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Do you have a spouse or friend whom you’d love to share a costume with this year, but just can’t quite put your finger on the right one? Maybe you’re looking for cute paired costumes for the kids? Here is a partial list of some ideas that you might consider. Use these to decide on your own:

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Little Bo Peep & Her Sheep (This is especially cute for moms and baby)
Rich Boy and Poor Girl
Cookies and Milk
Fisherman and Fish
Babe and His Blue Ox
Santa and Mrs. Claus
Adam and Eve
Grapes and Bananas (or any other variety of fruit/veggie combos)
Ball and Chain
Toilet and Seat
Sonny and Cher
Republican and Democrat
Raggedy Ann and Andy
Card and Dice
Cat and Mouse
King and Queen
Dog and Cat
Bat and Ball
Salt and Pepper
Batman and Robin
Jack and Jill
Howie Mandel and a Suitcase Girl
Dora and Diego
Bill and Hillary Clinton
Danny and Sandy (from the movie Grease)
Cheerleader and Football Player
Twins (This one will be especially easy if you have actual twins) ;)
Frankenstein and His Bride
Baby Bottle and Rattle
Ketchup and Mustard Bottles
Nut and Bolt
Grim Reaper and Victim
Doctor and Nurse
Beast and Belle
Buzz and Woody
Captain Hook and Wendy
Peter Pan and a Lost Boy
Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone
Pebbles and BamBam
SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick
Desi and Lucy
David and Goliath
Pen and Pencil
Soccer Mom and Her Player (This can be done with various sports)
Tom and Jerry
Southern Gentleman and his Belle
Caveman and Cave Girl
Cleopatra and Pharaoh (King)
Harry Potter and Hermione
King & Queen of Hearts
Prince Charming and Princess
Shrek and Princess Fiona
Vampire and Dracula
Hansel and Gretel
Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe
Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth (from Pirates of the Caribbean)
Pilgrim Man & Woman
Pilgrim & Indian
George and Martha Washington
Priest and Nun
Pink Lady and ThunderBird Guy from Grease
Race Car Driver and Pit Crew Member
Cowboy and Cowgirl
Plug and Socket
Austin Powers & Felicity Shagwell

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While coming up with the idea maybe the easiest part, putting the two together may not be as simple. If you want to make your own costumes, you can find templates online or at your local craft store that will definitely make the process easier. Looking to purchase your costumes? Make sure wherever you choose to buy from has both costumes in stock before purchasing. Don’t forget you can always go through your own clothes, any dress up clothes the kids may have and previous years’ costumes and put two of them together as well.

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Halloween is closer than you think, and getting your Halloween costume illeal_alien-costumesquared away will help prevent last-minute blunders like this Halloween costume from a few years ago. In fact, according to the Census Bureau, you might not even need to jump online for an easy Halloween costume solution.

Of course, a trip to Amazon.com, CostumeCity.com, or CostumeDiscounters.com to browse what’s out there is an option, and home delivery is a plus. But with a costume, it’s often better to hold it in your hand or even try it on to make sure there are no Halloween Night costume malfunctions.

Take heart! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 1,719 costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation (figures as of 2009). That means most every urban locale should have a place where you can consider a high-quality Halloween costume rental, and hold it in your hands to boot. Also, with the proliferation of big box stores such as Target (about 1,750 locations) and Wal-Mart (about 8,500 locations), cheaper costumes for purchase should be available within a short drive, making an ahead-of-time Halloween costume purchase a snap.

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Thinking about how you can save money this Halloween? Why not consider a costume that you design from used odd and end clothing and accessories? Thrift or Goodwill stores offer these items at a small portion of what you would pay at a Halloween or retail store. You can also network with other moms and swap off old costumes for the one you want. With some creativity and legwork, you can make any of the following costumes.

Argh Matey! – Pirate Costumes

Pirate costumes will be huge this year. You need baggy black or brown pants cut below the knee. Pirates wore baggy white shirt that are cuffed up. A solid baggy vest, unbuttoned, would be worn over the shirt. Add a bright scarf tied around your waist. Army boots, large gold hoop earrings, sword, eye patch, hat or bandana tops this outfit off. If you live in a colder region you might want to look for a long black coat.

