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How to Assemble a Last Minute Halloween Costume

How to Assemble a Last Minute Halloween Costume

This article will teach you how to create your own Halloween costume with an easy step-by-step guide. The nice thing about it is — you can do it even under the wire. I know you’ll enjoy the story used as a backdrop too. It’s a personal account of a Halloween tale culled from my own life — the night when I dragged down time to the last minute prior to pulling up a Halloween costume.

Here we go…

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It’s just around the corner. The time when this global community will engage in Halloween festivities.

Usually, decorations containing gory images and costumes designed to scare are the norm, but sometimes oddball costumes can also grab the limelight. Like what happened many years ago when I had to come up with a costume at the eleventh hour. Due to the strain caused by rushing, I couldn’t decide what to do. So after stressing over the problem for a while, I gave up. Ok I admit it. In that particular year, I procrastinated until the last minute to whip up a costume. Yep, I got lazy so I ended up stressed. (I promised myself,  I’ll never do this again).

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You’re nodding.

You are nodding. It means you can relate to what I’m narrating. Moreover, in case you’re like most people who are working all the time, balancing a career with family related responsibilities like attending to children’s needs, maintaining a house, running a side business, and a personal life, (whew! I’m breathing heavily after writing that line) then, you’re in luck. I got you covered.

I hate attending Halloween parties without a costume.

I always hated attending Halloween parties without wearing a costume. So at the last minute, while wallowing in mea culpa, I turned to the Internet for a brief respite. You might think I’m weird, but this style works for me all the time. Surfing the Net relaxes me.

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It was 6pm, I was bewildered, and had no idea what costume to wear.

After about 15 minutes surfing, I stumbled upon a site that pointed to something that was super hot during the time.  A story about the blockbuster movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl”. In the film, Johnny Depp stars as Captain Jack Sparrow. When I looked at Depp’s picture, I had what you call a light bulb moment. At that instant, I made up my mind to attend the party as Johnny Depp.

A Johnny Depp mask saved my Halloween.

A pirate costume would have  done the trick, but I didn’t have time to purchase or make one, so I did the best alternative. I printed out Depp’s headshot that I got online onto a cover stock, stepped into a sexy shirt and tight fitting jeans (like he does when not attending a formal event), and added a pasteboard sign that flashed a catchy line: “I’m not wearing my Captain Jack Sparrow costume tonight.” Voila! I had a costume.

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The dirty work needed to create a mask that will save your Halloween night.

I assure you, you can do this. Let’s roll up our sleeves and don our creative hats. Let’s say, you want to be Leonardo DiCaprio in the party. All you need to do is find a suitable photo of him, print the right size that fits the width of your head, print onto ultra thin cardboard, cut out eye holes, and attach with a rubber band or elastic string; whatever is easy to locate. Find appropriate clothing for Leonardo. I suggest you get a jacket and wear it with white jeans or chinos. Or you slip in the trousers, pair it with a double-breasted navy blazer; the unlined type, and you’re ready to rock with the Gatsby look. Don’t forget — it’s detrimental to your costume’s success — act like The Great Gatsby.

So my Johnny Depp costume was my savior.

I was surprised when my costume became a huge hit. Many of the people who were partying with me couldn’t wait to pose for pictures with Johnny… sorryme. Believe it or not, the mask I created in a big hurry looked convincingly real.

I was ecstatic the whole night.

It became the most memorable Halloween for me. I was astonished by the attention and compliments I got because of my costume. It became extremely fun with the secret thought that my costume was basically thrown together just on the way out of my box.

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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