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Easy Halloween Costumes for Adults

Getting ready for Halloween can be a major inconvenience for adults who are often busy with life’s responsibilities. Between a full-time workweek and taking care of children, some adults just can’t manage to prioritize their own costumes. Don’t worry though! Here are some easy costumes that don’t require a ton of time to plan and will help you join in on the fun.

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-       Prison Inmate: Orange Is The New Black is an extremely popular television show that has inspired many fans. Dress up as Piper Chapman and her crew ofprison inmates with a simple orange jumpsuit. Purchase an already made costume or a pair of orange hospital scrubs and black sneakers and you’re ready to go!

-       Broadway Character: Broadway sounds like a complicated look to achieve with so much stage makeup and intricate costumes, but with a huge variety of Broadway show to pick from, there is bound to be a simple character to mirror. Huffington post suggests an elder from “The Book of Mormon”. All that is necessary are black pants, a white short-sleeve button up and a black tie—items you most likely already have in your closet.

-       Breaking Bad: Television shows seem to be a popular Halloween inspiration for adults. Couple up and disguise yourselves as Walter and Jesse from Breaking Bad. There is room for costume exploration when it comes to these two characters. Dress up in yellow jumpsuits with blue gloves and goggles or in casual everyday clothes that a teacher and a mischievous teenage boy would wear.

How to Shop TheFind for Halloween Costumes

With such a wide array of costumes to pick from, finding the right Halloween outfit can be a difficult task. Fortunately, TheFind includes specialized features that help make the costume search much easier. Read on for tips about how to navigate TheFind’s tools for quicker shopping.

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1. Go to thefind.com and type in “halloween costumes” into the search engine bar

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2. Narrow down your search by locating the filter options on the far right of the page. Select a filter according to which category best fits what type of costume you are looking for. Notice that the bottom of the “Departments” filter option indicates “More…” By clicking on this, a box will appear with multiple other departments.

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3. Once your department has been chosen, eliminate costumes that are out of your budget and taste with the “prices” and “colors” filter. Last, locate nearby stores with the “stores” feature. For more detailed instructions on how to utilize the location feature, refer to “How to Use TheFind to Purchase Labor Day BBQ Supplies.”

Halloween 2014 Q&A: Real Simple’s Home Director Betsy Goldberg

Get some expert advice on Halloween crafts, costumes, décor and much more from TheFind’s Q&A series with Real Simple’s Home Director, Betsy Goldberg. 

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What are some of the ideas on your kids’ Halloween costume list?

I have two girls ages 9 and 5, and they usually go for the costumes with some kind of special little accessory. Last year my older one was a police officer because of the cute aviator sunglasses, and my younger one was a devil, with a little horned headband. This year my 9-year-old is going to be a Grecian goddess, with one of those gold braided bands you wear around your head. My little one wants to be “a scary witch, not a cute witch” so I have to figure out some clever face painting to make that happen.

What suggestions do you have for parents shopping for hard-to-find items?

If you’re not successful on Google Shopping or Google Images, you might just have to spend some time browsing specialized Halloween sites. Besides the biggies like orientaltrading.com and Halloweenexpress.com, we’ve found great items on trendyhalloween.com, hauntedprops.com, and frightcatalog.com. It can also help to ask for ideas on mom message boards like Baby Center—moms are pretty resourceful! Pinterest searches with varied phrasing (i.e. “Greek goddess costume for girls,” “Grecian goddess kid costume,”) can turn up a ton of options too, including DIY versions to try.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for saving money on Halloween costumes?

Swap with friends. Most of the time they’re keeping costumes their kids have worn just once so they’re in great condition. And check your closets—you might be able to put together a costume without buying anything. Real Simple staffers demonstrated this for adult costumes.

Any tips for parents who have very young trick or treaters?
Don’t pick a costume that relies on a big accessory like a witch’s broom or an uncomfortable mask—your kid will abandon it in the first 10 minutes of trick or treating, and then it’s disheartening for them to keep getting the question, “Oh and what are you?” Bring an extra bag, a Ziploc or shopping bag, so that you can siphon out some of the collected candy as you’re trick- or-treating—those pumpkin buckets can get really heavy for kids! Also, before Halloween, it’s a good idea to recap how it works: You’ll ring the door, say “Trick or Treat?” and someone will open the door and hand you candy or offer you a bowl of it. This way, you get a chance to remind them not to grab fistfuls of candy and to remember to say thank you! Another good tip: know your kids and how long they’ll last walking around the neighborhood.  That way you can plan accordingly to avoid meltdowns. But no matter how late you get home, let your kids have a chance to spread out their candy, count it, categorize it, trade—it’s often more fun and memorable than eating it.

