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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 March 21, 2019

                                11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

                                11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

                                Most gurus talk about habits in a way that doesn’t help you:

                                You need to push yourself more. You can’t be lazy. You need to wake up at 5 am. You need more motivation. You can never fail…blah blah “insert more gibberish here.”

                                But let me share with you the unconventional truths I found out:

                                To build and change habits, you don’t need motivation or wake up at 5 am. Heck, you can fail multiple times, be lazy, have no motivation and still pull it off with ease.

                                It’s quite simple and easy to do, especially with the following list I’m going to show to you. But remember, Jim Rohn used to say,

                                “What is simple and easy to do is also simple and easy not to do.”

                                The important things to remember when changing your habits are both simple and easy, just don’t think that they don’t make any difference because they do.

                                In fact, they are the only things that make a difference.

                                Let’s see what those small things are, shall we?

                                1. Start Small

                                The biggest mistake I see people doing with habits is by going big. You don’t go big…ever. You start small with your habits.

                                Want to grow a book reading habit? Don’t start reading a book a day. Start with 10 pages a day.

                                Want to become a writer? Don’t start writing 10,000 words a day. Start with 300 words.

                                Want to lose weight? Don’t stop eating ice cream. Eat one less ball of it.

                                Whatever it is, you need to start small. Starting big always leads to failure. It has to, because it’s not sustainable.

                                Start small. How small? The amount needs to be in your comfort zone. So if you think that reading 20 pages of a book is a bit too much, start with 10 or 5.

                                It needs to appear easy and be easy to do.

                                Do less today to do more in a year.

                                2. Stay Small

                                There is a notion of Kaizen which means continuous improvement. They use this notion in habits where they tell you to start with reading 1 page of a book a day and then gradually increase the amount you do over time.

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                                But the problem with this approach is the end line — where the “improvement” stops.

                                If I go from reading 1 page of a book a day and gradually reach 75 and 100, when do I stop? When I reach 1 book a day? That is just absurd.

                                When you start a habit, stay at it in the intensity you have decided. Don’t push yourself for more.

                                I started reading 20 pages of a book a day. It’s been more than 2 years now and I’ve read 101 books in that period. There is no way I will increase the number in the future.

                                Why?

                                Because reading 40 to 50 books a year is enough.

                                The same thing applies to every other habit out there.

                                Pick a (small) number and stay at it.

                                3. Bad Days Are 100 Percent Occurrence

                                No matter how great you are, you will have bad days where you won’t do your habit. Period.

                                There is no way of going around this. So it’s better to prepare yourself for when that happens instead of thinking that it won’t ever happen.

                                What I do when I miss a day of my habit(s) is that I try to bounce back the next day while trying to do habits for both of those days.

                                Example for that is if I read 20 pages of a book a day and I miss a day, the next day I will have to read 40 pages of a book. If I miss writing 500 words, the next day I need to write 1000.

                                This is a really important point we will discuss later on rewards and punishments.

                                This is how I prepare for the bad days when I skip my habit(s) and it’s a model you should take as well.

                                4. Those Who Track It, Hack It

                                When you track an activity, you can objectively tell what you did in the past days, weeks, months, and years. If you don’t track, you will for sure forget everything you did.

                                There are many different ways you can track your activities today, from Habitica to a simple Excel sheet that I use, to even a Whatsapp Tracker.

                                Peter Drucker said,

                                “What you track is what you do.”

                                So track it to do it — it really helps.

                                But tracking is accompanied by one more easy activity — measuring.

                                5. Measure Once, Do Twice

                                Peter Drucker also said,

                                “What you measure is what you improve.”

                                So alongside my tracker, I have numbers with which I measure doses of daily activities:

                                For reading, it’s 20 pages.
                                For writing, it’s 500 words.
                                For the gym, it’s 1 (I went) or 0 (didn’t go).
                                For budgeting, it’s writing down the incomes and expenses.

                                Tracking and measuring go hand in hand, they take less than 20 seconds a day but they create so much momentum that it’s unbelievable.

                                6. All Days Make a Difference

                                Will one day in the gym make you fit? It won’t.

                                Will two? They won’t.

                                Will three? They won’t.

                                Which means that a single gym session won’t make you fit. But after 100 gym sessions, you will look and feel fit.

                                What happened? Which one made you fit?

                                The answer to this (Sorites paradox)[1] is that no single gym session made you fit, they all did.

                                No single day makes a difference, but when combined, they all do. So trust the process and keep on going (small).

