Skeleton Flamingos For Your Lawn Exist On Amazon To Scare The Flock Out Of Your Neighbors

I was at Target this weekend and, to my distress, discovered not a single Halloween decoration. Like, I’m not talking about empty aisles because all the products are sold out. There are just No. Decorations. Candy? Yes. Plastic pumpkins, fake cobwebs, orange and purple string lights? Nadda. Even the Hearth & Hand decor section only offered a scrawny orange leaf wreath, so I turned to Amazon to get my Halloween decor fix. It was there I discovered the greatest piece of Halloween decor I’ve ever laid eyes on: Skeleton flamingos and other plastic flamingos dressed up for October 31. I never knew how much my landscaping needed zombie flamingos until this very moment.

Not only can you get skeleton flamingos, but you can buy flamingos dressed as witches, skeleton flamingos that glow in the dark (they’re solar-powered and don’t require batteries, FYI), and bright red flamingos that think they’re the devil. They’re between 22” and 33” tall so they’ll for sure stand out. Oh, my Halloween-loving heart is so full.

Here in Los Angeles, it’s unclear what’s happening with Halloween (the city banned trick-or-treating for about seven hours, but then announced trick-or-treating was “allowed” but “strongly discouraged”), but I figured the least we could do is dress our house up and have some fun while we stay in eating fun-sized Snickers for dinner and watching Paranormal Activity/never sleeping again. While the neighborhood kids might not be able to trick-or-treat this year, at least everyone can appreciate our undead lawn flamingos. Best of all, it takes all of two seconds to stick these ghoulish beauties into the dirt. I love me some easy, festive decor.

And when you’re ready for your holiday decorations, Pink Inc. also makes Santa and reindeer flamingos.

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Halloween Party – Save the Date Invitation

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The Best ‘Mandalorian’ Kids And Adults Costume Ideas — And Before You Ask, Yes, We Have A Baby Yoda Costume … Or 4

At the time Disney acquired the Star Wars brand, it was already a huge success, featuring Star Wars toys, merchandise, and clothing … and maybe a movie or two. So when Disney announced The Mandalorian, which is a new story arc in the Star Wars world, as one of its keystone shows on the new streaming Disney+ service, the company probably knew it was going to have a relatively popular show on its hands. Popular enough to warrant many new Halloween costumes.

Then Baby Yoda happened.

Baby Yoda elicited a viral response that even mighty Disney could not have predicted (but let’s be real, they probably did). Baby Yoda toys and collectibles were not ready for the response, creating a shortage that just drove demand higher and leaving Disney playing catch-up. Hell, Disney even green-lighted a Baby Yoda Chia Pet.

With the second season of The Mandalorian set to begin around Halloween, the frenzy is sure to restart soon. So why not get ahead of the game this time and use our list of the best Mandalorian costumes for Halloween to be prepared to be the star of any party or costume contest? (Yes, we have multiple Baby Yoda costumes in our list. No, we didn’t only list Baby Yoda costumes. Sorry.)

Bodysuit for Baby Yoda Costume

See? We promised you a Baby Yoda costume, and we delivered immediately. You’re welcome. (Hint: There are more coming.)

This particular Baby Yoda has sizes for newborns to 2-year-old toddlers and everyone in between. It includes the bodysuit and a beanie. It fits like a onesie with inseam snaps at the bottom for easy access to the diaper.

The entire costume is soft, which is great for Baby’s delicate skin (and for your delicate skin if you’re having to carry the baby around for the entire night).

This Baby Yoda toddler costume is so cute, that neighbors and friends are sure to give the baby an extra treat. This means your older kids may even want to trick-or-treat with their tiny sibling in hopes of scoring a few extra treats for themselves. (And if your inner-voice is telling you that this is not a life lesson you want to teach them, go ahead and ignore it. In a few years, all you’ll remember is that the older kids included the baby in an activity. Ahh, memories.)


Fenbo Baby Yoda Infant Costume

For tiny babies 6 months and younger, this Baby Yoda costume may be even cuter than the first one.

