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Last-Minute Halloween Bargains

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Halloween is just one of those holidays that creeps up on you. While it’s fun to plan costumes and treats with the kids, it’s easy to put off buying these items until you need them most. If you’ve yet to figure out a Halloween game plan, we’ve scouted some awesome finds to make your day a little less frightening.

Alex and Alexa’s Halloween shop offers cool updates on traditional ghoulish wear and décor. Use this fun, $24 pumpkin storage head from Lego to hold Halloween treats now, and those stray Lego pieces down the road.  It also comes in a cute skeleton face. Don’t forget to check out the clothes, too, featuring offbeat prints, like a Stella McCartney Glow in the Dark tee, on sale for $34.50.

 

Online costume retailers have scores for under-the-wire shoppers. Costume Express’s Pumpkin Busters start around $10. That’s where we found this undeniably adorable lady bug outfit for $20 for Baby. Buy Costumes also has Grave Busters lasting until this Friday; our favorite is this $17 red dragon get-up for toddlers. With attached wings and a one-piece body suit, it’s easy to put on and entertaining. Both sites feature clearance up to 60 percent off as well.

 

For more bargains, check out Walmart’s Halloween store, where children’s costumes start at $6.97 and candy packs at $2. Beyond the savings, you’ll find guides for easy crafts and recipes, such as carving the perfect pumpkin.

Just remember, if you want your loot by the 31st, you’ll need to order online sooner rather than later. With seven days left until the big day, procrastination is not your friend at the moment.

Up for some old-fashioned in-store shopping? Old Navy announced an exclusive deal; For today only, and only in stores, all baby costumes are $5, and all other Halloween items are 50 percent off. Now, that’s a good reason to get your feet moving.

Finally, if you’re looking more for craft ideas than costumes, don’t forget our awesome 100 Days of Holidays section on our Web site. We’ll take you through Halloween and on to Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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Best Deals for the Week Across the Web

Monday, October 21st, 2013

By Savings.com Editor Susan Yoo-Lee

 With Halloween only a few weeks away, it’s about to get really busy for the entire family. The good news is that retailers are releasing their best deals earlier than they have historically done because of the shorter holiday shopping period this year. In fact, we’re starting to see those great offers now.

Here are this week’s top five deals you can use for your entire family:

  1. If you haven’t gotten your Halloween costumes yet, right now you can save $20 off your purchase over $80 at Costume Discounters. Use coupon code SAVE80. Expires 10/31/2013.
  2. If you have a baby, take advantage of an offer from Diapers.com and save 20% on your diaper purchase. You can even combine this coupon with sale prices for an even better deal. Use coupon code GOSHOPAFF. Expires 12/31/2013.
  3. Do you need to buy a couple of sweaters, pants, long sleeved shirts for the entire family?  Or a mixer in which to make your favorite holiday treats? Save 20% off any order over $100 at Kohl’s. Use coupon code CARAMELExpires 10/27/2013.
  4. For more kid-specific fall clothing deals, use this coupon from The Children’s Place to save 20% off your entire order. Use coupon code D7G813. Expires 10/31/2013.
  5. Stock up on winter indoor activities (or get a jump start on that Christmas list!) by saving $3 off select Hasbro games at Target. If your purchase goes over $50, click through this link first to save an additional $5 off your entire purchase, then add coupon code SAVE3GAMES at checkout to get the $3 off as well. Expires 10/27/2013.

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Halloween Costumes, Up to 40% Off!

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Stumped about what your babe or big kid should wear this Oct. 31? Then head over to Shop Parents, where we’ve round up the best Halloween costumes for your trick-or-treater no matter what his age or taste. Best yet: Many of the outfits are up to 40 percent off. So go on, have a boo-tiful time!

• To infinity, and beyond! Your little guy will have a great time getting there as Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear.

• Part princess and part magician, Oz’s Glinda the Good is the best of both worlds. Her costume, a mix of sparkles, satiny fabric, and ruffles, is just as stellar.

• The Wolverine is great, but we prefer our superheroes to be old-school like Batman, the original Caped Crusader!

• Sure, she’s sweet. Especially when she’s dressed in the pink wig, red polka dots, and striped tights of Strawberry Shortcake.

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Host a Spook-tacular Halloween Party

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Looking to scare up some fun this Oct. 31? Then follow our no-fail guide to throwing a wickedly good Halloween party. First, ask every good little ghoul and boy attending to wear a costume. Second, transform your house with scary decorations inside and out. And third, stock up on tasty treats. You can get all these things and more at Shop Parents — and that’s no trick.

• Create an eerie ambiance with a garland of skulls and strings of spider web lights.

• What should your trick-or-treater wear? We’re voting for a Lil’ Monster outfit.

• Take the frightfest home with goody bags packed with Spooky Lip Lollipops and Black Cat stickers.

