Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Classic Halloween Costumes: Over 50 Ideas

Addams Family Halloween Costumes

It's that time of year again where I share my favorite classic Halloween costume ideas! I absolutely love simple, classic Halloween costumes, and have been sharing this list here for years, but each time I have new additions and updates. This is our biggest list so far!

When my kids were little, they were all about dressing up at black cats and pumpkins and witches. These days they usually opt for trendy characters instead. This year though, my daughter chose to be a devil and my son is dressing as a baseball player and Jack Skellington - all of which make my classic costumes loving heart happy!

The past two years we also did family costumes (Addams Family, as seen above, and The Wizard of Oz the year before). This year we decided to take a break from the stress involved with all of that and each do our own thing, but I'll always be a sucker for a family costume too.

Scroll down for our most recent list of 50 timeless costume ideas.

Family Halloween Costumes Wizard of Oz
Classic Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids
50 Classic Halloween Costume Ideas
Wizard of Oz Family Halloween Costume
Family Halloween Costume Ideas

Classic Halloween Costume Ideas  
  • 1950s themed
  • 1960s themed
  • Alien
  • Angel
  • Ballerina
  • Bat
  • Baseball/Football/Basketball Player
  • Bear
  • Black Cat
  • Bumblebee 
  • Butterfly
  • Cheerleader
  • Circus themed
  • Classic Disney Characters
  • Classic 'Scary' Film/TV Characters (Addams Family, The Muensters, etc.)
  • Classic Star Wars Characters
  • Clown
  • Devil
  • Dinosaur
  • Doctor or Nurse
  • Dog
  • Dracula
  • Dragon
  • Fairy
  • Frankenstein
  • Genie
  • Ghost
  • Gypsy
  • Hippie
  • Ladybug
  • Lion
  • Mermaid
  • Mime
  • Monkey
  • Monster
  • Mouse
  • Mummy
  • Pirate
  • Princess or Prince 
  • Pumpkin
  • Robber/Jailbird
  • Robot
  • Shark
  • Scarecrow
  • Skeleton
  • Superhero  
  • Vampire 
  • Western themed
  • Witch
  • Wizard of Oz themed
  • Woodland Animal themed

As always, if you have other ideas to add to this list, please share!


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

6 Ways to Encourage Hands-On Play With Kids

My kids are at ages now (6 and 8) where they're busy with school, activities, and play with friends instead of mom and dad. (The picture above is one of my favorites, but it's from back from E was only 3. So tiny!) When they were home more, learning through hands on play was an all day affair. Now I'm discovering that we need to be intentional and set aside time for it. Here are some of the ways I do that.

1. Take a step back. I'm going to start with this one because even as my kids get older, I still naturally feel a pull to be involved in everything they do. While I think it's important to play with them, I also remind myself when I need to take a step and let them use their imaginations without any parent intervention. It's amazing what they can do when they're fully in charge of play.

2. Give them moldable objects. Slime may have ruined my sofa (long, painful story), but the truth is it's great for great hands on, sensory based activity. Play dough and kinetic sand are as well.   

3. Give them building blocks. Whether wooden blocks or LEGOs, building blocks are incredible for encouraging kids to be creative, and they're great for tuning fine motor skills as well. Both my kids love playing with them, and have since they were toddlers.

4. Give them art and craft supplies. I literally pile a table with a random selection of art and crafts supplies, and they both just go to town. Making art or building a craft is an easy and incredibly effective way for kids to learn with their hands. My son make something - from books out of printer paper to instruments out of mac and cheese boxes - every single day, and the older it gets, the more intricate they get. It's fascinating to watch

5. Send them outside. I'm not an expert, but in my opinion, there is no better way to learn from hands on play then by just going outside. Riding a bike or scooter, playing backyard baseball, running barefoot in the grass, playing in the leaves, drawing with sidewalk chalk... It's all hands on and it all encourages learning. 

6. Make sensory bins. Even my 8 year old still loves these! I love these! The possibilities are endless too. We've filled them with everything from dry beans to autumn leaves to cereal and more. Sensory bins are especially great for toddlers, and can be the perfect introduction to hands on learning.

I hope these tips are helpful. I'll share more soon!


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Plant-Based Salsa Soup

Plant-Based Salsa Soup

This is an updated version of a super easy, super delicious late summer/early fall soup I've shared here before. We made it this past weekend and it was a hit with the whole family. It doesn't take long, uses staple ingredients you probably have on hand, and is completely plant-based!

Plant-Based Salsa Soup

Plant-Based Salsa Soup
serves 4

4 cups salsa 
2 cups of vegetable broth  
1 can black beans
2 cups corn kernels
1 clove garlic, minced
2-3 limes
chili powder
black pepper
sea salt
1 avocado, cubed
scallions or cilantro, chopped

In a pot or large saucepan sauté garlic in a coconut or olive oil for 1 minute. Add salsa, black beans, corn, and 1 cup of vegetable broth, and heat over medium heat. Add remainder of veggie broth as needed.  Squeeze in the juice of of the limes. Add chili powder, cumin, black pepper, and sea salt to taste. Once fully heated, serve immediately in soup bowls. Top each bowl of soup with cubed avocado and chopped scallions.  

My husband like to eat this cold as well. It's also great with crushed tortilla or corn chips on top!


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Autumn Giveaway! Win a $200 Gaia Conceptions Gift Card

Gaia Conceptions Sustainable Fashion

I may cling to summer with the tips of my fingernails, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't love getting a few new pieces of really great fall clothing as the seasons change. You guys know how much I love our long time partner and friend Gaia Conceptions' gorgeous, sustainable clothing, and I'm very excited to team up with them again to give you one of you a $200 gift card to grab some new fall pieces for yourself! (Scroll down to enter!)

Gaia Conceptions offers a wide variety of genuinely beautiful eco-friendly clothing and accessory items, all designed and made by hand in the USA. Ordering their clothing is a truly customized experience - you choose color, fabric, and size. They're genuinely one of my all time favorite clothing brands.

Gaia Conceptions Sustainable Fashion
Gaia Conceptions Sustainable Fashion
Fall Giveaway: Win a $200 to Spend at Gaia Conceptions
$200 to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Friendly Clothing
$200 to Gaia Conceptions Eco-Friendly Clothing

Use the form below, and/or do the easy entry on on Instagram right here. There are several options for extra entries as well.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run through the end of this Saturday September 17, 2022. It is open to Bubby and Bean readers worldwide. All entries from the Rafflecopter form above and Instagram will be combined. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced here by end of day the following Monday.

Thank you to our friends at Gaia Conceptions for giving the Bubby and Bean family another chance to own some of their stunning apparel!  

UPDATE: Congrats to our randomly chosen winner, Samantha A. (@hooplovefireandflow on Instagram)!