5 Tips (And Tricks) To Get You Through Halloween

  1. If a house is handing out beer or wine, it’s for the parents.  I’m lucky because I live in that kind of neighborhood.
  2. Take photos first! I cannot stress enough how much of a hot mess your children will turn into as the night goes on. 5:00PM = Happiness and Excitement  8:00PM = Craziness and Screaming for more candy.
  3. It’s not too late to buy a costume.  One year in college I bought a pumpkin trash bag, tore a hole in it for my head and voila!
  4. Go to the houses on hills. Children tend to avoid these homes so when you show up, I guarantee you’ll be showered with candy. We live in a house on a hill so you can trust me on this.
  5. After your kids go to sleep, hide their most delicious candy in your mouth. Really it’s for their own good.

And just in case you were wondering, here are some of my favorite Halloween items!

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Ask and you shall receive. I stalked Halloween goodness on Etsy just for you.

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Sometimes I take the life-size creepy clown with blinky eyes and move it around the house to freak Gary out. One time I tucked him in bed so his head was resting on Gary’s pillow. Heh.
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What are your favorite places to shop for Halloween?

Work. Work. Work. Sleep. Work. Coffee. Work. Eat. Work.

That’s a summary of my life these past few weeks. Not that I’m complaining but it sort of broke my heart when I was skyping with my son from the office last night and he said “come home soon mommy.” (I know, a real tearjerker, right?)
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Luckily, I found these adorable bow tie dog collars from Silly Buddy to turn my frown upside down. Seriously people. I. can’t. stand it. These are so cute, they could make even the stinkiest dog loveable (ahem Karma).
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Ooooops, that just reminded me. I don’t think I fed my this morning. Or the kids for that matter.

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Halloween is Coming. There I Said It.

Is it just me, or do you hate spending tons of money on Halloween costumes that literally get worn for one hour? Hello? Anyone? Just amuse me, please.

Sweet pea toad tots has pretty much come up with the best idea ever – costumes that can be worn over and over (or if you’re my son, over and over and over and over and over) again.

I bet your littles will love these so much they’ll want to wear them all winter. And if they don’t, just make them.

Are you kidding me Sweet pea toad tots? These are redunkulous.

And by the way, my son told me he wants to be a “Big Woody” for Halloween. Thank you Toy Story for providing endless hours of amusement for me.