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5 Fun DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Your Kids

Halloween means getting ready for the trick-or-treat shenanigans. Halloween costumes can get expensive and more often than not finding something that makes you and your kid happy can be difficult. Make your own costume or you’re thinking of a Harry Potter character costume isn’t difficult. Here are some ideas to help your kids make their own costumes.

1. Baby Shark Baby Costume

If you start singing as soon as you listen to Baby Shark, then you are well aware of how the tune had taken over the internet a while back. Dressing your kid up as one of the annoyingly funny Internet meme cultures can be a fun idea. Kids anyway look adorable in shark costumes.

All you need is:

  • Grey hoodie
  • Pink, white, and black felt
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Grey footie pajamas

2. Donut Costume

Kids love dressing up as desserts. They also look adorable in them and most desserts are easy to replicate at home using felt and basic clothes. You can dress your kids in basic beige overalls and then for the donut – draw a circle on the cardboard, cut to shape, add tan or brown felt for the donut. Add other colors to glaze it to represent your kid’s favorite one. Add velcros to attach the pieces of cardboard donut to your kid and you are done.

All you need is:

  • Round objects to trace
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or Craft knife
  • Tan or brown felt
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Self-adhesive Velcro squares
  • Fabric glue and paintbrush (optional)
  • Any other color paint or felt for the glaze or sprinkles (optional)

3. Dragon Costume

Dragons are somehow one of the favorite toys kids will play with, one of their favorite characters they will draw and want to be. It is actually easy to make a DIY dragon costume if your kid is okay with not going into too much detail. You can get a onesie in the color that your kid wants their costume to be.

Take bubble wrap and roll it into a tapered tail shape, you can also do that with cardboard and then cover it with felt but bubble wrap gives a more realistic feel. Use a duct tape the same color as the onesie and cover the tail with it to match the costume. Make spikes and attach the tails and spikes to the onesie or top and pants that you choose. You can also add face painting if you want.

All you need is:

  • Bubble wrap (or cardboard)
  • Color onesie or top and pants
  • Color Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Self-adhesive Velcro

4. Unicorn Costume

Unicorn is one of the most popular mythical creatures especially for little girls who are in an all things glitter and sparkles phase. All this costume takes is an all-white outfit and a unicorn horn to make your kid happy. You can DIY the horn with some foam or by making a cardboard cone or felt cone stuffed with cotton and covering it in glittering then attaching it to a headband. Cut two ear shapes and attach them to the headband as well.

All you need is:

  • Off-white outfit
  • Cardboard or felt and stuffing
  • Glitter
  • Headband
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

5. Medusa Costume

If your kid is going for a costume party or a competition. This is one of the easy ways to make a creative outfit for cheap and with minimal efforts. No fancy crafting is required. Buy tons of plastic snakes and/or rubber snakes depending on how realistic you want it to look. Attach the snakes with zip ties or hot glue gun to the headband to make snake hair. Do the same for the neckpiece. Add some eye makeup and you are done. If you want you can spray paint the headpiece in a uniform color. Pair it with a dark gown and you are done.

All you need is:

  • A dark gown
  • Plastic snacks and/or rubber snakes
  • Zip ties or Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Headbands
  • Scissors

Final Thoughts

Making costumes can be a fun process. Make sure to involve your kids when you make their costumes. This gives them a chance to be creative and to wear their creations. When they are a part of the process, they feel proud of the costume and it makes Halloween more fun for them. Costumes are supposed to make you happy, putting efforts into their own costumes and watching their ideas come to life is sure to make your kids happy.

6 Healthy DIY Halloween Recipes Kids Will Love

October is here, and Halloween is upon everyone. The early weeks of the month are setting up for the holiday, which will be filled with candies and snacks that aren’t so healthy. While many children and kids at heart look forward to gorging on all the sweet things, overloading on sugar can be harmful.

That’s not saying you should deprive your children. Rather, there are alternatives you can create to give them a little something healthy in between sugary bites.


