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How To Boo Your Neighbors

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How To Boo Your Neighbors

Let me start by saying we have the best neighborhood.  Everyone is friendly, the kids all play outside together in what can best be described as the neighborhood gang.  It doesn't matter if you're 2 or 12, you're included in sidewalk chalk and late night bonfires. So it wasn't a surprise last October when the doorbell rang late one night and we walked outside to find a basket full of Halloween goodies on our porch with a note saying we'd been BOO'd.

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How To Boo Your Neighbors

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How To Boo Your Neighbors

Let me start by saying we have the best neighborhood.  Everyone is friendly, the kids all play outside together in what can best be described as the neighborhood gang.  It doesn't matter if you're 2 or 12, you're included in sidewalk chalk and late night bonfires. So it wasn't a surprise last October when the doorbell rang late one night and we walked outside to find a basket full of Halloween goodies on our porch with a note saying we'd been BOO'd.

boo square

The tradition continued again this year and it's the talk of the bus - who's been boo'd, who you want to boo, the kids get all excited and the adults do, too, because our BOO's include treats for everyone.

It's easy to start BOO'ing in your neighborhood.  Just print out two copies of each of the below printables and put together two baskets for two neighbors.  Here's a sample of what we did this year.  how to boo your neighborsOur BOO included two pumpkin beers for the parents, glow necklaces, a haunted house window cling, pop up spiders, spiky bouncy balls and slap bracelets.  We skipped candy since they will be getting a ton of that over the next few weeks.  Everything is from the Halloween section at Target and cost $1-$3.

Are you ready to start this fun Halloween tradition in your neighborhood?  Print 2 copies of each below (click the image to print) and get going!

 

Print 2 copies and include in your BOO basket.

boo directions

Print 2 copies and include in the BOO basket.

boo signHappy Halloween!

 

 

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A No Theme Halloween

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A No Theme Halloween

This is an interesting Halloween for our family.  As Madeline whined after all of the costume selections had been made, "But this is our first year without a theme!!!"  She's right!  Since she's been born, sibling costumes have had a theme- bee & flower, mermaid & crab, pony & unicorn, witch & bat, Wizard of Oz - but not this year. This year we are in three distinct age groups:  toddler, little kid and big kid.  The toddler is a monkey in honor of his fave, Curious George.  The little kid is a firefly with a real light up costume.  The big kid is a skeleton princess.chasing fireflies 15-10Will, in typical toddler fashion, wants nothing on his head but the soft monkey costume from Chasing Fireflies doesn't bother him too much.  The costume is easy and fast to get on and off with a zipper back and separate head piece.  chasing fireflies 15-12chasing fireflies 15-13Paired with brown Converse sneakers, this is the cutest monkey around! chasing fireflies 15-11 chasing fireflies 15-9 Madeline chose to be the Light-up Fantasy Firefly because the costume lights up.  I mean, she's 6 after all, it was pretty much a no brainer.

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Add in a sparkly gold and pink tiara, earrings, choker, gold shoes and the most amazing wings ever and you have every kindergartener's dream costume. chasing fireflies 15-7chasing fireflies 15-4 chasing fireflies 15-8Ellie had the best time taking pictures in her Skeleton Princess costume.  She nailed creepy!  While we were taking pictures, a few of her friends came over to see if she could play.  They went crazy over her costume.  Which made Ellie more excited.  Which made her faces and poses even creepier.chasing fireflies 15-1The entire costume from the skull crown to the glittery black ballet slippers is pretty cool.  But the best part are the skeleton bracelets.  It makes it look like real bones.  chasing fireflies 15-2See?  Creepy! chasing fireflies 15-3Besides the amazing costumes that Chasing Fireflies is known for, we also love that they give back.

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The adorable Trick or Treat for Unicef bags help two ways.  First, the profit of the sale of each bag is donated to Unicef.  The the 6" x 6" felt bag can be easily carried along with a traditional basket to collect donations for Unicef on Halloween.

