Category: Halloween

How to Choose the Perfect Halloween Costumes for Your Kids

costumes for kidsIt’s that time of year again.

There’s a chill in the air. The days are growing shorter.

And everywhere you turn candy is available in industrial size bags.

There’s only one thing left to figure out — Halloween costumes for the kids.

The problem is there are so many choices!

For the past couple of years, Americans have spent nearly $3 billion annually on Halloween costumes and almost $8 billion total each year on the holiday.

That’s billion with a B.

Ready to join the masses on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume?

Keep reading for a closer look at how to find the best Halloween costumes for kids.

Let Them Help

We’ve all been there.

You’ve picked out something for your kids, thinking they’ll love it–a toy they’ll love for life or an outfit they’ll never want to take off.

But their reaction was… somewhat different.

When looking for costumes for your kids, don’t forget that they have minds of their own.

If you don’t want to give them complete free-reign here, then give them a couple choices and let them decide.

Keep Them Safe

Many Halloween costumes for kids are made with somewhat questionable materials and quality–especially some of the choices at the lower end of the budget spectrum.

Make sure your kid’s costumes meet basic safety standards, like being flame-resistant and don’t present choking hazards.

It’s also a good idea to make sure costumes fit properly and are bright enough for your kids to be seen on dark streets and other areas.

Make sure your kids can see also and that no part of their costume blocks their eyes.

Be Smart When Picking Halloween Costumes for Kids

Like we saw above, the costume industry is doing quite well. It’s easy to spend a small fortune on a costume if you’re not careful.

Retailers know this.

That’s why they stock out their shelves with costumes months in advance.

So if you want a nice costume for your kids, start your shopping early and be sure to look online, especially if you want something popular like Star Wars costumes.

Because who doesn’t like to find a good deal?

Be Original

Halloween is such a fun season, why choose a boring costume?

This is the perfect time to really let your kid’s personality shine. Don’t be afraid to let them choose something a little outlandish.

Getting a little crafty and going with a DIY costume is always fun too, even if you just make part of it and buy the rest.

Don’t Throw Comfort Out the Window

Don’t forget that your kids actually have to wear the costume.

If it’s going to be cold, make sure your kids will be warm enough in the costume or can comfortably wear a coat with it.

Picking something that’s not too uncomfortable is a good idea also. If your kid is uncomfortable after 10 minutes, they’re not going to have a fun night.

Putting It All Together

Now that you’re an expert on Halloween costumes for kids, it’s time to get out there and find the right get-up (or get-ups).

Already have a costume picked out? Still looking for ideas?

Let us know what you’re doing for costumes in the comments.

5 DIY Games for a Spooky and Silly Kids Halloween Party

kids in halloween costumesThere is nothing worse than hosting a Halloween party that’s a dud. But the best moms know you can be both thrifty and fun when it comes to having a blast with your kids on Halloween.

And while there are a bunch of family-friendly scary movies that might be perfect for both you and your little ones, it’s a lot more fun to play games on Halloween.

Kids Halloween party games are the difference between staring at the screen and lots of laughs for the whole party. You don’t need to break the bank either.

Here are 5 DIY games for a spooky and silly party:

1. Zombie Tag

A variation on the game “tag you’re it” involves all the kids making zombie faces. Without touching anyone, can the “it” person get another kid to smile or crack?

The next person to crack is “it.” For something so simple you’ll be surprised at the laughs.

2. Scavenger Hunts

One of the most fun parties you can have for kids includes Halloween Scavenger Hunts. You can do some searching for costume elements, candy, and even solve riddles along the way.

Sprinkle in some goblins and zombies, and the kids will be laughing up a storm.

You can even include hidden treats on the hunt! What about a stop at some delicious candy apples?

3. Balloon Pop

Have you ever jumped with fright at the sound of a balloon popping? Me too!

A way to have great fun and a lot of laughs is a Halloween Balloon Pop game with the kids at your party. A great way to prepare is to have both orange and black balloons at your party.

You can also use blue or purple– so long as there are two different colored balloons. Make two teams and start popping, using only body parts. No sharp objects allowed!

Watch the giggles erupt as the squishy balloons move and squirm around the room. Whichever color team pops the most balloons wins!

4. The Mummy’s Tomb

Break out the toilet paper and make two teams. Choose one person to be the mummy on each side. Which team can wrap the mummy faster?

