Where Did Halloween Costumes Come From!

October 27th, 2010 No comments »

Trick-or-Treaters

When we think of Halloween traditions, we think of trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns and going to haunted houses.  But the most common tradition of the holiday is of course, the wearing of the costumes! 

Did you know that Halloween is one of the oldest holidays and that dressing in costumes for this day dates back thousands of years?  The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago celebrated their New Year on November 1st.   They believed that on the night before the New Year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred.  On October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. Celtic priests built huge sacred bonfires where people gathered to burn crops as sacrifices to the Celtic Gods. During the celebration they wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins.

Later in history, the Catholic Church wanted to do away with pagan beliefs and tried to turn Halloween into a festival for the saints. They called it “All Souls Day” and the night before was called “All Hallows Eve.”  In the 1800’s, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for food or money.  By the 1920’s Halloween had become completely neighborhood-friendly!

Back then the popular costumes were the mummy, dracula and the jazz inspired flapper.  Then in the 1950s the holiday began to focus on the young due to the baby boom of the time. Trick-or-treating was an inexpensive way for an entire community to share in the Halloween celebration.  Costumes changed to a more wholesome look with Superman, Batman, ballerinas and Barbie’s.  A new American tradition was born and it has continued to grow into the billion dollar holiday it is today!

So you see, the idea of Halloween and the tradition of wearing costumes, whether it be animal skins or a superman cape is a tradition that we will carry on to our children, and they to their children, and so on and so on and so on.

Happy Halloween!

Does Your Tween Trick-or-Treat?

October 21st, 2010 No comments »

I remember being in high school and thinking I was too old to go trick-or-treating.  Deep down I really wanted to do it, but my friends weren’t going and just like so many kids at that age, I gave in to the peer pressure.

Today I’m so glad my kids and their friends don’t feel that way. It’s so much fun watching them get ready – they’re just as excited as my seven year old.  It’s the one time of year when kids, tweens and teens should know there’s not an age limit to enjoying the best part of Halloween, trick-or-treating.

Crystal Ball Gypsy Teen CostumeNo where is it written that once a kid turns 13, he or she is too old to go trick-or-treating!  Aren’t we always saying that kids grow up too fast the way it is.  Well, Halloween is a great time for them to slow down and enjoy being a kid.  To me a tween (ages 9-12) and a teenager are still kids.  If a teenager rings my door on Halloween night dressed in costume who am I to say he shouldn’t be there?  I didn’t realize there was an age where we no longer love candy, especially lots of free candy!  I know a lot of adults that if they didn’t have to stay home to give out candy, they’d be in costume going door to door!

Kids today have so much on their plates with school, sports, grades, peer pressure and parents; it’s a lot for them to handle.  Just like adults, they need to be able to step away from that and have fun every once in awhile.  Halloween is the perfect time for that!   Haunted houses, pumpkin patches, hay rides and trick-or-treating are just what our kids need to be reminded that that’s exactly what they are…kids, and how much fun it is to be one. 

Tween costumes are all the rage this year!  You’ll find everything from Fairy Angels to Cryptic Rockstars.  This Halloween encourage your tweens and teens to trick-or-treat!

Top 10 Kids Costumes For 2010

October 14th, 2010 No comments »

Halloween

Halloween is only 17 days away and kids are getting more and more excited as the day nears.  There is nothing better than a night of costumes and candy for a child!

With today’s economy and everything that is going on in the world, you would think that Halloween would be put on the back burner…not so!  Halloween is the one holiday that embraces the popular tagline, “don’t worry, be happy”!  Adults love the holiday because it gives us a chance to become kids again; kids love the holiday because it gives them a chance to become anything they want to be.  They can become a superhero and save the world or they can become a princess and live happily ever after. 

Halloween is a chance for all parents to let their child’s imagination run wild and applaud their creativity.  All of that comes in handy when it comes time to pick out their Halloween costume.  If your child is having trouble deciding on what they want to be for Halloween, maybe this list of the top ten kids Halloween costumes for 2010 from www.halloweenexpress.com will help.

