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Our 16 Favourite Family Halloween Costumes

FAM, kids, LIVE, play By October 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

 

Halloween is just a couple of days away! Does your family have their Halloween costumes yet? There is nothing better than having your doorbell ring on Halloween night and opening the door to a family with a themed costume. My family got very busy this year and our kids are into very different things, my daughter wanted a Littlest Pet Shop costume and my son wanted to be Spiderman, but in past years we’ve had lots of fun dressing up as a family.

One year my family dressed up as a Little Red Riding Hood themed costume:

Family Themed Halloween Costume. Little Red Riding Hood

And the year my son was born he and I went as mommy and baby zombie (we took a cue from The Walking Dead)

Mommy and Baby Halloween Costume. Zombie Mom and Baby Walking Dead Costume

Since I’m lamenting the fact that my family isn’t dressing up as a theme this year, I decided to hit Pinterest and pull together some fabulous family Halloween costumes.

Peter Pan and The Lost Boys Family Halloween Costume
Peter Pan and the Lost Boys from A Beautiful Mess
Where's Waldo Family Halloween Costume

Where’s Waldo Family Halloween Costume from The Homes I Have Made

The Avengers Family Halloween Costume

The Avengers Family Halloween Costume

Angry Birds Family Halloween Costume

Angry Birds Family Halloween Costume from Sugar Bee Crafts

Star Wars Family Halloween Costume

Star Wars Family Halloween Costume from Under the Sycamore

Mommy and Baby Popcorn Vendor Family Costume

Mommy and Baby Popcorn Vendor from Blooming Bath

A Christmas Story Family Halloween Costume

A Christmas Story Family Halloween Costume from Costume Works

Historical Figures Family Halloween Costume

Historical Figures Family Halloween Costume (they are Davy Crockett, Albert Einstein, Rosie the Riveter, Wyatt Earp and Amelia Earheart) from Yellow Pears Photography

Mommy's Pregnancy Cravings Halloween Costume

Mommy’s Pregnancy Cravings Family Halloween Costume

ratatouille family halloween costume

Ratatouille Dad and Baby Family Halloween Costume

Solar System Family Halloween Costume

Solar System Family Halloween Costume from Martha Stewart

We love it when celebrities get in on the family Halloween costume spirit too!

Jason Priestley's Mountie Costume

Canadian boy Jason Priestly as a Canadian Mountie with baby as Uncle Sam

Kangaroo Family Halloween Costume Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan’s family dressed up as a kangaroo family for Halloween complete with baby in a pouch!

Neil Patrick Harris Wizard Of Oz Family Halloween Costume

Neil Patrick Harris has just about the cutest little family in the world. This Wizard Of Oz family Halloween costume makes us love him even more.

What are you and your family dressing up as for Halloween this year?

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Healthier Halloween Options

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Healthier Halloween Options from Urban Mommies

We try to make the best decisions we can for our kids, we limit their screen time, we make them eat their vegetables, we teach them how to read and write and be good citizens. Halloween is definitely a time when most parents (myself included) let their kids splurge. I’m not opposed to letting kids have a candy bar every once in awhile, but with the vast amounts of candy that most kids collect on Halloween, it seems like a good time to investigate some healthier Halloween options for trick or treaters. We’ve collected a handful of our favourites. We’d love to hear your healthier halloween ideas too.

 

Go Go Squeeze Apple Cherry

Go Go Squeeze

I first discovered these parent-guilt savers at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. The boys were with me and devoured about 6 in one sitting. I try to provide healthy snacks for the kids but it doesn’t always work. These pouches are great for busy families on the go! Plus they are a Canadian company that harvests the fruit from their own orchard. How cool is that?

