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How To Find The Perfect Halloween Costume

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How To Find The Perfect Halloween Costume

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    What fun is a Halloween celebration without the perfect costume? That guy or gal with the stunning costume can easily be the life of the party.

    Preparing for festivities is the highlight of the process if you’ve already determined exactly who or what you’ll represent. However, not knowing where to start can be an absolute nightmare!

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    Fortunately, with a little guidance from this infographic and consideration of a few important factors, you will be well on your way to having the time of your life in the Halloween costume that’s perfect for you.

    Popular Trends

    Similar to fashion, Halloween trends are cyclical, and the popularity of certain costumes shifts from one year to the next. The Halloween Express infographic above displays the most notable costumes based on Google search results in the past five years, along with a prediction of how they will fare in the forthcoming holiday season. Those costumes that made the cut for the past five years include the Pirate, Batman, Ninja, Disney, Superhero, Monster, Bunny, Witch, Catwoman, Power Rangers and Witches.

    The Iron Man, Great Gatsby and Vampire costumes are slated to be the hottest costumes this Halloween.

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    The Search Is On!

    So, you’ve taken a look at the infographic and either can’t narrow down your selection or would like to go another route. Either way, be sure to take a few items into consideration.

    1. Money, Money, Money!

    How much cash are you willing to part with to make this happen? The lower the budget, the more rapidly the creative juices will need to flow. You may have to make a few of the embellishments on your own, or head over to your local thrift store to pick up a few items to complete your costume. Don’t fret, though, because you may discover that the process was a lot more exciting than you initially expected it to be. And, by going this route, the sky is the limit and you can rest assured that no one else will be as cool as you. Which brings me to the next key point…

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    2. How will you feel in your new costume?

    Not only will you need to dress for the weather, but comfort is a priority! After all, Halloween is supposed to be about having fun and you need to make sure that your costume will not hinder you from partaking in the festivities. This will have a lot to do with your personal preferences and…

    3. Themes!!!!

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    They’re everywhere! If the party follows a Gothic theme and you show up wearing a princess or superhero costume, it may be a bit awkward! You may also attract a ton of unwanted attention.

    Want to avoid this blunder? Think before you shop and proceed with caution to make this Halloween one you’ll never forget.

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    Last Updated on January 13, 2022

    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

    A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

    To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

    1. Camping

    A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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    2. Staycation

    You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

    3. Island Getaway

    People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

    4. Fancy Resort

    Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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    5. Road Trip

    The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

    6. Charter a Boat

    If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

    7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

    If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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    8. Themed Retreats

    There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

    9. Working Honeymoon

    Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

    10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

    Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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