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Published on October 17, 2017

Last Minute Cute and Creepy Halloween Costumes for Kids (For Under $25)

Last Minute Cute and Creepy Halloween Costumes for Kids (For Under $25)

Every year, kids in cute (or scary) costumes running around in Halloween, collecting candy and playing with friends. It’s the night to have fun! But for parents, deciding Halloween costumes for kids could be a challenge.

Parents need to know where to shop. If you’re going on a weekend, it can be busy and the costumes can be picked over. Costumes can get expensive, and your kids probably won’t want to repeat costumes of previous years. If there is a “hot costume” in a given year, that might be hard to find or the price will be jacked up. Making your own costumes is time-consuming and can also be costly in terms of acquiring everything you need

A lot of these issues tend to surface last-minute as opposed to early October.

What if I told you, though, that we could offer you various costume ideas for under $25? At least one of the following options should help solve any stress related to the costume selection process.

1. JollyCreek Unisex Children Unicorn Pyjamas Halloween Cosplay Kids Onesie Costume

    Soft and comfortable flannel material that also works well at children’s sleepovers, this is a cute unicorn costume that comes in various colors including blue, pink, and rose.

    JollyCreek Unisex Children Unicorn Pyjamas, $23.99

    2. Favorite Emoji Costumes for Adults & Kids

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      You can dress up as the poop emoji, the devil, the heart smile, the kiss heart, the laugh cry, or the tongue wink. Child and adult sizes are available so that it can be a real family event.

      Favorite Emoji Costumes for Adults & Kids, $12.97

      3. Li’l Unicorn Cape Toddler Costume

        This version only comes in white, but it’s brand new — and again, if you want to own the Christmas card game this holiday season, you will dominate it with a cute picture of your child in an unicorn costume.

        Li’l Unicorn Cape Toddler Costume, $24.75

        4. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Deluxe Child’s Stormtrooper Costume and Mask

          Remember, there’s a new Star Wars coming out a few weeks after Halloween, so this is likely to be a “hot costume” this year.

          Child’s Stormtrooper Costume and Mask, $18.07

          5. Vogvigo Halloween Vampire Bat Costume

            OK, bats are less adorable than unicorns — but this costume is very sleek (70% Polyester fiber) and has an added bonus. If your child doesn’t know about bats or is potentially afraid of them, this could help educate them on the pros of the animal.

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            Vogvigo Halloween Vampire Bat Costume, $17.99

            6. Forum Novelties Children’s Unisex Headless Costume

              This one is a little bit freaky to look at, but don’t worry — no one is actually beheading your child. A harness is hidden under the robe, and elastic bands go underneath armpit and Velcro to plastic neck to hold up harness.

              Forum Novelties Children’s Unisex Headless Costume, $23.48

              7. California Costumes Children’s Toys Evil Jester

                If you’re going for scary, this one might be a good bet. It makes your child look like a freaky jester with a skeleton face/smile and a scary black/white color combo on the costume itself.

                California Costumes Children’s Toys Evil Jester , $20.98

                8. Ballpark Frank Hot Dog Children’s Food Halloween Costume

                  You’ll — wait for the pun! — relish your child’s experience having a — wait for it! — footlong of fun in this costume.

                  Ballpark Frank Hot Dog Children’s Food Halloween Costume, $9.99

                  9. Big Boys’ Inflatable Ostrich Costume

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                    It looks like your child is riding the ostrich, but you could also walk or dance with it. If your child is into animals and learning about animals, this could be a good idea.

                    Big Boys’ Inflatable Ostrich Costume, $22.84

                    10. Creeper Classic Minecraft Costume

                      Your child becomes the geometric patterns associated with Minecraft. Dancing in this costume might look a little bit like a Daft Punk show, but the price is right.

                      Creeper Classic Minecraft Costume, $17.74

                      11. SSORTE Deluxe Latex Full Head Hood Masque Halloween Adult and Kid’s Costume Accessory

                        Big, smiling, fun head with wide teeth — and family sets are available for the kids and parents. Kinda looks like a weird early Simpsons character in a way. Could frighten those in your neighborhood, will most likely cause laughs.

                        SSORTE Deluxe Latex Full Head Hood Masque, $14.49

                        12. Girl Vampires Halloween Costume Dress

                          What’s scarier, or more color-coordinated, than a girl dressed up as a vampire? With a little help of a scary makeup, here goes the scariest girl vampire.

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                          Girl Vampires Halloween Costume Dress, $24.97

                          13. Halloween Kids’ Transylvanian Vampire Costume

                            The three pieces are a top, pants, cape with attached vest and collar. This version of a vampire costume is a little bit more boy-friendly, but could be pulled off as unisex. The cape is the added element here.

                            Halloween Kids’ Transylvanian Vampire Costume, $20

                            14. Child KISS Rocker Costume – The Demon Large

                              Use this opportunity to teach your child about music history, rock and roll, showmanship, and more as you dress them up like the rockers KISS.

                              Child KISS Rocker Costume – The Demon Large, $24.95

                              15. Rubies Punk Zombie Child Costume

                                This one might scare the neighborhood, or make them think your child is recruiting for a new punk band to rival The Ramones.

