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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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                                Last Updated on January 2, 2019

                                Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

                                Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

                                The end of the year is the time when everyone tries to give you advice on how to live healthier, look better, and earn more money.

                                It’s understandable if you find yourself lost among all the tips and opinions. Sometimes you no longer know what you truly want to achieve next year – and what’s just imposed by society.

                                To help you out, we’ve made this article about the things you should remove from your new year’s resolution list – instead of adding to it – to make your daily life more harmonious and peaceful.

                                So just make sure you cross these off your New Year’s to-do list – your body, mind and soul will be thankful.

                                1. Stop Buying Meaningless Gifts

                                We all know the sense of obligation – when we have to buy a gift for an event or celebration that’s already tomorrow, but we still have no idea of what to give.

                                Take these tips close to heart for all upcoming holidays, including birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc.:

                                Stop focusing on the material objects

                                Instead of focusing on what material object to give, think about the emotion you want to evoke[1] in the gift recipient, and then pick a symbolic gift that can support or represent that emotion. For example, you can gift coziness by presenting a “comfort set” with warm socks, tea, candles, etc. Or give motivation by presenting a beautiful planner or notebook.

                                Plan gifts in advance

                                We know this is easier said than done. But if you try to plan which gifts you’ll need in the upcoming months (try making a list three or four times a year), ideas will more likely come to mind and you’ll avoid that last-minute shopping. Not to mention, you’ll be able to keep an eye on sales to get the best prices.

                                Suggest a better way

                                If you’re tired of exchanging gifts for birthdays and holidays, initiate a different approach. For example, draw names among family members and agree that each one only buys a present to that one person they got. Alternatively, you can agree not to share gifts among adults, and only give presents to kids of the family. Or, ask friends to donate to charity instead of buying a gift for you.

                                Go for common experiences instead of exchanging gifts

                                You can agree (with your partner or the extended family) to go on a common trip, dinner or another activity, instead of spending money on gifts.

                                Sometimes you’ll have to be the one who initiates breaking the rules that have been accepted in the family for years. But if you suspect that you’re not the only one in the group who’s tired of gift-hunting, you’ll surely find support for your suggestions.

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                                2. Don’t Exaggerate with Diets and Fitness Resolutions

                                It’s no secret that TV shows, article headlines, and ads (not to mention our healthy diet-obsessed friends) make us feel like we need to look better, slimmer and younger than we actually are. But going on yet another diet or starting a fitness plan with the wrong motivation rarely leads to great results.

                                If you are like many people, you have probably signed up for an annual gym membership at least once in your life – only to drop it one month later.

                                How do you balance a good resolution for a healthier life without pushing yourself into commitments that won’t last?

                                Here’s what you can do:

                                Set a healthier pattern

                                For example, do meat-free Mondays or reduce meat consumption to three days per week (less saturated fat for you and better for the environment). Or choose to eat only healthy food at least three days a week or only on weekdays (e.g. make sure your meals contain vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products, and protein). This way you’ll already have a healthier diet while still being able to treat yourself with a snack on weekends or parties.

                                Get a fitness watch

                                Fitness watches like Fitbit or MiBand are tiny accessories that will count your steps, calories burnt and will serve as an excellent motivator to move – or to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

                                Find a physical activity that you enjoy

                                Even if you are not that fond of doing sports, you can definitely find an activity that you’d do with pleasure. Think about what you’d like – from taking up Nordic walking to pilates or even exercising at home.

                                Try intermittent fasting

                                This is an alternating cycles of fasting and eating. For example, stop eating at 8 pm and restart not sooner than 12 hours later. This approach has been proven to have numerous health benefits, in addition to weight loss.

                                Skip cabs or driving to work and opt for cycling or walking instead

                                You’ll burn calories, breathe some fresh air, and save money – win-win!

                                3. Put a Cap on Your Daily To-Do List

                                In today’s busy world, planning your day in a stress-free way is actually an art in itself. It’s natural to want to be a loving parent, a diligent employee, an active member of the local community and probably several other individual roles.

                                But playing all these roles requires energy and meticulous planning. How not to lose yourself amidst all the appointments and responsibilities? And – most importantly – how to still find time for relaxing and recharging yourself?

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                                These daily planning tips will help you have more stress-free days:

                                Leave bigger intervals between meetings

                                If you schedule too many appointments or chores in a day, you’ll probably end up late at some point, and as a result – more stressed. There are many different reasons why people are late, but poor planning is a major factor too.

                                Plan time to relax

                                As weird as it may sound, you should try and schedule your resting time. For example, if you only have one free evening this week, and a friend tries to squeeze in a meeting, feel free to say no. Don’t feel obliged to specify the reason for your refusal, just say that you are busy.

                                Try to be a little pessimistic

                                We’re often packed with plans or running late for errands because we tend to be overly optimistic – about the traffic, the time it takes to do things, etc. Instead, try an opposite tactic — assume you’ll hit traffic or the meeting will take longer.

