As a family of six juggling school activities, church activities, a small business and a lawyer dad’s long hours, we often feel pulled in four different directions at once. Amid the crowded schedules, we desperately try to maintain enough “free time” to enjoy personal interests and quality family time. It’s not an easy task, but opportunities for family togetherness are all around us. Some require planning, some happen spontaneously. Some require us to sacrifice time, others to sacrifice money.
From what I’ve experienced, the one factor that determines the true success of “quality family time” really has nothing to do with the time, money or planning, but rather the ability to create a moment (even a brief moment) where the family feels a “oneness” that can often start to disappear when you are constantly moving in separate directions.
For a fun experiment in togetherness, dress up in a family theme this Halloween. The fun begins when you brainstorm as a family to create the perfect theme, continues as you work together to make or buy costumes and ends when you make your appearance at a Halloween party or in your neighborhood to trick or treat.
Here are a few family Halloween costume ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
- Snow White, Prince and Dwarves
- Zookeepers and Zoo Animals
- Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Ghosts
- Doctors and Patients
- Cereal Mascots
- Farmer and Farm Animals
- Nursery Rhyme Characters
- Gardener and plants and insects
- Favorite Sports Team Fans
- Goldilocks and Bears
- Lion Tamers and Lions
Does your family have its costume ideas ready? Share them in the comments below!
Before Carrie Lundell was a mountain biking, minivan driving, wardrobe refashioning, public school advocating, church going, race running mother of four living in the OC, she designed children’s clothes in NYC for a little company that rhymes with Cold