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Kids, Idea Exchange | October 4, 2017

Ghosts, ghouls, witches and beasts. Candy, decorations, tricks and treats. Halloween is a time full of mystery and frights, but it's also an opportunity to explore your creative side. Try your hand at sewing and create your own scary masterpiece! Homemade costumes are a great way to cut costs and give kids the opportunity to be creative with whatever is around the house. For example, a hot glue gun can often be substitute for sewing if you are not the stitching sort. 

When creating costumes, my first stop is often local thrift stores and second hand shops. There you can find clothes, props, costume add-ons like ties and hats, cheap lengths of material and sometimes even entire costumes. There are also many great resources available both online and in print to tickle your creative bone. At Idea Exchange we offer many books on creating costumes. Pinterest is another great starting point, offering up thousands of free ideas and even sewing patterns for both traditional and unique outfits. 

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The last ingredient for a Happy Halloween is safety. The Safety Village offers Halloween safety training to children who attend “Halloween in the Village”. This event is held on a Saturday morning each year in October. Visit the Safety Village website for more information about this event and great safety tips for you and your little ones. 

Another great Halloween Safety resource is a website called “Elementary Safety”.  This site offers short videos with Halloween safety tips for children about where to trick or treat, who to go with, and how to do it safely.  These awesome tips and tricks will help keep you and your family safe this Halloween.