This dad FINALLY gets to celebrate Halloween (and he’s doing it in a MOOSE costume)

Post from Penn:

I can’t tell you how psyched I am about Halloween this year.  Not because of the near perfect weather, the chance to check in with neighbors, the fun block parties, or the increasingly skimpy adult female  costumes (whoever is responsible for this trend deserves a medal, in my opinion – Kim begs to differ).

It’s because for the first time in my life, I get to go trick or treating with my kids.

As a former local news anchor, Halloween always happens at the start of a period called “November Sweeps.”  You CAN’T take time off from work, and at my station I was at the anchor desk until about 8:00pm. I’d rush to my neighborhood (well, not “rush” – there are like a billion kids stumbling through the street like drunken sailors) and find my kids, and see them knock on two doors before they crash from the impending sugar coma.  Not enough time.

So this year I am making up for lost time.  I am picking the kids up from class and we are getting dressed immediately. I am taking enough pictures to fill up a NORAD server.  I am toasting pumpklin seeds.  I am setting up an adult margarita station in my driveway for pregame.
Oh, and I am wearing exactly what my kids want me to wear.  But that’s the rule now, anyway, right?
Sure, I love the ironic, irreverant, borderline insensitive costume. This year it’ll be the Ebola Hazmat suit, Breaking Bad Guy, or “Zombie Anyone Famous who Died This Year”.  But those are for adult parties.
For the 31st, PARENTS WEAR WHAT THE KIDS WANT.
Which means this year, there will be 6,238,549 families dressed in Frozen costumes this coming week.
Don’t believe me? Check out Google’s costume predictor for most used outfits this year!
1. Elsa
2. Olaf
5. Anna
I mean, the movie came out LAST YEAR!
Granted, this will probably be the last big cash influx of the Frozen Empire, but we are contributing, once again.  There was never any doubt.  In JANUARY, Lola and Penn Charles came into the kitchen and assigned the costumes.  She’s Elsa, he’s Olaf, Kim’s Anna, I am the Moose, or Reindeer, or whatever.  Discussion over.
But how fun is it to dress up as a family in the same theme? I love the “Team Halloween” concept. Sure, the costumes invariably look ridiculous on the grown-ups, but the kids LOVE it, and the parents can get in on the action as well, instead of skulking at the edge of the lawn, awkwardly waving and waiting for the kids to run back to them.  We are allowed to have fun, too, right?

We hope you enjoy our Halloween Video. We had a blast making fools of ourselves, once again.
And send us pictures of your family’s “team costumes”.  We’ll post em in our next blog!

Dear Chasing Fireflies: Our catalog obsession

(This blog post and video are made possible by a partnership with Chasing-Fireflies. If you haven’t seen their catalog, then.. well.. read on..)

As an adult — you probably have a favorite store or designer. Penn can lose himself in an Apple store for days. Me? Drop me off in front of a Williams-Sonoma and I’m good for at least a week. (YES! I NEED a ruffled pie plate in every color)

For our children, it’s Chasing Fireflies. They don’t have a brick and mortar store — but they send these catalogs. THE CATALOGS. They are like something out of a dream for a little one. The clothes and costumes are fantasy-like. I don’t even know how we got on their mailing list years ago but they are our special occasion go-to since their catalog made it to our mailbox.

SIDE NOTE: You remember those striped Christmas Jammies we wore last year? Yep. We bought them from Chasing Fireflies.

Additional side note from Mom on a SoapBox: I don’t know about you — but it’s been harder and harder for me to find age appropriate clothing for my little girl. She’s seven. Does she need an off-the shoulder, midriff baring shirt? A scoop neck, glitter dress? SHE’S SEVEN. So I’m thrilled when she circles a sweet dress in the Chasing Fireflies catalog.

So imagine our children’s reaction when we got a call FROM Chasing Fireflies. It looked a little like this:

Our family will be featured in an upcoming catalog, you guessed it, in our Christmas Jammies.

We put this video together for them: It explains our children’s obsession with their products and how we handle it.

Watch it. Share it. And get the catalog.