How to Make This Halloween a Family Affair: Dress Up in Costumes with a Common Theme
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Another doggone good idea? Dress up the family pet. The results can be hilarious, and children will delight in seeing a canine pirate, a lumbering cave dog, or a four-legged Dorothy sniffing her way down the yellow brick road.
Set your house apart from the "the usual haunts" by dressing up.
Halloween is a convenient excuse to re-live the childhood fun of dressing up - both yourself as well as your house. Eighty-two percent of adults report that they looked forward to Halloween as a child. While a full two- thirds of grown-ups have dressed up as adults at least once, one of the reasons parents cite for not dressing up more often is the limited selection of costumes.
According to Liddle, "We hear from many parents that dressing up in costume is fun but they often have trouble finding family-friendly costumes. So we've expanded our adult costume selection to give moms and dads more age-appropriate - and better quality - choices." Adult costumes range in size from women's 4 to 24 and men's 38 to 52.
Whether greeting trick-or-treaters at the door or chaperoning their kids around the neighborhood, "dressing up lets parents be part of the fun instead of just observing it," says Liddle. "The best part is seeing how much enjoyment kids get out of interacting with your 'new character'."
Make an entrance at adult parties.
Why should kids have all the fun? Attending adults-only costume parties is yet another opportunity for parents to dress up on Halloween. Their own imaginations can be indulged at Chasing Fireflies with the likes of a monster and bride, vampires, Vikings, a ghostly couple and pirate pairings.
Whatever the costume you and your children choose, bringing imagination to life has benefits that last a lifetime. According to Liddle, "For kids, Halloween is part anticipation, part trick-or-treating, part candy! For parents, it's about having fun with their kids and making memories that last long after the day is over. Our goal is to help the whole family get into the spirit of the holiday."