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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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                                Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                                8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                                You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

                                Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

                                When you train your brain, you will:

                                • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
                                • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
                                • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

                                So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

                                1. Work your memory

                                Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

                                When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

                                If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

                                The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

                                Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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                                Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

                                What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

                                For example, say you just met someone new:

                                “Hi, my name is George”

                                Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

                                Got it? Good.

                                2. Do something different repeatedly

                                By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

                                Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

                                It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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                                And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

                                But how does this apply to your life right now?

                                Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

                                Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

                                Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

                                So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

                                You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

                                That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

                                3. Learn something new

                                It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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                                For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

                                Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

                                You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

                                4. Follow a brain training program

                                The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

                                5. Work your body

                                You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

                                Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

                                Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

                                Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

                                6. Spend time with your loved ones

                                If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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                                If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

                                I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

                                7. Avoid crossword puzzles

                                Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

                                Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

                                Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

                                8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

                                Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

                                When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

                                So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

                                The bottom line

                                Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

                                Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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