Five Ways to Use Your Child’s Halloween Costume Year Round

I have three kids, they like to play dress up on occasion. Mind you, two of my three children are boys, this means dress up to them is more about some doctor, fire man or military dress up type scenario whereas my daughter would prefer a princess or witch type costume. The kids really do enjoy pretend play, every day my home is full with laughter of children giggling while they play pretend MineCraft or other pretend games. Playing dress up with last years Halloween costumes really make for a fun, creative, imaginary play date and that is just what my kids do!

Using Halloween Costumes for Dress Up Play Time

There is nothing cuter than watching my three kiddos chase each other around the home with their funny kid costumes worn over their clothing and hearing; “oh no it’s s shark” or “Yay! I stole the pirates treasure” while the children run a muck having a blast in their prior year costumes. Encouraging a love of imagination by utilizing the prior years Halloween costumes really makes sense, it’s a low cost or virtually no cost way to continue enjoying that one time use costume.

If you have a closet full of old Halloween costumes that you are not sure what to do with, here are five ideas on how to utilize your kids prior year costumes;

  • Host a Play-date Event – Send out invites for your children’s friends to come to a party where they can bring their prior year Halloween Costume for a fun filled day of treats and adventures!
  • Mix & Match Costume Accessories – Your kids don’t fit into last years Halloween costume? No worries, put to use the accessories for a fun filed afternoon of pretend play. You can play too!
  • Put Your Parental Creativity To Use – Mix and match or cut and sew each child’s costume, if they no longer fit into them, make the costume fit the kid, not the kid fit the costume. Have fun seeing what you can turn a pirate and witch costume into with a pair of scissors, needle and thread!
  • Create a Neighborhood Costume Collection Bin & Create a Neighborhood Movie – This is a great way to recycle non-fitting Halloween costumes from your neighborhood. Use the collected costumes as a wardrobe for neighborhood kids to get together for their own movie creation while parents sit and watch the “finale” over popcorn and laughter!
  • Make a Wall of Remembrance – Use boxed frames to memorialize each child’s funniest Halloween costume through out the years, hang this in a family room as you would with their school pictures.

There are so many things you can do with kids costumes these days that you must remember these tips when your children are choosing this years Halloween costume. Remember, life is too short and there is no such thing as too much fun!

If I Had a Genie in a Bottle

I would ask this Genie to grant a few simple wishes …

First I would like to know that every time I upgrade my WordPress site that my theme does not become broken, whether functioning or not, my upgrades always lead to behind the scenes work to fix whatever issue arises.

Second I would ask that I am allowed peace and quiet for my few hours of writing work I do each day so that I don’t feel like a bad mom for taking time to work in my office so the kids can hang with Dad.

Third I would request that all of the people who contact me asking me to complete some task for them realize the value of my time and the effort I put forth to complete their work, meaning I don’t blog for chocolate – usually, and I would like people to realize this is my JOB.

Last, but certainly not least, I would ask for one full nights sleep once a week so that I can recoup, preferably on a Saturday evening into Sunday.

Now you tell me, what would you wish for if you had a Genie in a bottle?

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With Summer coming it means times for parties and I know many families do theme parties.  I love the idea of a Patriotic costume party for the fourth of July because it’s a great way to be festive while having fun! There are a variety of Patriotic themed costumes for all ages and sizes, my personal favorite is the Statue of Liberty costume. I would totally dress up as that or a sexy firecracker for a Patriotic themed fourth of July party!

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KidFresh Foods for Children that are Healthy & Tasty

I was recently introduced to KidFresh Meals;

 Nowadays, which family doesn’t have a busy life? We all have moments when there is simply no time to cook a nutritious
meal for the kids… In these occasions, it’s nice to have a back up option we can feel good about when serving our children! That’s why Kidfresh is introducing its new healthy frozen meals for kids – 100% natural, packed with hidden veggies and ready in 4 minutes!

Now when you are a mom of three kids and have one in cheer & soccer then another in soccer you can surely relate to that introduction, right? Oh yes, I was sold and ready to head out to my local Shaw’s Supermarket to pick up KidFresh meals for a quick, but healthy dinner option for those busy sport nights.

My kid have enjoyed these meals and I know that your kids will too! Since I am so confident I have some coupons to save money on these that I will be handing out to some local moms as I see them for them to take a peek at this fabulous find!

KidFresh currently has a Facebook Contest going on and I really wanted to make sure I shared the details with you because they sent me an email with the information:

KidFresh just launched our Annual Halloween Costume Contest on Facebook with a Sony® Digital Photo frame and Crocodile Creek® lunch box sets!  Check out our blog for more details:http://www.kidfresh.com/2011/10/17/enter-our-halloween-costume-contest-today

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Disclosure: I received this product for free. All opinions are that of my own.

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Dora The Explorer: Dora’s Halloween Parade On DVD Now

I am so excited, okay well Baby K is so excited, that Dora the Explorer has another new DVD release! Today Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween Parade was released for all to buy.

Baby K is now three so not so much a baby, but we still call him that. He is in love with Dora so much and has enjoyed watching this cute new DVD from Nickelodeon. I have been all Dora The Explorered out lately with all her new releases coming on DVD which I will be sharing with you all as soon as possible!

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween Parade Episode Synopses:

Halloween Parade

Dora and Boots are headed for the big Halloween Parade when they run into their friend Little Monster. He really wants to be in the Parade but he doesn’t have a costume. Dora and Boots tell him not to worry as they help him find a costume at the parade.

Boo!

It’s Halloween, and while trick-or-treating Dora and Boots are surprised by a cute little monster who they help home before the arrow on the big clock strikes 12.

The Backpack Parade

Everyone is dressing up their backpacks in different costumes for the Backpack Parade. Backpack is really excited because this year she gets to lead the parade but she’s having trouble with her allergies.

Dora, la Músico

Dora and Boots are leading a musical parade to free the instruments that were locked up by the evil Señor Shhh.

DVD Facts:

DVD SRP: $16.99
DVD Running Time:  Approximately 97 Minutes

Where To Buy:

Amazon, Walmart and other retail stores that carry DVD’s should have this on their shelves now.

Disclosure: This DVD was provided to me for free as with all the Nickelodeon newly released DVD’s. All opinions are based on my own experiences of viewing the DVD with my family!

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