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DIY Halloween outfits

This year many of us have a tighter budget than usual given (looks around) everything that has happened. Coupled with the uncertainty of what Halloween might look like, many of us are reluctant to spend money on brand new costumes that our kids will outgrow by next year. I get it. But I also know that many, like me, love Halloween so much. I thought about skipping the celebration this year, but that just feels like too big of a disappointment in an already disappointing year.

That's why I started looking into alternative costumes—something my kids will be able to wear once the clock hits November, and maybe even hand down to siblings and cousins in the coming years. At the same time, I'm not a DIY person, so I wanted outfits that didn't require any sewing or hot glue. Last year I attempted using one to build my son's Care Bear costume, and of course, I burnt my hand.

So with some creativity (and the brainpower of my colleagues), we came up with these costumes that are both fun and practical, made with items that your children will be able to (and want to!) wear year around:


Turn a romper into a...

Oriane essential henley romperMeri Meri bear headdress

Grab a super soft romper, add a headdress to it and you've got a baby bear. The romper will come handy for the rest of the year as a quick outfit to go watch the leaves change or even a basic set of PJs. The headdress can be worn over and over again since it's adjustable with a strap.

Or an adorable... 

Oriane essential henley romperMeri Meri flower headdress

The same romper in pink + a shimmery headdress gives you an adorable flower.

Overalls can easily become...

The Simple Folk denim wide leg overallsBebe au Lait classic muslin bib setPineapple Sunshine polka dot headbandPineapple Sunshine polka dot bandanna bib

Women unite! These overalls + bandana bib will turn any little girl into a poster girl in seconds. The overalls are amazingly trendy and will be worn a lot by any of your kids. The bandana bib can be handed down to little siblings or cousins for when teeth are poking through and the drool is flowing.

Transform sweats and a sweater into a... 

All the Babies little sweat setMeri Meri peach sparkle bunny bonnet

A pair of adorable sweats and a knitted hat with bunny ears results in a ver cute and comfortable bunny. The sweats are super cozy and can be worn as a set or separately. The bunny ears can also be worn as a hat during cold days way past Halloween.

Overalls again FTW 🙌

Pineapple Sunshine navy knit dungaree overallsPlan Toys tool belt

Overalls + a set of toy tools and your little one is a mechanic. The overalls can be worn all year round with layers and the wooden toys (which you might already have laying around!) are a worthy add to any playroom.

Jeans and a t-shirt never looked so good 

mi cielo The Van shirtThe Simple Folk easy jeanFather's Factory 35MM Vintage Wooden Toy CameraFather's Factory wooden tripodFather's Factory leather strap

Grab a cool tee, comfy pants and a toy camera and you've got a photographer. The clothes can be worn whenever and the camera set has kept my toddler entertained for hours as he learns how to "take" photos of us.

A hoodie + mask turns into a... 

Cubcoats reversible masksCubcoats tomo tiger hoodie

This hoodie + mask is the easiest Halloween costume ever and keeps kids masked and safe if you decide to go out trick-or-treating. These are just an overall good investment regardless of Halloween, given the times we live in.

This knit set will give you the cutest... 

Hill House Home take me out on the town kit

This fancy knitted set will make any cute baby look like an even cuter bumble bee. If you're feeling crafty you could add some home-made wings or antennae!

Grab their coat and turn them into a... 

The Simple Folk Jua jacketPlan Toys detective kit

A coat + a detective toy set and someone will be running around the house looking for clues. The coat can be styled many ways for the fall and the toy set will make rainy afternoons fun at home.

For multiple kids... 

The Simple Folk boiler suitAll the Babies little sweat set

This is a great idea for a family costume since you'll have a Ghostbuster + some ghosts. All these clothes are easy to style year around, and if you have twins in your family how cute would it be to have two little ghosts running around the house?

Get creative! 

Oriane essential infant tie gown

These knotted gowns can be anything you can think of. Pick your favorite color and add accessories (or maybe even some face paint?) to make your newest addition part of the fun. Wear them at night once the fun is over—they're the easiest way to make nighttime changes a breeze.

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These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

1. Go apple picking.

Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

4. Have a touch-football game.

Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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