An age-old trick to making children (or even adults) eat healthily is to create foods that look fun and interesting. The great thing about Halloween is that it’s almost expected for food to fit in with the theme. Therefore, it gets easier this time of the year to disguise fruits or veggies kids don’t usually eat in snacks and other treats. Check out the ideas below.

Frozen Banana Ghost Pops

Although this recipe involves a banana smothered in white chocolate, it is certainly healthier than anything straight-up candy. Since it’s easy to make, you can make it together with children and have it a fun Halloween activity for the kids.

Jack-o’-Lantern Salmon Sushi Balls

What’s cuter than a completely edible jack-o’-lantern? This recipe calls for Japanese-inspired sushi balls decorated with salmon and delicately cut nori pieces to make the faces. It may look intimidating to make at first, but this detailed video will teach you the steps.

Speaking of snacks inspired from Japanese cuisine, the country loves Halloween and is dedicated to the holiday. In fact, seasonal snacks and limited candies come out during this time of the year. In case you miss out on those, there are staple treats that you can find there the whole year round.

Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Apple Smiles

Apples are plenty in the fall, and you can make your kids enjoy more of the apple’s yummy goodness by transforming it into a fitting Halloween snack. Apple smiles are easy to make, and they only require two other ingredients: peanut butter and marshmallows. The marshmallows should be small enough to resemble the teeth, and the peanut butter acts as the glue to hold them in place.

Creepy Spider Cheese Balls

Cheese contains several vital vitamins and minerals like calcium and protein, which can be beneficial to growing children. A great way to incorporate more cheese in your children’s diets this month so they’ll get the taste for it is to turn it into spider cheese balls. You can use any soft cheese you like, but make sure that it is moldable.

According to this recipe, the key to making the cheese balls look creepy is by covering them with black sesame seeds and adding cut pretzel sticks as legs. You can incorporate herbs and other healthy ingredients in the cheese mixture according to taste. This snack idea is also a hit among cheese-loving adults, so it’s great for grown-up Halloween parties too.

Jack-o’-Lantern Veggie Pizza

You can never go wrong with a pizza at a party, and you can certainly make this crowd-pleaser dish healthier by creating it from scratch. Premade crusts tend to have additives and preservatives that aren’t necessarily healthy. Additionally, in the spirit of Halloween, you can get away with not using the normal pizza ingredients. In the name of making it look more festive, use colorful veggies.

This recipe yields one jack-o’-lantern pizza and uses broccoli for the stem and edges, olives for the mouth and nose, and shaved carrots to fill the rest. The cream cheese underneath will serve as the glue for all the veggies. This interesting party food will certainly have your kids looking forward to more vegetable pizzas in the future.

Mini Bat Peanut-Butter-Cup Treats

Healthy doesn’t mean forgoing chocolates or sweets entirely. If you observe proper proportions, having candies in moderation can be good for everyone occasionally. For this recipe, make sure to use mini peanut-butter-cup candies so the serving is just right.

You’ll also need thin chocolate sandwich cookies that are sliced in half to serve as the wings of the bat. You’ll also need frosting to glue them and the edible eyes to make the treats look more animated.

What are your favorite healthy Halloween recipes? Share them in the comments below.

Halloween Candy Coated Pretzel Rods

The house is all ready for Halloween. We’ve watched all the movies in our DVD arsenal and a few old favorites on Netflix. The costumes are picked out. The pumpkins are carved. This weekend we’re co-hosting a neighborhood parade and party for the community. We’re working on games and activities and of course spooky treats to serve to everyone.

Sabreena and Shae spent lots of time putting these Halloween Candy Covered Pretzels together.  They scoured Pinterest for ideas and came up with Ghosts, Mummys, Monsters and Frankenstein.
Halloween Candy  Pretzel Roads
Using candy wafers, chocolate, colored sugar, candy eyes and pretzel rods they made enough snacks for all the joining the party. We  have other goodies happening but these were done without my help or my input.Halloween Candy  Pretzel Roads

Halloween Candy  Pretzel Roads

Halloween Candy  Pretzel Roads

Halloween Candy  Pretzel Roads

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Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake #TruMooTreats

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The candy is about to roll in. Trick or Treating is such a big deal with my  kids. It’s like a competition who can get the most candy. What they don’t seem to understand is they visit the same houses so the quantity is the same. Then when we get home everything goes into one bowl, a communal bowl, a family bowl of goodies to be enjoyed over the next few months.

