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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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The one thing your family needs to practice gratitude

And a tradition you'll want to keep for years.

Gracious Gobbler

I think I can speak for well, basically everyone on planet earth when I say things have been a bit stressful lately. Juggling virtual school, work and the weight of worry about all the things, it's increasingly difficult to take even a moment to be grateful and positive these days. It's far easier to fall into a grump cycle, nagging my kids for all the things they didn't do (after being asked nine times), snapping at their bickering and never really acknowledging the good stuff.

But the truth is, gratitude and appreciation is the kind of medicine we need now more than ever—and not just because the season is upon us. For one thing, practicing gratitude is a scientifically proven way to boost our happiness, health and relationships. More importantly, we need to ensure we're cultivating it in our children even when things are challenging. Especially when things are challenging.

I'm ready to crank the thankfulness up a few dozen notches and reboot our family's gratitude game so we can usher out 2020 on a fresh note. So, I've called in some reinforcements.

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