Thursday, April 19, 2012

Care of Cotton Costumes

COTTON COSTUME CARE - From Harrisons Halloween 100% Cotton Baby Costumes and Castles N Crowns Dress-up Costume Boutique (Kids Capes, Tutus, Cotton Baby Halloween Costumes):

Cotton is a natural fabric known for its comfort and durability. Cotton is also a good choice for those with skin sensitivities to synthetic polyester (which most children’s costumes are made from).

Improper care can weaken the fabric fibers. Cotton clothing will last longer iif cared for properly. Instructions on how to pre-treat stains, wash, dry and hang cotton clothing are listed in this article at

Fabric: Easy-care, machine-washable cotton. Our Harrisons Halloween 100% Cotton Baby Halloween Costumes are made of high-quality cotton fabric for greater comfort.

Washing: Do not use hot water or bleach, as cotton may shrink and colors may fade. With our cotton baby costumes we recommend a pre-wash before wearing the first time. Can also be spot cleaned or hand-washed. Cotton clothing should be turned inside out to wash to preserve colors, however our cotton baby costumes are black so this is not necessarily required.

Drying: You may dry our Harrisons Halloween Cotton Baby Halloween Costumes on a regular permanent-press or cool setting of your dryer.

Press/Iron: Ironing our Cotton Baby Costumes is not usually necessary unless very wrinkled. We usually just hang up to reshape, or toss damp costume in cool dryer for awhile and remove promptly, just as you would perma-press. If you still want to remove wrinkles, use a clothing steamer or warm steam iron.

Store/hang: Either hang or fold and store in drawer or closet until next wearing.

Warning: Keep all costumes and clothing away from open flame! Not to be worn as sleepwear.

Wear and enjoy! Takes pictures for future memories!

© Harrisons Halloween Costumes and Castles N Crowns Boutique

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Have adult supervision. Accompany your kids if you don’t think they’re old enough to trick-or-treat on their own. Babies: Make sure you keep child's arms and legs in the stroller at all times, and everyone should stay away from open flames!
  • There is safety in numbers. If they’re old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult, tell your kids to stay in a group, and look both ways before crossing!
  • Map out your plan. Designate a route before your kids begin trick-or-treating, and make sure they stick to it. If they have cell phones, make sure they are charged and the kids know to call you if needed.
  • Take the long way 'round. Have your kids trick-or-treat in areas where there are a lot of people around. They should also avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots. Stick to areas they know!
  • Try trick-or-treat-friendly homes. Ensure your kids only visit houses with lights on. And, you might also suggest the houses they visit have some sort of Halloween decoration on the porch. Stay in well-lighted areas!
  • Stay outside. Make sure your kids don’t go inside someone’s house. They can get their candy from the porch. Teach a child NEVER to go inside the house!
  • Remain visible. Dress your kids in a bright costume so others can see them. If their costume is dark, have your kids wear reflective strips or carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  • Remember, shorter = safer. Goes without saying but just in case you forget, ensure your kids’ costumes aren’t so long that they can trip over them!
  • Don't cover the face. Instead of masks, have your kids wear [skin-safe] make-up so they can see better.
  • Quality-check treats. Check your kids’ candy before they eat it. Throw out any candy that is not in its original wrapper or looks like it has been tampered with. (And pick the best candy for yourself of course! Ha!)
  • Say "no" to strangers.Tell your kids to never accept a ride or go anywhere with a stranger.
  • Obey the law. Encourage your kids to follow all the regular rules for walking around. That includes looking both ways before crossing, obeying all traffic laws and using cross walks and crossing lights where available.
  • Have a great time! Finally, make sure your kids have tons of fun and get lots and lots of candy.
  • Source: Kaboodle and Harrisons Halloween blog