Candy is important for kids but that’s not how we live our lives all the time. We are pretty healthy eaters. The kids have balanced meals and snacks but we don’t deny some treats and sweets. Sometimes this means cakes, cookies and candy. Sometimes this means an icy cold glass of TruMoo Chocolate Milk.Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake
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TruMoo Chocolate Milk has just the right about of sweetness and the creamy silky finish. For a long time chocolate milk has been seen as an unhealthy choice for a kid’s diet due to the added extra sugar & calories. TruMoo offers their flavored milks with NO high fructose corn syrup and less sugar then other brands.Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake #TruMooTreats

Nutritionally 1 cup of low fat chocolate milk comes in at 140 calories and provides 25% of your needed calcium. This equals the amount of calcium on 5 cups of broccoli. No matter how hard you try you’re not going to get a kid to sit and eat 5 cups of broccoli a day.  Give in and feel good about TruMoo Chocolate Milk.

I went above and beyond and made the kids one of their favorite treats. Milkshakes. Not just any milkshake. Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshakes.  This idea comes from knowing the candy bars are going to be making their way into our way very soon. Here’s a way to use up the candy in a new and fun way. This is meant to be a dessert, a fun dessert that the kids will remember and ask for over and over.
Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake #TruMooTreats

Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake-serves 2


  • 3-4 scoops Chocolate ice cream of choice (we used chocolate marshmallow)
  • 1-2 cups TruMoo Chocolate Milk
  • 4-6 fun size Snickers bars
  • chocolate syrup
  • caramel syrup
  • whipped cream
  • mini chocolate chips


Rinse mugs/glasses with water and place in freezer while building milkshake.
In a blender combine ice cream and candy, blend for 5 seconds to chop candy.
Add 1 cup of milk to blender (more or less depending how thick you prefer your milkshake). Blend for another 5-10 seconds.
Remove glasses from freezer and drizzle inside with caramel and chocolate sauce.
Pour milkshakes into each glass and top with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips or chopped candy pieces.
Add a straw and spoon and enjoy.

This is just one way to create an indulgent treat from wholesome chocolate milk from TruMoo. visit their website for more delicious TruMoo Halloween recipes or on Facebook or Pinterest to treat your family to something new and yummy.
Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake #TruMooTreats

Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake #TruMooTreats

Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake #TruMooTreats

Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake #TruMooTreats

Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake

Double Chocolate Candy Bar Milkshake


  • 3-4 scoops Chocolate ice cream of choice (we used chocolate marshmallow)
  • 1-2 cups TruMoo Chocolate Milk
  • 4-6 fun size Snickers bars
  • chocolate syrup
  • caramel syrup
  • whipped cream
  • mini chocolate chips


  1. Rinse mugs/glasses with water and place in freezer while building milkshake.
  2. In a blender combine ice cream and candy, blend for 5 seconds to chop candy.
  3. Add 1 cup of milk to blender (more or less depending how thick you prefer your milkshake). Blend for another 5-10 seconds.
  4. Remove glasses from freezer and drizzle inside with caramel and chocolate sauce.
  5. Pour milkshakes into each glass and top with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips or chopped candy pieces.
  6. Add a straw and spoon and enjoy.

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Halloween Costumes from One Step Ahead

Deciding on what to be for Halloween can be a very daunting task for kids. There are so many costume options out there. Royalty, Superheroes, cartoon characters, mythical creatures and even the classics like clowns and fireman make appearances each year on our neighborhood. This year Shae’s decision was quick. She chose Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz from One Step Ahead.Halloween Costumes with One Step Ahead

The catalog arrived and while she’s outgrown most of the costumes and gear already she zeroed in on the one that would still work for her.

