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Who needs Party City? Make DPPL your Halloween costume destination

This would be me if I had my Halloween act together. Credit: Matthew Stewart,

Gosh, I love Halloween. And so do the rest of you, by the looks of it.  According to Forbes, 158 million of us got our Halloween on last year, spending an average of $78.03 per 'celebrating consumer' on decor, costumes, candy and fun.

We spent $2.6 billion on costumes alone (not counting the $330 million spent on pet costumes.

Can't leave our pets out of the fun.

I’ll be the first to admit I've dropped my fair share on Halloween. 

Last year, we kicked it old school with homemade Vampire Kitty and Zombie Prom Queen costumes. We had a lot of fun putting them together and we (OK, I) were  feeling pretty clever.

When we got to the big Halloween bash, there was not one, not two, but THREE Zombie Prom Queens.

I guess there are no original ideas in the 4th grade, but hey, it was still a great costume.

Vampire Kitty & Zombie Prom Queen

This year, the siren call (OK, multiple catalogs and radio commercials) won out.

$104.63 later, we've got Rainbow Unicorn and "Pretty" Mad Hatter on tap. Sometimes convenience trumps creative inspiration and frugality, I've made peace with that. Let's just hope they still like their costumes in two weeks.

If you, on the other hand, ARE feeling the creative spirit and possess an even minor crafty-gene, I've got great news! 

Save your Halloween dollars for candy, the Des Plaines Public Library has all sorts of resources for you to create your own costume fabulousness.

Your first stop should be DPPL's Literary Halloween Pinterest page

If you are unfamiliar with Pinterest, just click on one of the pins and click it again once it opens to be taken to the original website where you will find all the step by step details.

Feeling inspired and crafty? 

Here's a roundup of books, videos, ebooks and magazines you'll find helpful.  

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