Save money with DIY Halloween costumes

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OVB employees got all dolled up for the perfect DIY Halloween costume

Ghosts galore, spooky tricks and tasty treats can only mean one thing – it’s time for Halloween! Like any holiday, however, Halloween can end up being quite costly. Don’t let money scare you like ghosts and ghouls. There are many ways to have a Happy Halloween without frightening your finances away.

While many people associate Halloween with candy, costumes are generally the focal point of the holiday. Halloween costumes appeal to all ages, and unfortunately can be expensive. Many store bought costumes have a high price tag, but don’t feel forced to overspend. With some extra time and a little creativity, you can make your own costume that can be just as good, if not better, than one you purchase.

Halloween is the perfect time to tap into your creative, artistic side. As DIY projects continue to be all the rage, why not work some do it yourself magic into this year’s costume? Whether you are making a costume for yourself or making multiple costumes for your children and family, DIY is the way to go. Not only will you save quite a bit of money, but your costumes can even be unique and different.

Here are some of our ideas to help you get started with your DIY Halloween costuming:

  1. Go classic. Halloween costumes that never go out of style are traditional ghosts and witches. While these may be a little basic, it’s an easy, low-cost option. Both of these costumes are also great for the last minute Halloween party-goer. To create your ghost costume, simply cut two holes for eyes side by side in a white sheet. If you already have an old white sheet that you don’t mind cutting up, even better! For a witch costume, all you really need is a witch’s hat, which can typically be purchased at an inexpensive price. Simply wear your witch hat with black clothing and hocus pocus: transformation complete!
  2. Search your closet. In an age where fashion trends are constantly changing, it can be comical to dress as a blast from the past. Wear older styles that you still own. You might have to do some digging, but taking it back a decade makes for a great costume, and one that’s almost cost-free. A “groovy” 70s you, your “gnarly” 80s self or taking it back to that “da bomb” style of the 90s all make for pretty cool costumes.
  3. Puns are fun. Want an easy to make, unique and funny costume? Time to break out the puns. One example is be a “cereal killer.” To make this costume, just take an old shirt and hot glue empty cereal boxes on it. For an added splash, throw some red paint or fake blood on it too. Get it? A cereal “killer.” Another easy pun costume example takes a stab at one of the big movies currently in pop culture, Fifty Shades of Grey. No, we don’t mean something naughty. All you need is a grey shirt and some grey paint sample cards. Simply hot glue the samples to your shirt and boom: you’re “fifty shades of grey.” For another twist, paint some cat or dog whiskers on your face and wear a party hat, you party animal. Another idea is to gather your friends and go as “The Four Seasons.” No, we don’t mean the musical group, but the actual seasons with each person wearing either a winter, spring, summer or fall themed-outfit. There are many more easy and fun pun costumes. Check out your Pinterest boards for inspiration.
  4. Accessorize. Adding a simple headpiece or accessory to a regular outfit can make for a fun, easy and relatively inexpensive Halloween costume. For example, adding cat ears to a black, white, pink or grey dress and/or shirt/pants combo is a simple costume. Make it even cuter by painting some whiskers on your face. Ladies, transform into a princess simply by pairing a costume tiara with a party dress you already own. As for the guys, you can be a king just by adding a costume crown to any suit you already have in your closet. Devil or Angel? You can be either by pairing devil ears or an angelic halo and wings to color appropriate clothing. When you add just a small detail to your current clothes it makes your costume creation process simple and nearly cost-free.
  5. Go simple scary. Want to be frightening this Halloween? All you need to do is rip some old clothes and splash either fake blood or red paint on them. Pair it with a cheap scary mask or use face paint to transform into a spooky zombie.
  6. Do Halloween as a group. There are so many creative, fun, low-cost group costume options. An easy example is to dress a rainbow, where each member of your costume party simply dresses head to toe in their assigned color. Find pieces from thrift stores or your closet and do a group theme as characters from your favorite movie or show. When it comes to group themes, half of what makes your costume so great is seeing your idea come together with multiple friends.

There are many more creative and fun DIY Halloween costumes. Shop your local craft stores for fabric and supplies to help you get started. A hot glue gun can work wonders if you don’t sew. Glue dots are also a nice tool to aid in your costume creation. Search the internet for inspiration. Once you have an idea, you will be surprised at how quickly it comes together. Your wallet will thank you too.

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OVB employees dress as everyone’s favorite campfire snack 

Happy Halloween!

5 events to make the most of Halloween

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Your friends and neighbors at Ohio Valley Bank invite you to join in on the fun happening at our branches this Halloween.

HOLZER TREAT STREET

No, you’ve not traveled back to the 50s. That’s our bankers from the OVB Banking Center at Holzer dressed up Sock Hop style for the annual Holzer Treat Street event. The event brings in hundreds of kids for a trick or treating experience like no other. Stop by OVB’s booth. Treat Street is Tuesday, October 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gallia County Fairgrounds.

