Have a fright­ful good time mak­ing Halloween cos­tumes

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The trick-and-treaters will be out in force in two-and-a-half weeks, and if the lit­tle ghosts and gob­lins in your home haven’t picked their cos­tumes yet, here are some tips, tricks and treats for com­ing up with your own do-it-your­self cos­tumes.

n Start with what you know: Embrace their cur­rent ob­ses­sion, whether it’s a car­toon char­ac­ter, type of an­i­mal or ca­reer — and pull from your wardrobe, theirs or a thrift store to cre­ate a cos­tume that’s cur­rent but not cookie-cut­ter.

n Stay warm: An easy way to stay bun­dled up is with a blan­ket cos­tume your child can wear over their coat. Think jack-o-lanterns, emo­jis or ghosts made with sin­gle-coloured blan­kets with sewing or fabric glue for the fa­cial fea­tures.

n Have fun: Your kids will en­joy it more and feel a sense of pride and own­er­ship if they take the lead or make a con­tri­bu­tion to cre­at­ing their cos­tumes, de­pend­ing on their age. Even lit­tle ones can help stick on stick­ers or choose the colour pal­ette and fab­rics.

n Fol­low the golden rule: You want to make sure your cos­tume doesn’t of­fend any­one, so stick to this guide — a cul­ture is not a cos­tume. This means that ideas like Poc­a­hon­tas, a Ja­panese geisha or a Mex­i­can sugar skull are all off lim­its.

n Keep it safe: What­ever cos­tume you end up cre­at­ing to­gether, make sure it will keep them safe through­out the evening. Tails and long robes can present trip­ping haz­ards, while dark colours mean cars might not see them cross­ing the road. Stick to bright colours and for ex­tra safety, give them a light-re­flec­tive sticker. Free from ADT Canada, these stick­ers are de­signed so that light from pass­ing cars make them (and your kids) shine brightly.

Find out more in­for­ma­tion at adt. ca

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