What are your must-have Halloween décor items?

You really don’t have to go all out and decorate the whole house. In the Halloween feature in the October issue of Real Simple, we show how to make a big impact by decorating just the foyer, since that’s where you’re handing out candy. Hang a colorful garland above your console, fill a big glass jar with a bunch of fake bones, put creepy eyeball chocolates in a bowl, or scatter plastic spiders across the table—just a little something to set a spooky vibe.

Are there any DIY crafts that you recommend parents create with their kids?

It’s really easy to “mummify” juice boxes or big candy bars by wrapping with white crepe paper and adding googly eyes. I also love a twist on the traditional carved pumpkin. In Real Simple’s Halloween feature, we show a rainbow pumpkin made by sticking in colorful map pins, in evenly spaced rows, and a “bloody” pumpkin made by melting unwrapped red crayons over the top of a white pumpkin. And your kids can even make their own trick-or-treating bags—we show 5 cute, super-easy ideas on realsimple.com.

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Betsy Goldberg was named Home Director of Real Simple in December 2013. In this role, Goldberg oversees the award-winning lifestyle brand’s home content, which includes conceptualizing and shaping the magazine’s monthly decorating, cleaning, and organizing stories and overseeing features across the brand’s multimedia platforms.

Before joining Real Simple, Goldberg served as Deputy Editor of HGTV Magazine, where she oversaw decorating, organizing, and home improvement content and was the liaison to HGTV Network starsPreviously, Goldberg was a Senior Editor at Us Weekly and the Deputy Editor at Modern Bride, where she worked for six years. She has also worked as a Reporter at New York Magazine and as an associate editor at the luxury-lifestyle glossy CS. In addition, Goldberg has written for Glamour, Health, Coastal Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, Money, AOL, and Time Out.

Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes

Many people like to go all-out when it comes to Halloween costumes. From crazy hair and makeup, to oversized props and equipment, accessorizing can sometimes be too much for certain environments. It’s totally ok to be festive, but different surroundings often require you to tone it down a little. Here are some tips to consider for work-appropriate Halloween costumes that will allow you to have fun while still maintaining productivity in the office.

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-       Comfort: A normal workday is usually 8 hours, which means you will have to remain in costume for the extended period of time. Choose a costume that is comfortable and will not inhibit your ability to do complete your tasks. If you will be working outdoors or with heavy machinery, consider avoiding costumes that require props or other pieces that will get in the way of your tools/equipment. For example, substitute masks that may block your peripheral vision with makeup instead.

-       Keep it Professional: For women, Halloween costumes are often designed to be sexy and revealing. But the workplace is NOT the place to show off some skin. Keep it appropriate and don’t offend your fellow co-workers with costumes that will make them uncomfortable. Instead of purchasing risqué outfits, try finding individual pieces like skirts, pants and shirts in similar colors that could substitute for costumes.

Incorporating Strollers and Wagons Into Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-treating with babies and toddlers often requires strollers and wagons because children get tired from walking. Get creative and incorporate your child’s stroller, wagon, or other transporting vehicle as a prop for their Halloween costume. Here are some ideas from Baby Gizmo.

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-       Mousetrap Wagon: You can construct a mousetrap wagon with a variety of materials. The photo above uses plywood but you can also substitute it for cardboard, which is a lighter alternative. Replicate the trap’s coil with any sort of metal tubing material or even make your own tube with scraps and spray paint it silver. Dress your child up as a little mouse and you’re ready to go!

-       Doll Box Stroller: Transform your baby’s stroller into a doll display box with cardboard and paint. The picture above shows a baby girl as a Cabbage Patch Kid. From Barbie to American Girl, there are so many dolls to choose from. If the doll figure isn’t what you are aiming for, try dressing your kid as a toy train or car in a display box.

-       Ice Cream Truck Wheelchair: For children who may be disabled, utilize their devices for creative props. The image above shows a child in a wheelchair that was transformed into an ice cream truck. The wheelchair’s wheels function as the truck’s tires and adds to his costume. This idea of incorporation can be applied to other tools like walking sticks, crutches, etc. With some imagination and brainstorming, you can covert any transportation tool into a prop for your child’s costume.

