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Easy Celebrity Halloween Costume Ideas


Have you found your Halloween costume yet? For inspiration, we’ve rounded up a list of celebrities that would be easy to dress up as for the over-the-top holiday, from the decked-out Kardashian clan to the chic Rachel Zoe. Check out celebrity (and couple) costume ideas in the gallery, plus tips for scoring their signature looks!

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The worst Halloween costume of 2011…so far


anna rexiaHorrible news: This is a totally real costume being sold online this year. It was also supposedly up for grabs in some stores until a few hours ago, when the the Village Voice, nay the world, got wind of it.

The only thing more depressing than the fact that anyone would dream up the Anna Rexia costume, a skeleton tube dress belted by measuring tape, is the fact that anyone would buy it.

There are other questionable costume and apparel that has been made and is being pushed in various store.  Recently JC Penney’s had to pull.

A few months ago, the Internet was up in arms over a white David & Goliath T-Shirt that read, in pink bubble letters, “I’m too pretty to do math.” Then there was the one with “Future Trophy Wife” written on it.

But many parents think this one is worse.

I'm too Pretty to do mathThe long-sleeve T-shirt that J.C. Penney pulled off its website today amid plenty of parental outrage read: “I’m too pretty to do my homework so my brother has to do it for me.” And, judging by the description of the shirt on the J.C. Penney website—”Who has time for homework when there’s a new Justin Bieber album out? She’ll love this tee that’s just as cute and sassy as she is”—it seems like the company didn’t have a problem with the shirt until customers started to complain.

Thanks to major clothing retailers, parents struggle to teach  girls that beauty isn’t everything, that they don’t have to play dumb in order to be popular, that women can  be both smart and pretty.  But, even though studies show that girls are as good at math as boys, even with beautiful movie stars earning Ivy League degrees in between blockbuster hits, the stereotypes persist—thanks in large part to messages like the one on that “cute and sassy” T-shirt marketed to girls age 7 to 16.

While there is sure to be more terrible Halloween Costumes this year, this is a horrible/great start.

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Call to readers: Enter our super Halloween costume contest


It’s time for the annual Star-Telegram/Mom2Mom reader Halloween costume contest! This year, they want you (And by you, we mean readers of all ages can enter this contest!) to design a costume that shows them your inner superhero.

To enter: They’ll need a photo of you in your Halloween costume and a description of your superhero identity such as the one in the sample below. You’ll need to upload your photos at mom2momdfw.com. When you enter online, you will need to fill out a form giving your superhero information and your “real life” info, too.

Deadline for entry is 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

After Oct. 9, online voting begins! Readers will pick the winner in this contest, so go back to those websites and choose your favorite costume, Voting will continue through Oct. 14.

If you are chosen as the winner or as an “editor’s choice” finalist, they will need you to come into their studio for a photo shoot with your Halloween costume during the week of Oct. 17.

Here’s the kind of info they’ll ask for when you enter online:

Superhero name:

Your superhero strengths and talents:

How you got your powers:

Your archenemy:

Your goal:

Real name:

City:

Age:

E-mail:

Basic info about your Halloween costume and how you made it:

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Ideas for Making Your Own Halloween Costume


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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To make your Halloween costume or not? That is the question.


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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More Halloween Costume Trends


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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Scary Deal: How To Never Pay For A Halloween Costume Again!


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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How to save money and still have a spooktacular Halloween costume


Halloween expenses can quickly add up to a frightening large sum.  Here are  some budget-friendly tips for cutting one of the biggest expenses of all: costume costs.

1. Browse your closet for costume creations. Old clothes and even curtains and sheets can be transformed into festive attire. Unworn shirts can be cut up for a sash or vest, a bridesmaids dress makes a great princess or harem girl costume and an oversized orange sweatshirt is the perfect pumpkin for your child. Be creative & browse the internet for DYI ideas.

2. Search thrift stores for inexpensive costumes and accessories. Buying old clothes not only saves money but also helps green-up the environment. Don’t forget to look for used costumes on the internet at Craigslist or eBay.

3. Use online coupons for costume savings. Sites like PromotionalCodes.com and CouponWinner.com offer hundreds of money-saving coupons for costumes, decorations, accessories, candy and more. Search the sites’ Halloween category to find the best deals quickly and easily.

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4. Organize a costume swap. Get with friends to trade kid and adult costumes or coordinate a swap within your neighborhood or at your office. Not only will others appreciate the money-saving idea, but you’ll likely score a great costume for free!

5. Buy next year’s costume at extremely discounted prices after Halloween. Start saving for next year now and shop after the haunting celebration to score anywhere from 60 to 80% off of costumes and accessories.

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The Top Ten Kids/Adult Costumes For Halloween This Year


Everyone’s favorite holiday is coming up and it’s the only time of year you can dress up in your fantasy outfit and not get strange looks. That’s right! It almost time for Halloween and Halloween costumes are going fast! It’s not just kids who like to dress up; adults love to dress as their favorite hero, person, or fantasy even it it’s a naughty costume.

