October is upon us, and if the falling leaves and pumpkins
popping up on doorsteps wasn't enough to give you the fall heads
up, the 3,000 pound candy packs at the store might just do the
And, as we worry about bundling up the kids in layers, their
thoughts are turning toward that one important end-of-the-month
For those of us not crafty enough to scratch-make kid-size
disguises, Pottery Barn Kids, The Disney Store and Monkey-Toes
Shoes make it look like we did with realistic touches sure to make
little ghouls and goblins the talk of the block.
Even the fruit-loving caterpillar in the beloved children's
book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar loves nibbling sweets
now and again, and your kiddo will want to do the same on All
Hallow's Eve. The World of Eric Carle and PBK
teamed up to create The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume. Bright
bands of color, a cozy red cap, an easy-to-wear fleece body is soft
and warm enough for chilly evenings. A four-piece butterfly costume
inspired by the book will also be available, along with matching
treat bags and a slew of other creative costume creatures,
including a unicorn, cupcake, furry monster, wolf and more.
When kids want to dress up like their favorite Disney
princesses, pirates and other iconic mouse-minded characters, The Disney
Store's Halloween Bootique is a parent's go-to resource for a
range of licensed costumes and corresponding accessories (think
tiaras, eye patches, wands, hairpieces and shoes) for babies and
big kids alike.
Parents looking for hand-painted kicks to complete a handmade
costume need not look further than Monkey-Toes. Their
playful line of animal- and insect-themed shoes goes limited
edition (available only until October 31) come Halloween, with
special glow-in-the-dark eyes painted on each pair. All the paint
used is non-toxic, and though they take up to two weeks to be
shipped out (these must be special ordered online), the final
product is worth it, considering that the styles can easily go from
blackboard to blacktop later.
Consider piecing together handmade pieces for a completely
original costume look with finds from Etsy. An online marketplace for handmade
goods, plenty of shops offer up amazing one-of-a-kind finds not
found anywhere else.
And, since decorating can be the biggest treat for parents
during a mainly kid-focused time of the year, there's nothing
better than easy clean up afterward. Once those spiderwebs, pumpkin
seeds, glitter and silly string leave a tracked-around-the-house
mess, turn to the LG LuV250C KOMPRESSOR Compact PetCare Vacuum
Cleaner. Even though it can pick up pet hair with ease, it's
awesome for cleaning up after the kiddos, too, since the small yet
powerful, feature-packed unit allows you to pick up 3 times more
dust before emptying it. It has a telescoping handle that collapses
for easy storage, and the DualForce suction lets you clean a wide
surface area and get to hard-to-reach edges.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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