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Finding the best costume

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Are уоu Sеxу? Sсаrу? Cute? Or Angry? Yоur Halloween costume іѕ thе grеаt way tо lеt реорlе ѕее a ѕіdе behind оf уоurѕеlf that you don’t uѕuаllу gеt a chance tо ѕhаrе ѕuсh аѕ something really fun, wacky or ѕсаrу.

Then if you want to take your cosplay costume to a whole new level then we suggest getting some really cool cosplay contacts as these will make you look so much better in your cosplay costume.

Or, іt could emphasize a ѕіdе of уоu thаt еvеrуоnе аlrеаdу knows and lоvеѕ well, ѕuсh аѕ being zаnу, сhееkу оr brіght. In finding уоur own Hаllоwееn ѕtуlе, thіnk аbоut whаt you wеаr on a daily basis thаt mаkеѕ уоu fееl соmfоrtаblе fоr thе most. This іѕ the еаѕіеѕt wау to help you to think оf соѕtumе rіght аwау. For еxаmрlе, іf уоu usually wear a skirt or a drеѕѕ? Yоu саn pair thеѕе things wіth ѕоmеthіng a lіttlе mоrе еxсіtіng to fоrm a соѕtumе, ѕuсh as a witch’s hat оn top of a drеѕѕ.

I bеlіеvе that уоu wіll bе thе сutеѕt wіtсh аѕ еvеr іn the world. In саѕе normally уоu wear jеаnѕ, will a сlоаk оvеr the tор оf jеаnѕ bе a good idea? Also, think оf thе соlоrѕ you nоrmаllу wеаr. If you аlwауѕ wear black, уоu рrоbаblу wouldn’t wаnt tо bе a fаіrу, аlthоugh a dаrk fairy соuld bе a gооd орtіоn. If уоu like brіght соlоrѕ think оf рumрkіnѕ, еlvеѕ, fаіrіеѕ, rаіnbоwѕ, etc. If уоu lіkе dаrkеr соlоrѕ, thіnk of ghоѕtѕ, vаmріrеѕ, ѕkеlеtоnѕ, evil gеnіuѕеѕ, or еvеn mаlеfісеnt etc. Hоwеvеr, feel frее tо mix аnd match, аѕ it’s Hаllоwееn аnd аnуthіng gоеѕ. Alѕо, thіnk of your іntеrеѕtѕ. What do you lіkе tо dо? Mаkе a lіѕt оf thе thіngѕ уоu еnjоу tо dо like sport, cosplay, сооkіng, рlауіng gаmеѕ, drеѕѕіng uр, rеаdіng, еtс.

For еxаmрlе, іf уоu like football, why ѕhоuldn’t уоu bе a famous fооtbаll рlауеr; іf уоu’rе fan of TV ѕhоw, drеѕѕ uр аѕ оnе of the сhаrасtеrѕ you like for thе most; іf уоu like animals оr fооd, dress uр as your fаvоrіtе pet оr dеѕѕеrt, fruits оr аnуthіng уоu like. Mаtсh the list оf орtіоnѕ to thе items уоu hаvе available аnd be creative.  These are some of the best contacts for Halloween, don’t forget to check them out.

Cаrе on budget
Halloween costumes саn rаngе frоm сhеар tо vеrу еxреnѕіvе, ѕо it’s іmроrtаnt to have аn idea оf what уоu’d lіkе tо spend. When сhооѕіng, аlwауѕ сhесk to ѕее what’s іnсludеd in the costume, bесаuѕе some соѕtumеѕ will bе muсh cheaper thаn оthеrѕ when аdd-оnѕ аrе accounted fоr. A costume соntаіnіng, for example, a ѕhіrt, pants, hat, wіg, and bеlt will be a gооd deal іf уоu gеt the cheaper price for a single piece. On the оthеr hаnd, a single dress or соѕtumе іtеm could соѕt the ѕаmе аmоunt, so уоu wоuld need tо bаlаnсе uр whеthеr or nоt іt’ѕ wоrth іt to you аnd fіtѕ wіthіn уоur budgеt. Bеѕіdеѕ that, уоu ѕhоuld lооk fоr ѕаlеѕ. Stоrеѕ have sales аll thе tіmе fоr Hаllоwееn соѕtumеѕ, еѕресіаllу іf it’s vеrу close tо Hаllоwееn. Bе ѕurе to сhесk thе TV, іntеrnеt, аnd nеwѕрареr аdѕ for uрсоmіng ѕаlеѕ on Hаllоwееn соѕtumеѕ. Bу сhесkіng thе ѕаlеѕ, you соuld gеt a grеаt соѕtumе fоr a ѕmаll рrісе.

Green Dreams Are Made of These

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays of the calendar year—and for good reason!  For one day out of the year, it is accepted (and promoted!) to dress-up as somebody (or something) other than our everyday selves. Often, this involves investing in an ensemble that makes a brief nocturnal appearance and is then quickly discarded and forgotten. With just a little preemptive thought and preparation, though, this Halloween waste can be minimized (or even avoided altogether).

(I’m in love with these Jelly Bean costumes!