So despite our lack of theme this year, everyone is thrilled with their costume choice so that means I'm happy.  I knew - somewhere deep down inside - that our perfectly themed Halloweens couldn't last forever.  But maybe they can make at least one more appearance before people start growing up and going off to college.  A mom can dream.

 

Thanks to Chasing Fireflies for providing costumes and accessories for this post.  As always, Chasing Fireflies goes above and beyond expectations but all opinions are honest and my own.  To take a trip down the Yellow Brick Road and see past Halloweens, see 2014 and 2013 from Chasing Fireflies.

 

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The Sugar Goblin

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The Sugar Goblin

The Sugar Goblin came into our lives at the perfect time.  Somehow, our middle child has a mouth full of cavities at age 6.  We have no idea why, my husband and I have great teeth as does her big sis.  But poor Madeline has spent more time in a dentist chair than any other kid I know. Halloween had been in the back of our minds.  Madeline, like any 6 year old, loves Trick-or-Treating and, of course, candy.  But we knew we couldn't let her just start going crazy with what was inside her orange plastic pumpkin.  Enter the Sugar Goblin! sugar goblin

This fun book and plush set has a cute little guy that comes along with a bright and colorful storybook that tells the tale of how the goblins ran out of candy and what they must do to get their candy stash back.

sugar goblin All three of our kids ages 8, 6, and 18 months were all in.

sugar goblin

They listened to every word of the story and then ran outside and whispered "Tricks for Treats" into the night to welcome a Sugar Goblin into our house.

sugar goblin

The premise of the book is that the Sugar Goblins need candy for their village.  If the children welcome a Sugar Goblin into their home, the Sugar Goblin will do silly tricks for the kids every night while they're asleep until Halloween.  After Trick or Treating is over, the kids will pick a few pieces of their favorite candy to keep and place the rest out for the Sugar Goblin to take back to their village.  To show appreciation, the Sugar Goblin will leave a gift in place of the candy.

sugar goblin

Our Sugar Goblin took a relaxing bubble bath made out of Cheerios on his first day.  Will loves the Sugar Goblin, so on day 2, he appeared in his room.

sugat goblin

Will, being 18 months, doesn't quite yet grasp the "no touch" concept of the Sugar Goblin, but his sisters were at school so we let it slide just this once.

sugar goblin

Our entire family is getting in on fun.  The kids are even speculating on what he might do next (which gives the Sugar Goblin some great ideas!).

There is no official day to welcome the Sugar Goblin into your home so you could do it on October 1st, the week before Halloween or even the night before depending on how many tricks the "goblin" has time to do.the sugar goblin

This is a fun tradition that I know our family will do for years to come.  I can see the big sisters "helping" as they get older.  You can learn more about The Sugar Goblin by visiting their website, liking on Facebook, following on Instagram and Twitter and get fun ideas on Pinterest.

 

Disclosure:  This post is part of a sponsored campaign for The Sugar Goblin. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.

 

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Scary kids Halloween costumes

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Scary kids Halloween costumes

When the Chasing Fireflies Halloween catalog hits our mailbox, my kids spend hours circling their favorite costumes. It takes them weeks to narrow down just one favorite Halloween costume. If they could have more than one costume for Halloween they would. As they get older they are have stronger opinions on what they want to dress up as. kids halloween costumes

kids halloween costumes

Dylan was adamant on being the Grim Reaper or what he refers to the "Grim Creeper". I had to warn him that he would not be able to wear his skull mask at school or bring the Scythe.

kids halloween costumes

 

kids halloween costumes

kids halloween costumes Mia likes to find a costume that will stand out from the rest at school. This comes from a few years ago when she choice a costume that everyone else was wearing at school. She also wanted to go dark with her costume this year and chose the Dark Queen. The costume is absolutely gorgeous. The velvet detail on the dress is beautiful.

kids halloween costumes

kids Halloween costumes

These may be Halloween costumes but in our house they are worn all year around. Mia and Dylan both enjoy dressing up in costumes. We always save our Halloween costumes for this purpose. Head over to Chasing Fireflies right now and receive 25% off and free shipping until 10/6.

All photos were taken by Paint The Sky Photography.

 

Disclosure: We were provided with costumes for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own. 

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