Take it from an ex-face painter: Face painting doesn’t have to be hard for you — or on your kid. The first rule of Face Paint Club is to avoid using the crummy cheap face paints that are sometimes sold at grocery stores — they tend to be coated in chemicals and are sometimes expired too. It’s important to buy quality face paints for kids, which you can probably get at your local craft store. I’m a big fan of Snazaroo face paints, which are non-toxic, washable, paraben- and fragrance-free, and made for sensitive skin. You can order that brand on...Read More
When my kids were small I somehow had the time to make their costumes by hand — things like princess dresses, a lion, and one amazing Nacho Libre costume. However, last year I literally pulled together a costume for my oldest in about 5 minutes before our friends came over to trick-or-treat with us. And his Halloween was just as awesome as ever. So, whether you’re the DIY master who’s gotten too busy this month to make something from scratch, or you have a kid who can’t make up his mind about his costume and now you need something stat,...Read More
For years, I’ve had tons of fun using plain pajama sets — like the ones you can find at Primary or Hanna Andersson — as the base for my kids’ Halloween costumes. With some head-to-toe monochromatic pajamas, all I’ve had to do is add some detail — a DIY that’s easy enough for me to pull off even with a busy schedule. I’ve cut strips of white duct tape to turn a basic black pajama set into a skeleton, and I’ve glued green triangles down the back of a red pair of pajamas to make a dragon. What I love most about kids’ Halloween costumes made with pajamas...Read More
This week on Spawned, we are laughing so hard (truly, like, mascara-running laughing) discussing the craziest sexy costumes we’ve seen. Plus, more Halloween fun. Click right here to hear Kristen ranking these best of the worst ideas for “sexy” Halloween costumes from 1-10. (Seriously, who came up with a sexy Freddy Krueger?) Or, catch to Spawned with Kristen + Liz on iTunes through your podcast app and even binge on past episodes you might have missed. Thanks for listening! The best of the worst “sexy” Halloween costumes Sexy Pac-Man Costume Sexy Crayola Crayon Costume Sexy Big Bird Costume Sexy Chinese Take-Out Container Costume Sexy Freddy Krueger Costume Sexy Cowardly Lion Costume Sexy...Read More
Putting together these ideas for easy Halloween costumes for babies, all featuring clothes and accessories they can wear again, wasn’t just fun — it was very personal. I know I’m not the only parent who doesn’t look forward to spending a lot of time or money on a Halloween costume that will be worn once. (Looking at you, overpriced pea-in-a-pod costume that my first baby wore for a grand total of 45 minutes.) In fact, last year, I realized that every item in my then 8-year-old daughter’s dream costume (Gwen from Total Drama in case you’re wondering) was something she wore again. I may...Read More
I have no problems with princesses and more traditional Halloween costumes for my daughter, but I admit I do have a bit of a bias toward strong girl Halloween costumes. So when my daughter told me she wants to dress up as a Greek goddess this year, I definitely felt a twinge of pride. Not only because she loves the classics, but because she recognizes that women can be strong and powerful, something I am more than happy to help her celebrate this Halloween — or any other day of the year. And hey, maybe next year she’ll be a kitty cat. And that will...Read More
Some kids are just not down with full-body Halloween costumes. If you’ve ever tried to wrestle a screaming baby into that adorable plush monkey onesie and ended up covered in bodily fluids, you know just what I mean. Luckily, these adorable Halloween boots for kids help put a little BOO into your day without masks, sticky zippers, or strangers leaning terrifyingly close to ask, “Who’s a cute little doggy?” Bonus: They’re well made and will look fantastic all season long. The Little Creatures line from Emu includes shoes, boots, and booties made of premium suede and Australian Merino wool, which means they...Read More
I love that it’s become par for the course these days to raise our girls with the knowledge that they can do whatever they want and be whomever they aspire to be — astronaut, organic farmer, singer, plumber, President. And we’re all hoping they use their undeniable powers for good, which, if you think about it, is kind of the essence of a superhero. So, in honor of National Superhero Day (yes, that’s a real thing!), we’ve rounded up some of our favorite superhero gifts for girls who can do, well, anything. (Top image: superhero capes from Lovelane) From dolls and capes to books and artwork, I think these are some wonderful gifts that...Read More
Even though Halloween is long over, my kids are still running around in costumes most days, as they’ll continue to do. It’s fun to see the stories they come up with when they dig through our dress-up box — like when Cruella deVille and an astronaut went to a French bakery to have croissants. It happens, you guys. This is why I think so many families with creative, imaginative kids will appreciate the old-school fun meets high-tech fun of Props in a Box. I will say right off the bat that these are definitely splurgey gifts for kids, bu tthey are incredibly thoughtful and really innovative....Read More
The team at Cool Mom Picks always makes fun of me because of my strange aversion to nail art. (Seriously, do you see any nail art on our Pinterest boards? Exactly.) The way some people hate feet, I’m a little weird about close-up photos of nails. And yet I’ve finally come around — something I never thought I’d do — if only because I can’t stop laughing at the awesome assortment of pop culture nail decals from our friends at indie shop Shana Logic, illustrated by That Jane Designs. When I was a kid, I never in a million years thought there would...Read More
Our ultimate last-minute Halloween help guide: Fun costumes, delicious treats, free printables and crafts, pumpkin decorating ideas and more!
Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and probably yours too, if you’re one of those people pinning Halloween costume ideas and treat recipes back in July. (You know who you are!) But you know, best intentions and all. And hey, we’re all busy parents! So if you need some last minute inspiration for Halloween costumes, treats for an upcoming party, printables and Halloween crafts to keep the kids busy, even apps to bring a techy element to the fun, we’ve got you covered! And hey, whether you’re going the DIY route or the Target-help-me-quickly path, it’s all good. All...Read More
Unicorn horn headbands for Halloween or everyday. Because being a magical, mythological creature never goes out of style.
When these adorable unicorn horn headbands landed in my inbox over the weekend, I immediately forwarded it to Liz and said “Cool, right?!” which is why you’re seeing them right now. If you’ve got an indecisive little one in your house, or hey, want a little quick and easy Halloween something for yourself, hurry up and order one of these. The handmade unicorn horns from BrooklynOwl.com are actually something my kids would wear all year long because really, winter, spring, summer, or fall, they’re all-season creatures. Ha. Related: 9 really creative, last-minute Halloween costumes for kids you can DIY They...Read More
A ton of empowering Halloween costume ideas for women and girls. In other words, no sexy cop, sexy nurse, or sexy serial killer.
I knew the whole sexy Halloween costumes for women thing had jumped the shark (the sexy shark?) when I saw a sexy Freddy Krueger costume in our local costume shop. Not even kidding; we talked about it on a recent episode of Spawned. So if you — or your girls — are still trying to figure out a costume to wear on Halloween that doesn’t require a bustier, you may be as thrilled as I was to discover Take Back Halloween, a site to inspire women with costumes that honors their heroines or heritage. a very clever site with the subhead, for...Read More
I like to think of Halloween as an equal opportunity holiday; you don’t actually need to be a crafting maven to come up with the best costume. Even procrastinators can throw together last-minute Halloween costumes using (mostly) everyday items around your house, and the results can be equally funny, clever, or scary as any other. All it takes is a good idea, and as I discovered while putting together this collection of 9 last-minute costumes for kids, there’s no shortage of fun and original ideas out there to inspire you this Halloween. Of course there’s always a ghost under a white sheet. But I like these...Read More
17 cool DIY Star Wars costumes for kids that you can make, from Han and Leia, to baby Ewoks, to the droids you’re looking for.
If your kids are begging to be a Star Wars character this Halloween–or if you are just dying to turn your baby into Yoda for their first trick-or-treating–we’ve rounded up an entire galaxy of DIY Star Wars costumes that cover a variety of characters and ages. From the not-too-difficult, to the Whoa, you made that?, I think your young Padawan, Leia, or Droid will be thrilled with any of these out-of-this-world Star Wars costumes that you can totally pull together yourself, thanks to some incredibly crafty — and dedicated — parents. Related: More than 40 of the coolest Star Wars party ideas for...Read More
14 wildly cool, creative sibling Halloween costumes to inspire you beyond superheroes and princesses.
It may not be fair — or the best system — but I admit I give out a little more candy to the kids who come to my door in creative and clever themed Halloween costumes. And when they’re cool sibling Halloween costumes that work together, well I kind of want to toss in some extra Reese’s just for the parents who took the time to get it together. Since my kids haven’t decided what to be yet, I’ve been doing some searching (and by some, I mean hours and hours) for the coolest, smartest sibling Halloween costumes around, and coming...Read More
If you aren’t familiar with CHARM IT, the wildly popular charm bracelet brand for girls, then you haven’t ever browsed at the black hole of impulse purchase crack by the register at your favorite kids’ boutique. Well now there’s a fun, albeit temporary way to get your kids in on the action with Tattly’s CHARM IT Temporary Tattoo Party Set. My own girls first discovered it when they were lured over to the booth at the NY NOW gift fair last month for a sample. Instant hit. Are you surprised? Related: Metallic temporary tattoo jewelry, new from Tattly The premise is the...Read More
Cool handmade Halloween costumes for kids that can be worn long after Halloween. Like everyday if you’re our kids.
We’ve been huge fans of designer Courtney Chu of Courtney Courtney since she launched her fabulous dresses maaaaany years ago, but these handmade Halloween costumes for kids might just take the cake. Courtney brilliantly upcycles t-shirts into dresses our own girls have loved and worn for a very long time. They’re stylish, comfortable, and wow, do they last. And now just in time for Halloween, she’s got these fantastic Halloween-inspired dresses, along with ideas on how to make them actual costumes. So smart! It’s hard to pick a favorite but I’m partial to Animal from The Muppets, which ironically is exactly what...Read More
Avast, me hearties, it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day. And since this esteemed annual holiday falls on a Saturday this year, our kids can plunder the living room and giggle about the “poop deck” all day long without getting in trouble in the classroom. To get you and your little buccaneers in the mood, we’ve rounded up ten great pirate gifts for kids that we love. Flatout Frankie’s Stack Up Pirates come together to make a fun plaything or bit of room decor for your pirate lover. Made of 100% recyclable cardboard, these two pirates are also a bit of a...Read More
Once again, Martha Stewart has announced her American Made competition finalists and I always love supporting them. It’s such a great platform for smaller, indie makers to get more exposure, especially those producing wonderful products right here in the U.S. There are pages of 2015 finalists you guys! If you need a little help knowing where to start, here just a few (very few) of the dozens and dozens finalists who stood out to me in the categories of crafts, design, food and style. I’m sure I missed plenty more that I adore. In fact, let me know in comments if you have a favorite...Read More