Get tricked out for Halloween

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Halloween is fast approaching. Whether you’re looking for costume ideas, tips for spooking up your home, or frighteningly delicious party treats, we’ve got you covered.

Costumes

DIY thrift-store costumes are the most fun to make – plus they’re usually more affordable. Get your costume materials at Vicinity-member thrift shops (search Vicinity for one in your neighborhood) to find an awesome costume and collect points at the same time!

  • Bat costume: a black hoodie and a broken umbrella are the main components of this inspired getup from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.
  • Rubik’s cube: it’s probably easier to make the costume than solve the puzzle though we’ve found both a simple and complex version – the choice is yours.
  • Ghostbuster: the Ghostbusters remake (starring a mostly female cast) is coming in 2016 – another reason why this costume is a great idea for almost everyone.
  • Optimus Prime: cardboard, duct tape, hot glue and paint come together in this awesome costume that’s fun to make.
  • Pumpkin Pie: find a plain orange shirt and use a black marker to draw the mathematical symbol “pi” on the front. Voila.

Décor

Bring out your pumpkin-carving skills and get your creative juices flowing to turn up the eerie in your home.

Outside ideas:

Inside ideas:

  • Spook up your home’s interior with a haunted terrarium or repurposed thrift and dollar store items you can easily Halloweenify with paint, glitter and other craft supplies. If you really want to freak people out, try making a preserved head in a jar.
  • Drape all the living room furniture in white sheets and put out candelabra with black candles.
  • If you’re having a Halloween dinner party, use plastic vampire teeth as napkin-holders at the table.

Party food

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween bash for kids or adults, or both, it’s a great excuse to get creatively creepy in the kitchen.

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