This is a hand woven costume, featuring 100% cotton, so it’s okay for Baby’s skin. It ships with the hat (with attached Yoda ears), the wrap, a belt, and green hands and feet. The crochet pattern delivers plenty of warmth for the baby on a cool Halloween night.

For parents who are fans of Star Wars and The Mandalorian, this costume might be just the outfit for a set of first baby pictures. (Maybe to keep peace in the family, you had better use the christening gown your mother-in-law bought first, and then switch to this outfit later for some fun photos.)

When it’s time for the kid to graduate high school 18 years down the road, and the school wants cute baby photos for the slideshow, you’ll have yours taken care of. No one in the slideshow will be as cute or hip as your Baby Yoda baby. (And we don’t want to hear any doubt about whether Baby Yoda will still be a worldwide phenomenon in 18 years. That’s blasphemy.)

$24.17 AT AMAZON

Mandalorian Costume for Kids

Okay, okay. We know. Not everyone watches The Mandalorian because of Baby Yoda’s cuteness. (We haven’t met any of those people yet, but we’re sure that they exist.)

Maybe a costume for one of the non-Baby Yoda Mandalorian characters is more in line with what your kids enjoy about the show, such as a bounty hunter. This Star Wars costume includes the body suit, cape, ammunition belt, and helmet mask, which has an eye screen. The metallic guards are simulated, meaning they’re made of a soft fabric like the remainder of the body suit.

This costume is an excellent choice, providing multiple children’s sizes. The back seam stretches just a little bit, using hook and loop closures, so you can tighten or loosen the fit until it’s just right.


Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Costume

Here’s another option for a Mandalorian costume, featuring the bounty hunter, Din Djarin. This costume has an impressive look, included the padded jumpsuit, the bandolier, a cape, a belt, and the mask. It is long- sleeved and consists of polyester fabric, so it’s a little warmer than some other Halloween costumes if the nights are cool.

This costume is available in sizes ranging from small to extra large, so children from toddlers to pre-teens will find a size that fits properly. (The prop gun shown in the picture is sold separately.)

Now if it doesn’t feel right to have the Din Djarin character without having it carry the Baby Yoda, we have you covered. Skip ahead to the next product.


Rubie's Baby Yoda Costume Accessory

For some people, entering Halloween costume contests is the perfect side hustle. Each year, they come up with just the right tweak to the costume to deliver the victory and the prize money … or at least the admiration of cosplay geeks for another year.

This year, the winning tweak for any Star Wars- related costume is almost certainly going to be this Baby Yoda on-shoulder costume accessory.

Baby Yoda attaches to the shoulder of any costume using an elastic band that wraps around the upper body and keeps the figurine in place. If you wear a dark colored costume, you’ll barely notice the elastic band.

This Baby Yoda is several inches tall, so it’ll look perfect on the shoulder of any adult Mandalorian costume or on an older child’s costume. Thank us later when you’re counting your prize money.

$29.95 AT AMAZON

Mandalorian Stormtrooper Costume for Kids

All kids have a slightly evil side, as any parent knows. Whether the toddler learns how to take off the diaper and smear it all over the wall, the 5-year-old hides the crusts of PB&J under the couch until there’s an ant parade entering your home, or the 7-year-old decides he’s making breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day, and you spend the entire day cleaning raw eggs out of the toaster, these are definitely evil acts … even if the kid didn’t mean to be evil.

So maybe give the youngster a chance to pretend to be evil with this stormtrooper costume, hopefully negating the unintended evil behaviors elsewhere.

It’s true that stormtroopers don’t have the biggest roles on The Mandolarian, but they’re a key villain in nearly any story line involving Star Wars. This costume has all of the parts you’ll need to fill out the stormtrooper costume, including the bodysuit, helmet mask, belt, and shoulder pauldrons. The mask consists of a hard plastic with mesh for the eyes and mouth, but the rest of the suit is made of soft fabric.

It’s available in sizes for toddlers up to pre-teens.


Cosplaysky Bounty Hunter Costume

Adults don’t have to be left out of the costume game when it comes to The Mandalorian. This costume showcases a bounty hunter from the world of The Mandalorian, providing a great look.

