Costumes R Not Us: I'm so uncrafty I can't stand myself

So, I suck at making homemade costumes.  I mean, really really suck.  But my youngest child has been hankering for me to make him a spider costume since Friday - today is now Tuesday, 8pm, EST. Ahem. So finally today, I stopped at a CVS and bought two pairs of opaque black tights.  Then tonight, we got out a spare pillow that we haven't used in years and we cut it up, taking out the foam inside and we stuffed the foam into the legs of the tights.  Voila - four spider legs.   ...more

That sounds like a perfect costume, and you did actually make it, see?  I wrote about ...more

Pumpkin costumes aren't just for kids - or are they?

When I think "pumpkin costume", this adult costume is NOT what comes to mind. I cannot imagine wearing such a thing but if you've done it, you should totally share your post/photos. I'm sure it looked great on you. ...more

Yeaaah. There's nothing like the early pregnancy to make you feel pretty old, hee. I was 22 ...more

Have a Greener Halloween

A friend was telling me the other day that she can’t believe how much ‘stuff’ people in Northern California buy for Halloween. She is from a small town in Southern California and they never bought costumes or make-up. They would just make their own from old clothes and maybe put charcoal on their faces. She has a good point. Our love affair with buying things for any occasion is out of control, and likely not just in Northern California. When looking at greener solutions to your typical Halloween Holiday, consider the basics and what you really need to have fun. ...more

Thanks for the green ideas! Very ...more

Sexy Halloween costumes (beyond sexy witch, sexy cat and sexy Sarah Palin)

My most enticing Halloween costume ever was -- um, a sexy typewriter. At the time, I had quite the vintage typewriter collection (verging on fetish), but I was moving on November 1 and had made the rather embarrassingly painful decision to not bring them with me. So I: - typed up a few "quick brown foxes" and "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their countrys" on a strip of paper and attached it to a pillbox-ish hat I made from cardboard along with some red typewriter ribbon; - threw together a quickie bellhop ensemble (black short shorts, vest, fishnets); ...more

I'm a plus-size lady so I'm thinking of going as a very voluptuous Sarah Palin.  Hey us big ...more

Keeping Halloween safe and fun for everyone

Halloween is a magical time for kids, the opportunity to leave reality behind and transform themselves into anything they desire for one evening of fun. Oct. 31 is just over two weeks away which means moms everywhere are scrambling to get costumes put together. Beyond making sure your children's costumes are adorable, unique, and/or scary (depending on what you're going for), its important to keep safety in mind as you assemble your costume. ...more

Costume Swap & Movie Recap: "Garbage. The Revolution Starts at Home."

During our GreenMoms movie night, we started out with a costume swap, then we had a vegetarian potluck and watched this movie called Garbage...about garbage. Click here to see pictures from the event. The movie enlightened me: having been a green mom for several years, I already knew about many of the topics, but the interviews and the details that were given explaining how we are polluting our air, water, and bodies were fascinating and alarming! After seeing this movie I vowed to make more changes to reduce my own family’s pollution. ...more

Wovenplay for Halloween!

Lucky for Baby online boutique has Wovenplay! Unique costumes for Halloween and dress-up. ...more

Fair Trade meets Halloween: Chocolate, cute costumes, and more chocolate

Halloween-themed goods are already decorating store windows -- which reminds me it's almost Fair Trade Month! October's the month when chocolate lovers combine Halloween tricks and treats with socio-environmental activism. ...more

The Scariest Costume

I promised my kids, after much begging on their part, that I’d dress up for Halloween this year. Maybe, I thought, I’d continue my longtime childhood role of witch – one of those wonderfully hideous hags with a pointy black hat and hooked plastic nose complete with wart. Or maybe I’d reprise my polyester princess phase, with a few adult modifications. But when I went costume shopping with my family, I found that the hags have turned to hoochies, and the princesses are parading more than their tiaras. ...more

17 Shopping Days Until Halloween

If the prognosticators have their numbers correct, Americans will spend $5.07 billion dollars this Halloween season. That's up significantly from 2006 when we forked over $3.26 billion dollars for decorations, candy and costumes for kids, ourselves and our pets. According to the National Retailers Federation , ...more

Hooray! Someone who is interested in Halloween too! My partner always asks me what I'm going to ...more