Children, Family, Halloween, Holidays, Parenting, Uncategorized

Halloween Update – Keeping a Pop Star Warm

I’m happy to report that a costume decision has been made and executed! Our girl will be a pop star for Halloween and the main costume has already arrived. What I learned when shopping on Amazon for just the right pop star look, is that there are many different versions, and each comes with only some of the items shown in the photo. So you have to read the product details and fine print very carefully to know what accessories you’ll receive, and which you need to purchase separately to complete the look. Our preferred version of a pop star is from the ’80s so she has a lacey ribbon in her hair (included) and fishnet gloves (also included – but for good measure we ordered another set of four).

This costume does not include a microphone but don’t worry, Amazon will suggest oneGirls '80s Pop Star Diva Costume for you as an item many people purchase with this costume. And there are many types of microphones from which to choose. There are the old-fashioned hold-it-in-your-hand microphones, which come in black plastic, glittery gold, some are even inflatable. But for the true pop star look, you can purchase a headset microphone. It comes in black, white, or pink and for $8.94 they will send one of those colors to you– but you won’t know which one until it arrives. That was ok with us as any of them would match the colorful top and bright pink skirt…(Read more on

Family, Halloween, Holidays, Parenting, Uncategorized

Halloween Decisions for Lucky & Me Blog

Halloween is coming! On, I recently wrote about the the time Phoenix dressed as Rapunzel for Halloween, and the decisions we face getting ready for Trick-or-Treating. Please check it out and let me know how you feel about Halloween in the comments below.



My husband says Halloween is the best holiday. You don’t have to buy any gifts and everyone has fun. But I find that Halloween is very complicated– at least with a child in the house. Other holidays fall into one of two categories: Either they are religious, and have rituals which define the day and its activities, or they are simple commemorations, like Columbus Day, with fewer decorations and customs. Religious holidays usually involve family and not friends, and are therefore less complex from a social standpoint. Commemorative days don’t carry the emotional weight of other holidays and the celebrations and activities are more simple.

Halloween, on the other hand, is celebrated with friends and neighbors and can be fraught with comparisons and even competitive. Every greeting at the bus stop, church, or grocery store includes, “What are you gonna be for Halloween?” Like many kids, our daughter has changed her mind several times since we started talking about Halloween– basically since the school year started. Some of the ideas are simply flights of fancy– first she wanted to be a piece of Candy Corn so we talked about how to make it– orange tights, an orange hat, and somehow we would devise the main part out of fabric. But then, someone told her she was like the Phoenix– having survived a fire as an infant she had literally risen from the ashes. I made the mistake of searching for Phoenix costumes online, and quickly learned that they are not for children and are more appropriate for Mardi Gras than trick-or-treating… (Read more on