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.


Are You Ready For Some Football?

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We’re heading into the homestretch of the National Football League playoffs, and getting close to Super Bowl Sunday on February 5.


Whether or not your favourite team ends up playing in the big game this year – or whether you have a favourite team in the first place – the Super Bowl is always a great reason to get together with friends and enjoy some good food and drink, all while taking in the biggest sporting spectacle of the year.


If you’re going to host your own Super Bowl party on February 5, I’ve found a few websites with great tips on making your bash a success.


A Super Bowl Party checklist from realsimple.com:




Tips from the good people at The Food Network:




Finally, some ideas if you’re looking to hold friendly wagers with your guests. For entertainment purposes only, of course:




During halftime, you can amaze and astound your guests with these Super Bowl facts.

  • It’s estimated that on Super Bowl Sunday, North Americans will drink an estimated 325 million gallons of beer. Yes, gallons. We will also eat about 1.25 billion (with a ‘b’) chicken wings.
  • The team with the most Super Bowl victories? The Pittsburgh Steelers, with six. The team with the most losses? The Denver Broncos, with five. However the Broncos have also won three times, so don’t shed too many tears for their fans.
  • In 1967 (the year Super Bowl I was played), the cost to place a 30-second commercial during the game was $42,000. During Super Bowl 50 last year, a 30-second ad cost $5 million. That’s $166,666 PER SECOND.
  • The winner of the game receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the coach who guided his Green Bay Packers to victories in the first two Super Bowls. The trophy, made by Tiffany & Co., is built from scratch out of sterling silver. With an estimated value over$50,000, it takes four months and 72 man-hours to complete.

If you’re planning on watching the game, I hope it’s as entertaining as our Grey Cup seems to be each year. Sit back and enjoy, and just be glad it’s not you getting tackled by 11 300-pound men every time you touch the ball!