It’s a mess of toilet paper and good fun!

5. Eyeball Hunt

Cook a huge spot of spaghetti and drop in a marble or two after the gooey pasta cools. While blindfolded, find out which kid can find “the eyeball” fastest in the pot of brains.

This one is popular, so you’ll want to make and cool a lot of pasta beforehand for the squishy fun.

Kids Halloween Party Costumes Add to the Fun

Just because you saved on the games doesn’t mean you need to overspend on the costumes. Your kids can look great, and you’ll save a bunch with my costume tips too!

Let all the other parents know too. They don’t have to throw money out the window to get their kids ready for a fun party at your house!

And you don’t have to sew either! Take a look at my frugal living no-sew Halloween costume tips for great ideas to wear at the party.

Enjoy Your Party

Get the camera ready for the fun and costumes! Kids Halloween party pics are some of our family’s favorite¬†memories of the whole year.

Combine a few of these games and your party will be the best in town for kids.

 

 

 

Rosemary Dinner Rolls!

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What is your favorite thing at Thanksgiving? For me I love all of it, but I’d have to say the dinner rolls! I’ve had plain boring rolls all of my life until NOW! Cooking Classy has opened up a new door in the culinary world with a new flavor combination! Get ready to sink your teeth into the tasty bits of Rosemary Dinner Rolls! I would share some of the ingredients here, but I don’t want to down play this goodness! Click here to get the complete ingredients and directions, including step by step photos! PS: no drooling on your computer or phone!

Let me know what you thought about THIS!! I love reading your comments! Have a new twist on an old favorite? Feel free to share it too! Always, Happy Cooking!

Handprint Frankenstein Cards DIY!

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It is almost Halloween and this is the perfect little craft you can do by yourself, with kids, and everyone else! Thanks to Mom Dot, for this adorable Handprint Frankenstein Card! Below you will find a list of materials and full directions here!
Materials Needed:
*Hands
*Green and black paint
*A black marker
*Cards, bag, paper (your choice)
*Googly Eyes

Did you have a scary good time with this adorable DIY? If so, then let us know in the comments below! Want more fun ideas on DIY’s, visit here! As always, Happy Crafting!

DIY Butterfly Face Painting!

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Need a quick and easy Halloween face painting idea? Here is a great DIY tutorial on an easy to follow Fall Colored Butterfly!

Directions:
1. Sanitize hands!
2. Choose a design Decide which colors you would like to use.
3. Start at the corner of the eye and fan out. Do this like an X.
4. Then add the outter part of the wings in a second color.
5. Blend the two together lightly.
5. Draw the body, antennae, and outline the butterfly with as much or as little detail as you like.
6. Add gems or glitter as you wish.
7. You may like to add some color to the lips as a finishing touch.

**Member to use a Q tip for the lips for hygiene reasons**
**It is important to remember and clean out your brushes and sponges and dry them well**

Let’s us know in the comments below what you thought about this fun and easy to follow DIY Butterfly! If you liked this one, check out our other DIY’s here! Have fun and Happy Crafting!

DIY Festive Fall Mason Jars!

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Do you want to add a little flair to your Fall decor but tight on a budget? I love money saving decorating ideas like these Fall Mason Jars! They set a great ambiance in the room too! Below you will find a list of materials and directions!

Materials:
*Mason Jars
*Corn Kernels
*Acorns
*Plastic Pumpkins
*Votive Candles
*Glass Votive Holders

Directions:
1. Place candle into votive holders and place votive holders in jars.
2. Add your decor around the votive holders almost to the top of the holders.
3. Place candle where you prefer and light!

I had some mason jars at home from other projects and the rest of the supplies I was able to find at the Dollar Store!!

Let us know in the comments below what you thought about this fun and festive DIY! For for cute ideas click here! Remember to be creative and have fun! Happy Crafting!

DIY Halloween Bottle Cap Monsters!

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Fall and Halloween are the perfect times for some scary fun crafts! Get the kids together and gather a few supplies and make the most adorable bottle cap monsters! The kids and I are planning on make these this weekend! Huge shout out to Crafts By Amanda for this great tutorial on this DIY! Check out the full instructions here!

If you enjoyed this craft, let us know in the comments below! As always, check out our other DIY’s here! Happy crafting!