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Take the fear out of last minute Halloween gear

<p>With work, family and social responsibilities, the last thing on your mind this month might have been buying or creating a Halloween costume. </p>

It’s What day? Halloween? Uh oh.


With work, family and social responsibilities, the last thing on your mind this month might have been buying or creating a Halloween costume.


Now it's the 11th hour, the party is about to start or the kids are ready to hit the street for tooth-rotting treats. What to do?


Time for some pre-owned shopping.


“We’ve seen a rise in do -it-yourself costumes,” says Meg Allan Cole, national costume consultant for Value Village.


Understanding many of us are about to be in last-minute panic mode, the international secondhand store chain with locations across Canada has made some helpful preparations.


“We’re seeing customers increasingly combine new and gently-used items to create a one-of-a-kind costume that will set them apart,” says Cole.


In other words, relax. From essentials to accents, Value Village will most likely have something that doesn’t look as thrown together as we might fear.


Still, with the clock ticking, now’s not the time to get extravagant.


Cole advises sticking to simple ideas such as pop culture icons, animals or traditions (witches, vampires, pirates et cetera) which never tire and utilize items around the house, necessitating only a few easily-obtainable accessories.

 
 
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