Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Dress-Up & A Giveaway

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A couple of years ago, I decided to re-embrace my childhood. Halloween had become about the kids, as it should be - finding the perfect costumes, hosting Halloween parties, carving pumpkins, and toasting pumpkin seeds. I decided it would be even more fun for them if my husband and I surprised them on Halloween night with costumes of our own. Yes, it was a completely selfless act, done purely for the kids' entertainment. Right.

My boys were practicing their light saber skills in the family room, decked out in their Obi-Wan and Anakin costumes, when my husband and I appeared as Darth Vader and Queen Amidala. Yes indeed, we were ready for any Star Wars convention that might come to town. My parents were in town for the holiday and decided to get into the act in their clown and Mrs. Doubtfire costumes.

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This year, the kids are turning to the dark side of Halloween. They decided it might be fun to be the ones doing the scaring, rather than the other way around. My youngest will be a ninja and my older son is going for the classic Dracula look. My husband and I are still deciding on our costumes, but Herman Munster and Elvira come to mind. I'm going to have to plaster the lot of us with reflectors and flashing lights so we can find each other on Halloween.

Whatever costumes we decide to wear, we will be certain to have plenty of treats on hand. Caramel apples and popcorn will adorn the table, alongside the mini chocolate bars and my kids' new favorite treat, Pop-Tarts® Choc-o-Lantern Chocolate Fudge toaster pastries. For their own health and welfare, I will have to take some of that candy of their hands and eat it myself. That is what dedicated parenting is all about - taking one for the team.

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75 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

My sons are going to be Iron Man and a Crayon, and my daughter will be Snow White.

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Amy said...

Being nine months pregnant I really have no energy to do a theme this year. If I am still pregnant at the end of the week, my big belly will be going as a pumpkin, my son will be Buzz Lightyear and my husband will be a party pooper!

Sandyhere said...

This year I had to make costumes, but it wasn't all bad. My daughter wanted to be a banshee so I recycled her Princess costume from last year with a few gray streaks and remade it with strips of flowing gauze and she will love the white and gray makeup on Halloween and streaks of white painted through her hair. My son got the idea of being a Mummy when I was using the gauze for my daughters costume and his costume, thank goodness, will be easy to do by just winding strips of gauze around and around. :) I am dressing as Sweeney Todd with some old clothes from the Salvation Army.. complete with top hat courtesy of the Mall.. I am looking for some props before then and we are watching Sweeney Todd tonight so the kids can give me ideas. :)

wigget said...

one will be a fireman and the other a policeman

mmburdette22 said...

I don't have any kids yet...but I am going to be a clown for Halloween. Pretty simple: colorful pants and top, a big bright bow tie, some floppy shoes, and of course…a big red nose. It is a fun costume that I wear every few years when I can’t think of anything else.

bdiane34 said...

I am not dressing up but my kids will be, A fairy, A Spiderweb girl, another Midnight Fairy, and a Gruesome Ghost.
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bdiane34 said...

I tweeted
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http://twitter.com/bdiane34/status/28716147688

suburban prep said...

I do not have children but I will be answering the door dressed as a witch while my sister goes out with her husband and her young boys and they will be dressed as a pumpkin (22 month old), Spiderman (4 yr old) and a 5 yr old pirate.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I don't dress up but my daughter will be a pirate.

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CeCe said...

I am not dressing up but my daughters will be a princess, a fairy, and a ballerina

cholden76 at yahoo dot com

Tammigirl said...

I will be handing out glow sticks dressed as myself. My daughter wants to be a Who this year.

McDuffy said...

I think the best costume this year is the bed bug.

Kelly Massman said...

My son will probably go as a rock star!
Thanks!
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Tabathia said...

My two oldest are going as witches and my younger daughter will be going as a bobblehead pumpkin
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/28746395714
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Racingjourno said...

I still think Superman makes a great costume for boys and Supergirl for girls.

Racingjourno said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/LuigiFranco/status/28752471684

Aarika said...

Wicked Witch of the West!

quitecontrary1977 said...

My daughter has a little witch costume, complete with pointy hat and broom. I have an 80's party to go to the day before so I think I'm going as the beloved Molly Ringwald.
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Henria O. said...

My daughter has lots of dress up clothes. So, she will be Raggedy Ann (a costume I made) or a Princess (from her dress up collection).
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Diana said...

i'm gonna be a sexy pumpkin. I made it myself!!! Lows of patchworking on the sewing machine but definitely worth the time!

Rachel said...

I’m thinking of some movie character I can transform myself into with just what’s in my closet and craft bins. We’ll see…

Lindsey @ I Run in Heels said...