Think Pink and Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Honor Breast Cancer Awareness this month and think pink with these must-have products suggested by Teen Vogue. They are super chic and trendy items that were created to benefit Breast Cancer initiatives.

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-       Stila Positive and Pretty Palette: Stila Cosmetics created the Positive and Pretty Palette exclusively for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This limited edition makeup palette includes a blush, bronzer, highlighter, mirror, face chart and 4 eye shadow shades. A portion of the proceeds is fundraised for breast cancer research as well as bettering the lives of women suffering from cancer.

-       Lilly Pulitzer Full of Hope Charm Bracelet: Lilly Pulitzer, a women’s fashion line, is full of hardworking women. They proudly support Breast Cancer initiatives with this piece of jewelry. Its little charms embrace the pink theme of Breast Cancer Awareness and add a pop of color to your outfit. You can find similar charm bracelets that celebrate thinking pink on TheFind!

-       Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Polo: Ralph Lauren sponsors breast cancer research with their Pink Pony Campaign, which provides support for screenings, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation. This polo is just one item from their Pink Pony line of products. The option to embroider a name on the back is a great way to personalize a shirt for you or someone you know with breast cancer. For more customized shirts, visit TheFind!

Halloween 2014 Q&A: SHEfinds.com & MOMfinds.com’s Jeanine Edwards

Need some expert advice on shopping for children’s Halloween costumes? Take a look at TheFind’s Halloween shopping Q&A series with shopping and parenting expert Jeanine Edwards. Jeanine, Editorial Director at SHEfinds.com and MOMfinds.com shares her insight on Halloween shopping tips and trends.

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What costumes do you anticipate will be trendy this Halloween?

For girls, Frozen will obviously be huge. We’ve found that Elsa is slightly more popular than Anna, but we anticipate character costumes for both princesses to sell out.

For boys, Ninja Turtles will likely be very popular given the movie’s success this summer. Superheros like Captain America, Spiderman and Batman are also always popular.

Popular Halloween costumes are typically character driven, so think of the big movies this year (Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, Transformers, etc) and those are likely where you’ll find Halloween gold.

What are some of the ideas on your kids’ Halloween costume list?

My daughter is torn between dressing as Elsa this Halloween or dressing as Storm from X-Men. Because she gets invited to multiple Halloween parties, we typically decide on 3-4 costumes. I only purchase one–the rest we DIY with items we already have or using pieces from costumes we’ve had in years past.

What suggestions do you have for parents shopping for hard-to-find items?

Get creative! If you can’t find the ready-made costume your child wants, be resourceful and try to make the costume using things you already own. For example, all you really need for an Elsa costume is a glittery blue dress, blonde wig, tiara and wand. Chances are you can DIY a sparkly dress pretty easily and it will probably be less expensive than buy a pre-packaged costume.

How early should parents start shopping / looking for costume additions for their kids? How late can they wait?

It depends whether or not your kids are diehard Halloween fans or have their hearts set on a specific costume. If your child wants to be one of the popular characters, better to get those costumes as early as possible. If your child really doesn’t care what his/her costume is, you can wait pretty late in the season and find something. Of course, there will be slim pickings, but I got my daughter a fairly decent Cleopatra costume the day before Halloween last year.

Also, there are some brand’s whose Halloween costumes are cult. Pottery Barn Kids is a perfect example because their costumes are very high quality. They recently released their Halloween collection, but they sell out super fast so it’s best to shop those earlier in the season as well.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for saving money on Halloween costumes?

For one, always save your costumes. Not only are they great for kids to play with during the year, but you can repurpose the items subsequent years to avoid having to buy a whole new costume every year.

Also, never underestimate the power of face paint. There isn’t a child out there that doesn’t love having his/her face painted and face paint is a heck of a lot cheaper than a name brand costume.

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Visit SHEfinds.com and MOMfinds.com for more tips and trends like these and for more updates from Jeanine, follow her on twitter at @momfinds.

This Week on TheFind Blog: Do It Yourself Costumes for Children, The Latest Fit Wear, How to Shop TheFind for Eco-Friendly Beauty Products and DIY Mason Jar Projects

  • posted September 28th, 2014
  • Fashion

Didn’t get a chance to read TheFind blogs this week? Catch up on what you missed here:

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-       Easy Halloween Costumes: Shopping for Halloween on a budget can be tricky, especially if you have multiple children. Get creative and craft easy to do Halloween costumes. Crafting costumes is great because you can customize pieces to exactly fit your child’s size.

