Taking the fright out of creating your perfect costume
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Halloween is the perfect time of year to let loose and embrace your inner kid. You have the option to be anything you want, so get creative this year! Save yourself time and money by looking for fun costume-worthy items at a vintage store. You may be surprised at the wide variety of creative costumes available for a reasonable cost.

A scary costume is only supposed to scare those around you - it's not supposed to be scary to wear. So make sure you are taking all the right steps so that your Halloween night will be a fright fest instead of a frightful mess. Here's how:

Find the thrift shop treasures

Vintage stores offer costumes and pieces that let you transport into any era you want. Relive your favorite concert with an 80's rock and roll tee, dance the night away in a fabulous flapper outfit, or reenact the Wild Wild West in classic cowboy boots. However, no outfit is complete unless you have the matching accessories to go with it, and when it comes to dressing up for Halloween, less is never more. So be sure to get those dazzling jewels, cowboy hat, or blow-up guitar to add the final touches on your vintage costume.

Freshen up those vintage pieces

Scaring off fellow revelers is always fun on Halloween night, but that shouldn't be because of your costume's smell. So when you get home make sure your costume masterpiece is fresh and clean by sending items through the wash with the fresh scent of Gain laundry detergent. Want to make that amazing scent last even longer? Throw Gain Original Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster into your wash cycle - but don't be scared when trick-or-treaters are asking you for a sniff instead of a treat!

Put the costume through its paces

Don't forget that costumes need to be comfortable so you can easily stay in character all night long. So, try on the costume and walk around a bit. If it is too tight, restricts your movements or is too hot or cold, you might find yourself ditching the costume and playing yourself very quickly during the Halloween event.

Although Halloween is a spooking time of year it is still supposed to be fun. Vintage stores offer the best variety of costumes that are creative and affordable. At times, yes they may be smelly, but that is where Gain steps in to provide a great clean smell all night long. Follow the above tips and your costume will be the hit of the party. You can even continue the recycling tradition by donating back your costume pieces for someone else to use next year. However, be sure to wash it with Gain before donating so the next user can have guaranteed freshness throughout their Halloween holiday.

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