Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, mostly because I’ve always like to dress-up. When I was little, that was my favorite thing to do. We had a giant trunk of my mom and grandma’s old clothes, and I would dress up (and often dress my little brother up too,) for hours. When I found out there was a holiday made especially for this activity, I was all in.
In the last few years, I have taken a break from dressing up. The year I was pregnant with the twins was the last year I really dressed up. After that, we had seasons of isolation, and I really hadn’t been in a dressing up mood. Well, that has all changed this year.
So, I’m getting our costumes ready, planning activities, and gearing up to make this a really fun Halloween month.
I’ve never really been into the whole store-bought costumes. I like to buys things, then put it together in an outfit for myself. With the kids, I’ve been buying their costumes on super-duper clearance after Halloween for the next year. The only reason I went with store-bought, was because I found some really nice ones for really, really cheap. Let me show you examples of everything.
First up…Mommy and Daddy before we were Mommy and Daddy.
I got this dress super cheap at H & M, then just got the accessory set at a Party store. My husband just used one of his suits, and I found him the hat. Easy!
ps. That’s him with his brother AKA Adam Ant.
We had some fun with Paper Mache for these costumes. My husband is pretty crafty, and made his Charlie head, while I made the football. My husband’s shirt was just a yellow polo that we took a Sharpie to. My mom made my dress a few years earlier when I was Alice (See! I recycle too!) in Wonderland. I just found the wig at Target, and Ta Da!
Now for the kids. You’ll remember this one.
These were super cozy and warm, and on clearance at Old Navy. I got similar ones the same year during the after Halloween Clearance for the next year…
You’ll notice the facial expressions didn’t change much either.
Finally, I also shopped the Target costume clearance and found these. It’s fun to coordinate and not always have to match everyone.
This year, we’re going for a whole family look….but I’ll save it for a big reveal.
As for Activities, here’s what have become traditions for us and what can be fun for you too!
Every year our zoo has a trick-or-treat day. It’s fun, safe, plus you get to see animals too. We cart everyone around in a wagon, and all have a great time. I highly recommend checking out your local zoo to see what they have planned.
2. Local Pumpkin Farm
Every year with my Twins’ Club we have our Fall Party at a Pumpkin Farm. We have a potluck lunch, then there are hay rides, a train ride, games, and bouncy houses. Plus, there is a trick-or-treat parade for all the little ones. That’s my guys’ favorite part about the whole thing, of course. We also let the kids pick out a pumpkin. Last year, we also carved it and baked the pumpkin seeds. Yum!
Of course you can’t forget about Trick-or-Treating. In our neighborhood, it’s usually at night, which is too late for the twins. So, instead, we go over to Grandma and Grandpa’s neighborhood, where it’s during the day. The twins actually preferred sitting with Grandpa and handing out candy, rather than going from house to house. My husband just took the oldest around.
What are you going to be for Halloween? What’s your favorite thing to do this time of year? Tell me in the comments…or leave a picture too.