                                Try waking up earlier

                                Sometimes even waking up 30 minutes earlier can give you the much-needed head start for several errands of the day. But remember to get enough sleep every night, even if it means going to bed earlier.

                                Plan your day the day before

                                Chances are your day will be much better organized if you pack a lunch and lay out an outfit before going to bed.

                                Designate a time for checking emails and social messages

                                If you start checking your messages between appointments, you risk getting lost in a sea of messages that need replies. Designate a time for this activity or do it in case you arrived early to a meeting.

                                4. Let Go of Unhealthy and Time-Consuming Habits

                                If there’s one thing we should get rid of in the new year, it’s the habits that steal our time, provide instant gratification but don’t offer any value in the long term. Or even worse, leave a negative impact on our health.

                                Here are some common (and pointless) habits along with tips on how to get rid of them:

                                Binge-watching TV series

                                Even if most online television platforms offer you lists of “Best TV Shows to Binge Watch”, being addicted to series is a major time-waster.

                                You can manage this addiction in several ways, for example, watch one episode per day (or a few per week) as a reward, only after you’ve finished an assignment or done a house chore. Or try replacing this habit with exercise or reading a book – this will be hard at first but should stick after a few weeks. You can also try to track how much time you spend on TV or movies – seeing how much of your life you are wasting might urge you to do something about it.

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                                Running on coffee

                                Being a coffee addict is kind of a stylish addiction nowadays, but it’s not that innocent as it may initially seem. Besides addiction being a problem in itself, drinking too much coffee (more than 500-600 mg of caffeine a day) may lead to nervousness, insomnia, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat, and even muscle tremors.[2]

                                As a solution, try switching to tea or edible coffee – a more sustainable, healthy, and productivity-enhancing alternative. For example, Coffee Pixels are solid coffee bars that generate a more even energy kick throughout the day without the coffee-induced abstinence and dehydration.

                                Procrastination

                                Fighting procrastination requires some serious willpower. If it is a problem in your daily life or work, try ”eating the frog” in the morning – get over your biggest or hardest tasks first, then tackle everything else.

                                Alternatively, use time tracking software to monitor exactly how much time you waste on unproductive actions, websites or apps. Once you know exactly how much time you’re spending unproductively, try to limit your time on social media, for example to just 20 minutes per day.

                                If nothing else works, try bribing yourself — promise yourself to do something fun or pleasant when you finish your assignment.

                                Whichever habit you want to give up, consider using some habits building tools to make a contract with yourself and reward yourself for milestones achieved.

                                5. Stop over-consuming

                                We live in the age of consumerism – huge manufacturers with their promise of a comfortable life on the one hand, and growing environmental threats – that are the direct result of our modern lifestyle – on the other hand. There’s only one solution – try to consume less whenever and wherever you can.

                                Before making additional purchases, ask yourself these questions:

                                • Do I really need it? Did I need it yesterday?
                                • Can’t I buy it used or borrow it from friends?
                                • Can I rent it?
                                • Can I make it myself?
                                • Am I buying the most sustainable version of this product?

                                For example, check if the brand you chose is conscious about the environment, for example, are the products they manufacture energy efficient? Do they try to use less packaging?

                                Also, if you often find yourself buying too many groceries, promise to buy only the amount that fits in one shopping bag (that you bring along). If you often forget to take your shopping bag with you, get yourself a 2-in-1 wallet with a built-in shopping bag for more eco-friendly shopping.

                                6. Learn to Unplug from Your Phone

                                Today’s world is crammed with information, and many people struggle to keep focus on what’s truly important. There’s just too much going on in the world – too much to read, to watch, to know, too many conversations to participate in.

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                                But how to refuse the temptation to check the phone and start using social media in a controlled, not a compulsive way?

                                Some tips for managing your phone-dependency:

                                Spend only a limited amount of battery per day

                                For example, start your day with 50% battery life, and manage your phone usage so that you’ll make it till the evening.

                                Block distracting apps and notifications on your phone and computer

                                Choose one-hour, two-hour or longer blocking sessions and enjoy the positive impact this will have on your mood and productivity.[3]

                                Set your phone on flight mode

                                When you start doing an important task that requires full focus, set your phone on flight mode so that nobody can disturb you.

                                Leave your phone at home or in the office when you go for lunch

                                You’ll see that the feeling of being unreachable for a moment is actually very liberating.

                                The Bottom Line

                                As a new year begins, we’re all excitedly looking forward to what adventures await ahead of us.

                                But this year, promise yourself this:

                                Instead of having a never-ending list of tasks and commitments, focus on the truly meaningful ones. And cross-out all the rest without feeling guilty.

                                Less is more. Make this year count. We’re all rooting for you.

                                Featured photo credit: Brooke Lark via unsplash.com

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