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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!

 

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}

There’s No Crying in Baseball!

It’s here! My favorite holiday is finally here. I’m so excited to share Henry and Evelyn’s costumes with you today. A few months back one of my favorite movies, A League of Their Own, was playing one night and that’s when it hit me: the kids were going to be Jimmy Dugan and Dottie Hinson. I immediately began scouring small shops for the perfect costumes before I found an amazing seamstress on Etsy who handmade both. I couldn’t be happier with the costumes and they just may be my favorite duo yet. Check out last years Little Red Riding Hood & The Big Bad Wolf and the previous years Firefighter & Dalmatian. Henry has also been Carl from Up and Brian Urlacher. It’s hard to believe that this is his 6th year dressing up (slow down time). What are your kids being this year? Let me know below. Happy Halloween, everyone! Be safe, eat candy until your stomach hurts and remember, There’s no crying in Baseball!

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Halloween Bingo with Welch’s

This post is sponsored by Welch’s® Fruit Snacks. I am being compensated for this post. All comments and opinions are my own.

When September 1st rolled around, all I could think about was Halloween. I am one of those people who literally eats, sleeps and breaths Halloween. That has rubbed off on my children and it’s so fun to experience holidays through your kids eyes. I try to plan festive activities throughout the month to really keep the excitement going. I have nearly 31 Halloween themed books and we read a new one each night, we watch movies, bake cupcakes, drive around and look at decorations and eat way too much candy corn. Now that my kids are getting older, I want to incorporate more holiday themed games into the mix. They are finally at the age where they can understand rules … getting them to follow them is another thing 🙂

We also know that little bellies get hungry very often so before I transform our kitchen table into a game station, I prep some snacks to ward off any hangry kids. My kids absolutely love Welch’s Fruit Snacks and they are so convenient for all stages of busy motherhood. Not only are Welch’s Fruit Snacks my go-to snack of choice after school, but they’re also great in lunches too. Fruit is the first ingredient and Welch’s Fruit Snacks have 100% daily value of vitamin C and 25% daily value of vitamins A & E. 

I have adapted the classic bingo game to be more toddler friendly. Here are the two printables that you can download: halloween bingo board and halloween bingo pieces. One is your basic bingo board and the other includes your icons, or pieces for the board. Cut out all the Halloween icons and give to your child so they can arrange on the board however they want, trust me they will get a kick out of this. If they’re old enough to use child friendly scissors, then the big kids can do this part too. Once they have laid out their pieces, hand out the Welch’s Fruit Snacks for them to use as their markers. I end up giving my kids two bags each because they always end up eating all their pieces, haha. Halloween Bingo is such a great game to play with your kids. If your little ones are too young to grasp the concept, you can always just tell them to place the fruit snack on the picture instead of calling out the usual bingo terms. This activity has been such a life saver for long days when the kids are getting restless. It’s also helped me with nap time because I promise Halloween bingo if they sleep 🙂

We’ve played this a few times now and my kids love matching the fruit snacks to everything on the board. It’s gotten to the point where Henry now tells Evelyn where to place her markers and the basis of the game goes completely out the window. I love that they are using their imagination and having fun, which is what childhood is all about. While I was at the store grabbing the fruit snacks I picked up some inexpensive Halloween items for the kids. Some fake fingers, vampire teeth and sunglasses really add to the festive game and make it way more fun. Trying to watch kids pick up fruit snacks with long witches fingers on is hilarious to everyone.

Without Welch’s Fruit Snacks, I don’t think Halloween Bingo would be as great. Want more info on Welch’s Fruit Snacks? Click here for more details.

Are you as excited for Halloween was I am? Tell me what games and activities you like to do with your family!