With October upon us, I thought it would be nice to have some fun. For those who celebrate Halloween:

What are your costume plans for your children? What do they want to be this year? Do you usually make or buy costumes?
Any special traditions for taking them out?

For those who don't celebrate Halloween, any other fall traditions?

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asked 07 Oct '09, 23:51

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We don't celebrate halloween in Argentina...

(08 Oct '09, 00:19) JJJ

Any other fall traditions? (I guess for you it's actually Spring isn't it?)

(08 Oct '09, 00:42) Tammy ♦♦

Yup... so nothing this time of the year... we actually only celebrate christmas (although not bound to religion) and new year

(08 Oct '09, 00:49) JJJ

(actually there are more holidays but limited to people following a religion, I was referring to "country wide celebrations"... Halloween is also country-wide in the us, isn't it?

(08 Oct '09, 00:54) JJJ

We are from Canada, but yes, Halloween is country-wide. However, there are people of varying religions in both Canada and US that do not celebrate Halloween.

(08 Oct '09, 01:21) Tammy ♦♦

@Juan - Does Argentina do Mardi Gras/Carnival? The "fancy dress" bit is kind of like halloween without the emphasis on scary stuff.

(08 Oct '09, 16:20) Rob Allen
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For Halloween we get the kids what ever costume they want with the rule we do Halloween for fun not to scare people. Then we go to our church Fall festival It is always a lot of fun and since that is not on Halloween then on the day we take them to the mall for some candy.

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answered 08 Oct '09, 03:23

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This year we are going to a local Christian college function where one of the dorm buildings has a whole event for the community. We went last year and it is a nice safe place to go. It is nice not to worry about safety on a night like that. I bought my son a monkey costume from Old Navy . . . it is so cute. I can't wait to try it on him! A few other things we do this time of year is go apple picking and go to a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin out! Should be fun!

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answered 08 Oct '09, 00:02

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We plan on going to the pumpkin patch this weekend. It will be her first time, can't wait.

(08 Oct '09, 00:10) Tammy ♦♦

I'm making both costumes this year. My 4 year old daughter decided she wants to be Cinderella. And my 1 year old son is going to be a monkey. We'll be going to my in-laws house to do our trick-or-treating since the street we live on isn't very safe and their street is one of the two best streets in town for candy.

Also, there is a nearby farm that is having a largest pumpkin contest. This Saturday they will take the largest pumpkin, hoist it up with a multi-story crane, then let it drop. It's fun to watch it disintegrate on impact. :P

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answered 08 Oct '09, 02:34

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I belong to a Mom's group and we are going to the pumpkin farm next week to pick out a pumpkin, pick apples, and go through the corn maze. Also, our local mall, is having an event on Halloween. I think they get to trick or treat at the mall and have other activities for the children. I just have a pumpkin t-shirt and brown pants, I figured she is only 10 months old, she does not need to have a big costume.

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answered 08 Oct '09, 04:48

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I had a lot of fun making my daughter's costume last year ESPECIALLY because I didn't think she would actually wear a "regular" costume. I made her costume fit like regular clothes so that she woudln't feel uncomfortable and want to take it off. When we left the Halloween costume party last year she was the only one still wearing her costume. She was a penguine (black dress with black feather boa attached and white cloth sewn on for the tummy, black tights, shoes & sweater with feathers in her pigtails. We haven't totally decided what she will be this year, probably a fairy because she already has dress up fairy wings.

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Last year we attend a carnival at a big local church because they have lots of fun games for children of all ages, we'll probably do that again this year as well.

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answered 08 Oct '09, 07:03

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I love it. How sweet!

(09 Oct '09, 22:07) Tammy ♦♦

Woody & Jesse from Toy Story & the baby will be a dinosaur!

Every year we go trick-or-treating at Boo at the zoo a few days before Halloween. Then whenever our town has trick-or-treating we do that also.

A few weeks before Halloween (this weekend) we go to a pumpkin patch and pick our pumpkins then come home and carve them!

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answered 08 Oct '09, 10:28

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For the Halloween party at pre-school last year we sewed skeleton bones onto her black t-shirt and black tracksuit bottoms. Overall effect was great, didn't cost anything and was easy to prepare. When the party was over we just ripped of the paper bones from clothes.

Happy Halloween :)

Skull Template Hip bone Ribs Bones ( We printed the bones page twice )

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answered 08 Oct '09, 21:06

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My son was so little that we didn't think he would do well in a typical costume. We found some cute acessories for a monster/dinosaur at Gymboree. You can't see his shirt from this picture, but it said "little monster."

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answered 09 Oct '09, 06:13

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What a cutie!!!

(09 Oct '09, 15:34) Emi

This will be the first Halloween she remembers so we are looking forward to starting new traditions. This year I went all out and go her a baby bumblebee costume from Gymboree. Probably more then she needs, but it was on sale and I couldn't resist.

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answered 08 Oct '09, 00:13

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very cute. I LOVE striped tights! :)

(08 Oct '09, 06:49) Sabrina

In the UK (at least in England, wouldn't swear it was the same in Wales, Scotland or N. Ireland) we also celebrate Bonfire Night (sometimes Guy Fawkes or Fireworks Night). It's 5th November and commemorates the Gun Powder Plot a thwarted attempt to blow up our Houses of Parliament by disaffected Catholics in 1605. We traditionally make "Guys" (which are lifesized dummies, usually old clothes stuffed with newspaper) burn them on bonfires and set off fireworks. They Guy burning part is a little bit gross if you think about it too much, but the fireworks are great.

It used to be a much bigger event than Halloween, and it's still much more community orientated, since large community firework displays are usually much better than trying not to blow up your own house.

Halloween has become more popular recently in the UK, partly because of the more obvious merchandising opportunities, but in our family we still tend to keep it pretty low key (this year we carved a pumpkin and the kids wore mildly scary facepaint all day).

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