Halloween teaches us valuable financial lessons like budgeting candy, but it’s not all gum drops and lollipops. A retailmenot.ca survey found that Canadians spent $1 billion on Halloween in 2015. In fact, the Halloween industry is so large that it can support retailers who are only open for the season.


According to Global News, the average Canadian spends $52 per person on costumes.T he cost of costumes rarely reflects the quality. So why shell out so much money? Save yourself from the frightening cost of a costume by dressing up as an iconic movie or TV character in plain clothes. Don’t let the cost of Halloween costumes scare you away this year.


4 Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas from Your Closet


For men:


Marty McFly from Back to the Future

You will need white sneakers, a jean jacket, blue jeans, a white buttoned shirt, an orange vest and a red t-shirt.

Quote: “Wait a minute, Doc. A… Are you’re telling me you built a time machine… Out of a DeLorean?”


Ace Ventura from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

You will need to style your hair up and back in the iconic Ace Ventura style, a pair of black converse or boots, red striped pants or something similar, a floral pattern shirt, a white tank top and an ID card reading “Ace Venture Pet Detective”.

Quote: “That was close one ladies and gentlemen, of course in every contest, there must be, a loser. Lew-Who, Za-Her.”


For women:


Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family

You will need dark black mascara, a white collared blouse, a black long sleeve shirt, white stockings, a pair of black shoes and your hair in pigtail braids.

Quote: “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour”


Sandy Olsson from Grease

You will need red lipstick, a tight pair of black pants (preferably leather), a black shirt that shows off your shoulders and red high heels.

 Hang a leather jacket over your shoulder and do your hair to match Sandy’s to really sell this costume.

Quote: “Tell me about it, stud.”


Bonus: You can have a lot of fun dressing up as yourself in high school. Find an embarrassing photo of yourself and replicate the look.

A DIY costume will show off your creativity and make you the life of the party. Consider a costume from your closet before spending money at a retailer. The key to a great Halloween costume is making it fun, so memorize some movie quotes, dress up as your favorite character this year and save your money.


Some Made In Canada March Break Ideas

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Travelling to the U.S. for March Break was easier on the wallet when the Canadian dollar was stronger. In fact, as recently as 2013, the loonie was at par with the greenback. So for Canadians looking to escape the cold, travelling south was more affordable.


Today, however, the loonie hovers around 75 cents U.S. That hotel room in Orlando that was $150 a night CAD in 2013? It’s now about $200 – without even considering inflation. That adds almost $400 CAD to a week-long vacation in the U.S. Add the cost of meals and entertainment while you’re there, and you might think twice about booking those tickets. So if you’re looking for vacation ideas this March but prefer to stay in the Great White North, here are some made-in-Canada ideas for you.


The folks at Cottage Life have put together a list of five interesting places to visit across the country. There are a couple in here that would never have occurred to me.




Here are a few more, put together by Huffington Post. Some real “think outside the box” ideas.




Finally, if you’ve got children who are off school for a week and you’re just planning on staying close to home, here are some ways to keep them busy and entertained.




Even if you’re not going away , March break still means we’re getting ready to say goodbye to winter — and that alone is something to get excited about. And if you are going away, safe travels!