I'd love to be a character from Glee or a roller derby girl. I'm still deciding. :)

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anonymous said...

I won't be dressing up this year. I'll celebrate by eating candy and watching Halloween themed movies.

daveg0929 said...

We'll be the werewolf family

Haven said...

The littlest came up with a very convincing mad hatter costume.

Haven said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/HavensTwit/status/28835246290

redfuzzycow said...

i'm going to be heather chandler from the movie heathers!

redfuzzycow said...

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JC said...

DDs would like to be princesses. I probably wont' be dressing up.

JC said...

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Natalia said...

I will be a Spider Witch and my son the Pink Panther.
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John said...

Probably I would be dress up as DarthVader and my daughter as witch apprentice.
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Danielle said...

I won't be dressing up this year but my 4 year old is going to be a transformer and my 21 month old is going to be a pirate.

Susieqtpies said...

Love your costumes. We are a Zombie Family! What else do you expect for a family with tweens and teens! arteachersusan at gmail dot com

Susieqtpies said...

http://twitter.com/#!/susieqtpies/status/28905020821 I tweeted!!! @susieqtpies

Tricia B said...

My adult daughter has to work so I am going to sit on the front porch with the candy and her poodle / terrier who will be dressed in his skeleton costume. Such fun!

Susieqtpies said...

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Christine said...

My youngest has a ninja costume ready should he decide he wants to trick or treat. He may not though since his partner in crime turned 13 this year and technically is considered too old for trick or treat. Sigh.

Christine
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BrendaLea, the Prpldy said...

Unfortunately the boys feel they are too old to dress up this year, and last year...now 16 and 13. If I do dress up this year to pass out candy I will do my fall back costume...Gypsy.

BrendaLea A. - Purple Lady
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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

DD is going to be a witch and my son is going to be Venom..


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katychick said...

i am going to be a witch and my son is going to be a cowboy
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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach said...

http://twitter.com/#!/leahforlove/status/28925751436

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Ella said...

My 4 year old son is going as Batman (his favorite) this Halloween, and I'm going as Catwoman. :)

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Heather said...

I am going to be Pocahontas and my kiddos will be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Darth Vader!


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Heather said...

Tweet!
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bepoia said...

Daughter and I are going to be biker ghoul's Easy and warm and we look good
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Dolphin Girl said...

My daughter is going to be Snow White, and my son is going to be Annakin Skywalker. If i remember to get some green balloons, I am going to be a bunch of grapes.
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Dolphin Girl said...

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Angel Jacklyn said...

I DON'T REALLY DRESS UP UNLESS I'M GOING TO A HALLOWEEN PARTY AND THE KIDS CHANGE THEIR MINDS TOO MUCH TO SAY EXACTLY WHAT THEY WILL BE COME HALLOWEEN kytah00@yahoo.com

Angel Jacklyn said...

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sunnymum said...

Love the family-coordinated costumes! My 4 year old insisted her little brother dress up the same way as her, so we will have two little pirates this year!
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sunnymum said...

Also tweeted: http://twitter.com/sunnymum/status/29091987815

Sasha said...

DD is Jessie from Toy Story and DS is something Star Wars-ish!

sodahoney said...

I saw on another site this week an upside down man and I loved it.

sodahoney said...

http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/29108929956

ape2016 said...

a mummy and a soldier
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bargaingirl said...

My son is going as Will from the Rangers Apprentice book series and my daughter is going as Artemis Greek Goddess). Thanks for the great giveaway!

Deb K said...

My granddaughter is going to be a wicked Bride! And~I am going to hand out candy and dress up as a witch!

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susan1215 said...

My daughter is going to be a princess

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susan1215 said...

http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/29188491173

oneordinaryday said...

My son's going as a demon basketball player - creative, no? And my sweet girl decided on a superhero costume she's put together herself. Can't wait!

Betty N said...

My kids are grown but last year my husband was a bowling ball and my grandkids loved it

Betty N said...

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tattgiff said...

nada this year , but I always enjoyed strawbtattgiff at centurytel dot net erry shortcake.

jillyrh said...

I'm going to be a Domestic Goddess and answer the door to give away candy and my son is going to be a rock star!

jillyrh said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/29262928978

Thanks so much

PauleyD said...

This Halloween, we are going as bacon and eggs, my daughter is a princess and everybody else is too "grown up" to participate:(

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PauleyD said...

http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/29294534297

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Anne J said...

My kids went as Harry Potter, a Southern Belle and a gypsy.

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne J said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/29330667270

Michelle said...

My son dressed as a farmer and his little sister dressed as a chicken!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Michelle said...

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Anonymous said...

We're all pirates!
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