turtleneck, if you have one), carry around a camera, and snag a cheap platinum or white wig. Campbell's soup cans are optional.</p> <h2>5. Bob Dylan</h2> <p>Curly haired men and women alike can dress like the <a href="http://theme-me.com/2013/05/24/day-331-bob-dylan/">legend Bob</a> in his famous Don't Look Back film. You just need dark pants, a dark vest, and a button-up shirt. A pair of Ray Bans finishes the deal, but any bold sunglasses will do.</p> <h2>6. Brawny Man</h2> <p>Slap on a red and black checkered flannel shirt, a pair of jeans, leather boots, and a confident smile to channel the <a href="http://inhabitat.com/7-last-minute-halloween-costumes-hiding-in-your-closet/diy-halloween-costume-brawny-man/">Brawny Man</a>. And be sure to carry around a package of the paper towels so everyone knows it's you.</p> <h2>7. Regina George</h2> <p>If you love the movie Mean Girls as much as I do, this <a href="http://instagram.com/p/qps8IUgsqu/">Regina George</a> costume is perfect. Take an old camisole and cut two holes in it, slip into a short black skirt, and let your queen bee attitude do the rest.</p> <h2>8. Hippie</h2> <p>All I'd need to do is borrow my sister-in-law's wardrobe to dress like a hippie this Halloween. Women and men can broadcast their inner flower-children by wearing tie-dye, loose jeans, patchwork skirts, beaded jewelry, etc. Drawing a peace signs somewhere helps, too.</p> <h2>9. Instagram Photo</h2> <p>As an iPhone addict, I love this cardboard <a href="http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2014/09/teen-adult-halloween-costume-diy-instagram-board/">Instagram photo</a> costume. The author took a screenshot of her latest photo and got it printed in large format onto foam core for around $12 at OfficeMax. I'd recommend shopping around and considering simple black and white (and possibly mounting yourself onto cardboard) for a cheaper alternative.</p> <h2>10. Twitter Bird</h2> <p>To keep with the social media theme, try this <a href="http://ideas.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/2012/09/27/best-female-twitter-bird/">Twitter bird</a> getup. You'll need an oversized blue t-shirt and some matching leggings or tights. From there, you can get creative with feathers (found at most craft stores and even dollar stores) and add your personal touch with your handle. Hey, you might gain a few new followers!</p> <h2>11. Mr. Clean</h2> <p>Talk about easy. Guys &mdash; get a white t-shirt and some white makeup to spread on your eyebrows and dress like <a href="http://carolina-orange.blogspot.com/2012/10/halloween-costumes.html">Mr. Clean</a> (the third photo down). If you're bald or have a shaved head, you're already halfway there!</p> <h2>12. Rosie the Riveter</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.fashionablybombed.com/2012/10/diy-halloween-costume-rosie-riveter.html">Rosie the Riveter</a> costume is incredibly classic and also dirt cheap. You likely have everything you need in your closet. And if not, head to the thrift store for supplies. Bright red lipstick is a must.</p> <h2>13. Scarecrow</h2> <p>Thankfully distressed jeans and flannel shirts are in fashion this season. Heck, you might be wearing the bulk of this <a href="http://hisandhersdiy.com/how-to-make-a-scarecrow-costume/">scarecrow costume</a> right now. If you'd like to skip sewing patches onto your jeans, just use some masking tape to attach a couple squares of fabric for extra color.</p> <h2>14. Morton Salt Girl</h2> <p>You'll need a yellow frock, umbrella, and Mary Janes to look the part of the <a href="http://ideas.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/2012/10/31/fantastic-mortons-salt-girl-costume-idea/">Morton Salt Girl</a>. If you don't have one already, I guarantee you can find the right shade dress at a local thrift shop for under $10.</p> <h2>15. Don Draper</h2> <p>Dress for success with a smart <a href="http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-make-a-don-draper-costume/">DIY Don Draper</a> costume. Guys likely have a suit hanging around their closets. The rest is in the details. A pocket square, thin tie, a clean haircut, and pack of Lucky Strikes goes a long way.</p> <h2>16. Skeleton</h2> <p>Download the free bone template and follow these <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/254349/skeleton-costume-how#254349">video instructions</a> for how to make your own skeleton t-shirt. The artist recommends using a rotary cutter for the most precise look. And if you're looking for a cheap t-shirt, check out your local dollar store.</p> <h2>17. Tourist</h2> <p>Have a little fun and hit the town as a tacky tourist for your night out. If you don't have any dorky duds or vacation t-shirts, head to your local thrift shop to find something on the cheap. A map is a nice prop along with a brimmed hat, a camera, tall socks, and &mdash; the essential &mdash; a fanny pack or large shoulder bag.</p> <h2>18. Identity Theft</h2> <p>Here's a clever one for you &mdash; <a href="http://instagram.com/p/gJ9Cyevu_X/">identity theft</a>. Just wear black from head to toe and slap on a bunch of those &quot;Hello, My Name is&hellip;&quot; stickers displaying names that aren't your own. This outfit might be the creepiest of all!</p> <h2>19. Mummy</h2> <p>Though this costume is intended for the expectant crowd, the basics for the <a href="http://www.deliacreates.com/this-looked-much-better-in-my-head/">pregnant mummy</a> are the same whether you're with-child or not. Just cut strips of t-shirt or muslin and wrap them around your upper half. Use red craft paint for blood. If you want to really be frugal, try toilet paper!</p> <h2>20. Audrey Hepburn</h2> <p>Almost all women have a little black dress hiding somewhere in their closets. Put it on with a string of pearls (real or fake), a large pair of dark sunglasses, and a small tiara. Now you look like <a href="http://www.katiedidwhat.com/what-i-wore-wed-nes-day-halloween/">Holly Golightly</a> from Breakfast at Tiffany's.</p> <p><em>What are you dressing up as for Halloween this year? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-and-easy-halloween-costumes-for-adults">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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