Celebrity Halloween Do’s and Don’ts by Refinery 29.

The holiday is before us, and it’s safe to say that every girl and guy in town is wondering the same thought: “What the bloody hell am I going to be this year for Halloween?” Since the vampire idea didn’t work out so well for you last year (though, perhaps with a deeper shade of faux blood…) we can turn to those who know a lot more about playing a role and dressing up in costume than we do. Proving that black cats and ghost costumes need not be included in the mix, while demonstrating that literal thinking, age-defiance, and guilty pleasures make the holiday that much more ‘give me something good to eat,’ here are some much needed celebrity dos and don’ts for Halloween from one of our favourite online mag’s Refinery 29.

DIY Halloween Haunted House for under $30

This Halloween, turn your humble abode into a pit of seething horror for the neighbourhood kids with a few simple house-of-horror pranks. You can give your kids a thrill or create the ultimate Halloween party location without spending a fortune. The first step is to demarcate the path through your house of horror. You may choose to do this in your garage, in your garden or make a pathway through your living room by using garbage bags which can be split open along the sides for added length. Lay the bags down on the flooring to show participants which path they should follow. You can also cover walls and furniture with black bags for added effect. Play a suitably spooky Halloween soundtrack. There are many on offer for free download. Here are a few to get you started: Spooky Soundtracks The Blue Smoke Band Free Halloween Online Radio Stations AOL Radio – Halloween Slacker.fm Halloween Pandora – Halloween Music Halloweenradio.net Doomed SomaFM Salvage polystyrene packaging from your local appliance stores and cut out tombstones. Paint them with a sponge to get a weathered look. Make it extra scary by writing the names of your party guests onto the tombstones. Create

The Economy of Halloween

Don’t fool yourself. Halloween is big business. As a continent, we spend billions of dollars in the fright department. As predicted by the National Retail Federation, our neighbors to the south (Americans) will be spending $6.86 billion on Halloween this year. That’s the 10th ranked most expensive holiday, averaging out about $72.31 on treats, tricks, costumes and parties. Halloween expenses have jumped up about 8% since 2008, so the spooky spending is definitely on the rise. Rather than try to find quick savings on Halloween this year, especially if you’re a big fan of the occasion, why not just look for the best way to spend your $72.31? If you get the value out of spending $65 on a costume and the other $7.31 on candy corn, go for it! Sometimes it’s just best to accept the costs and have fun with it – there’s no sense feeling bad about the money you spend on fun occasions. So embrace the purchases and have a fun (safe) Halloween. ++++++++++++++++++++++ Halloween economics for kids (and parents/chaperones) Something I learned when I was technically too old to trick or treat (but was taking advantage of

5 Halloween Costumes Under $10

As I told you last time, getting a store-bought Halloween costume can turn into a sweaty, expensive, candy-coated mess, so here are 10 nearly free costumes that are either: • easy • awesome • cheap • kind of funny • all of the above As you’ll see, this list doesn’t cover everything, but hopefully you’ll be able to find something in there to boost your Halloween trick or treat cred. 1. Sexy _____ Girls have this one locked down. You can turn ANYTHING into a sexy version for Halloween. Other than Arbor Day, Halloween is easily our most provocative holiday. 2. A Formal Apology This one is sort of high-level. You wear that black suit you drag out of your closet once a year and you dress as formally as you can. Then you have a sign that says ‘I’m sorry’. Boom. FORMAL APOLOGY. English nerds will love it. 3. Robots What’s more fun than taping together cardboard boxes and spray painting them with silver spray paint? Nothing. (similar, and awesome: these lego men costumes). 4. *Last year’s Halloween costume* Chances are, no one remembers what you were last year. Dig that thing out, take

Halloween Ideas That Are Cheap & Fun

October 31st doesn’t have to be the scariest time of year for your wallet. Getting into the Halloween spirit can be as cheap as it is fun. That means more money for tricks, treats and Halloween parties – instead of wasted cash on an outfit you’re going to only wear once. Without being lame, there are some great ways to save around this spooky season and get into the SMART SPENDING mode that we love at the Mogo Blog. We already took a look at what you can do to be cash-savvy with your kids’ costumes, but we know you want to get into the Halloween action as well. Here are some holiday hints that are fun and won’t derail your savings plan. Costumes *Go Retro *– just because you’ve worn a costume once doesn’t mean you can’t haul it out of the closet a few years down the road (it’s not a wedding dress, after all). Get more miles out of something you’ve put time/cash/creativity into. This especially works if you’re going to multiple Halloween parties. Trade it Up – After pillaging your own closet for Halloween costume ideas, check your

Kids Halloween Costumes That Won’t Break The Bank

Halloween is closer than you think, so it’s time to start thinking about your kid’s costume. A little bit of work now will save on stress, cash and sleep when October 30th runs around and you realize junior needs to be a spaceman like Tommy from down the road! Don’t smash your financial pumpkin and sanity! Act this week to save cash and build the holiday hype. Start Early *Your kid is going to want to do everything early around Halloween. *What do you mean we can’t start trick or treating at 2:30?! Why not start asking them what they want to dress up as for Halloween now, so you can both get your gears turning on ideas. Two weeks of prep time is always better than one or two nights. Steer Clear of Pre-Made Costumes Because you started planning early, you can avoid walking through pharmacies and grocery stores in fear of your kid wanting the overly priced pieces of plastic that pass as costumes. Most times, your child will only get one use out of the costume, or need to wear a winter coat over it (the realities of Canadian Halloween!), so don’