Sunday, September 11, 2011

HALLOWEEN PARTY GAMES for Harvest Festival or Church Party

Ring the Pumpkin
Line up three large pumpkins with stems, to form a ring toss. Use embroidery hoops or make hoops with rope and duct tape. Mark a throwing line on the floor and take turns trying to ring a pumpkin stem. It doesn't matter if the players make a "ringer" or not, reward them with small prizes or stickers. Smaller children can attempt to ring an entire large pumpkin with a hula hoop.
Roll the Gourd
This sounds simple enough...but it's quite a challenge! Use empty plastic pop bottles for bowling pins. Each child gets three chances to roll the gourd into the pins. The gourds go every which way but straight. Lots of giggles for this one.
Popcorn Relay Race 
The object of this game is to be the first team to successfully transport popcorn from a full bowl to an empty bowl, using only a small measuring cup.
On one side of the room place the bowls filled with popped popcorn. This is where the teams will line up. Then place the empty bowls on the other side of the room. Players take turns filling the cup, running to empty bowl to pour out the popcorn and returning to the team to pass the cup to the next player. Continue until the bowl is empty. This is a messy game - plan it for the end of the party! (Note: popcorn is a choking hazard for children under three).
Cotton Ball Scoop Game
Fill large mixing bowls with cotton balls and give each guest a spoon. Kids must scoop out as many cotton balls as possible in one minute - without using fingers!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

1960s Addams Family TV Show Theme Song Lyrics (I sang them wrong!)

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The Addams Family was one of my favorite TV shows when I was a child, and the theme song was one of the best. Catchy and easy to sing along with, I have remembered it for decades. Or have I...

I was humming the tune in my head today while thinking about my halloween cotton baby costumes*, which are also creepy, kooky, mysterious and ooky (not to mention adorably cute!) I thought I would write the lyrics here, from memory, because of course I sang them hundreds of times in my childhood.

But just in case my memory was a little off, I researched the lyrics online first, and was shocked (shocked, I tell you!) to discover I had been singing them wrong all these years!


They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're altogether ooky,
The Addams Family.
Their house is a museum.
When people come to see 'em
They really are a screa-um.
The Addams Family.
So get a witch's shawl on.
A broomstick you can crawl on.
We're gonna pay a call on
The Addams Family.

It's the last grouping/stanza that I had been singing incorrectly since the 1960's. My version of those lines:
So gather with your shawl on,
A roof that you can crawl on,
We're gonna take a call on,
The Addams Family.

I had pictured them up on their haunted mansion roof with their shawls on, looking at the moon and enjoying the night air....

Now I have to re-learn one of my favorite childhood memories (if I want to do it right).

Theme Song from the opening credits of the TV Show (on YouTube)

Side Note and Pet peeve: TV shows used to have theme songs with lyrics, created just for the show! Can't think of many that do so anymore.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils

This cool Bat and many more PUMPKIN CARVING STENCILS are available for free at  

Over here at Harrisons Halloween Costumes, it's Halloween all year long! We love the non-scary parts of Halloween, such as children dressing up in costume, face painting, pumpkins, and the vibrant colors of orange and black together.

For everyday pretend play dress-up clothes, check out our sister company, CastlesNCrowns for boys capes and masks, girls princess accessories, and tutus.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thanksgiving Craft Decorations - Pilgrim Napkin Rings for your Thanksgiving Table

Family Fun is the place to go for holiday craft ideas. We think this THANKSGIVING PILGRIM NAPKIN RINGS Table Craft is a clever idea for a functional Thanksgiving table decoration. If you have digital images of all your guests, they can do double duty as photo place cards too!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Switch Witch - What to do with Halloween Candy

What do you do with all the extra Halloween Candy you don't want your Trick-or-Treating children to eat? Ok, so you pick out your favorites and let your child have some, but then what?

How about starting a new Halloween Tradition, and leaving out Halloween Candy for the Switch Witch? It's kind of like leaving cookies and milk out for Santa and his reindeer the night before Christmas, only the child leaves out all the leftover candy on Halloween night....

The Switch Witch comes in the night and takes the candy... and in it's place she leaves a toy! It needs to be something desirable that the child will find worth having given up candy for, but it doesn't have to be expensive.

If you like to keep some of the candy in the frig or freezer and ration it out a few pieces each day, that works for some people too, but either way the Switch Witch is a fun idea. 

P.S. Be sure to leave a piece on candy taped or hung on the child's bedroom door [or front door of your house] so the Switch Witch knows this house wants to switch!