Halloween – Creative Costumes, Safety Tips, and Give-aways

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Black Cat Martini – image courtesy of HINT Essence Water

Tune in to see Amy live with FOX DC’s Holly Morris this Friday October 30th (live morning interviews at 7:40, 8:40, and 9:40). I’ll post the segment Friday with additional Halloween treats, tips and links. Plus, read through to the end of this post, and you can win a FREE cell phone or DVD.

I was looking for a spirited visual for this year’s Halloween post (beyond of course the Black Cat Martini above!), and without going to the dogs, here it is…

Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens, there are lots of free pumpkin carving stencils you can download.

Here are some Business of Motherhood “treats” to get your little goblins ready for Halloween. I want to cover several subjects with quick tips and helpful links on each.

COSTUMES – QUICK AND EASY:

As adults, if we were sprinting from house to house (in the dark nonetheless), we wouldn’t be thinking of putting on our party best. But for kids, this is the ultimate show and tell all year! It doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg – here are some quick tips on creative ideas that you can pull together without an art degree at home:

1. Recycle last year’s costume with a creative twist, a new hat or face painting.

2. Consider “hand me down” costumes that older siblings wore.

3. Barter with a friend or neighbor. Get a bunch of moms together and trade costumes.

4. Simplify – A cute mask which is the most visible part of the costume anyhow is a great costume.

5. Check out seasonal kiosks or Halloween stores. One, Spirit Halloween, predicts a spike in the following types of costumes: vampires (especially Twilight stars), Transformers, famous (Michael Jackson) and infamous icons (Bernie Madoff). Click here to find a store near you.

6. Online gems – there are some great do-it-yourself ideas online – here are some of my faves:

Real Simple – I’m inspired by their adorable play on words such as Pig in a Blanket, Fallen Angel, and more!

About.com – Great “recipes” to become an Artist or Babe Magnet

I’m saving some of my favorites to show you this Friday on FOX News – tune in to see more!

SAFETY FIRST:

Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, kids are likely to be out later in the dark, and drinking and driving with kids sprinting around neighborhoods is unfortunately a concern. Here are some safety tips:

• Consider loaning your child a cell phone if he/she doesn’t own one to stay in touch. Note – we’re giving one away this year – see the end of this post for details!
Review & reinforce safety rules with your children. Most important, be cautious when crossing the street or driveways. Ask them to wait to eat treats until they get home to avoid choking hazards and to give you a chance to go through the bag first to pull out any potential hazards.
Get your flashlights in order. Pull them out, and replace batteries.
Glow necklaces are a great way to add some fun to your kids’ costumes and give you a way to quickly spot them as you’re following along.
Make sure your driveway/walkways are safe and well lit for lots of foot traffic. Replace outdoor lights if necessary.
I.D. young kids. I love this idea – Safety Tat produces temporary safety tattoos to, as they say, “determine which witch is which.” SafetyTat founder, Michele Welsh, mother of three, recommends you write your cell phone number on the tattoo and apply to your child’s arm or hand. You can customize the tattoos and store for future trips to amusement parks or school field trips. For Halloween, which is soon, visit the company’s website to find retailers near you. Some products are also available at AAA Travel stores.

—> SafetyTat has some great Halloween safety tips on their website.

I’ll share a few here:

• Only visit well-lit houses and remain outside rather than entering the house.
• If possible, wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame retardant. [Editor’s note: They also recommend you apply reflective tape to the Halloween candy bag.]
• Don’t wear masks that obstruct your vision. Try to use face paint.

—> For more safety tips, there’s a great list on the CDC website.
They recommend that kids avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

FOOD, GLORIOUS…CANDY!

Healthy eating and Halloween may seem like an oxymoron, but here are some good tips from New York Dr. Margaret Lewin, Medical Director of Cinergy Health

As an alternative to candy, she recommends you buy healthy mini-packs of

o Raisins or dried fruit
o Sugar-free hot chocolate mix
o Sugar-free gum

For handouts, she suggests you consider non-edible treats such as

o Stick-on temporary tattoos
o Mini bottles of bubble bath or blow bubbles
o Sidewalk chalk

MORE FOOD FUN

Disney FamilyFun magazine has lots of Halloween costume, craft, and edible ideas.