BOO To You Too! – Ghost Costumes

The ghost is the oldest and easiest ghoulish outfit around. You need a large white sheet that completely drapes your being. With arms down cut any excess off the bottom up to an inch from the ground. Cut out eyeholes. White eye make up keeps the ghost entirely white. You can carry a pumpkin or maybe a glow stick for that added touch.

If I Only Had a Brain! - Scarecrow

With the right straw hat and a little straw, a scarecrow can easily be done. Oversized, old and sloppy is the key. You will need old overalls or jeans that you can patch with bandana type material, a flannel shirt, work boots and work or garden gloves. Be sure to stuff straw or raffia inside your shirt and leave some hanging out wherever you can. A blackbird attached to your hat, silk daisies or a corn cob pipe would be good accessories. Paint your face base white and proceed with black paint for a triangle nose and circle eyes. Paint your lips a bright red extending the make up beyond your lips for a straight smile.

10 Hut! – The Always Popular Football Player

Another inexpensive way to look sharp while using odds and ends is the football player. You may have or can easily network to get the pads, helmet, shirt, cleats and pants for this easy costume. Black make up under the eyes is all that is needed. Oh, don’t forget to carry the football for the full effect.

As soon as this year’s festivities are done, start thinking about next year! Once Halloween is over, it’s time to hit the discount stores. Often, outfits and accessories can be picked up for half the price or less. Thinking ahead on what your needs will be the following year will save you a ton of money, especially if you’ve got more than one person in the family dressing up. Don’t forget the garage sales too. This past Spring I bought my son’s character costume at a garage sale for two dollars. Outstanding savings I must say. Clearly, with a little imagination and a bit of planning ahead, you can create a costume that the kids will love and so will your checkbook.

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HalloweenAndCostumes.com is having a Halloween costume photo contest! It is free to enter. The cutest baby in costume is up first. The sexy Halloween costume photo contest starts September 5th.

HalloweenAndCostumes.com is holding is 1st annual Halloween Costume Photo Contest and giving away $1,000 in company gift certificates. Anyone ages 18 and up is eligible to enter, and as long as they are in costume, it does not matter where it was purchased. With Halloween almost here and many people looking at photos of past costumes, the company is encouraging them to submit their best pictures for a chance to win. A new contest will be held every two weeks, and contestants are able to enter on the website.

The following is the schedule of all the contests:

Cutest Kid/Baby In Costume Started August 18th.  Photo submissions started August 18th and runs to August 31st. The voting for best baby Halloween costumes 2011 will start September 1st and end September 4th. The winner will be announced September 5th. Prizes will be a $75 gift certificate for 1st place, a $50 gift certificate for 2nd, and a $25 gift certificate 3rd place.

2nd contest will be the Sexiest Costume Photo Contest and will start on September 5th. Photo submissions start September 5th and run to September 13th. The voting will start September 14th and end September 18th with the winners announced September 19th. Prizes will be a $250 gift certificate for 1st place, a $100 gift certificate for 2nd, and a $50 gift certificate for 3rd place.  Get your sexy Halloween costumes photos out and win!

3rd contest will be the Best Group/Family/Couple Costume Photo Contest. This will start on September 19th.  Photo submissions start September 19th and runs to September 27th. The voting will start September 28th and end October 2nd. The winner will be announced October 3rd. Prizes will be a $150 gift certificate to 1st place, a $75 gift certificate for 2nd and a $50 gift certificate for 3rd place.

4th contest will be the Last Minute Worst Costume Photo Contest – the best one for contestants to prove they really need one of these gift certificates. Photo submissions start October 3rd and runs to October 12th, and the voting will take place between October 13th and 16th. The winner will be announced October 17th. Prizes will be a $100 gift certificate to 1st place, a $50 gift certificate to 2nd and a $25 gift certificate to 3rd place.

“This is very exciting for everyone here at HalloweenAndCostumes.com,” said Michele Nuccitelli, founder and CEO of HalloweenAndCostumes.com. “We can’t wait to see all of the awesome costumes that people submit. What’s better than having a great Halloween costume photo from years past and being able to get money to buy one of the new 2011 Halloween Costumes for the upcoming season? It will be quite enjoyable giving out all of these prizes and making sure they have a great photo to submit for next year’s contest.”

