We have been preparing for the spooky season this week and the boys have been choosing their costumes ready for Halloween.
Its so hard to find semi stylish Halloween on the High Street, many costumes are heavily gendered and most, quite frankly look a bit naff. On my obsessive hunt for a selection of the best Halloween costumes for children, my travels took me to Smallable, who has the nicest Halloween costume offering that I’ve found, that aren’t tacky or gendered.
Capes are a really easy and great way to create a Halloween costume that can also be used through the year in a dressing up box, and they are less restrictive and can grow with your child. The ones I found at Smallable are all really gorgeous, and I’d also suggest visiting Fable Heart for hooded, velvet and glitter versions (and crowns and wands to coordinate).
I’ve ordered a glitter wand from Fable Heart for my youngest as we already own a glitter cape and various sparkly crowns from them, and they are all really magical.
The boys love to play games and the perfect solution to a cold, dark autumnal afternoon are these games we’ve discovered by Djeco.
The Monster Ghost game, Mistiboo! game and BOGOSS game will be enjoyed all year round, but are especially perfect for Halloween play. Each game comes with easy to follow instructions and are robust enough to withstand lots of play!
My boys love the Mistiboo! card game which is phosphorescent and glows in the dark, and is simple enough for them to play together.
Another really fun couple of ideas to entertain the kids are creating a creepy shadow puppet theatre, and I love this one by Moulin Roty available from Smallable.
Its also glow in the dark so will be really fun to play with now that the nights are drawing in and the kids can use their imaginations to create spooky stories told by torchlight.
We also love a spooky story for bedtime, not too scary though! Here’s some of our favourite Halloween book choices, tried and tested by my bunch.
- The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerlizzi (www.simonsays.co.uk) The illustrations are based on Hollywood horror movies of the 1920’s and its suitable macabre theme appeals to my children. It’s based on the classic cautionary tale by Mary Howitt and is suitably creepy.
- Vunce upon a Time by J.Otto Seibold and Siobhan Vivian (Chronicle Books) follows the tale of Dagmar the vegetarian vampire! The illustrations are really appealing and fun, and this story is more suitable for age 6+ as its a longer tale, and it is quite American in its wording in parts.
- The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Orchard Books) is the story about Laszlo anf how he stopped being afraid of the dark. The eerie illustrations by Jon Klassen make the story jump to live, but my youngest was a little bit unsure in parts!
- No Such Thing by Ella Bailey (Flying Eye Books) is my children’s absolute favourite. It’s beautifully illustrated and a fun tale about Georgia, who notices funny goings-ons in her home.
- Funnybones by Janet and Alan Ahlberg (Puffin Books) Children’s classic, and beloved by my two.
Books I’ve ordered for 2017
6. How to Make Friends With a Ghost by Rebecca Green (Tundra) is a picture book guide book for anyone lucky enough to meet a ghost!
7. The Grotlyn by Benji Davies (Harper Collins) is by the best selling author of The Stormwhale and Grandad’s Island. This book is all about the mysterious Grotlyn, what sort of creature it could be, scuttling across town and frightening everyone in its path…