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Halloween Essentials for Parents & Teachers

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start thinking about costumes, candy, and, of course, parties! If you're stuck on ideas for what to do this Halloween, never fear! We've rounded up a few of our favourite Halloween essentials to help make this year the best one yet.

From spooky party games to ghoulishly good treats, read on for everything you need to make this Halloween a howling success!

Halloween is a great time for kids to let their imaginations run wild! Whether they want to be a princess, superhero, or something completely unique, there are endless costume possibilities. However, store-bought costumes can be expensive, and DIY costumes can be time-consuming. So, what's a parent or teacher to do?

Here are 10 creative and affordable Halloween costume ideas that are sure to please any kid!

1. Superheroes are always a popular choice for Halloween costumes! To create a budget-friendly superhero costume, start with a basic outfit in the child's favorite color. Add some makeshift "muscles" by cutting out foam shapes and hot gluing them to the shirt. Finally, don't forget the all-important cape! This can be created easily by cutting a large rectangle out of an old sheet or piece of fabric.

2. Another easy and popular choice is a witch costume! Start with a black dress (or leggings and a long-sleeved shirt if you prefer) and add a witches hat. For an added touch, hot glue some sparkly fabric around the bottom of the hat. If you have some extra time, you could also make your own broomstick out of an old broom and some black fabric.

3. For something completely unique, how about dressing up as "The Pie Fairy?" Start with a tutu skirt in any color (preferably white or light pink) and add wand and wings made out of cardboard covered in aluminum foil. To complete the look, carry around a real pie or two!

Or a character from a book!

4. Another fun option is to dress up as Lady Liberty! You'll need a white dress (or shirt), blue felt or fabric, and gold ribbon or paint. Simply cut the blue felt or fabric into strips and attach around the bottom of the dress with safety pins or hot glue. Then, add gold ribbon around the waistline or paintgold stars onto the blue strips. Finish off the look with a cardboard torch covered in gold foil.

5. For those who love animals, how about going as their favorite creature? For instance, you could be a tiger with orange stripes on a black shirt (or vice versa), add some tiger ears made out of construction paper or cardboard, and carry around a homemade tail. Or you could wear all green or blue with dragonfly wings made out of wire hangers and green garbage bags! The possibilities are endless!