                                Rubies Punk Zombie Child Costume, $19.78

                                We hope some of these suggestions are helpful. If you have other good ideas, leave them in the comments.

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                                The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

                                The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

                                It’s a depressing adage we’ve all heard time and time again: An increase in technology does not necessarily translate to an increase in productivity.

                                Put another way by Robert Solow, a Nobel laureate in economics,

                                “You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”

                                In other words, just because our computers are getting faster, that doesn’t mean that that we will have an equivalent leap in productivity. In fact, the opposite may be true!

                                New York Times writer Matt Richel wrote in an article for the paper back in 2008 that stated, “Statistical and anecdotal evidence mounts that the same technology tools that have led to improvements in productivity can be counterproductive if overused.”

                                There’s a strange paradox when it comes to productivity. Rather than an exponential curve, our productivity will eventually reach a plateau, even with advances in technology.

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                                So what does that mean for our personal levels of productivity? And what does this mean for our economy as a whole? Here’s what you should know about the productivity paradox, its causes, and what possible solutions we may have to combat it.

                                What is the productivity paradox?

                                There is a discrepancy between the investment in IT growth and the national level of productivity and productive output. The term “productivity paradox” became popularized after being used in the title of a 1993 paper by MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson, a Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business.

                                In his paper, Brynjolfsson argued that while there doesn’t seem to be a direct, measurable correlation between improvements in IT and improvements in output, this might be more of a reflection on how productive output is measured and tracked.[1]

                                He wrote in his conclusion:

                                “Intangibles such as better responsiveness to customers and increased coordination with suppliers do not always increase the amount or even intrinsic quality of output, but they do help make sure it arrives at the right time, at the right place, with the right attributes for each customer.

                                Just as managers look beyond “productivity” for some of the benefits of IT, so must researchers be prepared to look beyond conventional productivity measurement techniques.”

                                How do we measure productivity anyway?

                                And this brings up a good point. How exactly is productivity measured?

                                In the case of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, productivity gain is measured as the percentage change in gross domestic product per hour of labor.

                                But other publications such as US Today, argue that this is not the best way to track productivity, and instead use something called Total Factor Productivity (TFP). According to US Today, TFP “examines revenue per employee after subtracting productivity improvements that result from increases in capital assets, under the assumption that an investment in modern plants, equipment and technology automatically improves productivity.”[2]

                                In other words, this method weighs productivity changes by how much improvement there is since the last time productivity stats were gathered.

                                But if we can’t even agree on the best way to track productivity, then how can we know for certain if we’ve entered the productivity paradox?

                                Possible causes of the productivity paradox

                                Brynjolfsson argued that there are four probable causes for the paradox:

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                                • Mis-measurement – The gains are real but our current measures miss them.
                                • Redistribution – There are private gains, but they come at the expense of other firms and individuals, leaving little net gain.
                                • Time lags – The gains take a long time to show up.
                                • Mismanagement – There are no gains because of the unusual difficulties in managing IT or information itself.

                                There seems to be some evidence to support the mis-measurement theory as shown above. Another promising candidate is the time lag, which is supported by the work of Paul David, an economist at Oxford University.

                                According to an article in The Economist, his research has shown that productivity growth did not accelerate until 40 years after the introduction of electric power in the early 1880s.[3] This was partly because it took until 1920 for at least half of American industrial machinery to be powered by electricity.”

                                Therefore, he argues, we won’t see major leaps in productivity until both the US and major global powers have all reached at least a 50% penetration rate for computer use. The US only hit that mark a decade ago, and many other countries are far behind that level of growth.

                                The paradox and the recession

                                The productivity paradox has another effect on the recession economy. According to Neil Irwin,[4]

                                “Sky-high productivity has meant that business output has barely declined, making it less necessary to hire back laid-off workers…businesses are producing only 3 percent fewer goods and services than they were at the end of 2007, yet Americans are working nearly 10 percent fewer hours because of a mix of layoffs and cutbacks in the workweek.”

                                This means that more and more companies are trying to do less with more, and that means squeezing two or three people’s worth of work from a single employee in some cases.

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                                According to Irwin, “workers, frightened for their job security, squeezed more productivity out of every hour [in 2010].”

                                Looking forward

                                A recent article on Slate puts it all into perspective with one succinct observation:

                                “Perhaps the Internet is just not as revolutionary as we think it is. Sure, people might derive endless pleasure from it—its tendency to improve people’s quality of life is undeniable. And sure, it might have revolutionized how we find, buy, and sell goods and services. But that still does not necessarily mean it is as transformative of an economy as, say, railroads were.”

                                Still, Brynjolfsson argues that mismeasurement of productivity can really skew the results of people studying the paradox, perhaps more than any other factor.

                                “Because you and I stopped buying CDs, the music industry has shrunk, according to revenues and GDP. But we’re not listening to less music. There’s more music consumed than before.

                                On paper, the way GDP is calculated, the music industry is disappearing, but in reality it’s not disappearing. It is disappearing in revenue. It is not disappearing in terms of what you should care about, which is music.”

                                Perhaps the paradox isn’t a death sentence for our productivity after all. Only time (and perhaps improved measuring techniques) will tell.

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