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Halloween Fun for Baby

My first child was one month old when Halloween arrived. I remember dressing her up like a pumpkin and keeping her with me when I handed out candy to the neighbors’ children.

My son is the youngest child of 5 and we dress him up so he can enjoy the festivities with his sisters who canvas the neighborhood for goodies. While we are out, a neighbor hands out the candy to children who come to visit our house.

Whether your baby is accompanying you and your older children around the neighborhood on Halloween night, or whether she is staying home with you while you hand out candy to the neighbor children, you should start planning her costume now. It does seem a little bit early to be planning for end of October festivities, but I’ve found that Halloween costumes go quickly. For the best selection, it’s important to shop early.

If you are looking for frugal costume ideas, you can do a search online for ideas that are easy and inexpensive to do. If you can sew, or know someone who does sew, it is fun to look through the costume patterns at the local fabric store.

I have bought several costumes for my children online through different auction sites. If you are thinking about this option, now is the perfect time to start bidding on costumes. Remember that you must allow time for the costume to be shipped once you win the auction. Also, it might take a few tries to win an auction!

I have also found gently used costumes for sale at some of the local thrift shops. Again, it is best to shop early for the best selection.

While you are deciding on this year’s costume, remember to plan ahead for next year. Costumes are incredibly inexpensive after Halloween! It would be wise to purchase next year’s costume at that time. If you decide to purchase a costume for next year during the clearance sales, remember to buy a size or two bigger than your child wore this past year.

My “little pumpkin” is now 15 years old. Believe it or not, I saved her first Halloween costume and it became a tradition for each child to dress up in that costume for their first Halloween. I have to admit though, when, I pulled the costume out for my son’s first Halloween last year, it looked worn.

We decided to start a new first year Halloween tradition. In keeping with this new tradition, my son dressed up as Batman and the dog went as Robin.

Good bye pumpkin, hello super hero and super sidekick!

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