Unicorn Halloween Costumes for the Whole Family

Every Halloween since M was a year old, we’ve let her choose a costume and an overall family theme for Halloween. This year she waffled back and forth between spooky creatures and superheroes — and then she saw a unicorn horn and changed her mind completely! So, we are all being unicorns. I decided to buy various pieces to make our costumes (with M’s help) rather than getting pre-made outfits, because I think we can reuse some of the items for every day wear, or for dress up clothes for the kids.

DIY Unicorn Costumes for the Family

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Some of these are the actual items we have; some are very similar!

Matt’s costume is probably the most hilarious and/or horrifying. M picked out a black morph suit and a terrifying full sized unicorn head for him. I just need to find him shoes of some sort.

For herself, M selected a red tutu to go with her unicorn headband. She also picked out pink wings because I guess she’s a flying unicorn? I bought rainbow leggings and a rainbow jacket for her because Halloween is usually cold here and I want her to be cozy.

My costume is similar. M insisted I buy a rainbow tutu. I found myself my own pair of rainbow leggings and a flowery unicorn horn, and I’m sure I have a sweater or hoodie I can wear to keep warm.

And then there’s A’s costume! It will be his first Halloween and my biggest concern is keeping him warm and comfortable. I think I will either be wearing him in a carrier or pushing him in a stroller so I also wanted something fairly simple. And, there are no ready-made baby boy unicorn costumes I could easily find. So, I bought this knitted unicorn hat (there’s an adorable and inexpensive girly unicorn hat here!) and he’ll be wearing it with a warm white bunting we already own. Easy.

Baby Boy Unicorn Hat   

This is a fun theme and I love that M is still into picking out costumes for everyone. Hopefully we can keep it up and figure out how to make it a shared selection when A gets older!


All Treats & No Tricks: Halloween Fashion

Halloween Fashion on Etsy

I’m sharing a few Halloween finds from Etsy this week, in preparation for the upcoming holiday. 

Halloween Fashion on Etsy

I am a sucker for all kinds of spooky things, and Halloween fashion on Etsy is where it’s at. Of course, I don’t dress as a pumpkin every day or anything like that, but I see nothing wrong with throwing on skull print leggings or a black cat necklace even when it isn’t Halloween! M is much the same; her spider print pants are on heavy rotation in her closet all year ’round and she loves dressing up as various animals even for kindergarten days.

With that being said, all of these items can be considered Halloween fashion, but there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying them in October and beyond! Clearly we love black cats in this house, and as for the rest of it, who doesn’t love a bit of dark humour and style?

Here are a few of my favourite finds for Halloween fashion on Etsy. I actually had a hard time narrowing it down to a handful of things; there are so many great shirts, dresses, and accessories! I tried to stay away from the obvious costume-y fashion in favour of items that could work into regular wear.

There is something here for everyone, from the littlest kiddos with a cat print bib to the witchy ladies and gentlemen in your life. I especially love the Mom-ster shirt and think it would definitely be appropriate for me outside of Halloween. Like, realistically, it’s probably applicable every single morning of my life except for those rare times when I actually get enough sleep at night.

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Skeleton cat bib | Cat dress | Mom-ster shirt | ‘Black Heart’ shirt

Halloween Fashion on Etsy
‘Bow Down’ bracelet | Black cat pin | ‘Literally Dead’ shirt |
Skeleton earrings | ‘Hey Boo’ pin

All Treats & No Tricks: Halloween Party Supplies on Etsy

I’m sharing a few Halloween finds from Etsy this week, in preparation for the upcoming holiday. 

Today: Halloween party supplies on Etsy!

Halloween, for us, is all about the kid-friendly activities. We are not at a spooky, creepy Halloween stage. I’m okay with that! I am the person who seriously regrets watching horror movies every time I dare to watch one, and I am apt to kick and flail if someone, or something, jumps out at me in the dark. Give me the Reese’s cups and fluffy unicorn costumes and I’m happy.

Our Halloween plans this year are simple, though they seem to get more involved every year. We have a few community events and parties to go to, a special Halloween show in Winnipeg, school for M on Halloween itself, and of course, trick or treating.

I think it would be fun to host our own party one year! Of course, Halloween hits right in the middle of a busy time — school, prepping for winter, the kids’ birthdays less than a month away — so it may never happen, but it’s fun to imagine what I’d choose for a kid-friendly Halloween party. All of these items are available on Etsy. They’d work great for a Halloween party, or a spooky birthday party, baby shower, engagement party — you name it.