(Before you ask, no, we did not find a Baby Yoda costume for adults. To be fair, we didn’t look all that hard. Too creepy … and not a Halloween fun kind of creepy.)

It uses a multitude of fabrics, including leather and canvas, which contributes to the realistic look for this character. (You do have to purchase the helmet separately.) This costume works equally well for Halloween parties or for cosplay.

There are both men’s and women’s versions of this costume, and several sizes are available, so you can find the perfect fit.

$144.99 AT AMAZON

Baby Yoda Pet Costume

When pets are part of the family, they deserve to dress up for Halloween, too. (Just think of all of the likes you’ve awarded during past Halloweens on social media for other people’s pet costumes. No one can resist cute babies and cute animals.)

Now if you turn your dog into Baby Yoda for Halloween, you can combine a baby and a pet in one photo. Guaranteed winner on social media. (Hopefully you don’t break Facebook and Twitter with the sudden rush of traffic, but we will not make any promises.)

This pet costume is available in four different sizes, so no matter how big your dog or cat is, you can find a Baby Yoda pet costume that fits. The costume consists of a robe, a faux fur collar, and fake Baby Yoda hands holding a frog.

And if your dog would rather chew the costume than wear it, no worries, as the costume uses safe materials that are made in the United States.


If your kid already has his or her heart set on a ghost, a cheerleader, or another great Halloween costume, we understand. Just keep this story in mind for next Halloween, and you can put off being the coolest parent in the neighborhood until next year. Or if you need some non-Halloween gift ideas, we have many other interesting kids gear buying guides to help you find something you cannot resist. (Fair warning: None of them will have anything as cute as a Baby Yoda, but then again, what is?)

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Felt Flower Halloween Wreath

Decorate your home for fall with this beautiful Halloween Wreath made from felt flowers. This easy DIY craft can be turned into a wreath for any holiday! DIY Halloween Wreath Craft This easy Felt Flower Halloween Wreath will make the perfect weekend DIY craft. This pretty fall wreath has been on my blog for many […]

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Totally Bitchin’ ‘Stranger Things’ Halloween Costume Ideas

In the realm of binge-worthy shows, Stranger Things with its retro feel, close-knit friendships, and creepy alien undertones is definitely among the best of them. Now three seasons in, it’s no wonder that Stranger Things costumes are so popular this year, something to keep in mind when deciding on a tween costume that’s worthy of their approval. And the best part? Many of these looks are cheap and easy to put together yourself with a few accessories and things that are already in your kid’s closet.

Sure, Halloween 2020 may be different than ever before, but it doesn’t mean your fam can’t enjoy dressing up. Maybe you’ll celebrate with spooky crafts, a haunted house candy hunt, or a socially-distanced Halloween parade. And at the very least, channeling your Stranger alter-egos will make for some pretty cute photo ops, right?

Ahead, you’ll find the best out-of-the-box outfits and some easy-to-assemble looks for your  Stranger Things fans. It may even inspire you to re-watch the seasons to get everyone into the spirit.

The Best Unique Stranger Things Costumes


Party City Stranger Things Mall Eleven Costume

Get this ’80s-tastic kids’ costume to re-create a trip to the Starcourt Mall. When Max and Eleven head out for a boy-free shopping spree, El picks out her own clothes for the first time and chooses this eccentric romper as she discovers her style. All in all, the perfect outfit for coming-of-age kids looking to channel their strong, fashion-forward selves.

$29.99 AT AMAZON

Dark Paradise Eleven Battle Shirt

Kicking a$$ in suspenders? You go, girl. This costume comes with the yellow patterned faux-silk shirt, suspenders, and the telltale blindfold that helps El tune into her psychic powers. Add black pants and ’80s style sneaks (Converse, Keds) to complete the ensemble.

$25.99 AT AMAZON

Dustin Henderson

Flyer Camp Know Where T-Shirt

This is a nearly effortless costume, especially if you have a curly-haired child. Give a nod to witty genius Dustin as he, Steve, Robin, and Erica duck around corners at the Starcourt mall, spying on the evil Russian scientists.

$14.99 AT AMAZON

Flyer Camp Know Where Hat

And of course, you can’t forget the hat.

