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Happy Halloween! Editors Share Their Favorite Costumes

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Halloween is around the corner, which means it’s time to think about costumes. When I was growing up, I mainly went the homemade route: I dressed as a firefighter several years in a row by donning my raincoat and boots and carrying a piece of the backyard hose! When I was in elementary school, my mom created a crayon-box costume using two inflatable crayons I’d won at a fair. She cut holes in a cardboard box and wrote the number 3 on the front (to include me and the two inflatable crayons). It was a hit in the school parade, and my younger sister wore it herself years later!

Here are some costumes from years past that the editors at Parents and American Baby loved; maybe you’ll be inspired!

Dog “Last year, I gave a dog costume to my 1-year-old granddaughter to wear. She loved it and even posed for a picture pretending to eat from a dog bowl!” –Lisa Marum, Copy Chief

’50s Girl ”Growing up with an older sister and dancing at a young age, my mom rarely had to buy me a costume. When I was in third grade, my sister and I created a ’50′s costume with a poodle skirt. My sister bought plain white tennis shoes and used a black sharpie to make them look like saddle shoes.” –Shelby Toompas, Lifestyle Assistant

Jasmine “I was obsessed with Disney, so there were a few years in a row where I went as different princesses. Lots of other girls were going as Disney characters too, but my mom made the outfits unique by sewing them at home instead of buying a pre-made dress at the store. My absolute favorite was Jasmine. My mom created an elaborate costume, and of course, I already owned all of the accessories to complete the look. But the real star was my sister—my mom had run out of time to make her a fancy costume like mine, so she quickly threw together a blanket and supplies lying around the house to make her Abu, Aladdin’s monkey.” –Chrisanne Grise, Editorial Assistant

And more Jasmine: ”I dressed up as Jasmine from ages 3 to 5. It was a store-bought costume—long black wig and all—that had a fake skin-colored “belly” so that I wouldn’t have to wear a real crop-top! She was definitely my favorite of the Disney Princesses since I felt she had the most sass. (And I secretly always wanted a pet tiger.)” –Brooke Bunce, Lifestyle Assistant 

Rainbow Fish “My favorite Halloween costume of all time was actually from college. I went as classic children’s book character, Rainbow Fish, and wore a sparkly dress topped with removable scales. I simply unpinned the safety pinned scales from my costume and shared them with everyone at the party. It was a big hit!” –Alexandra Johnson, Assistant Photo Editor

Cinderella ”At the risk of sounding cliché, my favorite costume was Cinderella. I wore the costume almost every day for a year—even to see the Stanley Cup! My mom had to take it off while I was sleeping in order to wash it, so it wasn’t as if wearing it on Halloween was anything special!” –Gaby Levy, Photo Assistant

Martian ”My mother made a martian costume for me one year, complete with green grease paint on my face. The teacher and my classmates were supposed to guess who was wearing the costume—and they weren’t able to!” –Lisa Marum, Copy Chief

Rambo “I remember loving the Rambo trailer, but I was much to young to see it. To this day, I still don’t know what the movie was about. I don’t know if I had the whole costume, or maybe just the headband? But I’m pretty sure I wore it for most of the fall that year. How great is my unibrow, cheeks, and floral stretch pants?” –Michele Martuscello, Associate Photo Editor 

Dark Helmet When I was in seventh grade, I wanted to be “Dark Helmet” from Spaceballs. My mother pulled it off perfectly. For the helmet, she took a balloon and fashioned a paper-mache helmet. Then, she spray-painted it black and put on a layer of clear coat for extra shine. To fit it on my head, she took an old helmet lining and hot-glued it into the interior of the helmet. The other bits of the costume were custom-made–the tie was made out of oaktag, the cape was an old wizard cape, and the rest were simple clothes. It was a ridiculous costume. But wow, did it impress everyone—adults included!” –John O’Sullivan, Senior Production Manager

Jem ”My favorite childhood Halloween costume was the year I dressed up as Jem from the Saturday morning cartoon. Even though I was only 5 years old, I was obsessed with becoming a rocker one day. I specifically remember picking out the star-shaped clip-on earring I wore to complete the costume—Jem used her star earring to change into her fabulous rocker version of herself!” –Kristen O’Hara, Photo Editor

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Transgender at Five
She first insisted she was a boy at the age of 2. “I am a boy” became a constant theme in struggles over clothing, bathing, swimming, eating, playing. Eventually, a psychologist diagnosed gender identity disorder. Now Tyler ‘s parents allow him to live as a boy, and the 5-year-old is reveling in his new identity.

Parents Write Bucket List for 4-Year-Old
Cole Rapini, 4, giggles like every other young boy, but his medical condition has bewildered doctors.

School Kids Urge Crayola to Rethink Recycling
A group of California grade school students wants Crayola to start a recycling program for spent plastic markers, but the company doesn’t appear ready to make such a move.

Shot Protects Against More Than the Flu for Pregnant Women
Giving the flu vaccine to pregnant women may bring significant benefits to their babies even before birth, a new study has found.

Tennessee Man Dubbed ‘Octodad’
Desmond Hatchett of Knoxville, Tenn., has 30 children with 11 women, according to officials and media reports.

Rosie Pope: Why I Tweeted My Baby’s Birth
Rosie Pope gave birth to a daughter a week ago and the Twitter world followed every move as she tweeted the whole experience.

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Help Kids Be Creative with Crayola’s New Web App

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Crayola Story StudioYour kids can star in their own story as cartoon characters by using Crayola’s new and free web app, “Story Studio.”  By uploading photos of themselves, kids can be transformed into animated versions or even create new characters using the face editor.  They can also customize their characters with costumes, accessories, backgrounds, graphics, and text.  

The best part? Kids can then choose from six storylines to feature their cartoon characters: The Daring Race, Dragon Trouble, Pirate, The Ride, The Big Game, and Rock Star.  Plus, Crayola is offering Parents readers an exclusive online code to print out “Story Studio” creations as coloring books.  Use the code PR7CFMDY at Crayola’s other web app, “Lights, Camera, Color,” to get 6 months of free printing access.  You can also purchase certain boxes of Crayola crayons (48 or more) with the special online code. 

Help kids become more creative and imaginative the next time you buy a box of crayons!

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