One of my favourite parts of autumn is Hallowe’en. I have great memories of pouring my bag of candy out on the living room floor and sorting through it, followed of course, by the candy trade negotiations with my sister.
Even as an adult, I have many happy memories of Hallowe’en. I remember well Hallowe’en night in my first house. I had a dinner party and all conversation stopped as we started to hear the sound of kids running through the leaves (swish, swish, swish) and the knocking at the door.
The enthusiastic shouts of ‘Trick or Treat’ from ghosts and goblins brought smiles to everyone’s face and we equally enthusiastically took turns answering the door and handing out pieces of candy from the big pumpkin bowl.
As the hour grew late and the stream of trick or treaters slowed, the group conversation resumed and many around the table admitted that they were glad that costumes had not been required for my gathering. Last minute and ‘Do It Yourself’ Hallowe’en costume horror stories started to flow like blood in a low-grade slasher movie.
Homemade Hallowe’en costumes are sometimes the product of a creative imagination and personal ambition. More often than not, however, they are a product of lack of planning or a desire to save money.
CTV shared some interesting statistics just before Hallowe’en last year: “About 50 per cent of all searches for Hallowe’en costumes and decorations typically come within five days of the event, according to Google Canada’s figures.” And “searches for makeup have grown about 30 per cent over the past few years.”
So …the countdown is on! Hallowe’en is just around the corner and it is time to get on top of costumes! And the big question is always – what to be!
Many news outlets and costume sellers are talking about a shift in the top choice this year. The ‘princess’ has been knocked out of her tower and replaced by super heroes. How unchivalrous! Fortune Magazine reported the top ten list of kids Hallowe’en costumes this year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation:
The best news about this list? If you have left it late and the costumes shops are sold out, you can make some of these yourself and without dire consequences. If none of those costumes strikes you or your kid’s fancy, look online for ideas. There are many articles and sites with some pretty interesting and fun ideas. A few we particularly liked:
Recommendations for making “the making of the costume” as painless as possible include:
And don’t forget to get your candy bowl sorted before the stores are out of all of the good stuff. The CTV report last year stated Skittles, M&Ms and the classic candy corn as the top searches. No tricks – all treats! Happy Hallowe’en!
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