Sep 09 2009

Are you ready for Halloween? Have a safe, fun and creative Halloween.

Published by at 12:48 pm under Creative Halloween Costumes

It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school and Halloween is just around the corner. What a fun time of year. I love thinking up creative ideas for Halloween costumes for the kids. Ever since I was a kid I looked forward to what I was going to be. Every year I put a lot of thought into it and decided on the perfect costume for Halloween.

One year I went as a washing machine, it was a crazy fun Halloween costume. I got a large box and cut out a hole in the front for a door, painted it and put old detergent containers on top and a big white pillow case on the side for a laundry bag which doubled as my candy loot bag. All the neighbors thought it was a great costume. The only problem was I couldn’t see. My friends who I went trick-or-treating with had to walk me around all night. We had a great time and we still laugh about it to this day, which is over twenty-five years ago now.

I never really outgrew Halloween even though we didn’t go trick-or-treating any more. As a young adult it was fun to dress up for Halloween and all the great Halloween parties. We also had fun decorating the house for Halloween too.

Now I get to share all the Halloween fun with my kids too. I want my kids to enjoy themselves and remember the experience too so I still put a lot of thought into their costumes as well. I try to pick the best Halloween costume for each of my kids that will be the most exciting and fun for them.

Now that I’m a grownup I always make sure that the kids are safe on Halloween and comfortable too. It’s a good idea to have a layered costume on those really cold Halloween nights. Some Halloweens are really cold and you want the kids to be warm. Having some flashlights or glowsticks with you helps drivers see the trick-or-treaters better so everyone stays safe. You also have to have a cool bucket or bag for all that candy too. We always go through the kids’ stash to check that the candy is safe before eating any and I try to limit it so the kids don’t eat too much at one time.

I think I’ll always enjoy creating a memorable Halloween for my kids, grandkids and the neighborhood kids too. Have a safe and Happy Halloween.

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  1. Susan Fryon 20 Oct 2009 at 10:12 am

    My Favorite Halloween Costume…

    My birthday is 5 days before Halloween. Other than “that explains a lot, Susan” it also means that, as a kid growing up, one of my birthday presents was always my Halloween costume. Even at a young age, I knew that was a bit of a cop-out-rip-off birthday present, but I also knew that money was tight. I was so happy to be getting a costume. It also meant that every birthday was also a tiny costume party of one, starring Me. Now, for a kid who basked in the spotlight, this guaranteed audience of ooo’s and aaah’s was the best present ever.

    So, my favorite Halloween costume? I honestly don’t recall. Well, I vaguely remember a Wonder Woman outfit. But regardless, I’m sure it was one of those off-the-rack, highly flammable, ties-in-the-back and comes with the plastic mask with eye holes and that thin elastic string thing. And the accompanying adoring fans. And cake. My imagination supplied the golden lasso.

    Sheer bliss occurred if my birthday also happened to fall on a Saturday. In the small California town where I grew up, post Saturday morning cartoons were followed by “Creature Feature” afternoons. I could sit in my costume and watch Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney and – oh, who was the guy who always played Van Helsing…. Peter Cushing! Talk about formative.

    Flash forward to today. I’m still the same little kid reveling in all day feasts of ghost stories only the costume I’m wearing now if my laptop and Creature Feature is now called Haunt Spots. One thing hasn’t changed in all these years. I’m still grinning from ear-to-ear.

    Oh yes, and my costume now? Some days, like today, it’s a robe and pj’s because I jumped out of bed, booted up and started typing. Which means I’m dressed up like a home-based business person. And grinning from ear-to-ear.

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