3D 6pack Crispy Fruit Apple

Crispy Fruit Snacks from Crispy Green

With flavours like Crispy Apple, Asian Pear, Mango, Pineapple, Banana, Cantaloupe and Tangerine these freeze-dried fruit snacks are 100% pure, have no additives, are non-GMO Project Verified and are allergy-free! Even better, they are delicious and kiddos love them! .xylitol lollipops

Xylitol Lollipops

If dentists gave out candy for Halloween, they would give out Xylitol Lollipops. Made from Canadian hardwood, Xylitol is a natural sweetener that stabilizes insulin and is good for your teeth. Many dentist give out Xylitol Lollipops with a toothbrush to their patients because of the positive impact that the sweetener has on teeth. Available in lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit flavours.

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Harvest Snaps Snap Peas Crisps

Salty, crunchy and absolutely irresistible. SnapPea Crisps are a favourite in our house and the snack pack bags often go in our school lunches instead of a bag of chips. Available in a variety of delicious flavours kids will think they are eating chips but little do they know they are eating baked snap peas! Forgo the snack pack bags of regular chips and go for this low sodium, baked alternative.

Kellogs

Kellogs Multigrain Shapers Treat

It’s always fun to make homemade treats for friends of the family, close neighbours and school friends. Made with graham, Kellogs Multigrain Shapers would be delicious made into marshmallow treats, similar to what you would do with rice crispies. Drizzle with a bit of chocolate and the graham, chocolate, marshmallow combo would give them a smores flavor! Yummy.

Yummy Earth Vitamin C Pops

Yum Earth Vitamin C Pops

Help fight off cold and flu season while giving trick or treaters something yummy with Yum Earth Organics Vitamin C Pops. Each pop has 100% of a child’s Daily Vitamin C requirements, plus they are super yummy! My personal favourite is the Pomegranate Pucker, but my kids always fight over the Googly Grape.

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Annie’s Bunny Snack Packs

Available in cheese, chocolate, chocolate chip and honey graham flavors, Annie’s Bunny Snack Packs are another nice alternative to traditional Halloween candy. You can pick up a big assorted box of these at an Costco. My kids have almost as much fun playing with these little bunnies as they do eating them.

Pirate's Booty Halloween Snack Pack

 

Pirate’s Booty

Have you tried Pirate’s Booty before? It’s impossible to stop at just one of these baked corn and rice puffs. They are SO YUMMY! Thank goodness you don’t need to stop at just one, because these delicious snacks are gluten free, trans fat free and have no yucky artificial colours or preservatives. They also have snack pack bags that are perfect to give out for Halloween.

And now it’s your turn… What do you give out to Trick Or Treaters on Halloween?

 

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Creepy Halloween Makeup

Creepy Halloween Makeup

FAM, kids By October 28, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Every year the folks at Make Up For Ever design some amazing looks for hallowe’en.  We just had to share this creepy Halloween makeup with you!  The only problem we are having is choosing the desired look for this year.  Which is your favourite? We’ve got: Fairy Princess Makeup, Gaga Halloween Makeup, Gatsby Halloween Makeup, Masquerade Makeup, Zombie Girl Makeup and Wicked Witch Makeup. Bwahaha…

Fairy Princess Makeup

Gaga Halloween Makeup

Great Gatsby Halloween Makeup

Masquerade MakeupSexy Vampire Makeup

Zombie Girl

Wicked Witch

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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DIY Tin Man Costume

FAM, kids By October 28, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

I will admit – the DIY Tin man costume is not the easiest.  But it’s warm, move-able and super fun!  You also have the option of a no-sew version.  Enter the duct tape.

Materials:

– 1 sheet Silver cardboard
– 1 silver hoop earring
– 2m industrial insulating fabric – silver on one side and white batting on the other
– scissors
– needle and thread
– silver duct tape
– silver face paint

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The DIY Earth Goddess Costume

FAM, kids By October 28, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

Once upon a time there was an earth goddess who blessed everyone with a love of nature and peace.  Or maybe just a little girl who loves white dresses and crowns. This DIY earth goddess costume is easy, effective and warm!

