BEWARE: Too-Small Houses, Less-Than-Walkable Neighborhoods, And Other Frightful Things Inside!
Are you living in a haunted house? Do your neighbors scare you? Can you hear (traffic) going “bump” in the night? Whether you’re considering moving to a new house because of the cobwebs or coffin-like conditions of your current home or the location or characteristics of the neighborhood, we’ve got your back. Plan your best DIY costume and let us do the rest. Contact our team today to get started finding the perfect place for you to eat, drink, and be scary this Halloween season! (include link or embedded field for registration)
(1) Alice Outgrows The House
If you’re feeling a little cramped in your current house, try this DIY costume on for size!
Whether it’s that your family home is too small or just your family that’s too big, sometimes you can’t help feeling like the fit isn’t right anymore. But you’re not alone if you want to slip into something more comfortable. As many as 48% of Americans who move each year do so because their house is no longer the best fit for their family size. And despite the increasing popularity of tiny homes, the square footage of family homes in the US keeps increasing.
To Make This Costume: Use a cardboard box, tape or glue, and scissors to create the shape of your house (follow instructions like these to get the right shape) and cut appropriate holes in it for your torso, arms, and head. Decorate using acrylic paint, craft glue, and other at-home materials (popsicle sticks, felt, etc). Then complete the costume perfectly with white socks and a blue skirt.
(2) The Wheels On The Bus Go To A Better School District
This is the perfect DIY Halloween costume for you if you want your kids to go places! Sometimes what’s in a neighborhood is just as scary as what isn’t. Like if the schools in your district don’t meet or exceed your standards, your options are limited in terms of better education for your child(ren). Open enrollment in other districts isn’t guaranteed, private/boarding schools are prohibitively expensive, and charter schools reserve the right to hire uncertified teachers. If all that sends chills down your spine, you’re probably ready to move to a district that doesn’t leave you feeling spooked.
To Make This Costume: Follow the instructions here by using yellow, black, white, and red construction paper (as well as tape and glue) to create the perfect wagon-based school bus. For more-mobile kids (or adults) try using craft paper, hot glue, and a cardboard box (like this one) or even a multi-person cardboard box school bus costume like this.
(3) There Goes The Neighborhood
Sometimes even when you love your family home and all the memories in it, it’s just not comfortable or safe to stay anchored down there for any longer. Whether that’s because of new development or road-widening and other projects that increase traffic flow and noise, you can lift yourself and your family out of it if you work with a licensed real estate agent. While they can’t literally move your house to a new location, they can help you find the perfect place to move your home to in your own version of (a walkable, safe, family-friendly, trick-or-treat perfect) paradise.
To Make This Costume: The sky’s the limit when making this costume! Either use a cardboard box, tape or glue, and scissors to create the shape of your house (follow instructions like these to get the right shape) or use heavyweight (or multiple layers of) paper to make a sandwich-board inspired house (like this). Decorate using acrylic paint. Then just add balloons (attached to the end of dowel rods if you don’t want to use helium balloons) to finish the look. (Bonus: you can also follow these simple instructions to make this the perfect dog costume!)
(4) Safety First In Less-Than-Walkable Neighborhoods!
Oftentimes, the scariest part of trick-or-treating is taking your kids out in the traffic. What better way to keep your munchkins safe than dress them in road-hazard orange and pointy hats? This costume is perfect for you if you live in an less-than-walkable neighborhood — a neighborhood without sufficient sidewalks or shoulder space, bike lanes, or traffic control methods designed to keep people safe. If trunk-or-treats are your go-to, whether due to your proximity to or because you need them, you need this costume (and a consultation with one of our agents). Your safety in your home and around your neighborhood is our priority!
To Make This Costume: Follow the instructions here using poster board, holographic sticker paper, tape or hot glue, and orange ribbon to create an easy (small) traffic cone costume. For bigger trick-or-treaters, try making a cone hat from poster paper (like this one) then making a cone-shaped orange bodysuit using a sheet, some hot glue, and a hula hoop (like this, except with armholes at the top).
(5) Down Payment-er-ella
Why go to a ball when you could go to a closing appointment? Cinderella ended up moving on up, and you can, too! Your Halloween costume doesn’t have to be scary, and neither does the thought of making a down payment. Overall, the size of down payments is trending downward, with up to 44% of young/first time home buyers in major metropolitan areas putting less than %5 down. If you wish you had a fairy godmother to bippity-boppity-boo you through the home-buying process, you’re in luck! Our real estate agents are standing by to make your dreams come true.
To Make This Costume: You’ll need a dollar store dress, fabric mod-podge, and a lot of monopoly money. Use the mod-podge to stick the money to the dress, starting at the bottom hem and working up in layers. Paper money glued to other paper money will be more likely to rip off than when glued to cloth, so try to stick (pun intended) with the original shape of the dress. Alternatively, you can make a cotton dress form as the base layer, then stick or sew the money to it.
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