If it seems like Halloween is becoming bigger and spookier every year, rest assured that it’s not just an apparition. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Halloween is actually the fastest growing holiday in the U.S. Last year, Americans spent nearly $7.4 billion on costumes, decorations, candy and more—that’s an average of around $77 per person.
Here’s a look at the numbers, according to the NRF:
Last year’s top costumes:
- Top Children’s Costumes for 2014
Princess – 7.4% – 3,408,518
2. Animal (Dog, Cat, Lion, Monkey) – 6.4% – 2,973,388
3. Spiderman – 5.6% – 2,610,780
4. “Frozen” character – 5.6% – 2,574,519
5. Action/Superhero – 4.6% – 2,139,389
- Top Adult Costumes for 2014
Witch – 8.9% 4,825,715
2. Animal (Cat, Dog, Rabbit, etc) – 4.8% 2,613,929
3. Batman – 3.6% – 1,977,203
4. Pirate – 3.4% – 1,843,155
5. Zombie – 3.3% – 1,776,131
- Top Pet Costumes for 2014
Pumpkin – 10.8%
2. Hot Dog – 6.7%
3. Devil – 5.3%
4. Bumblebee – 4.0%
5. Cat 3.4%
Some additional numbers to ponder:
$1.4 billion: The amount spent on adult costumes.
$1.1 billion: The amount spent on children’s costumes.
16 percent: The percentage of people whose costumes are inspired by pop culture.
20 percent: The percentage of people who will make their costumes rather than buy them.
21 percent: The percentage of 18 to 24 year olds who use Pinterest for costume ideas.
8 percent: The percentage of people who won’t hand out candy.
50 percent: The amount of people who plan to buy Halloween items at a discount store.
23 million: The number of people who dress their pets in costumes.
At a loss for this year’s costume? If you’re not in the mood for Elsas and minions, and you don’t have time to create a costume from scratch, start with the hair. Sometimes, a little bit of style can go a long way.
Here are our quick-fix ideas to get a leg up (perhaps literally!) on your costume.
Spider style. With a few pipe cleaners and some felt, you can make an adorable hair bun that looks like a spider. We fell in love with this style when we came across it on the “Simple as That” blog. Check out the instructions here.
Flower power. A few floral accents make a beautiful statement. Create a flower crown, braid full flowers in with the hair or simply tuck a flower behind the ear to make a beautiful impression.
Bet on Etsy. Enter “Halloween hair” into Etsy.com and prepare to lose track of time. There are hundreds of eye-catching options, including skeleton hand hair clips, eyeball hair ties, ghost ribbon sculptures, candy corn clips and so much more.
Wig it. We know, we know, we’re in the kids hair business and we love styling and braiding hair. But we also know kids, and sometimes, a wig is a far bigger treat than a new braid. Grab one that your child likes, whether it’s brunette or fuchsia, long or short, crocheted or plastic, and the rest of the costume will quickly reveal itself!
The secret to a happy kid is often as simple as a good night’s sleep. Studies show that sleep helps with our immune systems, memories, learning and gives us that conquer-the-world feeling. But every parent knows a full night’s rest is sometimes easier said than done. Here are some tips to help your kids be their best and awaken refreshed.
Consistency is key. If you think you’re doing your children a favor by letting them stay up late, think again. Studies have shown that behavior improves when kids go to sleep at the same time every night. Children who are in school need nine to 12 hours a night, so set a regular bedtime and stick to it.
- Develop a routine. Find pre-bedtime activities that are soothing for your child. It could be bath time, reading books or telling each other stories. Be sure and adhere to that pattern every night and it’ll become an accepted part of the day-to-day expectations.
- Bedtime is quiet time. Your child’s bedroom is their sanctuary, and leading up to nighty-night time, it should be calm, cool, dark and quiet. Speak in whispers to set the tone and help your children settle down.
- Glowing screens, whether they’re television or tablet, can be quite disruptive. Plus, most kids have a tendency to want to keep playing on the device long after lights out. Establish a rule that all electronics are shut down at least an hour before bedtime. That way, you can avoid arguments that could upset the routine.