Dorothy and Toto (in a basket) arrived and the costume was instantly put on. In fact it was worn all weekend. Shae’s been trying to figure out how to get her hair in braids too.

Dorothy Halloween Costume from One Step Ahead


One Step Ahead has a wide selection of costumes and accessories of all kinds for kids of all ages. Find not just your child’s must have costume but also grab a great treat bag that is just theirs for many years to come. These treat bags are plush, sturdy and festive for a fun Halloween season. They’ll look forward to their bag every year even when the costumes changes.Halloween Costumes and Treat Bags with One Step Ahead

Enter to win a treat bag for your child (personalization not available) from One Step Ahead. Let me know what costume you think your child would pick from the selection above.

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25 Halloween Movies for Kids

With the dropping temperatures of fall come one of my favorite holidays, Halloween. We’re just one month away from the fun night of dressing up and gathering goodies from the neighbors. There’s something about that night that makes me feel like a kid again and it’s a great excuse to squeeze in some fun movie time with my own kids. These is my go-to collection of Halloween and Spooky Movies for Kids for Halloween.25 Spooky and Not So Spooky Movies for Kids for Halloween

While they aren’t all Halloween themed they all have an element of spooky, scary, haunted or creepy AND of course fun. Be a parent and do your due diligence and judge for yourself if particular movies are suited for your child’s age and personality. I starred a few that are more scary than others but these are just my opinions. These are all affliate links to Amazon also. Some the prices are super cheap for really great films.

The Haunted Mansion (Full Screen Edition)
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Monster House

The Monster Squad *
Hocus Pocus

The Goonies *
The Black Cauldron
Hotel Transylvania
The Little Vampire
Toy Story of Terror
Scooby-Doo! And the Witch’s Ghost
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour *
Mickey’s House Of Villains
Little Monsters
Addams Family

Gremlins *

So what do you think about my compilation? Do you have any ideas to add others to the list? What is your favorite Halloween movie?

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

When particular holidays and seasons creep up it gets my creative mind going. Halloween is one of them. I love everything about things that are fun scary not gruesome scary. Sugar skulls are part of the Day of the Dead celebration in the Latin American and Mexican culture where family and friends show remembrance for those that have passed away. Day of the Dead (dias de los muertos) is a joyous festivity with music, parades, flowers and even gifts left on burial plots starting on November 1st. In honor of this day I created these Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers.

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

While we don’t celebrate Dia de los Muertos I’m in love with the creativity, color and vibrancy of the sugar skull. Sugar Skulls are nothing to be feared. They are part of the celebration, a gift for both the living and the dead.

These sugar skulls are just as colorful but on a much small scale. These pencil toppers were made to give to Shae’s class for their fall party along with some more neutral pumpkins and ghosts. Making them was a bit tedious. The first one alone tool almost 2 hours as it was my guinea pig. The rest of them took less than an hour each and I see it going faster and faster as I make more.

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft


Felt, various colors
thread, various colors
buttons, sequins, beads
fabric glue
cotton balls
scissors, I suggest small sharp fabric scissors
cardstock cutout of skull shapes if your free hand isn’t up to par (mine isn’t)


Using your skull cut outs trace a front and back of your skull shape.
Determine the shapes and embellishments you want on it’s face. Place them to make sure everything fits.
Using a tiny touch of fabric glue tack on your features where you want them. This keeps them from sliding or falling while you sew.
With a basic needle and thread (color of choice) stitch your pieces on your skull face. Skip stitching on some or all of your pieces and just use glue if you prefer.
When your sugar skull face is complete add the back to your topper and stitch the pieces together leaving a small opening on the bottom. I like the look of the whipstitch but it would be find to use a running stitch too.
Stuff a fluffy 1/2 cotton ball into the skull with a touch of glue then slide in the pencil with another touch of glue.
Set aside to dry.

