A scary economy doesn't have to frighten away your fun this Halloween. Here are 3 do-it-yourself tips to sweeten your Halloween without spooking your bank account.
(Money Talks News) — Time to carve the pumpkins and wait for all those characters to show up at your doorstep. Every year, Halloween decorations and costumes are more elaborate and sometimes more expensive.
Do you need to buy a new costume? Of course not! Here’s a great tip from PartyBluPrints.com. Get together with friends and have a costume swap. As for the kids? A simple costume can be made from Wizards of Waverly Place and Harry Potter.
“Do the wizard thing, it’s so easy. Make a paper hat, throw on a cape, you can make a wand” said Dawn Sandomeno with PartyBluPrints.com.
Sandomeno and her partner Elizabeth Mascali, are do it yourself bloggers at Partybluprints.com. They say it’s all about big fun and small expense, you just need to be clever and creative. How about a “Candy Co-Op”?
“Get together with friends and family and assign everyone a candy, go buy it in bulk, you’ll save tons of money then get back together so everyone has a variety” Sandomeno tells Money Talks News.
For a few decorations use cardboard to make grave markers in your yard and a few cotton balls to create a spider web for about 2 cents. It’ll cost you two bucks at the store.
Bottom line? Don’t consider Halloween an expense: consider it a way for you to show you can use your imagination instead of your money.
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More About Halloween
Halloween has origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain [pronounced: sow- wen] (Irish pronunciation: [ˈsˠaunʲ]; from the Old Irish samhain, possibly derived from Gaulish samonios). The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the “Celtic New Year”. Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient Celtic pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Celts believed that on October 31 the boundary between the world and the otherworld dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damage to crops. The festival frequently involved bonfires into which the bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. The wearing of costumes and masks at Halloween goes back to the Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or to placate them. In Scotland the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, while dressed in white.
Origin of name
The term Halloween, originally spelled Hallowe’en, is shortened from All Hallows’ Eve: eve is an abbreviation of even, an older word for evening. Halloween gets -een as a contraction of even to e’en], from the Old English term eallra hālgena ǣfen meaning “All Hallows’ Evening”, as it is the eve of “All Hallows’ Day”, which is now also known as All Saints’ Day. It was a day of religious festivities in various northern European pagan traditions, until Popes Gregory III and Gregory IV moved the old Christian feast of All Saints’ Day from May 13 (which had itself been the date of a pagan holiday, the Feast of the Lemures) to November 1. In the 9th century, the Church measured the day as starting at sunset, in accordance with the Florentine calendar. Although All Saints’ Day is now considered to occur one day after Halloween, the two holidays were at that time celebrated on the same day. Halloween is thought of as a time when the living and the dead can be together again.
Halloween costumes are traditionally those of monsters such as ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. They are said to be used to scare off demons. Costumes are also based on themes other than traditional horror, such as those of characters from television shows, movies, and other pop culture icons.
Fun Notes From the Crew of Money Talks News
When shooting the story with Stacy, we didn’t know whether to dress him up or not. “He just walked out of the room and came back with this “Sid Ficious” wig, and I just lost it” said Executive Producer, Jim Robinson.
“It’s why these stories are not only great to share, but to work on. Stacy is a real character” Robinson adds.