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SAVING YOU MONEY -- Eerie, but economical: Spooky costumes, decorations don't have to cost a lot

Oct 18, 2008 (Muskogee Phoenix - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- EDITOR'S NOTE: One in a series on helping readers save money.
Don't let high prices and economic problems scare you out of having a happy Halloween with your kids.

You can find all sorts of inexpensive ways to dress up or decorate -- and many of those things can be found right in your closet, area experts say.

All it takes is imagination and time.

"Try to utilize items you already have," said Muskogee County Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator Virginia Stanley. She listed several costume ideas that require only old clothes, fancy scarves or out of style duds.

"You can be a scarecrow, a pirate, a 1950s sock hop teen," she said. Frugality-oriented Web sites have all sorts of costume ideas, she said.

Do-it-yourselfers can find fabric and accessories at Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics and other stores.

Pam Moulder, manager of scrapbooking at Hobby Lobby, said people can use all sorts of fabrics for costumes. For example, tulle, gauze and cheesecloth can make an eerier ghost than a sheet.

Chris Moreno, who works in the store's fabric department said people also can make costumes out of flannel and felt.

"People buy a lot of shimmery fabric such as lame," she said.

Though it helps to know how to sew, people can easily assemble costumes using fabric glue, Moulder said.

"There is a lot you can glue together," she said. "It's only going to be worn one night. Take fabric and slap it together."

Moulder said people also can make creative and inexpensive costumes with, of all things, balloons.

"You can be a bag of jelly beans with multi-colored balloons or a bunch of grapes with purple balloons," she said. "Just get a bag of balloons, blow them up and attach them to a trash bag or sweat suit."

Hobby Lobby also has inexpensive accessories such as hats for pirates, cowboys and witches, she said.

People also can save money by doing creative things with face paint and adult makeup, especially makeup that has been out of fashion.

Halloween haunting, decorating and treating can get expensive. The National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIG research, said the average person plans to spend $66.54 on the holiday, up from $64.82 one year ago. Of that, they likely will spend $24.17 on Halloween costumes for adults, children, even pets; $18.25 for decorations; $20.39 for candy and $3.73 for greeting cards. Total Halloween spending for 2008 is estimated to reach $5.77 billion.

People also can save on decorating by using at-hand items, Stanley said.

"You can make a scarecrow with old jeans and an old shirt," she said. "Make the head out of a paper sack and stuff it with leaves."

Rachel Lockwood, Wagoner County Family and Consumer Science Extension educator said people can make all sorts of things with black trash bags, "from bats to goblins."

People not into Halloween can decorate for fall with items from nature, she said. "They can collect leaves, acorns or nuts."

That saves money in another way because people can keep such decorations up after October, she said.

We want your ideas

Do you collect coupons? Do you buy store brands or insist on name brands? If you have money saving ideas, contact Cathy Spaulding at 684-2928.

Spooky savings

--Use clothes or items you already have, such as animal print pajamas or old hand-me-downs.

--Buy costumes that can be used for other purposes, such as a princess dress for a party dress.

--Or reuse a party or "flower girl" dress for a princess or baby bride dress.

--Check online auctions of second-hand stores for costume ideas.

--Let your kids decorate an old gallon ice cream bucket to carry their Trick or Treat loot in.

--When all else fails, there's always the bed sheet ghost with holes cut out for eyes. Avoid plaid and floral prints or fitted sheets.

--Mismatched old clothes, or oversized clothes, plus creative face makeup can make a cute clown or hobo.

Sources: www.thriftyfun.com, reporter's experience.

