halloween

It’s Showtime!

It’s Showtime! So excited to bring you our family Halloween costume of 2019! Beetlejuice is such an iconic film with so many great outfits. I’ve seen some great couples, kids and family versions and knew it would be perfect for us this year. I wanted to give this costume a little twist so I had the kids be Alec Baldwin and Gena Davis’ characters. Their looks were so easy to find which was quite surprising. Below I have linked our costumes and other options for an entire Beetlejuice look for kids as well. Happy Halloween!

Beetlejuice Mens Suit // Mens Wig (and sprayed with green hair spray) // Lydia Deetz red wedding dress // Lydia Deetz wig// Boys flannel shirt // Boys red t-shirt // Boys slacks // Handbook For The Recently Deceased 

Evelyn’s Dress is sold out from Zara and it was such a coincidence that I happened upon it when I was looking for the costumes. I have scoured the internet and have not been able to find anything similar.

Kids Options: Toddler Red Dress // Girls Red Dress // Girls Beetlejuice Suit (dress) //  Boys Beetlejuice Suit // Baby Beetlejuice Suit // Childs Beetlejuice Wig

Mens Options: Adult Adam Mask // Adult Beetlejuice Mask + Wig Combo // Men’s Flannel Shirt

Women’s Options: Women’s Beetlejuice Suit Option One, Option Two // Women’s Beetlejuice Dress  Women’s Beetlejuice Wig // Lydia Deetz wig option 2 // Women’s Short Red Wedding Dress // Women’s Plus Short Wedding Dress // Adult Barbara Mask

Halloween Under $50 with Dollar General

This post is sponsored by Dollar General. The thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Anyone who knows me in real life or by following me on Instagram knows that I am 100% Halloween obsessed. Each year I go all out for our annual Halloween party which quite frankly is my favorite day of the year. I admit that I can go a little overboard in making sure everything is just right and have spent way too much money in years past. But not this year, thanks to DG! 

I don’t have endless funds to spend on food, drinks and candy and we all know kids are bottomless pits. My favorite way to make the most of my party budget is by doing the majority of my shopping at Dollar General. They are my one-stop Halloween shop for items like candy, décor, party items, bags & pails and costumes and accessories.

I love to prioritize decorations first and foremost so that’s where I spend most of my allocated budget. Dollar General has tablecloths, plates, cups, napkins, serving ware and so much more for a fraction of the cost that other retailers charge. I was able to get everything I needed for this tablescape for under $50! And that includes all the snacks and drinks too. Speaking of drinks – I chose these soft drinks because of their orange color so they would match with the table decor. Plus, my kids are obsessed with Fanta and the mini cans are perfect for little hands and bodies. 

Dollar General has a lot of classic treats like popcorn balls, candy corn and orange cotton candy. Those 3 treats mixed with some black devils food cookies and fudge mint cookies helped me in keeping with the Halloween color theme.

By shopping at Dollar General I was able to get enough food for 10 kids, candy to hand out to trick or treaters and plenty of unique decor items for the table and around the house. My favorite decor find this year are the small plastic pumpkins which can be used for table decor, mantel decor or to place throughout the house. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to bring Halloween decor into every room without buying a lot of bulky items.

Have you checked out your local Dollar General for all of your Halloween needs?

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Halloween Home Tour

This year I get to decorate two houses for Halloween so it basically feels like Christmas right now. I moved into my town home in July and am still getting situated but I knew I wanted to decorate the mantel and bookshelves first. They’re the focal point of the room and main floor and it’s where the kids and I spend most of our time.

My favorite place to find Halloween decor is Home Goods! They have the most unique things at a great price. I also love Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Party City and Target. Surprisingly, I don’t order too much decor online. If you have any favorite online sites you love for decor, leave it in the comments so I can get them out!

I have to say that the house decor last year was definitely my favorite. You can check it out here for more spooky inspo. If you are needing more inspiration then hop on over to the following ladies home tours. They always have the best holiday content and totally inspire me to decorate all year long: Kozy & Co, Lo Chandler, Darling Do. Happy decorating, friends!

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I solemnly swear that I am up to no good

Happy Halloween! The best day of the year has finally arrived and I could not be more excited! It’s been a busy day gearing up for our annual Halloween party tonight and celebrating at the kids schools this morning. It was so fun to see all the kids in their costumes and I love how special the schools make it for all of them. I may have even cried after leaving Henry’s school because he was so cute and excited to see all of us there. This years costume is a family affair and I’m obsessed with how everyone’s turned out! The kids have really gotten into Harry Potter lately and my husband and I have always been fans. When brainstorming family costumes a few months ago, Harry Potter came to me like a lightbulb moment and from there it was time to start planning.

