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.

 

Hosting a Grey Cup party? Here are some great ideas for you

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Hosting a Grey Cup party? Here are some great ideas for you

It’s November. For Canadian football fans this means one thing: Grey Cup time. This year, the game will be played on November 27th in Toronto at BMO Field. While the Argos won’t be there, it’ll still be one of Canada’s most-watched sporting events of 2016.

 

I’m never confident about my predictions, so I’m going to keep those to myself. What I am confident about is how to throw a great Grey Cup party.

 

The foundation of any great party is food. Lots of food. Pizza, chili, and nachos are tried-and-true, but if you’re really in the football spirit, you can try Pigskin Sandwiches. 

 

The sandwich part is easy –whatever meat and fixings you have on hand. But if you use dinner rolls or mini ciabatta buns, you can draw on laces with a few lines of mayo. Click here to see what I mean:

 

Now you’ll need something to wash down the Pigskin Sandwiches. Round up some mason jars and white electrical tape. Tada! Football mugs. I’m certainly a fan. (Note: The corny “Go Team” straws are optional).

 

Finally, if you want something to do during halftime, quiz your guests on these little-known facts:

  1. The Grey Cup was created in 1909 at a cost of $48.
  2. The first winners? The University of Toronto Varsity Blues, who beat the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club by a score of 26-6.
  3. The Toronto Argonauts have won the Cup the most often, with 16 titles.
  4. Past winners include The Hamilton Flying Wildcats, the Toronto RCAF Hurricanes, and the St. Hyacinthe-Donnacona Navy. Interestingly, those three teams won it during World War Two, when competition for the trophy was limited to military teams.
  5. The Grey Cup was won once by a U.S.-based squad. That was in 1995, when the Baltimore Stallions beat the Calgary Stampeders 37-20.

Some food, a few decorative touches, and an easy game are all it takes to a fun Grey Cup party host. Whether you’re a football fan or not, Grey Cup day is mostly about getting together with friends for a few hours on a Sunday. Hopefully, I’ve given you some ideas on how to have more fun with it.