About HalloweenAndCostumes.com

Launched in 2005 with just 100 products, HalloweenAndCostumes.com has grown to be one of the largest online providers of adult and children’s costumes today thanks to the close to 4,000 new products that are added to the company’s product line every year. Offering everything from shoes and boots to wigs and baby Halloween costumes, HalloweenAndCostumes.com is a one-stop-shop for Halloween costumes 2011. Known for its excellent customer service and attention to detail, the online boutique has garnered excellent reviews and developed a loyal customer base.

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As the handful of days prior to Halloween approach every year, I ask myself, panicking, a fundamental question: will I Simple Zombie Costumemake my costume this year, buy it, or put together a mash-up of new items with ones I already own? In years past I’ve done mostly the first and last. Two years ago, for instance, out of necessity I left my costume’s creation solely up to two of my college roommates, as I had my American history class the night of the big Halloween party we were attending. While my professor groaned about controversies of the Vietnam War, my two blond roommates maniacally ran over an old white dress of mine (originally purchased for under $15 from Ross) with one’s Honda, splattered red and black paint on it Jackson Pollock-style, and smashed twigs and clumps of dirt into the dress’s top layer of netting. As I threw down my books and hurriedly slipped on the mess of my former summer sundress, they decorated my neck and arms with red nail polish, or blood. Voila: I was a zombie.

And a fabulous zombie I was.

Last year, I combined a borrowed short, slightly flirty pink dress with a Party City tutu and a dusty Nintendo 64controller rendered as a belt, and was dubbed Princess Peach from Mario Kart.

This year, I’m taking a similar approach. Tonight I’ll be crafting my octopus costume. My weapons of choice: white panty hose, a kids’ tutu (size large), tissue paper, and long white gloves(which I already owned from a previous costume). We’ll see how this goes.

Happy Halloween, frugees!

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So what’s your pet going to be for Halloween this year? This is the question being asked around dog parks everywhere during October. And notice, to be politically correct, the question isn’t limited to dogs anymore; people now dress up their cats, rats, parrots and any other creature that shares their home.

The pet clothing business has become a multimillion-dollar industry lately with Halloween being the busiest time of the year. Even those who don’t embarrass their dogs on a daily basis by dressing them in little outfits get caught up in the frenzy of Halloween and all the ads pushing cute (and not so cute) costumes. You can find special and unique outfits at Web sites such as costumecraze.com, spoiledrottendoggies.com (go on, admit your dog is spoiled!), and bestfriendsgeneralstore.com. Even mainstream stores such as Target are getting into the market with a dog Santa suit or elf outfit.

What really made me laugh is the line of dog clothing armoires being sold. I don’t know why I was surprised to see the extensive collection (check out www.thefind.com/crafts/info-dog-armoire). I guess if you have a different outfit for your dog for every day of the week (month?), you would need a place to hang up his clothes. They are beautifully constructed pieces of furniture and would make any dog proud, that’s for sure.

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Back to costumes. If your dog is not used to being dressed up and you want him to wear something, you’d better start now to acclimate your dog or you will be mighty disappointed come Oct. 31. You can’t just throw a cape on a dog who has never seen one before and expect instant cooperation – these things take time and probably a package (or two) of hot dogs (otherwise known as bribery or, in dog training lingo, behavior re-enforcers). With enough treats you might cajole your dog to sit still in costume at least long enough to snap one decent photo.

Besides being just plain embarrassing, Halloween does pose some real issues for our pets. All that candy laying around can be very tempting for some dogs – and chocolate contains a chemical that is toxic to dogs. Even if the chocolate doesn’t get them, all the sugar and caffeine will certainly make Fido one sick puppy, so be sure to keep your stash of candy out of reach of your dog.

Some dogs, even really nice ones, can get freaked out at the unusual looking creatures that are roaming the night. No one looks like they are suppose to and with the doorbell ringing and all the excitement in the air, it wouldn’t take much for a dog to get overly excited or defensive and accidentally nip. Be sure to keep your pets away from the door so that doesn’t happen, and let’s keep this holiday safe for everyone, even your “wiener” dog dressed as a hotdog. Poor thing!

