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Halloween Costumes That Cost You (Almost) Nothing

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How did Halloween creep up on you so quickly? There’s no need to buy that over-priced plastic Trump mask that three other people at the party will probably have. With just a little imagination and some stuff around the house, everyone in the house can be dressed and ready for the holiday in minutes…

You Are a Junk Drawer—Wear a black sweat suit or a black leotard and tights, and pin on (or use double-sided tape) the stuff found in a junk drawer—odd pieces of string, a used-up tape dispenser, coin wrappers, twist ties, buttons, etc.

You Are a Castaway on a Desert Island—Shred the bottoms of an old pair of khaki pants or shorts. Wear them with a seen-better-days T-shirt. If you’re a man, don’t shave that day (or, even better, a few days)…if you’re a woman, fix your hair as though you haven’t put a comb through it for weeks. Man or woman, carry a volleyball named Wilson (Tom Hanks’s “companion” in the movie Cast Away).

You Are a Movie Theater Floor—Wear a black sweat suit or black leotards and tights. With double-sided tape or safety pins, attach empty candy wrappers, chewed gum, popcorn pieces, empty soda cups, ticket stubs, straws, etc. You can wear a popcorn bucket as a hat.

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Source: Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting "cures from the cupboard." They are authors of Bottom Line's Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and contributors to the free e-letter Bottom Line Life Insider. You can find their tips at BottomLineInc.com. Date: October 25, 2016 Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic