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Favorite Fall & Halloween Books

Tis the season!!!!! It’s Fall at the Garvin house which means all the girls Halloween books are back on the shelves! Festive books are one of our favorite ways to celebrate every season. The girls are always so giddy to put new books on their bookshelves & decorate their rooms, they get it from their mama!! Technically we have been reading the Grinch since Valentine’s day but we are putting it aside for our favorite ghosts & goblins and I wanted to share a few of our current favorites with you.

Gilbert the Ghost // No Such Thing // Ghosts in the House // Vampirina Ballerina // Ghosts // Little Owl Lost

Harper picked out Vampirina Ballerina & No Such Thing just before Halloween last year, such fun stories with beautiful illustrations! We have already been watching Hocus Pocus & Room on the Broom, forever our favorites, and hope to introduce the girls to It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown this year!!

What are you guys reading & watching right now?! And who’s excited for Stranger Things return next month!? XO


Halloween 2016

This was definitely our most fun Halloween yet! The girls ages right now are SO MUCH FUN, and they have been anticipating dressing up & trick or treating for weeks. Harper wanted to be a bunny (a bunny fairy to be exact) & I had the cutest old owl mask that we thought would be perfect for Claire, so we decided on forest animals for our family costume & loved how they turned out!! The animal ear crowns are from this etsy shop & the rest of the outfits are things we had already or picked up from the craft store, the hot glue gun is my best friend this time of year! 😉 The girls were so excited to get their faces painted, it was the highlight of the costumes for them, but then they totally didn’t know what to do with it and were scared to touch or move their faces at all. So funny! Eloise kept telling everyone she was going to be a “box” instead of a “fox” which I also will never forget! 😉 Claire was such a doll the entire night & definitely hit the jackpot with two lollipops yesterday. We had so much fun trick or treating in our new neighborhood, everyone was so festive!! I always get so sad when Halloween is over, and apparently so do the kids because they came running into our room this morning with half of their costumes back on asking if they could eat candy for breakfast.
We went to Trunk or Treat on Sunday night which we love doing every year. The girls wanted to be the Monsters Inc. crew forever & it was my goal to make these out of just things we had at home. The only thing I bought was the mop & a few craft supplies, but otherwise we used outfits they had & Harper was seriously beside herself with excitement helping me make them. She is obsessed with her scissors she got from school so she helped me cut out all of the circles for her dress! These costumes were so much fun & definitely one of my favorites we have ever done! I have a feeling this is the last year we will attempt family costumes, but I guess I will see how we feel when next Halloween rolls around! 😉
At the last house we stopped at on our walk back from Trick or Treating last night, the sweetest older man answered the door & struck up conversation with us. He told us how much he missed his babies being little and getting to take them out on Halloween night instead of hanging back to hand out candy. While we were so exhausted, ready to be done for the night & dreading the bedtime hustle, it was the sweetest reminder of the limited number of wagon-pulling, face-painting, hand-holding Halloweens that we will have in our lifetime. And I know we will cherish every single one of them.
Hope you all had a magical night with your family & friends!!!
Happy November! XO





Halloween 2015

Another year, another amazing Halloween night!!! Halloween is our favorite holiday around here, and this year was no exception. We decided to forgo the annual Halloween party that we usually host, and take the girls to my parents neighborhood to trick-or-treat instead. Our neighborhood really is fun for trick-or-treating, as lots of houses turn into haunted houses & people love to have fire pits in their driveways, it is a super festive atmosphere for sure. But, it isn’t the best for younger kids, as there is lots of walking up and down hills to get to each house. My parents neighborhood has hundreds of houses on cute little streets with wide sidewalks, so the girls were able to hit a bunch more houses & have a lot more fun!! 
We went with a Wizard of Oz theme, Harper was Glinda the Good Witch (which of course she was obsessed with because of the dress & crown), Eloise was Dorothy & Claire was Toto! 😉 Our friends met us at my parents to trick-or-treat as well, and their little baby boy Leo was dressed as a Lion (totally unplanned) which matched the girls’ costumes perfectly. They were such a cute, festive bunch!!!

I can’t really sew, so I usually opt for a semi-homemade costume approach. I found a pink & gold dress for Harper that I knew she would love and could add to her dress up collection, but then added a dozen layers of tulle to the sleeves & underneath to make the dress fuller & add to the length. I bought Eloise’s Dorothy dress on Etsy, and also added a few layers of tulle underneath to add to the fullness, and she wore the cutest ruby red slippers of Harper’s from Old Navy last year. Toto was once a stuffed animal, I took it all apart (it’s not every day that you decapitate a stuffed dog) & stitched it to a grey bonnet for Claire. I also made her little fur puppy paw mittens but completely forgot to put them on her before we took pictures, but she sure was a cute little toto! Brandon & I decided not to dress up this year (although he did initially agree to dress as the lollipop guild with me), but last minute I was too sad not wearing a costume so I threw together something wicked-witchy with things I already had to take the girls trick-or-treating in. Harper was a huge fan of the green makeup! 😉
The girls LOVED trick-or-treating this year, Eloise was deemed resident-door-knocker & Harper would give the best “trick or treat, happy halloween!” before trying to walk inside each house as they opened the door. The girls picked mostly suckers and smarties from each candy bowl, except for the house that gave out play-doh, which blew their minds. Brandon & I ate most of their chocolate once they went to bed as we stayed up way past our bedtime watching Scream.

I hope you all had a fun & festive Halloween!!! Time to kick off the MOST wonderful time of the year!! XO