Web sites for costume ideas




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#261   HKFIQ BK PLAN effective. All shares cancelled at Renee 07/31/17 09:03:29 AM
#260   HANCOCK FABRICS, INC., et al. rmuncast 05/04/17 02:26:32 PM
#259   Yikes, 2 million shares on the ask at rmuncast 03/21/17 02:19:50 PM
#258   Debtors I think doesnt mean common share debtors. $hellKing 03/16/17 04:04:46 PM
#257   "Hancock Fabrics filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court etcetera 03/16/17 03:59:54 PM
#256   seems like a fraction claim holders are getting $hellKing 03/16/17 03:51:11 PM
#255   Ha yeah right. if the filings said $hellKing 03/16/17 03:49:11 PM
#254   Seems like $100 million going to shareholders etcetera 03/16/17 03:45:16 PM
#253   Lol yup etcetera 03/16/17 03:44:50 PM
#252   No wonder they are going BK. Read $hellKing 03/16/17 03:40:13 PM
#251   Hkfiq 8k out q can poss come off soon. etcetera 03/16/17 03:23:06 PM
#250   Where is this from? Are we looking at a rmuncast 03/14/17 02:21:51 PM
#249   Hkfiq $100 million to unsecured claim holders, booom etcetera 03/14/17 12:51:19 PM
#248   Anybody notice the 2M bid at 0.001? rmuncast 02/22/17 03:32:22 PM
#247   Gotcha. Thanks for the info. Garyst 12/28/16 02:03:06 PM
#246   @DarthTraderWins is on twitter talkin about Micheals Stores KrakenTaken 12/28/16 12:44:11 PM
#245   Ahhh, thanks for the info Garyst 12/27/16 03:50:55 PM
#244   someone on twitter is pumping it Diwanssong 12/27/16 03:49:33 PM
#243   Not sure. Haven't seen any news or a Garyst 12/27/16 03:38:39 PM
#242   What is up with HKFIQ? Are the buxmaker 12/27/16 03:27:31 PM
#241   Nice bounce today. Very thin to the upside. Garyst 11/17/16 08:49:26 PM
#240   Gotcha. Garyst 11/08/16 08:06:59 PM
#239   I didn't. I got on the computer just rmuncast 11/08/16 07:25:30 PM
#238   Did you grab any today on the dips? Garyst 11/08/16 06:26:31 PM
#237   500,000 bidding rmuncast 11/08/16 03:45:13 PM
#236   Keep selling guys. Hell, knock it down to Garyst 11/08/16 03:37:47 PM
#235   This is the time to buy guys or Garyst 11/08/16 10:41:43 AM
#234   Yes, that's another one really moving this week. Garyst 11/08/16 10:41:07 AM
#233   Check out CDVIQ!!! Lilarmojohn 11/08/16 10:40:10 AM
#232   Would take little volume today to see a Garyst 11/08/16 08:56:34 AM
#231   Let's see what happens tomorrow. There must be Lilarmojohn 11/08/16 12:13:40 AM
#230   HKFIQ was 20 cents just back in January 2016! Garyst 11/07/16 11:17:39 PM
#229   Todays close showed under 50k shares total on Garyst 11/07/16 08:53:40 PM
#228   HKFIQ any AM volume tomorrow sends this up Garyst 11/07/16 08:53:16 PM
#227   HKFIQ hit 02 2400% mid morning on very Garyst 11/07/16 08:52:36 PM
#226   It's all about momentum. These plays go in Garyst 11/07/16 08:38:41 PM
#225   im just not understanding how this can have Lilarmojohn 11/07/16 05:49:52 PM
#224   i wonder if this will go up as Lilarmojohn 11/07/16 05:49:11 PM
#223   Yes and some massive movement. Garyst 11/07/16 05:36:45 PM
#222   After all these months. We have movement. b4ucry 11/07/16 04:18:16 PM
#221   100k bidding 01 now. That is 3 times Garyst 11/07/16 03:59:25 PM
#220   Huge 500% swings and almost nothing to the Garyst 11/07/16 03:34:06 PM
#219   josh why do u say that? looks like Lilarmojohn 11/07/16 03:29:02 PM
#218   This will be the next SARA run. Don't Joshhoff825 11/07/16 03:12:26 PM
#217   https://www.barchart.com/stocks/quotes/HKFIQ/opinion barchart says buy! hmmm Lilarmojohn 11/07/16 02:02:12 PM
#216   Whoa what's goin on here??? baz124 11/07/16 01:37:45 PM
#215   ETRF has been slowly moving up on the bid kmerrill057 08/04/16 03:44:55 PM
#214   Good did you see the news yesterday kmerrill057 08/04/16 10:11:40 AM
#213   I wonder what will happen with the shares kmerrill057 08/04/16 09:48:57 AM
#212   HKFIQ Should be interesting to see if they protagonist12 08/03/16 06:43:32 PM
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