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Halloween, one more holiday that’s been taken over by commercial interests and big candy (okay, we’re actually very much here for the big candy). Costume stores pop up in your local mall, making it all too easy to just pull out your wallet and call it a day.

Well, not this Halloween! Head to your local Value Village, Goodwill, closet or, heck, even your friend’s closet and start getting creative. And no, we don’t mean really creative, just enough that you can say, “I did it myself!” Now doesn’t that feel good?

Polyester causes stinky sweat AND bad karma

Most of those store-bought costumes are made of nasty itchy fabric. Think your purchase through… if you’re gonna be dancing, then you’re gonna smell bad and then you’re gonna get egged cause the universe is mad at you.

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Any effort spent on a DIY is still more than ordering online

And pride comes from effort. Get off the couch, sew a piece of felt on to a t-shirt and you’re a superhero. Poke the glass out of some old eyeglasses and call yourself Clark Kent. Do something, damn it – anything!

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Halloween has gone crazy! Lower the Bar!

In the age of Instagram anything less than a hyper realistic shark munching on your head won’t do. It’s exhausting! Paint a black wart over some green face paint and call yourself a witch already!

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Reduce Reuse Recycle!

The world is ending – don’t add to the mess with one more Piggy Smalls costume that no one will understand next year. Dig through your house or your Goodwill – there’s definitely treasures (junk) you’ve totally forgotten about.

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Oprah said it best, “Love is in the details”

Store-bought costumes are usually all one piece – even the belts don’t detach. You think Batman has a Batarang but NO detachable belt!?!? You’re crazy.

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Don’t be scared of a failed DIY! Revive the undead this Halloween with a glue gun, a little duct tape and whatever crap you can find around the house!