$16.99 AT AMAZON

Steve Harrington

Party City Steve Scoops Ahoy Costume

Steve looked hilarious in his nautical-themed work uniform, and your kid (or you!) can, too! Plus, no fellow Stranger Things fan will mistake who they’re imitating in this unforgettable getup.



$49.99 AT AMAZON

Robin Buckley

Party City Robin Scoops Ahoy Costume

And let’s not forget Robin, Steve’s coworker, crush, and conveniently-equipped Russian code-breaker, who wears a matching ensemble.

$34.56 AT AMAZON


Lito Angels Kids Demogorgon Costume

If your young Stranger Things fan likes to be creepy AF, this skin-crawling Demogorgon costume is the one for them! There’s even a hood to cover the gaping flower-shaped mouth (there are no eye or mouth holes, though, so don’t let them walk around with it on), so they can pull it off and let the jaws open for full dramatic effect.


ThatCraftyFriendShop Demogorgon Dog Costume

… Or, you can dress up your furry kid with this way cuter Demogorgon costume, instead.


Best Stranger Things DIY Costumes & Accessories

Erica Sinclair

Oh, Erica. We caught glimpses of your charm in Seasons 1 and 2, but in Season 3, we saw you in all your sassy glory. (And we’re crossing our fingers for more in Season 4.) While there are a few Erica costumes out there, this one’s super easy to make on your own: Start with your kid’s blue overall shorts or grab this super-cheap pair from SheIn. Then pair it with a yellow T-shirt and belt!


Of course, we can’t forget Miss Sinclair’s Russian spy mission safety gear. Grab your kid’s knee and elbow pads, then get a white bike helmet like this pick from XPRIT and tape flashlights to either side. Bonus: You’ll be happy when your youngster wants to suit up for bike and scooter rides even after playing dress-up.


Nancy Wheeler

If you’re feelin’ a little crafty, adding blue trim to the bottom of a purple short-sleeve A-line dress like this one from HUHOT will mimic Nancy’s striking frock. From chasing a story to prove to herself to her sexist boss, to chasing down the Demogorgon with little bro Mike (and crew), Nancy does it all — and in dress shoes, no less. Don’t forget the big ’80s hair, too!


Mike, Will & Lucas

We hate to lump these BFFs together because they’re each awesome in their own right. However, emulating some of the gang’s ’80s-tastic style is super easy with the help of a few accessories.

Pretty much any retro-looking striped T-shirt or rugby shirt with khaki shorts or wide-leg jeans will fit the boys’ style. If you can’t find one in your kid’s closet, get an affordable option like this one from Hope & Henry, which is especially very “Mike.” (FYI, Max’s look can easily be re-created with a striped tee and cutoffs, too.)


Snag some over-calf striped socks like these Pareberry Classical Triple Stripes Socks to add rad decade vibes to your kid’s costume.



When there’s a chill in the air, the boys often wear their windbreakers. Pick up this classic Dickies jacket, which doubles as the perfect back-to-school layer for fall. (You can check out similar styles in kids sizes, too.)



And don’t forget some throwback kicks. This pair of Saucony Originals are almost identical to the ones worn by Lucas, and they also happen to be perfect for back-to-school. (See, we moms know how to stretch a dollar.)


But whatever you do, DO NOT forget the calculator watch! This affordable one from Casio is an absolute necessity for any ’80s nerd.



See more brilliant, mom-approved ideas by checking out our other kid gear picks!

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Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with a Surprise Inside

These Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with a Surprise Inside are so easy and lots of fun! You won’t be able to resist biting into these chocolate cupcakes topped with rich chocolate buttercream frosting and a surprise filling. A simple Halloween dessert! Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with a Surprise Inside Easy Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with a Surprise Inside will […]

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Halloween M&M Cookies in a Jar

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Witch Halloween Party Ideas

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Target Is Selling Disney No-Carve Pumpkin Kits And We Want Them All

Target’s no-carve Disney pumpkin kits are a Halloween must-have

It might still be steamy summer, (hello, those of us in the south have many weeks of boob sweat left, save us) but Halloween approacheth and stores are already putting out the goods for this candy, costume, and gourd-focused holiday. It might be kind of annoying to have the end of summer seemingly rushed, but once you see these Disney no-carve pumpkin decorating kits, you’ll want a PSL in one hand and your credit card in the other, because OMG. They’re way too cute.