  1. Iron Man Mark VI Child Costume
  2. Toy Story Jessie Child Costume
  3. Super Mario Child Costume
  4. Alice In Wonderland Child Costume
  5. Avatar Jake Skully Deluxe
  6. Little Leopard Child Costume
  7. Werewolf Child Costume
  8. Snow White Child Costume
  9. Clash of Titans Calibos Child Costume
  10. Shrek 4 Fiona Warrior Child Costume

This year it looks like there’s a mixture of superhero’s, princesses and cartoon characters with a werewolf  thrown in to add a little old school feel to the holiday.

Be Safe This Halloween!

October 4th, 2010 No comments »

Trick-or-TreatChildren love Halloween!  They love to dress up in costumes, go to school parties and eat a lot of candy.  But the best part of Halloween for children is the trick-or-treating. 

All over the country on October 31st, children will be anxiously awaiting the trick-or-treat festivities.  They have their costumes on, got a bite to eat and are hoovering on the front porch just waiting to dash out into the neighborhood for their treats. 

However, because the kids are so excited and they’re running door to door they tend to forget about safety which is why it is so important that a parent be with them especially if your child is young. 

While trick-or-treating children tend to forget about “looking both ways” before crossing the street.  All they can think of is getting to the next house.  A lot of times they’re following their friends or older brothers and sisters and get behind.  That’s usually when they aren’t paying attention to their surroundings because all they can think of is trying to catch up. 

Here are a few safety tips to keep your children safe on Halloween night.

  • Add reflective tape to your childs costume so motorists can better see them
  • Have them always walk on the sidewalk
  • Use non-toxic face paint rather than a mask so their vision isn’t obstructed
  • Have them wear well-fitted costumes and shoes
  • Have them carry a flashlight
  • Supervise younger children and have older children trick-or-treat in groups
  • Feed them a good dinner so they won’t be as hungry to dip into their candy bag

Halloween is so much fun for children as well as adults.  Make this one fun and safe for the whole family!

Children Love Autumn!

September 28th, 2010 No comments »

Kids love everything about the Autumn season!  The biggest plus is that it’s the season for Halloween and trick-or-treating is right up there in popularity with the big guy (Santa)!  What other time of year can you be a superhero or princess AND get tons of candy from everyone in your neighborhood.

Another bonus to the fall season is the weather.  After a long hot summer kids are ready for a little cool down.  The pools have all been closed up and since school is back in session they don’t mind the cool weather.  Baseball season is heading into the playoffs and football season is just getting started giving families a lot of games to go to together. 

The most recognizable aspect of the Autumn season in the Midwest are the leaves changing colors.  Before the winter comes and bares the trees of their leaves, fall first changes them to beautiful colors of red, yellow and oranges.  When all those leaves start to fall from the trees, it’s a time honored tradition in most households (whether they know it or not) for the kids to rake these leaves into the biggest possible pile ever, take a running jump and land right in the middle of the pile!  If you’ve never jumped into a pile of fall leaves, you’re really missing out on a big part of childhood.

Fall Leaf Colors

Along with the jumping into the leaves tradition, there’s also many other things that these fall leaves come in handy for; mainly crafts!  If you don’t have a lot of big trees in your yard, take your children for a walk in the park where they will have a blast collecting leaves, pine cones, acorns and chestnuts.  These are all treasures to a child!  Encourage your child to find as many colors of leaves as possible. 

Leaves can be used to make all sorts of fun activities:

  • Use them to stuff a scarecrow
  • Put them in an envelope and send them to your family/friends that don’t get to see the leaves changing where they live
  • Make a wreath, centerpiece or swag out of the leaves
  • After jumping in them have your parents show you how to mulch them to use as compost

The Autumn leaves are a great way to spend some quality time outdoors as a family.  Enjoy the beautiful leaves, the lovely weather and especially each other!

Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun For Younger Kids!

September 20th, 2010 No comments »

Walt Disney World Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Theme parks across the country are beginning to change over to Halloween Haunts this time of year.  Many of them open only at night and are geared toward the teen to adult ages with enough horror and bloodlust to scare even the most seasoned Halloween fan.

However, a lot of theme parks are jumping on the “haunted hay wagon” and opening up their doors during the day so that the younger children can also have a chance to enjoy the festivities with some scare-free zones. 

