This summer, my two youngest children Gustav, 4, and Liv, 2, have been embroiled in a power struggle over their six-year-old brother Axel’s old Halloween dragon costume from Pottery Barn Kids. Axel first wore it when he was 10 months old, so it’s nearly impossible for either one of them to squeeze into it. Still, they’ve been wearing it any chance they get. From dance parties in our living room to jumping on the neighbor’s trampoline, I can always count on that dragon to show its cute face around our house.
To end the battle, I told my kids they were each allowed to choose a new Halloween costume from Pottery Barn Kids. Axel picked a pirate costume, Gustav the Abominable Snowman and Liv a werewolf. With three children, it’s a splurge, but knowing how much use they got out of that first costume — it’s a year-round outfit — I felt it was worth it. So when Pottery Barn Kids asked me to partner up on a Halloween promotion a mere week after we ordered our costumes, it felt a little like serendipity.
Pottery Barn Kids is extending an offer of 20% off select Halloween costumes and up to 40% off — plus free shipping — on their matching treat bags, which can be monogrammed with your child’s name. What I find special about these costumes is not only the high quality — Axel’s original costume is now on its third kid and is still going strong — but how pretty and sweet they are. You can never spread enough kindness in the world, and I feel these convey that quality.
Halloween is such a sweet holiday for more reasons than the candy. It’s simply magic to venture outside at dusk, roaming the lit-up neighborhood with crowds of children and their parents. Before we go trick or treating, I always make a pot of my friend Maili Halme Brocke’s butternut squash soup and keep it warm on the stove. When we get home, I serve the soup in cups with a slice of corn bread on the side. It warms up our hands and bellies, and helps us sleep like logs despite the lingering sugar rush. It’s still a month away, but I hope you have a magical Halloween!
All photographs courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids ©2013.