- Get that excess energy out. Kids have all kinds of energy to burn! Make sure they’re getting enough playground/running around time during the day. If they’re exhausted, bedtime will be that much sweeter.
We hear it all the time at Pigtails & Crewcuts: parents can’t believe how much homework their kids get these days—even in kindergarten! And as parents, neither can we! But rather than complain, we’ve committed ourselves to making homework fun. Here’s how we’re doing it, and how you can, too.
Create a designated homework space. It should be an area that your child enjoys, and one that’s free of distractions (especially the television). Let your child help decorate and store special school supplies here, so he or she is ready to focus on the task at hand.
- Dole out rewards. If you’re really struggling to get the wheels turning on homework, a little reward tends to go a long way. Think about the motivating factors for your child. Is it TV time? Play time? Selecting a prize from a paper bag (that you thoughtfully filled)? A promise of a trip to the park or a favorite museum? Decide what will work best for your family and establish the rules early. Then sit back and let the homework games begin!
- Schedule in breaks. A list of assignments can be overwhelming to a child (and parent!). Break the evening’s homework in to simple tasks, and take a break after each accomplishment. Run around the yard, stand up and do jumping jacks or blare some Pharrell Williams and bust out some silly dance moves. Then get back to work!
We WILL be open Sundays to better serve your back to school needs. On Sunday, August 16 and August 23, we will open our doors to help your kids look fantastic for that special first day back to school. Our hours will be 11a – 4p. See you soon!
We’ve all been there: “Hi honey! How was your day?”
C. “Um. I don’t remember.”
Broad, open-ended questions can be hard for kids to get their heads around. With school starting again, it’s time to start fresh and get the conversation going. Often, it’s as easy as simply rephrasing what you’re asking. Instead of “How was your day?” try asking your child something more specific, like, “What was the best part of your day?” or “What did you read in class today?” or “Who did you sit with at lunch today?” as a starting point for more back and forth.
Here are some tips to get your kids to answer questions using more than one word.
- Turn off all distractions. We’ve all seen the zombie stare that happens if a TV or computer is on in the vicinity of a child. Hit the “off” button and engage kids in doing something they enjoy while chatting. Bake cookies, build a fort, go for a walk, play with toys or find a fun, relaxing pastime to take the pressure off. Conversation will come easier this way.
- Make the most of mealtime. Conversing over a meal is a life skill that is, hopefully, established in childhood. Start dinner off by letting everyone share the best part of his or her day, and let the conversation flow.
- Be your own best example. Your children will model their social skills after you, so it’s important to practice what you preach. Initiate conversations with your significant other, or friends and family so your children see you engaged in asking questions as well as listening. Also, help your kids out by sharing some questions they can use to get conversation going. “Why don’t you ask your grandmother what she did today?” for example.
- Use context clues. Kids’ memories are still developing, so it is entirely possible that their “I don’t remember,” holds water. Stay in the know by keeping in regular contact with their teacher, babysitter and other parents so you know the right questions to ask. By asking something like “Who did you swing with during recess today?” you’re likely to get more details than you would by inquiring, “How was recess today?”
- Be aware. If your child isn’t comfortable answering your questions, give him or her some space, but try and find out why those questions cause anxiety or discomfort. Offer options, such as, “Would you like to talk about this later today?” You may have more luck when a better mood sets in, or your child has had a chance to give the topic some thoughts.
It’s back-to-school time! Ready to do some arithmetic, Pigtails & Crewcuts style? Check out our Back-to-School 101 offer this year for major savings (and just a little bit of math):
Who: You and your beautiful brood.
What: Big savings! Come in during our back-to-school period and we’ll make it worth your while by giving you a voucher for 1/2 off on your next visit between September 21 – October 10.
When: Our back-to-school period runs August 5, 2015 through August 19, 2015. Come back September 21, 2015 through October 10, 2015 to use your 1/2 off voucher.
Why: Because we love (your) kids! We want them looking their best, from the first day of school through the last.
Where: Pigtails & Crewcuts – Orlando (Dr. Phillips)
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