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft
A jar full of these is an adorable centerpiece for a party or even on a desk for the Halloween season. Watch them disappear as their happy smiling faces quickly draw people in.
This isn’t necessarily a child’s crafts but can be modified to include children by precutting shapes and using glue instead of a needle and thread.
Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craft

Sugar Skull Pencil Toppers #halloween #craftm

Witch Finger Cookie #FAIL #kidsinthekitchen

A few days ago I shared this link for Skeleton Gingerbread Girls. I showed it to Shae and she said she wanted to try to make them. I happened to buy a set of christmas cookie cutters this week so I was onboard but things went terribly wrong.
Witch Finger Cookies #Fail #kidsinthekitchen

We started with a shortbread cookie. I personally don’t like gingerbread very much and figured shortbread would be simple.

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour

Beat butter and sugar till fluffy. Add vanilla and mix till blended. Add flour and mix till combined.

Witch Finger Cookies #Fail #kidsinthekitchen

Form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

This is where our experiment came to a halt. I could NOT get the dough to form right, it kept sticking to the counter even with flour. This is exactly why we don’t do rolled cookies. So we switched gears. Witches fingers!! We rolled some finger shapes, added sliced almonds for fingernails and baked them. THEY LOOKED AWESOME

Witch Finger Cookies #Fail #kidsinthekitchen

Another fail! The cookie dough was too soft so it spread out instead of keeping the finger shape. But they tasted good. You can never go wrong with a delicate sweet shortbread.

Shae did most of the work. She made the cookie dough, rolled the dough, tried to pressed out the cookie shapes, formed fingers and added wrinkles and fingernails. Isn’t that what it’s all about.

I have a “gingerbread” house cookie cutter. I’m thinking Haunted Houses would be super cute! Maybe a Sugar Cookie Dough will work better.

Did you have fun in the “kitchen” this week? Did you try a new food or a new kid friendly restaurant? Did your littlest ones use their snacks to count to 10? We invite you to share your experiences, photos, stories or recipes that include your #kidsinthekitchen.

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She’s Going Old School Princess Costume this Year

Halloween is right around the corner but in our house dress-up happens all year round. In fact Shae’s Custom Dress Up Station is filled to the brim with costumes and accessories for almost any character, noble profession or scene. We’ve held to costumes, hats, belts, tutus and more even from when Sabreena was young, that’s how seriously we take dress up in this house.

Princess costumes are Shae’s favorite as I’m sure that’s the case with most little girls. This year we talked about Halloween since Disney’s Brave came out. She talked about Merida for months, swore she was going to be Merida for Halloween. It came time to look through choices and she was instantly drawn to this classic Snow White costume. She was taking it old-school this year.

This particular costume is probably the most luxurious child’s costume I’ve ever seen. With a mix of velvet, lace, tulle, ribbon and satin it has the feel of a Broadway production rather than something for a child. Believe it or not this costume was less than $30. It arrived and Shae put it on immediately. She’s been walking around doing curtseys and spins, lifting the skirt just enough to walk up the stairs; she’s taken the whole royalty thing to an extreme.

snow white quality costume

snow white costume for kids, detail

Time is running out. Get out there and get your child’s costume before the best selections are gone.

What are your your kids thinking of dressing up as this year?

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Decorating for Halloween with #PotteryBarnKids

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for.  I like it fun, festive and cute.  Rob and I went into a Pottery Barn a couple weeks back and bought this cute spider candle holder.  It was the first decoration that appeared in the house for the holiday.

What a coincidence that I received an email a week later from Pottery Barn asking to review some Halloween décor and costumes.  I opted out of the costumes since the kids has already decided what they were going to be but told them send me whatever for decorations because I liked everything.

This is how we decorated this year.

I like to keep it fun with happy pumpkins and cute skeletons. I don’t like the gore and blood and cobwebs that invoke a spooky or creepy feeling.  Pottery Barn has tons friendly and lighthearted décor for parties and home.  I thought about getting a banner that read Happy Halloween but I wasn’t sure where to put it.

Get your child suited up in their best Halloween costume and submit it to Pottery Barn’s Spooktacular Costume Contest for the chance to win 1 of 5 $100 GC.

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