Ways to Save on Halloween

by Bill Dennison 14. October 2015

Mariner Halloween

As much as it hurts to say it, summer is officially over. To help us cope with this fact, there are plenty of fall activities to look forward to such as: exploring corn mazes, apple picking, cider drinking, and eating pumpkin flavored everything. Perhaps one of the biggest events we have to look forward to in fall is Halloween!

While Halloween doesn’t quite stretch the wallet as much as the holiday season, the cost of costumes, candy, and other festive goods can really add up. Below are some great ways to save money and help make Halloween a little less scary this year:


Anyone who has looked through Halloween costumes at the mall or department stores can tell you that they are not cheap. Luckily, department store Halloween costumes are not the only option! A homemade costume can be charming, cheap, and often better looking than a store bought one, even for those of us who are not the most creative.  Here are a few simple and effective ideas:

Witch: This old stand-by is a favorite. The best part is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. The only thing you need to buy is a witch’s hat. For the rest of the costume, an old, dark dress and dark leggings are all you need! (For an added effect, use a mascara pencil to draw age lines and boils on your face.)

Cat: There’s a reason this costume seems to be a big hit at the office: simplicity. Take a black headband and attach cat ears made of black felt to it. Then, find (or buy) a black sweatshirt. Now all you need is an eyeliner pencil to draw on the whiskers. This simple costume is really the cat’s meow!

Harry Potter: You don’t have to have a bank account as big as this boy wizard’s in order to pull off this costume! A black sweater, a red tie, and a pair of old glasses are all that is needed. Then, get out that trusty eyeliner pencil for the lightning bolt scar and you have your streamlined famous boy wizard costume all set!


Handing out candy for Trick-or-Treat can be just as fun as receiving candy. But buying all those fun-size candy bars can lead to a not-so-fun-sized bill. However, there are ways around having to skip a meal just to be able to afford candy for all the ghouls and goblins that come to your front door.

Instead of buying your candy at major department stores, consider buying it at local thrift stores. You can often find generic candy that is just as tasty yet not as expensive. Also, consider candy alternatives. While nobody wants to be the person handing out toothbrushes, you can often find packs of cheap Halloween themed toys or small packs or crayons that are perfect for handing out and giving everyone’s treat bag a little extra variety.


Halloween decorations do not need to cost an arm and a leg. Your local discount store is sure to have some great decorative items and the best part is that most of them are reusable. Here are some suggestions of reusable Halloween decorations that you can find for less than $5: fake spiders, plastic pumpkins and styrofoam tomb stones.

Using these tips this Halloween will surely help you save a little money so you can keep the cobwebs for decoration and out of your wallet!

Wade Barnes Named to Meals on Wheels Board of Directors

by Admin 9. October 2015

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, and to demonstrate our continued commitment to the Baltimore community, we recently launched a Random Acts of Kindness campaign. All around town, our employees are doing the little things to brighten someone’s day, say thanks to those who keep us safe or make memories that will last a lifetime.

We have employees who have taken this message of kindness and service to extraordinary lengths. Wade Barnes is one of them.

Wade was recently selected as a board member for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOWCM), an organization that helps those in need eat well while remaining in their homes. Last year, MOWCM delivered over 1 million nutritious meals to people in our area.

Wade understands the importance and intersection of community, health and food. A healthy meal offers a social bonding experience among family and friends. For many people who are homebound, the delivery of food to their homes offers a great (and sometimes the only) opportunity for social interaction with the volunteers and drivers. When coupled with the nutritional meal itself, this allows many people to remain in their homes and independent much longer than would otherwise be an option.

Witnessing his grandmother’s need for care increase over the past few years spurred Wade to support this important organization. He recognized that MOWCM fills a void for families who aren’t so fortunate and gives them options. Its vision and mission resonated with his values, and our values as well.

As a board member, Wade will help steward MOWCM to serve and comfort even more people in our community. We are proud of his efforts and the example he sets of himself, his family, community and 1st Mariner Bank.


1st Mariner Hosts a Joe Flacco & Kennedy Krieger Meet-and-Greet

by Stacy Tharp 25. September 2015

This summer, while we were filming the latest (and greatest) series of 1st Mariner Bank commercials featuring Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco, we invited a few friends from the Kennedy Krieger Institute down to join us. They got the chance to meet and spend time with Joe and even got to take home a few signed souvenirs, and we got the chance to say thank you to a small part of the Baltimore community that has been there to support this bank for 20 years. It was a special day for all of us, and we've captured part of it in this video. We'll hope you'll take a moment to watch and join us in celebrating random acts of kindness in our community.

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