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Sunday, October 16, 2011 | By Tanya39

How many ghosts does it take to fill a hot tub......?

Answer none they float and would not be able to get into the water! HAHAHAHAHA!

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Homemade Tin Man Costume
Friday, September 10, 2010 | By HomeCostumes

A very popular Halloween costume theme each year is Wizard of Oz.  It's a great theme that allows lots of creativity and different versions because of the different versions of the movie.  This makes it a perfect homemade halloween costume because you don't have to follow a specific pattern or look. 

To create a homemade Tinman costume you will need the following items

  1. silver pants, shirt and boots
  2. silver face paint
  3. large funnel
  4. Cardboard
  5. Tin foil

The first thing you need to do is assemble the clothing for the tinman.  If you have silver pants, shirts and boots then great!  If you don't then it's time to get creative or shopping.  We recommend checking out your local thrift-store.   If you can't find any after that you can either spray pain silver onto old clothing (smelly) or glue tinfoil to your clothes (noisey).  

Next you'll need your tin man helmet/hat.  A large funnel wrapped in tin-foil works really well.

Now you'll need your tinman axe.  You can create this from cardboard, tin-foil and glue.  Be creative and come up with a nice looking wood-chopping axe.

Finally, you'll need to paint your face silver.

All in all this costume should cost less than $15 to make and can turn out quite well.  You will  definitely save money compared to a purchased tin man costume.

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Planning for 2010 Halloween
Thursday, September 02, 2010 | By suremajic

Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. I start planning now for how I am going to be setting up. Any project that will take some time is going to have to be started now in order to get it made and test it out to see how it is going to look.  We try to add new ideas to our yard display each holiday. In the past, I have created my own huge spider, coffin, grave markers. I look through many web sites, books, and get ideas from others. This is a huge event at our house and I am trying to make it a block party one of these years.


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Wreath et al
Monday, October 06, 2008 | By pamphyila

Inspired by a thriftyfun person I made myself a Halloween wreath thing using this graphic I saved from

Mine is different, but on a coat hanger (we didn't have too many of those...) and with bits and pieces of ribbon and black plastic netting I had saved.  (I save everything, it seems.) It's probably a bit odd - but Halloween is supposed to be spooky, right?  This coathanger wreath thing is a great idea!


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Create a $10 Halloween table scape
Monday, September 15, 2008 | By raveninca

Hi Raven here. I want to share with you places to go and great thrifty items to buy for Halloween decorating.  With Halloween 47 days away, most thrift stores and dollar stores have stocked their shelves with great Halloween decorations. This year gargoyles and small tombstones seem to be all the rage. All decorations including the tablecloth can be found at the dollar store and the entire table scape is a mere $10.00!

You will need:

1 tablecloth

1 fall leaf garland

2 colored pillar candles

2 mini gargoyles

2 mini tombstones

1 bag spider webbing

1 bag of black plastic spiders

To begin, decorating for Halloween is creating a spooky table scape. Start with a orange, rust or yellow tablecloth. Then place a garland of fall leaves down the center of the table. Next, place 2 pillar candles (orange, black or red) in the center of the table scape. Place the two miniature tombstones on either side of the candles. At both ends of the table scape place the mini gargoyles. Take the spider webbing and pull it apart and place it all over the entire table scape. Make sure that the spider webbing isn't in big globs.  Add the bag of spiders all over the spider webbing. You did it! A great table scape for $10.00. Remember to always ask your family to  join you in this decorating fun. 

Please note: if you are planning to light the candles, make sure you place a anti-flame container under the candles. Make sure that the spider webbing is not attached to the candles in any way. Look for more of my thrifty Halloween decoration ideas. Cheers.



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Wednesday, November 01, 2006 | By gryphonlaurel

Yesterday was Halloween.  Our town does a downtown business owners candy give out for the children.  We live in a rural area and the children really can't trick or treat out here.  My niece and nephew wore homemade outfits, except my baby nephew who wore a purchased duck outfit.  He was so cute.

How come costume for adults (and some children too) are getting down right vulgar?  I am not a prude by any means, but give me a break.  My seven year old niece would not have been appropriate in a French maid's outfit.   They made their own costumes because what they had to pick from and the price were outrageous.

I don't understand when or why Halloween became the holiday to channel your inner skank. It was on the news last  night about the raunchy costumes available this year.  Lots of parents were taken aback at the inappropriate costumes for their kids.

Homemade costumes are more frugal if you use materials on hand. This also gives you the option of what the kids will look like. Creativity is alive and well at my sister's house.  I don't have kids so I borrow hers.

Thanks for letting me ramble.

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Free Online Gogurt Monster Tracker Game
Saturday, October 14, 2006 | By kidseatfree

Free Online Gogurt Monster Tracker Game


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A Treat and a Craft
Monday, October 09, 2006 | By fisher

Stella posted a great craft on ThriftyFun that should delight trick-or-treaters.  Just pick up a big bundle of pipe cleaners or chenel sticks at your local craft store and hand out these easy to make spiders. 

Here's the link to the directions!
Tootsie Pop Spiders!


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Tin Can Jack-O-Latern Baskets
Friday, September 22, 2006 | By Rockcandy248

Last night I painted cleaned out cans and primed them in white and then painted them orange.  I then took some extra glow in the dark stars and cut them into triangles.  Then I took the triangles and glued them on the cans. 

I added wire to the top (though holes I punched with a nail in the top of the can). 

I now have a collection of cute little Jack-O-Latern baskets.  It was easy and turned out very cute!!!

As soon as I can buy some batteries on sale for my digital camera I'll post a picture of my cute little craft

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