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Still talking about Halloween. (Best Halloween Trick or Treating Bags, Masks and Costumes)

Oct13

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Halloween is quickly approaching and I’ve lost 4 Ebay bids for a Red Mystic Force Power Ranger SPD. I’m starting to feel the heat. I tried pulling out a Fireman dress up outfit we have and suggested a Fireman does a lot of really good things too! A Fireman is almost exactly the same as a Mystic Force Power Ranger SPD. How about being a fireman for Halloween? This suggestion is generally met with stoney silence.
Come on Ebay!
As children, my brother, sister and I used that ubiquitous plastic jack o lantern to collect our treats. Until we realized, like good little Americans, that we could get more if we just carried a pillowcase when we trick or treated. Nice. Your kids aren’t as greedy though and they’re definitely more stylish.

trickortreatbag.jpgThis trick or treat bag is big enough to hold quite a few treats. And your kid doesn’t have to be named Olivia to use it. They’ll put your kid’s name on it.

felttrickortreatbag.jpg This felt jack-o-lantern treat bag is pretty big with 13 inches of space to fill with candy. I’m willing to overlook the fact that it will take quite a bit of time to fill a 13 inch bag with candy since this bag is so cute. However, since today it turned into winter where I live, I’m not sure I’m willing to spend 13 inches worth of trick or treating outside. Good news! You can get other, more parent friendly sizes. Remember, you know you’re going to sneak some of that candy (you have to test it, right?). Smaller bag = Less Candy = Happier Thighs.

candycornD280.jpgBabies like Halloween too you know, so don’t leave them out. But for the love of dental health DO NOT GIVE THEM CANDY! I am judgemental parenting in written form and I am telling you to never give your baby candy. Unless it’s crocheted with love and is also adorable. Then, okay, go ahead. [via Daddytypes. ]

masks.jpgI really like these masks from Garnet Hill. I love the idea of sticking one of these masks on my kids and sending Madison off to trick or treat in one of her everyday outfits. When people ask what she is, Madison will answer, incredulously, “I’m a monkey, don’t you see my clever foam face?” I know $29 is a lot of cash for a mask.

But, just think, you can wear this to the office with your suit and tie. Someone will definitely ask you what you’re doing at some point, unless you’re in the creative department because in my husband’s office they just smile and nod at the creatives and try not to make any sudden moves. But if you’re anyone else in your company someone will ask what’s going on and you’ll reply, implying your coworker is a truly dim bulb, “I’m an elephant.” Then walk away scoffing.
That is so funny and if you put it on your kid and you wear it and then you blog about it…..you’ve paid for that mask three times already. Okay maybe it’s not that funny. But it’s definitely fifty cents worth of funny.

surprizeball.jpgIf I had any patience I could make this pumpkin surprise ball myself, but I never will. I wish I would but no. Not doing it. Thankfully TOPS makes one and it’s affordable and combines most of the things my kids love: creating clutter, tiny trinkets with no home and surprises. A wonderful dream come true.

bowl.jpgFinally, I want to tell you I saw this Jack O Lantern bowl and thought, “Oh Pottery Barn Kids, I want to dislike you for being so quaint and tasteful and unglittery, but then you give me this bowl and I just want to make out with you in the basement and then lie to everyone about it at school on Monday.” I can hear me now, “Guys? OhMyGod! I would totally not make out with PotteryBarnKids! It’s so not cool and it’s overpriced and full of itself. Seriously, don’t you guys know me at all?”
ladybug.jpgBut then I saw the Pottery Barn Kids costumes. $100 for a costume? For a child who is 3 feet tall? As I browsed, my heart stopped and I restarted it by looking at these costumes again. My outrage and cheapness combined to restart my heart. Are these costumes lined in gold? Equipped with tiny gnomes who regulate your child’s body temperature in the frigid Halloween night cold with tiny warm puffs of their boozy breath? For $100 I don’t want gnomes, I want elves in my kid’s costume. But then that’s creepy. Let’s just make the costumes geo-thermally warmed for $100.
I am personally offended by an ordinary witch costume which costs $65 on sale. This witch costume Maddie wore last year is reasonably cute, and cost $6 total because the skirt and sweater we already owned and the hat, broom and tights were purchased for a grand total of $6. Take that Pottery Barn Kids and stop asking me to make out with you. I was young and stupid back then in sophmore year okay?
And so, Halloween, like most things, comes back around to my cheapness.
This is my last halloween post, but let’s collect a bunch of halloween costumes this year. You can send me pictures of last year’s costume or wait and send me pictures of your kids in this year’s costume. If your child is wearing a $100 frankenstein costume, I definitely want to see that and make sure you show me the little gnomes hiding inside. So in the next few weeks Email Me your pictures, if you want me to link to your website send me that too.
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3 Responses to “Still talking about Halloween. (Best Halloween Trick or Treating Bags, Masks and Costumes)”

  1. birchsprite Oct 18 at 10:34 am Reply

    I love this buzz off column….despite my lack of kids to dress up in funny costumes! If I had any kids or indeed pets I would dress them up and send them in! Well photo’s of them anyway!!

  2. Michelle Oct 23 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Yea, and I’m feeling guilty because this year I didn’t make one of the four costumes for my kids. It was Walmart all the way. I’m calling it Domestic Task Consolidation.

  3. Andie D. Oct 25 at 11:37 pm Reply

    I am cheap too – especially when IT JUST MAKES SENSE. My 4 year old LOVES Batman, and we paid $20.00 for his Batman costume. No brainer.
    My 16 month old? She would be happy to wear shoes and nothing else. Literally. So I bought angel wings and a halo at Target for ONE DOLLAR. We are going to pair it with a white dress she already owns and voila! An angel.
    She’s happy, we’re happy.

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