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The Five Most Popular Halloween Looks For Kids This Season

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

For every obscure Halloween costume that you spot, there will be dozens of witches and pumpkins—and this year, Elsas—ringing your doorbell. We asked Chasing Fireflies for the most popular costume trends this season, and here are their top five:

1. Frozen Can’t let go (ha!) of the popular movie? Dress your little Elsa, Anna, or Olaf in one of these costumes! Oh, and here’s more Elsa. And more Elsa. And, not kidding, even adult Elsa.
2. Ninjas and warriors, for girls and boys Both genders will get a kick out of these elaborate getups–whether they’re scary, glittery, silky, or studded.
3. Glamour and movie stars She’ll be ready for a walk down the red carpet when she dons a glam dress. Her toughest decision will be choosing between silver and pink!
4. Food Trick-or-treat! These candy-themed fairy and princess looks are certainly appropriate for the occasion. And this all reminds us of our own Parents candy rapper costumes!
5. Baby animals These pig and chick costumes are too cute. Plus, check out our ideas for homemade costumes!

Get in the spirit! Your child will enjoy this paper pumpkin craft:

Halloween Kid Craft Paper Pumpkins
Halloween Kid Craft Paper Pumpkins
Halloween Kid Craft Paper Pumpkins

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Where to Find an Anna or Elsa Dress

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

When we heard that Frozen princess dresses have been selling out in Disney World each day, it got us wondering…are they really so hard to find? The most gorgeous, premium Anna and Elsa dresses are now on, the site behind the Wishcraft catalog. However, they’re not shipping yet and they won’t be cheap. The Elsa dress shown is $130; the Anna is $124 and when we looked, neither would be available until the end of August in smaller sizes. The size-10 Anna coronation dress looks to be backordered through the end of October!

Less-expensive has pared-down Elsa and Anna frocks, backordered until just after Labor Day. Their Elsa is $38, and Anna is $40.

On to the Disney Store, and…they don’t have the dresses yet either, but nice ones are coming. We saw the two shown below, Anna’s with the cape and Elsa’s with cool ombre sleeves, at their fall preview. AND they are going to have an Olaf costume! No word on exactly when they’ll all hit shelves, but they’ll be about $50 each.

In the meantime, there are $30 dresses for both sister characters at Toys “R” Us and at other mass merchants. Fair warning, the user reviews are brutal. (As in, “The tulle sleeves are like sandpaper.”) But desperate times may call for desperate measures, scratchy sleeves and all. Or try and teach your little princess the virtue of patience!

Heading to the Magic Kingdom? Your kids may be more interested in meeting the celebrities characters than the rides! Watch our video.

Disney's Magic Kingdom: Beyond the Rides
Disney's Magic Kingdom: Beyond the Rides
Disney's Magic Kingdom: Beyond the Rides

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Win a $200 Chasing Fireflies Wish Card (Think…Halloween!!!)

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

If your family is anything like mine, you’ve started your Halloween preparations. Our October schedule is already filled with trips to haunted houses, pumpkin farms, and spooky festivals. We even added a scary sleepover to the lineup this year, complete with booby traps and scary movies. And for the main event: trick or treating in contest-worthy costumes.

This year, my daughter will be a minion, I plan on being Waldo (you know—Where’s Waldo?), and my husband will probably be a werewolf. Last year, I was Cruella De Vil, my daughter was a Dalmation, and my husband was a werewolf. The year before, I was a clown, my daughter was a bat, and my husband was, you guessed it, a werewolf.  In his defense, that werewolf costume does scare people every year.

And now you can you can coordinate your costumes (and cover the werewolf of the family) with this week’s giveaway!

Leave a comment below, up to one a day, between today and Monday September 30th, and you can win a $200 Chasing Fireflies Wish Card. That’s a lot of costume cash!

Finally, if you’re looking for more Halloween Ideas, do you know we have a 100 Days of Holidays feature on our site? Expect daily Halloween and fall ideas for the next month, then watch it transition into Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas.