-       Fit Wear: With so many technological innovations being made, picking certain gadgets can be difficult because there are so many in each category to pick from. Check out the latest fit wear on the market and see which features best suit your needs.

-       Eco-Friendly Beauty Products: Learn how to navigate TheFind and narrow down your search categories when shopping for eco-friendly beauty products.

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 -       DIY Mason Jar Projects: Mason jars are super trendy in home décor. Check out these different crafting projects to transform mason jars into great decoration pieces for your home or catered for themed events.

How I Got 50% off My Kid’s Halloween Costume

  • posted September 26th, 2014
  • Fashion

Welcome to our first of a new blog series to show how our app can be applicable to both everyday and special occasion shopping. TheFind’s Head of Marketing, Francie Strong, recently used TheFind to look for her daughter’s Halloween costume and was really happy with the results! Read on:

“The annual tradition of scouring Halloween catalogs and websites to find just the right costume is upon us. My daughter is in 4th grade – this is the year that we’ve gone from cute costumes to “something scary.”

After ruling out “tween” costumes that are so skimpy that they “wouldn’t keep her warm” (at least that’s the story I’m sticking to), we finally found something that will work. My sweet daughter wants to be the Grim Reaper for Halloween…sigh.

So we began our search for a costume and found the perfect one for $44.99, plus tax and shipping…ouch!

Full disclosure: I work for TheFind so I already knew I could find a better deal. However, I was blown away that I could end up saving 50%! This inspired me to share how to do this with other parents facing the same challenge.

Here’s how I did it:

Step 1:

My daughter paged through some Halloween catalogs to get inspired.  Enter the Grim Reaper at $44.99, plus tax and shipping. She had to have it! So I knew my next step would be to go to TheFind to comparison shop, because I knew they would have every costume that is available online, seriously.  And you can always find the best deal on any item.

Step 2:

I went to the actual website: www.thefind.com. Note: I could have used the iPad app or mobile app just as easily, my laptop was just close by. I searched for “Miss Reaper Tween Costume” and clicked on the filters for “Coupons” and “Shipping Deals.” I found 34 options at 22 stores for the exact costume I was looking for. Yay!

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Step 3:

Once I found a store that I trusted that had also had great price, I clicked on the coupons tab on TheFind for that product to see if I could do even better. Yes, I could.

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Step 4:

I just clicked through to the store from TheFind, picked the coupon that gets me the best deal (it works!) and then noticed that this site was a ShopRunner site (I get this free with my Amex card), which gives me free 2-day shipping and returns.

There it is.

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The exact costume for 50% of what I would have paid had I gotten it (with 2-day shipping) from the original site.

Follow these steps and you could luck out like me – Happy Halloween shopping!”

If you have a similar shopping success story, let us know on our Facebook page, we’d love to hear about it!

The Latest Fit Wear

Fitness trackers have emerged as the new trendy tech gadgets. Companies like Nike, Samsung, Fitbit and Jawbone are all competing to develop innovative tools for tracking activities. Now, devices are not only tracking your fitness but also many other components of your activity throughout the day. Here are a few fitness-tracking wearables featured on eWeek.

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-       Jawbone Up: The Jawbone Up is a stylish bracelet that comes in many colors. It measures distance traveled, sleep quality and has many other features as well. There are two versions. The first one sells for $80 and allows you to retrieve your fitness information that has been logged onto the bracelet by plugging it into the computer. The other version sells for $150 because instead of connecting it to your computer, the bracelet connects via Blluetooth.

-       Samsung Gear Fit: Unlike the Jawbone Up, the Samsung Gear Fit displays tracking information on your wristband. It is also water-resistant, which is very beneficial to swimmers. Connected to a Samsung handset, the Gear Fit allows users to access notifications like text messages and calendar updates.

-       Moto 360: For individuals who are not as serious about tracking their every move, the Moto 360 is a great alternative to fitness trackers. Its design is geared more toward style with its watch appearance and function. However, the Moto 360 still provides fitness tracking with a pedometer and optical heart rate monitor. You can track your activity through health apps built onto Android Wear.

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