  • costume parades
  • trick-or-treat trails
  • hay rides
  • corn mazes
  • not-so-haunted houses  
  • storytelling 
  • Monster Mash dance parties
  • pumpkin painting 

These are just a few of the toned-down family fun that can be found at the many theme parks in your neck of the haunted woods!

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

September 16th, 2010 No comments »

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

Many of us remember Tinker Bell from the Peter Pan movies, but did you know that long before meeting Wendy and the Lost Boys she met a wonderful little girl who lived in England by the name of Lizzy.

Disney is releasing the DVD, “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue” on September 21st and it will be a movie the whole family will enjoy.  It’s the story of Tinker Bell and Lizzy and their adventures together as the fairy world meets the human world.  Lizzy is a sweet little girl who believes in pixie dust and fairies and is in need of a friend.  It’s an adorable story of faith and friendship that will have every little girl begging to see it.

Disney sure knows how to time a movie release.  With it being so close to Halloween there is sure to be a lot of little Tinker Bell fairies out trick-or-treating on Halloween night!

Kids and Halloween Costumes – It’s Never To Early To Start!

September 7th, 2010 No comments »

Kid's Costumes

Even though we still have a little over a month before trick-or-treating begins, it’s never too early to start looking for a Halloween costume with your child.  Online costume websites are a great place to start!  There are so many new children’s costumes out there for 2010 that you have to start now if you’re ever going to see them all.

Most mothers know just how long it takes for children to pick out that one perfect costume for Halloween.  It can take hours or it can take days!  Most children find something that they interested in for a week and then it changes just as quickly.  That’s what is so nice about starting early.  Your child gets to look at lots of different costumes so when the time comes to order one, they’re ready.

For the most part, boys seem to have an easier time picking out what they want to be for Halloween.  They find a costume they like (which usually includes some type of weapon) and that’s it, they’re done.  Girls on the other hand tend to take a little longer.  It all depends on what their friends are wearing or what princess is popular at the time.  Girls change their mind a lot, which is ok…and normal.

So, as to make our lives a little easier as parents, let your child start surfing the children’s Halloween costume websites now.  If you’re lucky, they will find something they love and you can order it right from the comfort of your own living room!  Come October 31st, it will be one less thin on your to-do list and you’ll be more than ready for trick-or-treating.

The Unofficial End Of Summer Is Near!

September 2nd, 2010 No comments »

Happy Labor DayThe Labor Day weekend is unofficially known as “the end of summer”.  There are parties, family get-togethers, parades, fireworks and lots of Labor Day weekend sales! 

It’s the most popular weekend on the year for pool parties.  Most public pools close down after the Labor Day weekend and a lot of families with pools in the backyard start counting down the days to close theirs.  Pools can be a big upkeep and once September comes and the weather starts cooling down, people are ready to cover up their pools and move the lounge chairs and tiki umbrellas to storage.

Although the thought of winter is not a happy one, the thought of all things autumn are; leaves changing shades of red and gold, football season, Halloween and Thanksgiving are all wonderful reasons to look forward to summer coming to an end.

It won’t be long, children will be hunting for that perfect Halloween costume to wear out for a night of trick-or-treating.  Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids and adults alike.   They both get to play dress up and become someone famous, someone infamous, someone funny or someone scary; all with the simple help of a Halloween costume!

So don’t think of it as summer coming to an end, but as fall getting ready to shout, “Are you ready for some football!!”

It’s Back To School Time!

August 17th, 2010 No comments »

Back to SchoolIt’s that time of year again when all the kids are getting ready to head back to school.  Time for visiting school open houses and stocking up on school supplies.  I always love the back to school commercials; my favorite being the dad riding the cart through the store with the Christmas song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, playing in the background.  It always makes me laugh! 

Kids always hate this time of year when their nights end sooner and their mornings start a lot earlier with early bed times and early wake up times.  However, interesting enough parents don’t seem to mind it at all!  It puts us back on some sort of a regular schedule and gives us a little “me” time. 

But don’t worry kids…September will be here with a day off of school for Labor Day, October brings with it every kids favorite holiday, Halloween, then were on to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Before you know it, we’ll be planning family Spring Break trips then onto another summer of fun!  See, the school year really isn’t all that bad, is it?