Halloween teaches us valuable financial lessons like budgeting candy, but it’s not all gum drops and lollipops. A retailmenot.ca survey found that Canadians spent $1 billion on Halloween in 2015. In fact, the Halloween industry is so large that it can support retailers who are only open for the season.


According to Global News, the average Canadian spends $52 per person on costumes.T he cost of costumes rarely reflects the quality. So why shell out so much money? Save yourself from the frightening cost of a costume by dressing up as an iconic movie or TV character in plain clothes. Don’t let the cost of Halloween costumes scare you away this year.


4 Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas from Your Closet


For men:


Marty McFly from Back to the Future

You will need white sneakers, a jean jacket, blue jeans, a white buttoned shirt, an orange vest and a red t-shirt.

Quote: “Wait a minute, Doc. A… Are you’re telling me you built a time machine… Out of a DeLorean?”


Ace Ventura from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

You will need to style your hair up and back in the iconic Ace Ventura style, a pair of black converse or boots, red striped pants or something similar, a floral pattern shirt, a white tank top and an ID card reading “Ace Venture Pet Detective”.

Quote: “That was close one ladies and gentlemen, of course in every contest, there must be, a loser. Lew-Who, Za-Her.”


For women:


Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family

You will need dark black mascara, a white collared blouse, a black long sleeve shirt, white stockings, a pair of black shoes and your hair in pigtail braids.

Quote: “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour”


Sandy Olsson from Grease

You will need red lipstick, a tight pair of black pants (preferably leather), a black shirt that shows off your shoulders and red high heels.

 Hang a leather jacket over your shoulder and do your hair to match Sandy’s to really sell this costume.

Quote: “Tell me about it, stud.”


Bonus: You can have a lot of fun dressing up as yourself in high school. Find an embarrassing photo of yourself and replicate the look.

A DIY costume will show off your creativity and make you the life of the party. Consider a costume from your closet before spending money at a retailer. The key to a great Halloween costume is making it fun, so memorize some movie quotes, dress up as your favorite character this year and save your money.


Open House & Growing Team

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As many of you know, we have been living in construction for the past 7 months and the end is in sight.  We are excited to welcome our clients to our new, expanded office on October 15th between 11 am and 2 pm.  Our office doors will be open to see what we have done with the building and we will also be having a charity BBQ and live entertainment.


Please come and share in the excitement with us to.  We are thrilled to welcome Rafferty Insurance Brokers, First Capital Financial, Brad Salter - The Mortgage Centre, Jim, Maureen & Emily of The Farquharson Team RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc. and Cheryl Carlo - Simply Bookkeeping.  They will be operating out of the building and have their own separate office space.


We hope many of you can make it and look forward to seeing you then!



We are also excited to announce the addition of two team members to the EFG Family.


Sherri Hodder joined Ecclestone Financial Group in the summer of 2016. Having been born and raised in Fergus, she is  thrilled   to be working close to home. Sherri loves interacting with people and is the friendly face that you will see when first visiting Ecclestone Financial Group. She currently resides in the community with her husband and two sons. Away from the office Sherri loves spending time with family and friends and travelling. She can often be found cheering on her boys at their hockey, baseball and lacrosse games.


Stacey O'Sullivan joined Ecclestone Financial Group in September of 2016.  Stacey grew up in the town of Fergus, ON and currently reside in Arthur, ON with her 6 year old daughter.  She graduated as Valedictorian for her class of 2004 with Medix School with a Diploma of Medical/General Office Assisting.  She has over 10 plus years' experience in Administration and Management roles. Stacey enjoys playing baseball and spending time with her family.


Please help us welcome Sherri and Stacey to the team and they look forward to meeting you all next time you are at the office.