I’ll share a few of my favorites here – with more on Friday:

disney fam funEdible Eyeballs

Edible Eyeballs
Set out a platter of these creepy peepers. Slice carrots into 1-inch-thick chunks, top each with a blob of cream cheese and one half of a pitted black olive.

dis fam fun_bones

Salty Bones
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a skeleton—in this case, one that’s been disassembled into a pile of tasty bones to pick. Unroll a tube of refrigerated bread sticks (we used an 11-ounce tube to make 12 bones), and separate the rectangular pieces. One by one, stretch the dough to lengthen it a bit and use kitchen scissors or a knife to cut a 1-inch slit in the center of each end. Shape the resulting four flaps of dough into knobs that look like the ends of a bone. Place the “bones” on an ungreased baking sheet, spacing them a few inches apart, and sprinkle on a little coarse salt. Bake the bones at 375° until they are light golden brown, about 12 minutes.

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Melon Brain
Created from a small, round seedless watermelon, this spooky cerebral creation is bound to turn heads. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the entire green rind, exposing the inner white rind. Slice off the bottom of the melon to make a flat base that will keep it from rolling. With a toothpick, outline squiggly furrows that resemble the folded surface of a brain. Finally, carve narrow channels along the tracings with a sharp paring knife (a parent’s job) to expose the pink fruit beneath the rind.

And, a drink to go along with that! Compliments of HINT Essence Water, here are some Halloween-themed cocktails:

blackcatmartini
Black Cat Martini
1 ½ oz. Blackberry HINT Essence Water
2 oz. Blavod Black Vodka
½ oz. Chambord
2 Blackberries, garnish

Wicked Witch’s Watermelon
1 ½ Watermelon HINT Essence Water
2 oz. Watermelon Vodka
1 Splash Lime Juice
1 Watermelon Slice, garnish

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WIN A PHONE

Boost Mobile is providing a FREE Motorola Clutch i465 ($220 value). Simply “Leave a comment” at the top of this post with your favorite Halloween safety tip for our readers. The best tip will win the phone! U.S. residents only. Contest ends 11/3/09. Ideas may be published or aired by The Business of Motherhood.

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WOW! WOW! WIN A DVD

To celebrate Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Wubbzy Goes Boo!, we’re having a costume idea contest! Simple “Leave a comment” at the top of this post with your most creative costume ideas (that can be EASILY home made!), and you could win the all-new 70 minute Halloween DVD . U.S. residents only. Contest ends 11/3/09. Ideas may be published or aired by The Business of Motherhood.

Wubbzy Goes Boo! includes singing, dancing, trick or treating and kickity-kick ball, plus plenty of positive values like creativity, patience and responsibility.

FREE YOGURT:

We posted this last year, and I think it bears repeating! YoCrunch will send you FREE yogurt coupons when you mail in candy wrappers. Here’s the scoop:

For up to two weeks following Halloween, parents can send any candy wrappers which their kids have earned trick or treating (limit one submission per household) to YoCrunch and be rewarded with a coupon good for any YoCrunch product. Mail your wrapper to:

Shaina Zalma
YoCrunch
9507 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it! Feel free to share it with your Mommy friends, and Happy Halloween!

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6 Comments to Halloween – Creative Costumes, Safety Tips, and Give-aways

  1. by Dena

    On October 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    We always tell kids no eating candy until after mom or dad inspects it….this year in addition to the inspection, give all of the candy a quick wipe with an antibacterial towelette. It’s easy to pass H1N1 and other germs on the outside of the packages and this will ensure a delicious and healthy Halloween!

  2. by Karen

    On October 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    It’s important to walk in small groups and and make sure you have a buddy system. Do not ever go into anyone’s home even if ask to come in. Stay outside at the front door. Be sure to thank the poeple and move out of the doorway so others can get to the door.

  3. by Cheryl

    On October 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Make sure that your kids have some light reflective material on their costumes. I like to have kids the kids wear glo necklaces. You could also use small reflective buttons. I found blinky buttons at an area party store. For older kids, make sure they have flashlights. It’s also a good idea to make sure they have a cell phone for the night.

  4. by Liz

    On October 31, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I love the idea of the Safety Tat for kids young enough not to know their parents phone number – never had heard of this before – so thanks for sharing!!
    Make sure your children know before they go out – not to eat anything that isn’t wrapped and it really is best to wait to get home and give a parent a chance to look through the items before eating anything you get Trick or Treating. This could be hard for most kids who want to start eating their candy right away – so perhaps make it into a game to see how much candy they can get – they can count it up when they get home – maybe it will help them resist the urge to be snacking during the Trick or Treating!
    Have FUN!!

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