Halloween with Older Kids: I'm Totally Over It

Halloween is next weekend, and neither of my children have settled on a costume. My son (in 5th grade) wants us to make plans to go trick-or-treating with some friends of his, but he can't decide what he wants to wear. I'm not particularly looking forward to an evening of tromping around just so that he can get all jacked up on sugar. My daughter (7th grade) wants me to make her a costume, but she's not sure what, and also can't I please just drop her off with friends and then cease to exist? ...more
@Waffle-Wednesday I love this!! you are officially my halloween hero.more

Halloween Costumes for the Pop Culture Inclined: Sookie, Snooki, Colbert and Zuckerberg!

So invitations to Halloween costume parties are posted on your fridge door with alerts programmed into your Blackberry, but what's your plan? Oh, sure, you could just go as a ghost or a cat (yawn), just as you did in 1981, '85, '91, and '97 -- but where's the fun in that? And you certainly don't want to buy a prepacked "adult sexy gypsy" costume, because that's just, well, sad. No, you are a woman of today! You want a costume that says, "I know what year it is, it's 2010, and my costume is au courant!" ...more

the Sexame Street! I went to a Halloween party a couple years ago and someone dressed as Flo, ...more

Green Your Halloween with National Costume Swap Day

I have fond memories of Halloween from when I was a kid. My crafty mom made a point of sewing costumes for me and my siblings, often creating a theme for all three of us. One year we were Princess Leia, Darth Vader and an Ewok. Another year my brother was Superman and I was Batgirl. Our little sis was a clown. Not exactly sure how that tied in to our super hero theme. Oh yeah, it was a costume my mom made years prior that both me and my brother had outgrown. I'm not giving you grief for reusing costumes, Mom. Really, I'm not. :) I actually love it! ...more

your article gave me an idea: i already have a pumpkin outfit for my baby this year, but i will ...more

The Evolution of the Bunny Costume

The Evolution of the Bunny CostumeHere's a theory of mine that I'm working on: Google "bunny costumes" and you'll three distinct categories of bunny costumes available. Firstly, there's the cute and adorable bunny costumes for invents and toddlers. Secondly, there the blander variety of bunny costume available for the pre-teen age group. Third and finally, there's the sexed up bunny costume for the teen girl. It's just a theory.... ...more

The amazing Halloween costume artistry of bloggers

When it comes to costuming my young daughter for Halloween, I am of a decidedly lazy sort:  I am all about the store-bought costume.  Oh, I do a little improvising -- a creative hair style here, glitter there (and admittedly, I am all about the glitter), but other than that, I don't really put myself out.  The result is certainly acceptable enough:...more

I love handcrafting and everytime My niece and my nephew needs a costume or needs to dress up ...more

Happy Halloween

Happy, belated, Halloween to ya'll! I hope everyone had a fun, and safe night last night. Halloween is always so fun in college. There are always many parties to choose from and crazy costumes to wear. I came home this Halloween. For the first time in four years, Halloween fell on the weekend so I could come home for my Maw Maw (my grandmother, for all you non-Louisiana people) and my Moma's Birthdays! After we celebrated, I met up with my cousins to further celebrate All Hallows Eve. It was a great night. What did ya'll do? Any fun parties?...more

Halloween: You Wanna See Something Scary? Give My Kid a Piece of Candy.

This is the first year my kids are aware of the existence of Halloween.  My older daughter, somewhere north of four and a half, is in school for the first time, where Halloween themes began to permeate school activities two weeks ago.  There will be a class party and a "Halloween Parade", which, I gather, is marching around the building in a costume.And thus, this year, the lid has been blown off of Halloween. ...more
also the dyes are horrible. Red 40 and Yellow 5 and 6 are the bad ones. These dyes are banned ...more

Halloween costume tips to keep your kids safe

Halloween is nearly upon us - that special day of the year when ghosts and goblins, super heroes and fairies come out for tricks and treats and a night full of fun. While it's an exciting time for kids, it's important for parents to take some precautions to insure the day is a safe one. According to statistics, children are four times more likely to be injured on Halloween night than any other night of the year. ...more

A few tips for those of us who will be handing out the candy:

- Light the ...more

Shopping the Closet for Halloween

We've still got three weeks and change until Halloween, a holiday that doesn't really creep up so much as start appearing in August. The big-box stores started opening before Labor Day, there are pumpkins crowding around outside the supermarkets and popping up in abandoned lot pumpkin patches, and the corn mazes are standing tall. ...more

Creepy Costumes

Photo credit: Jesse It took me some time to figure out how she did it - at first I thought it was photoshopped - but then I realized she's closing her eyes and the fake eyes were painted on her closed lids. ...more