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New Halloween Traditions Your Kids Will Love

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

October is finally here! I wait for this month all year around. Our family’s annual pumpkin-picking trip is approaching, as are our haunted-house and corn-maze trips. We love our traditions. But after years of doing the same things, I wanted to try something new. So I brainstormed and asked around for unique Halloween traditions, and I couldn’t keep these ideas to myself. Here are the top 5 new Halloween traditions that my friends, family, and I have come up with:

1. Pumpkin Painting Party

Gather your crafty kids for an afternoon of pumpkin art.  Mini pumpkins are perfect for little hands to paint, and your guests can take them home as favors.

Add a movie: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

2. Witches Brew Party

Give each of your culinary creators a bowl and the following ingredients to choose from:

Cranberry Juice
Ginger Ale
Apple Cider
Gummy Worms
Red Jellybeans
Raisins
Candy Corn
Milk Duds
Gum Drops
Black Shoestring Licorice

Watch them create and name their own witches brew.

Add a movie: Matilda

3. Harry Potter Party

Have your guests come dressed as their favorite witch or wizard. Supply the following and help them decorate their own broomstick and wizard hat:

Broom sticks
Glue
Glitter
Streamers
Fake bugs
Webs
Pencils, Markers, Crayons
Colored Paper

Add a movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

4. Scare Games

It’s not too cold for the outdoors yet! Get the kids outside for Monsters University inspired Scare Games. Adult referees can dress in costume, and the kids can compete in potato sack races, tug-o-war, and hula hoop contests. Award candy bag prizes to the winners, and end the day at home with a big pot of pumpkin soup.

Add a movie: Monsters Inc., or Monsters University after the October 29th DVD release date.

5. Spooky Sleepover

Get out your pumpkin pajamas for a halloween themed sleepover. Roast pumpkin seeds, make s’mores and swap scary stories deep into the night. Add to the fun with a Halloween craft like this adorable paper owl.

Add a movie: Monster House

For more Halloween ideas visit our 100 Days of Holidays page.

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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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NJ Governor Postpones Halloween Due to Hurricane Damage

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Three Kids in Halloween CostumesA few hours before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie said he would cancel Halloween in New Jersey pending on conditions. Today, he delivered on that promise.

Christie signed an executive order postponing all celebrations of the holiday until Monday, November 5.  He cited flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines, and emergency work as potential dangers to children and their families.

“I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Christie said.

New Jersey is still under a state of emergency. President Obama will be in New Jersey this afternoon to survey the damage with Christie.


Image: Three Kids in Halloween Costumes via Shutterstock

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Rosie to the Rescue: Have a No-Stress Halloween

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Check out blog posts by Rosie Pope, star of Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels,” every week at Parents.com! 

Every year I find myself getting childishly excited about Halloween. I just finished decorating our home with cobwebs, goopy gunk, spiders, and skeleton balloons. As I tried to fall asleep last night, slightly freaked out by the skeleton shadows the balloons were creating on the wall, and anxiously wondering whether the costumes were going to arrive on time (and feeling a little guilty that I was not going to be hand-making them, as I would be in the fantasy I have of myself as a mother!), I started wondering why we insist on celebrating Halloween with young kids.

Halloween is fabulous fun for a lot of children, especially those who are a little older. But for toddlers and young kids, Halloween can often end up being rather stressful and full of tears. If it’s not the expensive costume you’ve bought that your kid doesn’t want to wear, then it’s the candy and arguing about how much can be consumed. But let’s be real: We’re not going to cancel Halloween for a few difficult years. So here are some of my Halloween-with-kids rules:

Thoroughly enjoy dressing up your babies in anything you like. They won’t know what they are, so there’s no issue with causing a complex. Also, they won’t put up a fight, and you can take as many pictures as you like! This phase won’t last very long. Bask in it!

Make sure your kids eat lots of wholesome things during the day, because battling about treats will only end in tears. Decide how much candy they can eat and when, and make sure it’s super-generous. They’ll be so shocked you said they could eat 20 pieces that they may not even get there, and certainly won’t try to bargain for more.

Stick to accessories if you know there are going to be costume problems. A good old Spiderman glove, a tiara, or even a soft sword can go a long way for a 4-year-old with costume anxiety.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Just get out there and have fun with your kids regardless of what they end up wearing. And if there is that person who asks, “Well, what are you supposed to be?” and your child is soooo clearly not dressed up because she had a total meltdown, sweetly say “Wouldn’t you like to know?”, wink, take some candy and dash out of there.

Remember: It’s only one day. If all else fails, talk about the real underlying meaning of Halloween: to rid our worlds of bad spirits and welcome the good. Whatever meaning you personally want to give those spirits, it is a wonderful message of good and new beginning—even if the costume didn’t work, the skeletons freaked out your little one, and everyone ate too much candy!

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