                                7. They Are Never Fully Automated

                                Gurus tell you that habits become automatic. And yes, some of them do, like showering a certain way of brushing your teeth.

                                But some habits don’t become automatic, they become a lifestyle.

                                What I mean by that is that you won’t automatically “wake up” in the gym and wonder how you got there.

                                It will just become a part of your lifestyle.

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                                The difference is that you do the first one automatically, without conscious thought, while the other is a part of how you live your life.

                                It’s not automatic, but it’s a decision you don’t ponder on or think about — you simply do it.

                                It will become easy at a certain point, but they will never become fully automated.

                                8. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

                                Marshall Goldsmith has a great book with the same title to it. The phrase means that sometimes, you will need to ditch certain habits to make room for other ones which will bring you to the next step.

                                Don’t be afraid to evolve your habits when you sense that they don’t bring you where you want to go.

                                When I started reading, it was about reading business and tactic books. But two years into it, I switched to philosophy books which don’t teach me anything “applicable,” but instead teach me how to think.

                                The most important ability of the 21st century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The strongest tree is the willow tree – not because it has the strongest root or biggest trunk, but because it is flexible enough to endure and sustain anything.

                                Be like a willow, adapting to the new ways of doing things.

                                9. Set a Goal and Then Forget It

                                The most successful of us know what they want to achieve, but they don’t focus on it.

                                Sounds paradoxical? You’re right, it does. But here is the logic behind it.

                                You need to have a goal of doing something – “I want to become a healthy individual” – and then, you need to reverse engineer how to get there with your habits- “I will go to the gym four times a week.”

                                But once you have your goal, you need to “forget” about it and only focus on the process. Because you are working on the process of becoming healthy and it’s always in the making. You will only be as healthy as you take care of your body.

                                So you have a goal which isn’t static but keeps on moving.

                                If you went to the gym 150 times year and you hit your goal, what would you do then? You would stop going to the gym.

                                This is why goal-oriented people experience yo-yo effect[2] and why process-oriented people don’t.

                                The difference between process-oriented and goal-oriented people is that the first focus on daily actions while others only focus on the reward at the finish line.

                                Set a goal but then forget about it and reap massive awards.

                                10. Punish Yourself

                                Last two sections are pure Pavlovian – you need to punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. You are the only person who decides what is good and what is bad for you, but when you do, you need to rigorously follow that.

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                                I’ve told you in point #3 about bad days and how after one occurs, I do double the work on the next day. That is one of my forms of punishments.

                                It’s the need to tell your brain that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they lead to bad outcomes. That’s what punishments are for.

                                You want to tell your brain that there are real consequences to missing your daily habits.[3]

                                No favorite food to eat or favorite show to watch or going to the cinema for a new Marvel movie- none, zero, zilch.

                                The brain will remember these bad feelings and will try to avoid the behaviors that led to them as much as possible.

                                But don’t forget the other side of the same coin.

                                11. Reward Yourself

                                When you follow and execute on your plan, reward yourself. It’s how the brain knows that you did something good.

                                Whenever I finish one of my habits for the day, I open my tracker (who am I kidding, I always keep it open on my desktop) and fill it with a number. As soon as I finish reading 20 pages of a book a day (or a bit more), I open the tracker and write the number down.

                                The cell becomes green and gives me an instant boost of endorphin – a great success for the day. Then, it becomes all about not breaking the chain and having as many green fields as possible.

                                After 100 days, I crunch some numbers and see how I did.

                                If I have less than 10 cheat days, I reward myself with a great meal in a restaurant. You can create your own rewards and they can be daily, weekly, monthly or any arbitrary time table that you create.

                                Primoz Bozic, a productivity coach, has gold, silver, and bronze medals as his reward system.[4]

                                If you’re having problems creating a system which works for you, contact me via email and we can discuss specifics.

                                In the End, It Matters

                                What you do matters not only to you but to the people around you.

                                When you increase the quality of your life, you indirectly increase the quality of life of people around you. And sometimes, that is all the “motivation” we need to start.

                                And that’s the best quote for the end of this article:

                                “Motivation gets you started, but habits keep you going.”

                                Keep going.

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                                Reference

                                [1] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sorites paradox
                                [2] Muscle Zone: What causes yo-yo effect and how to avoid it?
                                [3] Growth Habits: 5 Missteps That Cause You To Quit Building A Habit
                                [4] Primoz Bozic: The Lean Review: How to Plan Your 2019 in 20 Minutes

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