Naturally, this Halloween goodie can be found at Target, the place where we find basically all the things we need (and don’t need). And before you pumpkin carving purists look at me funny, let’s be real here — carving a jack o’ lantern kind of sucks.

The novelty of going elbow-deep into a pit of cold, slimy pumpkin gust wears off pretty quick, y’all. Luckily, Target and our buds at Disney heard our prayers and came up with an adorable way to avoid the carving process altogether. They’re only $10 and completely adorable. Check. These. Out.

First up is our cowboy buddy Woody and would you look at that — no pumpkin slop anywhere to be found. If you want to paint your pumpkin a coordinating color, by all means. But when it comes to dressing it up, all you need to do is push the pieces into the pumpkin. Done dinner.


Woody is far from the only choice you have. How about a Cinderella pumpkin? It totally fits with the whole coach thing. Color your big squash that gorgeous pale blue and you’ll be in perfect princess form.


Not really the princess type? Do you like your Halloween chachkies a little on the spooky side? Check out sweet Vampirina, complete with her cute fingerless gloves.


If traditional Disney is more your speed, you can have both Mickey and Minnie gracing your autumn porch-scape this season. No carving Mousekatools required.


Last but certainly not least is this completely enchanting Sally Skellington set that is obviously Halloween-friendly without going anywhere near a pumpkin.


There. See? Jack o’lanterns easy as pie.

If you want to buy them all and have an entire Disney pumpkin crew adorning your doorstep, absolutely no one will judge. Pop these little guys into the gourds, grab a pumpkin pie cocktail, and revel in your non-goopy hands. You are officially a Halloween decor genius.

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Why I Celebrate My Son’s Autism On Halloween

The holidays can be a nightmare for people and parents dealing with autism. For parents, we hope this will be the year our children will eat the same thing as everybody else at the Thanksgiving table. We pray our children will sit — and if we are really lucky — look at the camera for a family Christmas photo.

We beg our children to wear the adorable suit and tie or frilly pastel colored dress for church on Easter Sunday. We wish our children would enjoy the excitement of the holidays rather than get sensory overloaded and become so anxious that most of our holiday celebrations are cut short. As the parent of an 8-year-old with autism, I get it. Every year I feel the same way about holidays and every year I find myself dreading them more and more… except for one.


Think about it. Halloween is the one holiday where “fitting in” is actually discouraged. It’s the one holiday when standing out and being as different as humanly possible results in positive praise and feedback. And it’s the one holiday where I can make my child’s obsession with odd objects (such as fire alarms and microwaves) something people actually pay attention to in a tangible way.

I remember when my son was four years old and his obsession was microwaves. I remember him expressing how he wanted to be a microwave for Halloween and I remember thinking “Dear Lord, no. People are going to make fun of you. Don’t you want to be something more ‘normal’ like everybody else?”

But my mind was quickly changed when — after a cardboard box and some silver spray paint later — my son actually got to see his passion come to life. And better yet, he got to share that passion with everybody else. Dressed like a microwave, my son could beep like a microwave, talk about microwaves, and flap with excitement about microwaves — and every single person loved it.

Since that first Halloween four years ago, it has become the one holiday where I feel like my son can openly express his interests, and the odder they are, the more excitement they generate from others. From a microwave, to a deck, to a fire alarm, to a tornado, and this year a haunted house, my friends and family actually wait to hear and see with excitement what Grandy’s current obsession is and how I can bring it to life for others to see. It definitely hasn’t been easy and every year I wonder how I will pull it off, but somehow I do, and the results are nothing short of magical.

So for autism parents, I get that the holidays can be hard. And I understand that Halloween may just be another holiday you dread trying to celebrate with others, but I encourage you to try and look at it in a different light. Don’t celebrate Halloween because everybody else is; celebrate it because your child is what everybody else is not — and on Halloween day, that is perfectly “normal.”

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