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Tassel garland | ‘Boo’ cupcake toppers | Fondant toppers

‘Boo’ balloon banner | Pumpkin bath bombs | Halloween straws | Balloon swag kit

More Halloween-y Etsy goodies coming this week!

Baby’s First Halloween

I feel like I’m perpetually trying to catch up, these days! I know Halloween was last week but I couldn’t resist sharing a photo of M in her kitty costume. Last year we had a tiny skeleton sleeper just in case she decided to arrive early, but we all know how that turned out. This year, then, was her very first Halloween.


I was just going to dress her up in her hand-me-down ladybug costume but I saw this kitty up on a consignment site for which I had credit and bought it. Turns out its a bunting bag costume (how is that possibly something that could fit from 0-12 months?!) so Matt had to cut leg holes into the bottom and sew it up before Friday.

M is too little for trick-or-treating so we took her out to say hi to a few friends then came home. Shockingly, both the candy AND the bowl I left in front of our house were still there when we came back! We didn’t get many kids this year, which surprised me, but it worked out well because M was exhausted and attempting to sleep by the time the last few stragglers were knocking.

I’m excited for next year, when she may be able to go around to houses in our little neighbourhood!

Halloween Lessons from Beetlejuice and Lydia

I know, I know, Halloween isn’t until tomorrow. But like many grown-ups, Matt and I celebrated on Saturday. We dressed up in our finest and headed to a costume party at Kat and Bob’s house. It was our first time really celebrating Halloween together, and I learned a few things while we were having fun.

1. Everyone knows who Beetlejuice is.

We decided (I decided) that we should be Beetlejuice and Lydia, dressed up to be married. I thought it’d be really funny what with us being newlyweds. Amazingly, Matt possesses the innate ability to do the Beetlejuice voice, without thinking about it or practicing. Everyone loved him.

2. Nobody knows who Lydia Deetz is.

I, on the other hand, got a lot of I don’t know who you’re supposed to be. Even when I pointed out that Matt was Beetlejuice and I was Lydia. I guess people forget that part of the movie…

3. Don’t trust ASOS.

Part of the problem was that my dress wasn’t right for the costume. I ordered a lacey red dress from ASOS at the beginning of October, fully expecting it to arrive with plenty of time thanks to their estimation of an eight-day shipping time. When it wasn’t in my mailbox by Friday, I asked when I should expect it, and I guess I have to wait until November 2 for it to even be considered late. Thanks, ASOS! Now I have a ridiculous dress that I am never going to wear, coming to me some time after Halloween.

Anyway, I wore my bridesmaid’s dress from my sister’s wedding, namely because it’s red. I actually really like the dress in real life, which leads me to my next lesson.

4. Black spray dye is a terrible idea.

The dress straps? Dyed black. My face? Dyed black. Everything in the bathroom? Dyed black. I need to do some serious scrubbing to get the floor clean. I should have probably just worn the cheap wig I bought, even if it did look awful.

In order to make my hair do what I wanted it to do, I had to tease it, then pin it all up, then hairspray the bejeezus out of it, then spray it black, then hit it with half a can of hairspray yet again. You can imagine how fun it was to take that out after imbibing a few rum and Cokes.

5. Men can do things last-minute and have it turn out wonderfully.

I started planning this costume in August. I ordered my dress early. I bought Matt’s wig and makeup and my gloves online. I bookmarked movie stills for inspiration.

Matt went to the Salvation Army the weekend before Halloween and bought a $3 suit that fits him quite nicely (and it’s a high-quality suit to boot). He looked better than me.

6. People in costume doing every day things — hilarious.

Beetlejuice feeding the cats. Beetlejuice scraping the ice off the windshield. Beetlejuice going into the convenience store and complaining that that Coke costs too much. I feel like Matt should be Beetlejuice all the time.

Bonus Lesson: Cards Against Humanity is even better in a big group.

We got a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity going and it was probably one of the best setups we’ve had for it. I think there were seven or eight people playing, so there were way more funny card combinations than usual. I love that game!

Did anyone else dress up early? Did anyone else win Best Female Costume (aww yeah — I guess my costume wasn’t that bad!)?