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!

A Happy Halloween it Was #halloween

We were all prepared, Mama had zero clue what her kids would look like in their Halloween costumes because Kiara picked hers up with her Dad and the boys ended up getting theirs last weekend with their Dad too. So it was a fun surprise to have this in my house on Halloween night …

The boys and their Dad were all dressed up ready to meet up with Miss Kiara and her Dad to go trick or treating together. It was planned to be a fun evening with three kiddos walking together while my two ex’s and I walked along watching the kiddos having a blast.

What the night ended up being was a bowl full of fun, drama and ended with a screaming four year old. Although the trick or treating itself went awesome, the boys are too young and hate walking so much so that they only lasted a short period of time while my daughter was lucky to be able to continue along on the walk of trick or treating because she was in her Dad’s hands that evening. Meaning it was his evening to have her overnight.

The boys, on the other hand, were done. They were dropping to the ground, so tired they were complaining they couldn’t walk any longer and so the walk back to the car was painfully patience trying and the ride home with a screaming four year old really nearly put me in tears but seriously put me with a massive headache. The good thing was? The four year old passed out within just a few moments of being laid down to bed, because he was that exhausted.

The kids ended up with a ton of candy that  I am now seeking hiding spots for …

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My personality pajama’s really seem to fit who I am, a Mom who enjoys comfort with a slight sexy side. I had to get bottoms that were a little too big for me as with most pajama’s that have a matching top and bottom it means one size. I am a large/XL top and medium bottom, but I am very happy with my Soma Intimates Personality Pajama’s and excited to have a nice comfy pair of new pajama’s to wear.

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