Materials:

– grapevine wreath
– plastic leaf garland
– plastic white flowers
– 1 m silver ribbon for a belt
– 2 m while fabric
– plastic apple
– scissors
– needle and thread

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DIY Halloween CandyMan Costume

FAM, kids, Uncategorized By October 28, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

This is one of our favourites from the creativity and photo session.  The diy halloween candyman costume is inspired, easy, and all of the kids who saw it wanted to wear it.  No small part due to the giant lollypop.

Materials:

– White Shirt
– Red ribbon for neck bow
– Giant Lollypop
– A candy-collecting tin or pail
– 1 m red and white fabric
– needle and thread
– elastic for a waistband

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Top Eight Ways to Make your House Memorable on Halloween

EAT, holidays, LIVE, play, wash By October 24, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

You remember when you were young. Ok, younger. Trick or treating was the highlight of your year and during all of the other seasons you walked by certain neighbourhood houses and smiled. The man in the tudor house made you tell a story before being given candy. And there was the dentist who handed out toothbrushes. You were certain the yellow house was haunted. Why your dad always wanted to linger at that place that gave him a hot drink is still a mystery… As a child you build relationships and memories with neighbours, and when you make your house memorable on Halloween it creates a perfect opportunity to reach out to your community.

The notion that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ is powerful and true. This opportunity once per year where you meet children and neighbourhood families is powerful and should be used to make lasting connections to others. Let’s make your house the one the kids remember for years and years shall we?

Top Eight Ways to Make your House the Coolest Hallowe’en Destination on the Block.

1.  Let your profession or passion trickle into the treats. An actor? Hand out chocolates wrapped in old theatre tickets. Doctor? Tape a bandaid to the top of a candy wrapper. It’s the little inspirations that kids remember.

2.  Give out amazing candy. The new Hallowe’en inspired Scary Bars are a great place to start. ScAero, KIT KAT, Scaries and Coffin Crisp. These are the same favourite bars with updated packaging and frightening names.

3.  Follow out scariest House on the Block décor ideas. Dress up, create an atmosphere and stimulate the senses as the kids approach your house.

4.  Hand out an alternative to candy. Depending on how many children come to your house, little dollar star balls that light up or bugs made out of pinecones with googly eyes can be fun.

5.  Think charity. Now that Unicef boxes have gone by the wayside (sniff), there are still lots of ways you have give back at Hallowe’en. Me to We with Free the Children produce upcycled rafiki friend bracelets that allow one child in Africa to get school supplies for a year. A voucher given to a child saying that you have donated an amount equal to what you would have spent on candy to charity along with an explanation of the charity is truly unique.

6.  Have a party on hallowe’en night and have lots of people in costume come to the door each time the bell rings.

7.  Offer water for the kids to curb dehydration, and a little hot toddy for their parents. The extra minutes they remain at your house will create some time for families to get to know each other.

8.  Take time to carve an incredible pumpkin like this deathstar pumpkin from Mental Floss. Websites like Pumpkin Masters or the Pumpkin Lady have carving patterns that will make you a superstar.

Image credit: Mental Floss

Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Scary Bars.  All of our opinions are our own.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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How To Make a Peacock Costume

FAM, kids By October 23, 2013 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

At some time in every mom’s life she wonders how to make a peacock costume.  Ok maybe.  But if not you should try this (even for yourself as an alternative to the less than classy adult costumes that you can buy these days..).  This isn’t meat to be a gown that lasts forever so we haven’t hemmed and tapered.  If you sew well, you can adapt it!

How To Make a Peacock Costume

Materials:
peacock feathers from a craft store
2m sparkly aquamarine fabric
scissors
needle and thread
while leotard and tights to wear underneath
pins

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Campbell’s Soup Can Costume

FAM, kids By October 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

For those of you with next to no time on your hands (especially if you have a little soup-love in your midst), this Campbell’s Soup can costume is a winner.

Campbell’s Soup Can Costume

Materials:
1-2 pieces metallic bristol board
1 colour printout of a Campbell’s logo sourced from the internet
tape
black leotard and leggings to wear underneath
string and a hole punch to create straps

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