With Halloween around the corner, many of us will be scoping out our closets and basements or hitting up family and friends for items to create the perfect costume for ourselves or the kids. Here are some tips to ensure your costume is a hit:

Comfort is key:

There’s no point having an awesome outfit if it’s uncomfortable to wear. Whether you’ll be hanging with friends or your kids are trick-or-treating door to door, make sure any getup is one that’ll last the night.

Give yourself enough time:

Remember to scope out potential items for your costume well in advance so you’re not scrambling to put things together at the last minute.

Start with your own closet or garage. You can probably find everything you need at home. If not, don’t forget that secondhand and thrift stores often carry some super affordable clothing and items that can be used in a costume as well as used adult and children’s costumes.

Start with a theme or colour. Coming up with costume ideas can be overwhelming, so this is a great way to get those creative juices flowing. Themes can include animals; tv or movie characters; superheroes; and spooky or time-period inspired getups from the 60s, 70s or 80s. Sticking to a single colour from top to bottom – such as yellow for a sun, orange for a pumpkin or black for a witch – is also easy and fun.

Check the weather:

If you’re venturing outdoors, equip yourself with a poncho, rain boots, mittens or whatever else will help you brave the elements and keep your costume intact.

When Halloween is over, consider donating instead of discarding your costume. If dressing up for Halloween isn’t your thing, your old wardrobe may provide the perfect inspiration to others. Schedule a pickup with Diabetes Canada or drop off your clothing items (including hats, shoes and purses) at one of 2,000 donation bins across Ontario. Learn more at declutter.diabetes.ca.

Source: (NC) www.newscanada.com

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