Halloween Is Already In Your Closet

Written by: Helen Dolan, Tips Contributor

When I was a student, back to school shopping always coincided with my search for the perfect Halloween costume. Before my husband and I were married, I took pride in winning “best costume” at local parties. When the kids were little — and malleable — I would coordinate our costumes to theirs. Now, sometimes it seems all I can manage is to rummage through my closet hours before go time!

Although dressing up for Halloween is great fun, it does take planning and can be time-consuming. However, some great costumes are already hiding in your closet waiting for their debut!

White coat, black dress and red gloves? Cruella DeVille lurks.  Add a stuffed Dalmatian and pick up her signature black and white wig at any Halloween Shop.

A black dress, or better yet a graduation gown, a pointy hat and green make up is all you need for a great witch’s costume. Add your black pointy shoes/boots, which are a must for this fall anyway, and you’ll be conjuring spells with the best of them.

Check out these websites for some great ideas that require minimal effort and expense.
I am loving the idea of the Morton’s Salt Girl hanging out with the Brawny Towel guy?


photo from ecouterre.com

photo from ecouterre.com








When Karen was pregnant with her twins, she grabbed an orange t-shirt and a sharpie and plopped herself on her front porch all day. Her bigger kids felt she was part of the fun, and she didn’t have to move at all.


Here is Emily, our food editor, as the Mad Hatter.  Pick up a pair of colored contact lenses and you will be all set.






A few years ago a group of us got together for a Halloween party and pulled most of our outfits from the closet. The rest was cleverly applied make-up. We accessorized from affordable stores such as H&M and Forever 21. Gene Simmons is Amy, our finds editor. What do you think?

Dressing up just might remind you of how much fun there is to be had on Halloween.





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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.