My husband is 6’5 so Hagrid was the perfect choice for him. My maiden name is McGonigle so Professor McGonagall was very fitting. Evelyn makes the cutest little Hermione and my sweet Henry plays the Harry character so well. This was such a fun costume to put together and nearly everything was from Amazon (everything linked at the bottom of the post) except Evelyn’s costume which was handmade. All of the Hagrid pieces came from a few thrift stores! Also, can we talk about how he rocks the Jesus hair and wig?!? What are you guys being today? I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween! xoxo

Green Velvet Cape // Witch Hat // Prof. McGonagall Glasses // Jesus Wig // Scarf // HP Glasses // Harry Potter Accessory Set // Harry Potter Robe // Tie //  Evelyn’s Hermione Costume was handmade from Little Ladies Boutique. I’m not sure if she makes the costumes anymore but there are a ton of small shops on Etsy who do custom dresses! Here is a cheaper option.

Halloween Home Tour!

It’s no secret that Halloween is my favorite holiday! I mean, I had my dining room painted dark purple because of my deep love for this holiday! If you have been following me on Instagram (@chanelvanreenen), then you have seen some behind the scenes decorating that’s been happening over the past few weeks. Within only one week until Halloween, I’m so excited to share our home tour! Decorating for the holidays is hands down my favorite thing to get everyone in the holiday spirit and really makes the month leading up so much fun. Let’s get onto the tour!

Living Room

Sunroom

Dining Room

Foyer

Kitchen

Basically my house looks like an asylum right now and I’m definitely okay with that. My favorite places to shop for Halloween decor are Target, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Party City, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot and Lowe’s. I’ve actually never, ever purchased Halloween decor online because I love getting it in person and I need instant gratification. Do you decorate for Halloween? What is your favorite part of this holiday? I’d love to hear in the comments below! Happy Haunting!

A Healthy Halloween

Since we tend to go overboard on the sweets for Halloween, I’ve been trying to keep healthier treats around this month. Starting on October 1 every year, the kids and I do a “countdown to Halloween” each day after school. This includes anything from painting pumpkins, making a spooky ghost gingerbread house, baking something yummy, or going on a scavenger hunt to find a new holiday toy. I find most of the months surprises in the Target Dollar Spot, at Michaels or Joann’s craft stores, or even Party City. Ultimately, I want to create memories of togetherness and have the kids always cherish special holiday times that they will remember forever and hopefully pass down to their children.

Holidays with kids really are the most amazing thing. I love getting them excited and giving them something to look forward to. We love celebrating for the entire month of a major holiday and since Halloween is my favorite holiday, my excitement has rubbed off on them. Last week I surprised them after school with a real life skeleton and some yummy snacks, including a Bootastic Bouquet with Orange Swizzle Berries & Swizzle Bananas from Edible Arrangements! It’s a great alternative to the typical Halloween candy and snacks and comes with fun chocolate covered pineapple cats, bats, and ghosts!

I’ve shared my love of Edible Arrangements in the past and they really are my go-to special treat for any occasion. Just last month we threw a mini party for my husband and the fruit arrangement from Edible was gone that evening, haha! This time I picked up some orange drinks to go with the Halloween theme, a few homemade cookies that I made using applesauce and almond flour instead of sugar and white flour, and of course a Bootastic Arrangement from Edible.

Do you have any special traditions that you do with your children? I’d love to hear them in the comments! Whatever the occasion you may be celebrating, be sure to including an Edible Arrangement which is perfect for everyone in your family!

Baddest Witch in the West Halloween Costume

Looking for a perfect witch costume for your little one? This low-key witch costume is hands down one of my favorite looks for little girls. Creating a costume that isn’t store bought doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, having non-traditional costumes have always been my favorite. Inspiration is everywhere and creating your own that is unique and different is so much fun. Earlier this year I stockpiled several of the I Love Plum tutu’s and Evelyn has been wearing them all year {you may remember the red one from our Valentines Day shoot!} They come in an assortment of colors and are perfect for Holidays. For this witch costume I used the black Plum tutu and chose a velvet witch hat so the textures of the costume were different. I paired my favorite striped June & January socks with lace up ballet flats she already had in her closet. The hat was the only item I had to purchase to make this costume come to life. Evelyn is at the perfect age to play dress up and loves all things Disney and fantasy so getting her to be a witch wasn’t hard at all. If you have little girls that love to dress up, this costume is for them! Who is your favorite fictional witch? Let me know in the comments below!

Black Tutu // Velvet Witch Hat // Striped Socks // Shoes {similar}

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