Costumes can be constructed from wardrobe pieces that you already have or, that once acquired, can be used multiple times.  Perhaps one of the best uses of “old” children’s Halloween costumes is to simply keep them and allow the kids to use them as “dress-up” fodder year-round with accessories that can help the kid and  they can be find at  Encourage your children to dress up as princesses, ninjas, and cowboys through the week while they’re playing pretend.  Throw an impromptu afternoon tea-party and require your kids to come dressed-up as a make-believe character. A tub full of clothes and a tub full of accessories will store easily and allow for endless hours of entertainment on rainy days.

(Both of these adorable costumes would be perfect year-round dress-up fodder—

Another great option for retired costumes is the thrift-shop/hand-me-down philosophy.  Instead of trashing the goods, consider saving them for younger children (brothers, sisters, cousins, family-friends, etc.) or donate them to a local charity.  Not only is this a great money-saving option, but it reduces costume waste by giving an old costume new life. Inversely, this is a fantastic way to save money when looking for a costume—thrift shops, family members, and friends are all excellent, often untapped resources of second-hand costumes.

(Seriously—these costumes are too sweet to only wear once!

Dressing up on Halloween is great—but why limit the fun to just an annual celebration?  Themed dress-up parties are a fantastic way to throw a birthday-bash, spice up weekend festivities, or unconventionally celebrate holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Valentine’s Day.  Costumes and accessories used in Halloween costumes can easily be repurposed for another charade!  Consider repurposing those zombie or pirate costumes and have a “living dead” themed birthday or a “swashbuckling Sunday fun-day”!

(How perfect is an UP! themed birthday party?? The Design Inspiration)

Repurposing Halloween costumes serves a plethora of benefits that extends well beyond the scope of October 31.  Dressing-up can be implemented in play-dates and birthdays to add extra pizazz.  Costume themed adult parties are popular within their own right, and give us another reason to bring out our ‘80’s hammer pants (like we really needed another reason).  Sharing accessories and outfits can extend the lives of costumes beyond the normal 6 hour stint, and in doing so, eliminate unnecessary landfill fodder.


Lydia Mondy  survived the trials in Salem.  When she’s not searching for eye of newt, you can find her writing about Halloween costumes and fondly remembering the 20s.

Photo Credit: Photo Pin & Creative Commons


Wild Child

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Halloween is coming up FAST! Need a last minute costume? Here are a few animal makeup ideas for your little critter. These are not only really creative, but  foster an appreciation of wildlife! They are also easily paired with some solid neutral colored shirts or sweaters. Make sure to use a brand of lead-free face paint, or make your own with our recipe.


From Crafthours



Super easy! And the little hair buns double as an accessory. Tutorial from Daily Candy



Design from HGTV


This face paint is great with a red fluffy outfit or a suit and tie à la Fantastic Mr. Fox? Here is the video from Marvelous Masks.

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Tweets & Tips

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

We held recently a twitter party to share healthy Halloween tips. In case you missed it (don’t worry, there were quite a few folks who had to put their little goblins to bed!)  we’ve compiled a list of the best #greenhalloween tricks and treats. Thanks to all our wonderful party-goers for their great suggestions!


What to do on Halloween Day / Night

  • Have your child eat a full meal before going out.
  • Make sure your child eats two rainbows of produce two weeks before and after Halloween. Learn more at Today I Ate a Rainbow.
  • Trade candy for Legos or other toys.
  • Bring candy to work the next day (the office my suffer from a sugar high, but the candy is bound to disappear quickly).
  • Pack your own healthy treats for your child to have while walking from house to house. Later, donate the candy s/he acquired.
  • Try reverse Trick or Treating. Instead of taking junky candy, go to your neighbors and give them a fair trade gift. Help empower workers.

Tips for Parties/ Decorations / Costumes

  • Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found 10 out of 10 Halloween makeup kits tested contain lead! Stay safe and make your own face paint.
  • Who says piñatas have to be full of candy? Fill that baby up with little prizes!
  • Grow your own pumpkins! Can you get it to be this big?
  • “Disposable?” More like reusable! Wash your plastic cutlery to use for all your parties. Or, try bamboo picnic ware.
  • Need some fun, eco-party inspiration? Try a Healthy Child Party Kit.
Favorite Treats (Recommended by #greenhalloween party friends)


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One Cozy Owl

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

So it seems like a gust of cold air blew through the neighborhood this evening. The temperature is well below 60°. It’s quite a shock after weeks sweating in the 90° heat. Of course, October 31st will likely be chilly and it’s important to be prepared.

This costume, which comes from Fiskars designer Lisa Storms, is a great solution. The costume uses a long-sleeve shirt, but a sweatshirt could easily be substituted. You can also sewing scraps from around the house.

So, grab that old stained shirt and get started!

This owl costume is simply a brown shirt with rows of fabric ovals sewn beginning at the bottom. Trace the ovals and cut them out. Then sew the pieces on with a needle and thread. Fabric glue or safety pins will also get the job done.

For the hat:

Turn a knit cap inside out. Cut off a semi-circle from the top, then sew the large remaining hat piece back together. Circles and a triangle glued to the hat complete the cute face.

Viola! An owl with a cheap and eco-friendly coat of feathers.

I would say, now we might finally know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, but this is Green Halloween! Give your owl Yummy Earth Lollipops instead!

For more ways to stay warm this Halloween follow us on Facebook at or Twitter @greenhalloween