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!
Want to keep your house safe from egg and toilet paper vandals on Halloween? Trust us, giving trick-or-treaters what they want is the first line of defense. Forget handing out raisins or carrot sticks and stock up chocolate candy bars. Snickers is the preferred choice for little ghosts and goblins, with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups coming in second.
Feeling guilty for sneaking candy from your kids’ Halloween night haul? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. A whopping 90% of parents admit to having sticky fingers!
For more fun Halloween facts (on everything from the most popular costumes to the largest pumpkins) just click on the infographic below. The statistics may surprise you.
Could you imagine the likes of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt or Honor Warren coming to your front door on Halloween night? Celebrity Baby Scoop is taking a look at 15 celebrity families that love to go trick-or-treating with their tots in their swanky neighborhoods.
Brad Pitt looked hilarious dressed up as DJ Lance Rock from the kids TV show Yo Gabba Gabba! His leading lady, Angelina Jolie, went as the walking dead, whileMaddox was a dead army soldier, Zahara was Batgirl, and Shiloh was a jet fighter.
See Dad Run star Scott Baio and wife Renee have big plans for their daughter Bailey, nearly 5, this Halloween.
“Bailey got a witch Minnie Mouse costume that has orange and black polka dots, and we will go trick-or-treating up in our neighborhood,” Scott recently told Celebrity Baby Scoop. “There are hundreds of kids that come up here, so it is a lot of fun.”
“We went trick-or-treating in our Toluca Lake neighborhood,” Renee said. “It’s very festive for Halloween. They close down some of the streets. Buses drop children off by what looks to be in the hundreds. A lot of the parents/adults dress up too. A few of the homes (the Kerns family – the juice makers – and the Disney family) really go out with turning their property into a haunted house scene.”
With the Halloween season upon us, Celebrity Baby Scoop is getting into the spirit of dressing up.
And what better way to celebrate than by looking at our favorite celebrity kids in their spooktacular costumes! From Neil Patrick Harris’ festive family, to Alyson Hannigan’s pretty lil’ pumpkin, to Amy Adams and her cute kitten, let’s take a look at last year’s best Halloween costumes in Hollywood.
The family-of-four dressed up with a Peter Pan theme, with NPH going as Captain Hook, his partner David Burtka as Peter, and their twins as Smee and Tinkerbell. What a great idea!
2. Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan and husband Alexis Denisof love getting dressed up for Halloween. Last year, they dressed as a scarecrow couple alongside their sweet daughter Satyana who went as a pumpkin.
3. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren got festive with their two daughters, Honor and Haven, last Halloween night. Dressed in costumes, the family-of-four were seen trick-or-treating in their Pacific Palisades neighborhood.
Cash looked great as Superman, while Jess wore a cute cat outfit. But Honor stole the show in her Princess Ariel costume.
4. Britney Spears
Britney Spears and her family posed for a festive picture in London last Halloween. The pop superstar shared a photo while on tour, looking amazing in a femme fatale outfit alongside her sweet sons, her mother Lynne, and beau Jason Trawick.
Jayden Jameslooked adorable as Batman while Sean Preston was too cute in his ninja outfit. Grandma Lynne sported a witch costume, while Jason opted for his everyday look. “Loved celebrating Halloween in Londontown with my family!” Brit tweeted.
5. Ali Larter
New mom Ali Larter and her baby boy Theodore were a perfect pair as they headed to a Halloween party last year at a friend’s house dressed as bumble bees. Cute as can bee!
6. Tori Spelling
Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott are parents to four kids. Last year, the proud mom took to Twitter to share a cute photo of their oldest kids, Liam and Stella, all decked out in their Halloween costumes.
“This year, Liam chose to be a Ninja Transformer and Stella is a Darling Witch,” wrote the mom-of-four.
7. Katherine Heigl
Grey’s Anatomy alum Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley got into the Halloween spirit last year as they took their adorable daughter Naleigh to a party in Los Angeles.
The mom-of-four got right into character, posing just like the rapper. Starting with his trademark dreadlocks right down to the teardrop tattoo on his face, Holly rocked it alongside her costumed sons Robinson and Roman.
9. Melissa Rycroft
Reality TV mama Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland posed for pics with their adorable baby girl Ava at the Dream Halloween benefit in Los Angeles last Halloween.
The family-of-three looked great dressed up as Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles Flintstone.
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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 Chasing-Fireflies.com. 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 Chasing-Fireflies.com 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!
We received this fun video from the White House Office that gives a brief, behind-the-scenes look into how the staff prepared for Halloween. Expect orange-colored frosted cookies in the shape of the White House, marshmallow ghosts, and spectacular carved pumpkins.
Did you know that costume wearing evolved from a 17th-century British tradition of wearing masks for Guy Fawkes Day? Since then, costumes have evolved into fun, fantastical ways to showcase creativity and imagination.
According to Yahoo.com, the top five search trends for baby costumes this year included pop culture characters such as Angry Bird and Cookie Monster as well as the ever-popular butterfly, dinosaur, and pumpkin outfits. Meanwhile, toddlers were eager to dress up as pirates, elephants, characters from Disney Pixar’s “Up,” and even the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Harry Potter, Michael Jackson, and classic Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie were the top-searched kids’ costumes.
If you haven’t headed outdoors yet with the kids, take a few moments to brush up on your Halloween safety to ensure it’s a frightfully fun and fearless evening.
Better yet, gather the whole family and explain the history of Halloween, including why we celebrate certain customs such as trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, and bobbing for apples (Halloween Traditions for the Family). Or download our free Carve-a-Pumpkin app to keep the Halloween fun going throughout the night.
Happy Halloween! (and don’t forget to share how you’re celebrating in our Comments section below.)