Here are the official rules. Happy planning, and Goody luck!

Congratulations to our winner Katie Bohmann!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win $100 to Dress Baby for Halloween

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

A friend and I talk often about how Halloween has turned into the most fabulous holiday. It’s not loaded with the traditions and expectations of a religious holiday. No one expects you to cook, like you do on Thanksgiving, or travel, like people often do for the Fourth of July. You walk around in your own neighborhood, and eat a lot of candy! You have fun with your kids, and very rarely have to deal with coordinating visiting relatives. 

Halloween gets really superb when you have a little munchkin to dress up. Whether you go to a party with your baby or walk in your town’s Halloween parade or just sit on your porch and hand out candy, it is SO much fun to have a Halloween sidekick. 

My favorite costumes come from Their catalog, Wishcraft, comes out in the summer and always gets my kids thinking about how they want to dress on October 31. (I think Grace is going for a fortune teller this year, and Joe changes his mind every other day.) We feel like we have to step things up in the costume department, because our neighborhood takes the Halloween-dress thing pretty seriously. You can see an amazing slideshow of kids in costumes from my part of Brooklyn; it might give you some good ideas! We decorate our house, too. Nothing fancy, but you can see Grace likes to cover the front with cobwebs. 

Browse and you’ll see a lot of decorations, too. And here’s the giveaway news: Chasing Fireflies will give one person a $100 giftcard, which should help you afford outfits for two kids, or one outfit and some decorations, you get the idea. To be eligible, leave a comment (up to one a day) between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, September 19. Tell me what your child is likely to be for Halloween this year, and whether you prefer to buy or make a costume. We’ll pick one winner at random to get the $100 giftcard. You can read the official rules here. Goody luck!

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Get a $100 Wish Card for Chasing Fireflies

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

I looooove dressing my kids up for the holidays. They look so precious in special clothes. Especially Grace. There’s no denying that it’s more fun to dress up a girl than a boy. Though my son Joe had some cute outfits as a baby.

Check him out in a tie at his very first Christmas, back in 2005.

My kids are 6 and 9 now, and it gets harder and harder to use them as my own living dolls. Grace is hot and cold on dresses. She did don a brown one for two days straight over Thanksgiving because she got it in her head that she wanted to be a Native American maiden. But she never once wore a dress to third grade last year. Now that we’re a few months into fourth grade, she just told me last night that she wants to start wearing dresses “that aren’t too dressy.” So I’ve got to decode that request. My girl was in nothing but gowns when she was ages 2, 3, 4, and 5—those prime princess years. Sigh! Here she is looking like an angel at Christmas 2007.

So pretty!

So how do I satisfy my urge to play with tiny, adorable outfits now that my kids are school-age? Fortunately I work at American Baby, and even more fortunately I have an assistant, Hallie, who loves clothes the way most people love food. Hallie and I look for any excuse to call in outfits. Even if we can’t get the space in the magazine to do a whole fashion spread, we can put up an online slideshow. You can see our latest here, it’s a bunch of comfy Christmas outfits for infants.

Hallie and I have a lot of favorite baby-clothes companies that we call on. But when it comes to just mooning over special dresses, it’s hard to top the Chasing Fireflies catalog. They showcase gorgeous photography, well-made clothes, and happy kids. Their Web site doesn’t do them justice, but it’s still fun to look at: And sign up for the catalog if you want a real treat to arrive by mail. Maybe the upcoming holidays give you an excuse to buy the $44 Santa baby romper, or the $68 angel romper, or their amazing “fireworks dress” that comes as small as 12 months. Go ahead and do it. I’ll try not to cry with jealousy as I wrestle my kids into some reindeer-themed T-shirt and call that fancy.

Their Winter catalog

And now the exciting part: I reached out to our Chasing Fireflies contact, and they’ll give one lucky reader a $100 gift card, which they call a wish card. Enjoy the dress-up years while you have them! Just leave a comment here on this post by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 7th, to be eligible for the wish card. You can post once a day. For full rules, click here. Goody luck!

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