Happy Halloween! Our Fave Kiddie Costumes

Happy Halloween Totsy fans! We’ve picked our top 5 favorite kiddies costumes from Pinterest! These cute and creative costumes are giving us a headstart for next year. Enjoy and have a happy and safe Halloween!

5) Wall-E

4) Mario and Yoshi

3) Adorable hobo

2) Carl and little Russell from the movie Up

1) Our #1 fav: Mini Dwight from The Office

Tell us, what did you kiddies dress up as this Halloween?

Halloween for Procrastinators 101

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You said you weren’t going to dress up this year. You said the kids will be able to get a costume the day before. You said you’ll get all the candy a few days before. You said not to worry, you have it under control! Dun dun dun…Party city has been cleaned of the best costumes.  Other stores have already moved onto Thanksgiving and Christmas! Have no fear, Totsy is here! We’ve compiled a list of the easiest costumes, decorations, and treats to put together for all you last minute movers and shakers! Halloween for Procrastinators 101 is now in session!

Last Minute Costumes for the Family

  • Plastic laundry basket with holes cut out for legs + white balloons + a shower cap = Bathing Beauty (add in a scrub brush or bath sponge to accessorize)
  • White dress + a pipe-cleaner halo + leaves in her hair and “dirt” on her face = Fallen Angel
  • Blue T-shirt + cotton balls + tape + a water gun = Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Rain
  • Black jeans (or tights) + white hoodie + glued cotton balls + ears = A cute Lamb
  • Clear umbrella + party streamers or metallic ribbons = Jellyfish
  • Pajamas + thermometer + ice pack + pillow = Sick and Tired
  • Green (or purple) balloons + tape= a bunch of grapes
  • All black= “Men in Black”, “Blues Brothers”, “Abraham Lincoln (add a beard)”

Last Minute House Decorations

  • Blow up a bunch of orange balloons and draw Jack-O-Lantern faces with a permanent marker
  • Draw a template of a cat on black construction paper, make a cutout, and tape it around the house
  • Cut out large silhouettes of creepy figures out of black poster board to place in your windows.
  • Make some mushy pasta by boiling some spaghetti noodles, and placing them in a big serving bowl with grass and dirt from your front lawn for an icky, wormy effect to fake-offer trick-or-treaters. Or throw in some eyeballs with fake blood for a gruesome effect.

Last Minute Treats

  • Toss together equal amounts candy corn, pretzels, peanuts and corn chips or make up your own concoction of goodies (mmmm chocolate) and throw in plastic snack bags, add a festive ribbon and you’re good to go!
  • Dip pretzels in food colored white chocolate and decorate with Halloween sprinkles
  • Make Halloween rise Krispie treats by adding candy corn, chocolate, crushed bark and any other of your favorite treats to the mix
  • Last minute candy run? You’re in luck! Usually stores will begin marking down candy the day before Halloween to make room for Christmas treats
  • Hand out mini bags of chips or other snacks as an alternative to candy
  • Cute Halloween stationary such as decorative pens or pencils are another alternative, easily found at dollar/discounted stores.

Have a Happy (and safe) Halloween!

Totsy’s Top 5 Halloween Pins

Halloween is nearly here and of course we turn to Pinterest for inspiration on costume ideas, crafts, recipes and so much more!  After some thorough browsing, we rounded up our favorite top 5 across Pinterest! Check them out below.

Favorite carved pumpkin:

Favorite deviled eggs:

Favorite Halloween decoration:

Favorite tablescape

Favorite Halloween costume: 

What are some of you favorite Halloween pins?  Share them with us in the comments below!

Al Fresco with Autumn: Gluten-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

In my search to whip up a festive Halloween treat, I couldn’t get my pregnant self past the rare opportunity (read: excuse) to make chocolate cupcakes. So to assuage my guilt and add an health twist, I opted for gluten-free; and to incorporate the Harvest Halloween season, what else but pumpkin?! (Turns out chocolate & pumpkin is a ridiculously delicious flavor combination…)

The rich and moist texture of the pumpkin puree is more noticeable in this recipe than the pumpkin flavor, but I think it balanced the dark chocolate perfectly. And the cream cheese frosting? Just right. Have fun decorating these sweet goodies and let us know how they turn out in the comments below!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs (reduced from 3 to accommodate the pumpkin)
  • 6 tbsp butter (reduced from 8 to accommodate the pumpkin)
  • ½ can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 container cream cheese frosting (also gluten-free!)
Directions:
  1. Follow directions on box, but reduce the amounts as shown above to accommodate for the extra moisture in the pumpkin.
  2. Frost, decorate, & enjoy!

Awesome Halloween Crafting Ideas

The weather is cold, and Halloween is around the corner. It’s the perfect time to bust out the art table and wrangle your kids into some spook-tastic crafting projects.

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We rounded up a few of our favorite creative ideas for 2012 to provide you and your family with some inspiration.Now grab some hot cocoa, put on the tunes and get crafty!

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Staying Warm (but cute!) on Halloween

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We plan our costumes weeks and weeks in advance, but tend to leave out one minor detail, staying warm! You’ve just spent all this money on costumes for the entire family and it would be shame to cover them up while trick or treating. Whether you spend the night going to a creepy Halloween party or out trick-or-treating with your children,it is essential that you stay warm, considering it is the end of October.I mean you do want to look BOO-tiful!

The problem? Many people purchase costumes for themselves or their children and do not want to compromise the outfit by putting a heavy coat over it. So hide it (not the coat that is)! The key? Layer clothing underneath your costume. Inexpensive thermals can be purchased at Target, Walmart, etc.. For instance, if you or your kids are wearing a costume with long sleeves, a wool shirt is perfect underneath.

Remember long johns? Now is the perfect time to break them out. Long johns are perfect for full body costumes. If the costume goes over the head and covers the face, wear a knitted cap underneath.

The key to having a spooky fun Halloween is to be comfortable and warm. If you’re walking around outside while freezing because of thin costume material, there is a good chance that you won’t get the most out of the holiday.

Just a few tips:

  • Order your child’s costume a size or two bigger so that can put a pair of sweats underneath without changing the way the costume looks!
  • For women’s costumes with short skirts, leggings can add to the look and keep you warm.
  • Knee high or thigh high boots especially ones made of vinyl are great to keep your legs warm.
  • If you have under armour or anything else that adds another “layer of skin”, throw it on underneath. It’ll put the workout gear sitting at the bottom of your drawer to good use.
  • When shopping for costumes, you may also want to look for something that has thicker material or a coat or vest that can go over the outfit without compromising its creepy or cute look.
  • When trick-or-treating with little ones, try to head out when it is still light out, as it won’t be as cold.
  • Incorporate warm street clothes into your costume. Get creative and choose a costume that will allow you to wear regular clothes and still look as though you’re in costume.

More importantly, BE SAFE

Happy Halloween!

How To: Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

If you and your family are not big on trick-or-treating or Halloween, try this fun, easy and seasonal frozen yogurt recipe for a healthier alternative to ice cream. Spend a night in a whip up this delicious dessert.

Serves: 3-4

You’ll Need:

  • 3-4 cups Greek non-fat yogurt, strained
  • 1-2 cups pumpkin puree
  • Agave nectar –  squeeze until you reached desired sweetness
  • Pumpkin pie spice – add until you reach desired taste
  • Large flat dish

Step-by-Step:

  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all the ingredients.
  2. Place the bowl in the freezer and stir every half hour until it reaches the desired consistency.

Enjoy with a scary movie!

Tell us, what are some of your favorite fall treats?