WELLSTON HALLOWEEN BASH

The OVB Wellston Office, part of the Milton Banking division, will be hosting a Halloween Bash on Thursday, October 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. The bank will be turned into a carnival with games, balloons, face painting, and more.

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GALLIPOLIS TRICK OR TREAT

Also on Thursday the 26th, the OVB Main Office, located at 420 Third Avenue in Gallipolis, will be participating in Gallipolis Trick or Treat from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Stop by the bank’s tent outside the Third Avenue entrance to the bank, surrounded by the annual Decorated Pumpkin display.

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BARBOURSVILLE CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY

The OVB Barboursville Office is anxiously planning a football-themed Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, October 27, from 10 am to 2 p.m. The tailgate fun will include free hotdogs and refreshments, corn hole, and Hits 97.9 FM will be onsite.

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JACKSON MONSTER MASH TRUNK OR TREAT BASH

Halloween weekend concludes with the Monster Mash Trunk or Treat Bash at the OVB Jackson Office on Saturday, October 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Kids will compete in a costume contest for a $50 grand prize. There will also be plenty of other games, face painting, and treats to enjoy.

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OVB to take part in Get Smart About Credit

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OVB Financial Literacy Leader Hope Roush presents Adventures in Credit to area school.

October is not only about Halloween, it also plays host to the American Bankers Association Get Smart About Credit event. Don’t let your finances scare you. Be sure to Get Smart About Credit!

Ohio Valley Bank will once again celebrate the event this month with their financial literacy programs. Now in its 15th year, Get Smart About Credit is a national campaign sponsored by the American Bankers Association to help youth understand credit and other financial lessons. Get Smart About Credit Day will officially be held Thursday, Oct. 19, however, OVB will be celebrating the event throughout the fall season.

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Celebrate autumn with festive area events

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Autumn is officially here. With the vibrant changing leaves and soon-to-be cooler temperatures, the fall season is also widely celebrated locally.

Beginning this month, our area communities have many fall activities on tap. From family events to historical reenactments, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Kicking things off in a festive fall manner is the Annual West Virginia Pumpkin Festival in Milton. The event, which began in 1986, is one of the state’s largest fests. This year’s festival will begin Thursday, Oct. 5 with events taking place through Sunday, Oct. 8.  The festival will feature a cultural array of family activities. More than 100 skilled artisans will display crafts and there will be a variety of exhibits and demonstrations, such as blacksmithing, pottery making, quilting and woodworking. In addition, the event will host a variety of musicians, featuring the sounds of bluegrass, traditional and contemporary styles. A 5K run will also take place.

In Point Pleasant, the West Virginia State Farm Museum’s Annual Country Fall Festival is slated for Oct. 7-8. The event features a variety of family activities serving as a great kick-off to the autumn season. Also in Point Pleasant, history will come to life Oct. 6-8 with the Annual Battle Days Festival. The event will take place at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park and Main Street. Historical reenactments along with other demonstrations are scheduled. A parade is set for 11 a.m. on Main Street Saturday, Oct. 7. The Battle Days Encampment will also take place Oct. 6-8 at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.

In Gallia County, the autumn season means it’s time for the Bob Evans Farm Festival. The annual event is set for Oct. 13-15 in Rio Grande, Ohio.  The festival offers a wide range of entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, farm contests, children’s activities, demonstrations and musical performances. What makes the festival so unique is that it takes place at the original Bob Evans Restaurant, which will have a food tent on site. Additional food including Ohio-made cheeses and trail bologna will be available as well as traditional fare including bean soup, corn bread, kettle corn, pies, apple dumplings and ice cream.

In Jackson County, Ohio, the Foothills Art Festival is scheduled for Oct. 13-15. The 36th annual event will take place in the Main Lodge at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, located five miles northwest of Jackson. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. The festival is a long standing tradition held within the foothills of Southeastern Ohio and features approximately 100 artists and over 500 works of art.

More festive fall fun is in store at Point Pleasant’s Fort Randolph and Krodel Park with Harvest Fest/Tales in the Tavern. The event is slated for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 4-8 p.m. Harvest Fest will bring history to life in the area once again.

The Pumpkin House, which is located in the Kenova area of Cabell County, will bring autumn and Halloween fun starting Friday, Oct. 27. The house is certainly unique decorated with more than 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Visitors can see the famous house through Oct. 31. Along with the Pumpkin House, the C-K AutumnFest will take place in Kenova and the community of Ceredo. There will be arts and crafts booths, an old-fashioned bake-off and local vendors.

In Madison County, Ohio, the London Strawberry Festival will host their Halloween Car and Motorcycle Show Saturday, Nov. 4. The event will take place in the Walmart Parking Lot in London. There will be contests for best decorated car, best decorated cycle, best decorated truck, best adult costume and best youth costume.

For more information on any fall events that may take place in your community, contact your area chamber of commerce or tourism center. Have a fun, festive fall!