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More Halloween costume trends

Associated Press

For the family that Halloweens together: A ghostly group. A voodoo trio. A pirate brigade. This year, many families are dressing together as a unit.

Chasing Fireflies, a Seattle-based company, has been selling more options for families, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and mothers and daughters.

“We have vampires as a brother and sister duo, a Greek goddess and gladiator, looks that are expanded to add in Mom and Dad,” said Lori Liddle, co-founder of the company.

Chasing Fireflies has also added plus-size costumes and expanded their sizes for growing kids.

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“We’ve sold out of every (children’s size) 14 in the house,” Liddle said. “I think the market has been pushing kids to be way too old too quickly and parents are pushing them to retain their childhood. It’s nice to let them be young and celebrate the childhood part of their life.”

Newsmakers: Angry stewards & oil spillers. In an homage to Steven Slater, the I’m-Not-Gonna-Take-This-Anymore Jet Blue flight attendant, several retailers are selling their own versions of the disgruntled airline employee or the angry steward.

“It’s a blue steward shirt with a light blue tie and it comes with a Band-Aid for your forehead,” said Todd Kenig, chairman of Ricky’s NYC.

The BuyCostumes.com – fulfill all your costume needs! version includes a plastic beer stein.

IParty has a series of celebrities-gone-bad looks that include a Tiger Woods visor with a golf club stuck through it. BuyCostumes.com – fulfill all your costume needs! features imitations of Betty White, Flo the insurance lady from Progressive.com and a “Bad Planning BP Jumpsuit,” a green costume that looks like it’s stained with black oil.

“That will be the controversial costume of the year,” predicts Dan Haight, chief operating officer of BuySeasons Inc., which owns one of the biggest online costume sites, BuyCostumes.com – fulfill all your costume needs!
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Anything can be sexy

According to the National Retail Federation, the “sexy adult costumes” are doing better than ever and boast a wider variety. There are sexy referees, sexy mischievous Mad Hatters, sexy pirates and a “Miss Krueger,” which is a sexy version of the Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddie Krueger.

BuyCostumes.com – fulfill all your costume needs! has the unquestionably most bizarre look in their Sexy Cookie Monster and Sexy Big Bird costumes for women.

“It’s a different cookie monster: it’s flirty and sassy and a lot more fun,” Haight said.

Animal costumes

Dog as Pumpkin: Fluffy and Fido can get into the Halloween spirit. Just about any costume you could dream up for a human is available for your pet.

The NRF tracked the top pet costumes. They include pumpkin, devil and witch. Even costumes for pets are getting racier, with retailers offering “sexy schoolgirl,” “playboy bunny” and “Darth Vader” for dogs.

Do-it-yourself

In a downturn economy, many consumers would rather get creative and piece together their own costumes. That’s also a way of making your costume more unique.

All of the retailers we spoke to said their accessories business is hotter than ever, with wigs, wands and Michael Jackson gloves flying off the shelves.

“The consumer is embellishing last year’s costumes or they’re finding something in their closet and making that work,” said Mary Ginnaty of Savers, a secondhand chain of stores across the United States. “They might buy a Snookie wig, but wear an animal print dress they already have in their closet.”

And since Halloween is on a Sunday this year, many will be going to multiple parties over the weekend, so they’ll need more than one look.

“Friday they might be Iron Man,” Ginnaty said, “and Saturday they might put a chef hat on top of a regular outfit to mix it up.”

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With dozens of temporary Halloween costume stores popping up all over town comes yet another breed of store to scour interesting wardrobe additions for.

Sure, plastic gladiator sandals and glow-in-the-dark stick-on fingernails would never cut it in the real world. But the wacky retail spots can yield some surprisingly fashion-forward items. Below, a few costume pieces that could spice up an ensemble well after All Hallow’s Eve.

Bag

Bloody Trick or Treat Bag, $7.99. If you didn’t see the word “bloody” in the name of this snappy duffel, it might bring to mind the iconic hand-painted bags of Stephen Sprouse.

