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7 Hauntingly Good Homemade Halloween Costumes

Looking to add some magic to your Halloween? These quick and easy costumes will dress-up your Halloween.

Dora the Explorer
Dora-ExplorerEverybody wants to go explore with Dora. This costume only requires a pink shirt, orange shorts, backpack, and sneakers. A short brown bob wig will help finish off the look.


Ghost DogThis is a Halloween classic that requires only a white sheet with some eye wholes cut out.


Garden-GnomeWhether large or small a gnome is a fun costume for all.Get a long-sleeved shirt, belt, dark denim jeans, and felt and cardboard to make the hat.


Nerd Want to increase your IQ for the night? Try dressing up as a lovable nerd. Wear a pair of glasses and stick a bandage in the middle to add authenticity. Wear suspenders or bowtie if you have them, or pull your pants or skirt up high and tuck your shirt into it. If you wear a button up shirt with a pocket consider adding pens and a pocket protector as finishing touches.

Swedish Chef

Sweedish ChefWant to play a television chef? There is none better than The Muppet Show’s Swedish chef. This requires a white chef hat, red bow tie, and white button-down shirt.  Make sure to cut use fake hair for the bangs and mustache.

Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Tweedledum-TweedledeeThe time has come to be Tweedledee and Tweedledum
This signature look requires a red cap, red pants, red suspenders, blue blows, and white cloth for the collars.

Waldo and Wenda

Waldo-WendaThis is a great costume for a large party that also works a great as a couple’s costume. Start with red and white striped shirt, than add red and white cap, black round-rimmed glasses, and a pair of jeans.

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Fun DIY Children’s Halloween Costumes

Tired of paying lots of money for expensive Halloween costumes? Save money by making a costume for your child. Below are 8 adorable, easy to create children’s Halloween costumes.

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Official Time for Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition.

Each community sets a specific time frame for trick-or-treating. Find out what time trick-or-treating officially beings in your community.

  • Ann Arbor: 5pm – 8pm
  • Chelsea: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Dexter: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Manchester: 5pm – 7pm
  • Milan: 6pm – 8pm
  • Pittsfield Township: 6pm – 8pm
  • Saline: 6pm – 8pm
  • Ypsilanti Township: 5pm – 7pm

Source: AnnArbor.com

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How to Throw a Last-Minute Halloween Party on the Cheap!


Ruh roh… The gang is headed to your place for some post trick-or-treating refreshment! But no need to run screaming from the back door. You can do this!

Here are some tips for throwing together a spell-binding Halloween scene – on the cheap, no less!

FOOD: Make a big pot of something they can help themselves to. Chili or sloppy joes are good choices. Set up a buffet area with everything your goblins need: bowls/plates, silverware, napkins, and a basket of buns or corn bread. Have several candles on the buffet. A big bowl of popcorn – and you’re done!

DRINK: If you don’t have time to make blood red punch with dry ice “fog,” no worries! Cider is a perfect beverage for this party.

DÉCOR: Cheap and easy! Gather some colorful leaves, dry them off and flatten them for a couple hours, then scatter them on your buffet table. Have acorns in your yard? Throw them in there, too!

TABLESCAPE: If you have a tablecloth in a fall color, use it! If not, think about using a sheet. A clean flat sheet in a shade of red, orange or brown works fine. For your centerpiece, more candles and a group of small pumpkins or gourds work well. Scatter more leaves around, and voila!

MUSIC: Nothing sets the mood of your party like spooky music. If you don’t have a good CD, find a couple at the library. How about the soundtrack from Halloween? Or play a scary movie on TV during your gathering.

GAMES: They’re not just for kids! Whether your group is grown-up or not, these games are sure to delight!

  • “THE HANDS-FREE DOUGHNUT DEVOUR” Having purchased a dozen or so doughnuts, you hang one by a string just above mouth-height for each contestant. Without using their hands, they must eat the entire doughnut. Sound easy? Try it! For more giggles and shrieks, use powdered sugar doughnuts. (Have clean up supplies at the ready!) We recommend you do this in a non-carpeted area, or put down a drop cloth to catch the inevitable doughnut detritus. Depending on your space, you can have all guests do this at once, or one at a time. For extra fun, time the contestants.
  • “HALLOWEEN BOCCE BALL” Clear out an area in a room for this one. You play regular bocce ball rules, but instead of using bigger bocce balls and a small pallino, you use apples (yellow and red) and a pumpkin!
  • “WHO AM I?” On each guest’s back, place a sticker with the name of a different famous monster or scary villain from a list you’ve prepared ahead of time. The guest must ask ONLY yes-or-no questions to figure out who they are.

PRIZES AND FAVORS: The dollar store is your friend! If you’re not familiar, check it out! You’ll find everything you need for candy, decorations, silly prizes, even costume props.

CAMERA AT THE READY! Record the fun on video or snap pix throughout the party, and send them to the guests the next day – possibly with blackmail instructions.

Remember, your goal is FUN – not perfection. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Judy DiForte is marketing manager for The Betty Brigade, a concierge company specializing in relocation, organizing and event planning, based in Ann Arbor. To sign up for The Betty Brigade newsletter, click here.

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Is Your Home Ready for Halloween?

You have probably already purchased Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters who will ring your doorbell on Wednesday night. Below are three things you might not have considered to get your home ready for those trick-or-treaters.

Clear the Drive Way
Avoid accidents by putting any toys, tools, bikes and cars into the garage.

Sweep the Leaves
Wet leaves can create a slippery and dangerous pathway. Clear any leaves and sticks from the driveway, walkway, sidewalk and porch to be safe.

Check the Lights
Make sure your porch lights are working to indicate that your home is a Halloween-friendly home.

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DIY Weekend Project – Children’s Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes are more expensive every year. Save money by creating a Halloween costume for your child. Below are 8 adorable, easy to create children’s Halloween costumes.


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DIY Weekend Project – Carve a Perfect Halloween Pumpkin

Decorate for Halloween with a perfectly carved pumpkin.

Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
Look for a pumpkin with solid, event colors. Try to avoid pumpkins with surface rot or soft spots.

Pumpkin Carving Tools You’ll Need:
Pumpkin carving is easier when you use the right tools.

Poker: Tape your printed pattern onto a pumpkin and create small dots along the outline the pattern using this small tool.

Raker: Remove skin and smooth pumpkin flesh with a raker tool. This tool is also great for cleaning up carving areas or etching designs into the pumpkin flesh.

Shape Punchers: Make the perfect round eyes or fun facial features with metal tubes. While an apple corer will make gorgeous circles, a pumpkin carving kit can provide additional shapes.

Saws: Head to the Halloween store for a few skinny, serrated pumpkin carving knives, which are perfect for tight designs. For adults, a small etching power tool will save time, energy, and stress for carving intricate designs.

Pumpkin Scooper: Many Halloween shops will have variations of the perfect pumpkin scoop tool, but this scoop uses serrated edges to scrap and clean pumpkins’ insides, while a pointed tip can flatten a spot for a candle.


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Below are a few examples to get your creative juices flowing:




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