Hard to believe that Halloween is just one week away. Although I’d like to say it’s one of my favorite holidays, regular readers know how much I seriously love them all! I have finally gotten my kids to nail down their Halloween costume choices, and the O’Malley household will be sporting a unicorn and a vampire this year. I was really pulling for Madeline to be Rainbow Brite this year, you know, one of Strawberry ‘hortcake’s (as she calls her) best friends, but I lost the battle and gave in to a unicorn. Given her unabashed love for unicorns, horses, cows, dolphins, and whales, it should come as no surprise that we’re having an animal trick-or-treating with us this year.
The folks at Pottery Barn Kids have some awesome Halloween costumes for children this year, and Madeline’s unicorn was very nicely provided to us by them. To say she was thrilled that they had her first choice available would be an understatement. It’s all I can do to prevent her from wearing it daily right now. And I’m not letting her because, you know, white and a 3-1/2 year old is just not a good combination. Although they tend to be a little more costly than I would normally spend, a lot of them are on sale now (with free shipping!), and they really are well made. Nice tight stitching, super soft fabrics, and I love that it’s loose enough that I can put warm weather clothing on underneath the costume without making her feel like she’s been smothered to pieces. Because in typical New Jersey fashion, it’s back to being cold again, and who knows what next Monday brings.
Stumped for Halloween inspiration for your own little ones? You might want to check out DailyBuzz. Tomorrow they will be featuring nine DIY Halloween costumes that you can make at home very easily, and I’m happy to report that this Butterfly Catcher costume we made last year for a Disney column is one of the nine featured. It’s super simple to make and you might even have everything you need in your house right now. If not, a trip to your local Dollar Store will quickly take care of that. Can’t wait to see the other 8 creative costumes featured.
Need inspiration for your pup? You can check out the Virtual Pet Parade featured by the folks at Animal Planet, and snag a costume for your very own canine while you’re there. Maxwell, the newest member of the O’Malley household, is sporting butterfly wings (although, unfortunately, not visible in the picture they are featuring there), but he has a fun polka-dotted cap on. Well, I think polka dots are fun. Maxwell might be in a different camp on that opinion. While there, you can certainly cheer him up and give him a vote if you’re so inclined….