Families with Style: Celebrate Halloween

Halloween's not just for kids '- but sometimes, amidst the costumes and trick-or-treat prep, it's easy for Mom to miss out on the fun part!

We asked our family style maven, Liz Lange, about her favorite ways to make Halloween easy on Mom and frightfully fun for the whole family.

As a mom, do you look to Halloween with delight or dread?
It's an opportunity! Once you become a mom, you realize that if your kids are happy, you're happy. And Halloween is something kids love so much '- it's always a fun thing to celebrate in my home.

When do you start thinking about costumes?
About a month before. There's sort of a timeline leading up to Halloween. The kids have specific ideas about what they want to be, or, if they're too young to know, you have specific ideas. Either way, you need to think about the costume four to six weeks ahead in order to avoid disappointment. As a working mom, I like to buy online. I just Google the phrase "child costume" along with the name of whatever character my child wants to be. You'll find a million different sites '- and that makes it very easy.

What's the most important thing to consider when selecting a costume '- and is there anything Mom should avoid at all costs?
It's a kid's holiday and I like my kids to dress up in what they want to be. But I always explain to them that everything they see in the catalog photo doesn't always come with the costume '- like the shoes. And some costumes look great in the photo and turn out to be very uncomfortable. Remember that Halloween is in October, and it might still be pretty warm. So think twice about that huge, furry, purple, itchy, hot monster suit!


How much input should the kids have '- and what do you do if you hate your child's choice?
Try not to give them all the choices in the world. It helps if I preselect. I'll pick out a few things, and let them choose from that list. That will avoid the fight!

And what do you wear on trick-or-treat night?
I'm not one of those moms who like to get dressed up. It's a kids' holiday, so I just wear what's comfy for me. And I know that eventually I'll end up carrying a lot of stuff '- from their candy bags to the parts of their costume they've grown tired of wearing. So all I need are comfy, simple, flat shoes.

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