So what’s going as the favorite this year – the princess costume! Again the princess costume wins out on the most sought after Halloween costume and not just for kids, adults want on too. It usually takes the number one spot and this year is no different.

Jack Sparrow Wig - Black

Coming in second place is a pirate costume. Jack Sparrow is still number two and it come complete with sword, hair, and sash. You can get costume accessories like the eye patch or extra knives to go with your costume, depending whether you want to be a good pirate or a bad pirate.

A vampire costume takes third place with all the gory red blood, teeth, and black cape. Twilight saga movies are responsible for this one moving up. Vampire fans want to be Edward Cullen to get that girl they’ve always wanted. Others are looking to Jacob Black costume for the Halloween treat or is that trick? Since there isn’t one many are using muscle chest shirts or a black t-shirt with muscle arms and a set of werewolf feet.

A surprising up coming costume introduced for this year is pet costumes. Pet costumes come in at forth place. I can tell you the costumes they have for pets are outstanding. You can make a German shepherd look like a hot dog or your poodle look like the Hulk complete with green hair. Of course, there is always the princess dog costume that’s a favorite with pet owners.

Fifth place goes to fancy dress costumes. That would cover the tuxedoes, southern belle, and the suave, sophisticated multimillionaire from the fifties. Fancy dress costumes are in the same place as last year cuz you can’t go wrong looking like Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara.

Sixth place has held for this year as well as last with Batman costumes for kids and adults. Everyone’s hero and if you’re there’s two of you; you can have a couples costume with Batman and Robin. Robin looks just as good as a female as with a male.

Seventh place goes to the queen costume and that’s Queen as in Elisabeth, Queen of England, or Sofía, Queen of Spain. You can’t go wrong being a queen of any country or as queen of a genre.

The old favorite witch costume comes in eighth place. The best standby costume around. If you don’t know what else to dress up as for Halloween then go with the witch. The big black hat is the funnest to wear or with a little imagination it can be turned into a wizard’s hat.

Upcoming from out of nowhere is the Indian costume to stand in ninth place. Very surprising that it tops cowboy, who didn’t make the top ten this year. It might have to do with Jacob Black, who as you know, is a Quileute Indian. It’s the standard feather headdress and leather moccasins and loin cloth.

And in the tenth place of most asked for Halloween costume this year is the angel. Mostly it’s a costume for kids but sometimes adults like to be angels too, especially if they’re little devils.

There you have it, the top ten costumes for kids and adults. Of course, you can get them almost anywhere such as Kids-R-Us, Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, and Halloween-Costume-Mart and don’t forget to include the Internet in your search for the best kids and adult costumes. Be sure to get in early or at least get your reservation in on the costume of your choice for Halloween this year.

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Now’s The Time To Order Your Halloween Accessories So They’ll Be On Time For Your


It’s that time again and the Halloween accessories they have this year are outstanding!  Everyone wants to dress up as their favorite character whether it’s Spiderman, Wonder Women, Superman, or their favorite rap star or the old standby princess.  The accessories to go with any outfit can be found anywhere you want to look.

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You can look on the Internet, the mall, or any local Walgreen’s and find Halloween costumes for kids, teens, and adults.  You can even find them for the grandparents.  This time of year everyone loves to dress up as their favorite rock star, cartoon, or hero.

Halloween accessories come with all kinds of costumes but for the extra accessories you’ll have to look around a little to find them.  Such as a costume for Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean comes with the hair and sword but if you want an eye patch, you’ll have to look for it.  Most accessories for costumes are in the same department so it shouldn’t be too hard to find them.

Most fairy princess’ costumes come with their magical wands, tiaras, slippers, and glitter makeup but for the special added touch of other jewelry or a different wand you’ll find them in the Halloween accessories department.

You can buy them at wholesale prices if you want to keep them or you can rent a Halloween costume.  If the costume is for kids then you probably don’t want to rent them but you can find places like Costco, Party City, or Michaels.  They have great prices on good quality Halloween costumes and accessories.

Deluxe 31 Piece Graveyard Decoration Kit

If you use the Internet to order your costume now’s the time to order. There is plenty of website to order from, all with great prices. You can purchase the whole package of clown outfits that include metal horns, squirt flowers, giant scissors, rubber chicken, droopy eyes and much more.  You can get together with your friends and neighbors and order in bulk at wholesale prices.  The cost of shipping is usually free if the purchase price is over a certain amount.

There are literally thousands of Halloween accessories and not just for costumes.  You can get your favorite jack-o-lanterns, candles, spiders and spider webs, ghost, tombs, and in some cases you can even get coffins complete with a body.  This time of years is the favorite for many people and now’s the time to start ordering your Halloween accessories so you’ll be set when your much loved holiday rolls around.

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