Batman Adult Accessory Belt

Batman Belt, $12.99. Welcome to my new favorite statement piece. Yes, it’s meant to cinch a Batman unitard, but imagine this gold belt nipping in a slouchy, oversized sweater instead. Call it “Blade Runner”-chic.

School Boy Glasses

Nerdy Glasses, $3.95. What passes for classically nerdy in Halloween costumes can be quite stylish in the real world. And while you wouldn’t want to fill these flimsy specs with a real prescription, they’re a great accessory for girls who don’t wear glasses — but sometimes want to.

Shoes
Mens Disco Shoes, $29.99. Can’t you imagine retro-loving singer Janelle Monae wearing these? I’m not sure how “disco” plays into this Jazz Age loafer, but we love its George Esquivel-lite looks.

Headband
Hippie Headband, $3.99. If I were affecting a hippie look for Halloween, this isn’t the headband I’d choose. With its ’80s-style plastic beads and braiding, it reads more Pat Benatar than Janis Joplin. But it’s a cute accessory for modern day — and can double as a belt.

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Has it been a few years since you’ve been all decked out for Halloween and that Halloween Party? You could go for the obvious sports comedy and go ”clubbin” with Tiger Woods, or perhaps Brett Favre as the naughty Viking.

Angela Lemke with Halloween Express says don’t stress out any longer because they have everything. ”We have everything in here you could possibly want for Halloween. We’ve got make-up, masks, teeth; everything you want for Halloween costume ideas, we have it here,” says Lemke.

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Once you reach a certain age, the old Beer Keg suit just won’t cut it anymore. At the grown-up Halloween parties, you’re more likely two see political headgear, perhaps even masking their true political affiliations. Lemke says the Obama Halloween masks aren’t selling too well this year. “People still like Bill Clinton and Hillary, Nixon. They are the big sellers,” says Lemke.

I know I’m really bad to be saying this but it appears that all the candy has taken a toll on the chompers of Halloween characters this year. I remember Bubba Teeth but it looks like everybody went to the same dentist as Bubba. Brush please!!

Lemke says oral hygiene doesn’t appear to be important for a certain group of Halloween characters. ”I guess if you’re a murderer or a convict you don’t care about your teeth,” says Lemke.

I would be thinking about a trip to Walgreens for some Crest Whitening Strips. Good luck in your costume search this year and finding something to really sink your teeth into.

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Right now, parents all over are getting the same question from their kids: when are you going to get me a Halloween costume? Now, you have an answer, thanks to the organizers of National Costume Swap Day. Not only will your costume be free, you may never have to pay for a costume again.

The concept for National Costume Swap Day started in Seattle, and it has spread across the country with this simple concept: you find an old costume, track down a costume swap nearby, and turn it in for an outfit that’s all new to you. The organizers of this event say it’s one of the best treats you can get this Halloween–a way to save money and save the environment.

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So, you have two big decisions this Halloween: there’s what the kids want to dress up as, and, as dads like Randy Query know, there’s what parents want to spend on a costume. Query says, “We do it to ourselves. It’s one Cinderella dress, then another Cinderella dress, and it’s twice the price. So it’s, ‘Ooh, I’ve got to have the best we can find,’ but it gets tough as the economy goes farther and farther down.” The National Retail Federation says families will spend an average of $66 this year on costumes for Halloween. But instead of losing your head over Halloween spending, why not trade costumes with someone else?

Costume Swap Day organizer Corey Colwell-Lipson says, “It’s really about bringing people together, having fun with this concept, and creating less waste, and kicking off this holiday without having to spend any money at all.”  Colwell-Lipson started up the Costume Swap in Western Washington, and has seen dozens of cities across the country follow her example. You bring in a costume, get a receipt, then use that receipt to get a new outfit at any swap event you’d like before Halloween. Think about it, for this year and beyond. Colwell-Lipson says, “You might never have to spend a dime on costumes, and they could continue to be passed down and passed down. It’s really a win-win situation for everyone.”

Organizers claim if just half the kids in the U.S. recycled their Halloween outfits each fall, we’d keep the weight of 2,500 midsize cars out of the landfill. It’s another reason behind the prediction that this year’s Costume Swap will be a roaring success. To get more information on a Costume Swap near you, or to start one of your own, follow this link.

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