Easy Family Halloween Costumes


This Redlocks and Shamrocks girl is OBSESSED with Halloween!  I absolutely love getting dressed up and planning Halloween costumes.   Even as a little girl I would sketch out my costume ideas months in advance and mail them across the country to my grandmother who would make my dreams come true delivering me one of a kind costumes.   While in college I would hand make my -too revealing-costumes.   I love to SEMI-hand make costumes!  Here are a few EASY family costume ideas this this Halloween season! 

Two years ago for my daughter’s first Halloween we went as a fruity family-a strawberry, a banana, and a pineapple! I got her costume on sale at Carter’s, we got my husband’s banana costume off of Amazon, and I threw my costume together with a pineapple dress and made my headpiece out of scrapbook paper, a toilet paper roll, an old headband, and a ton of hot glue.  


The following year I was pregnant with my son and my daughter found her love for Elmo hence the Sesame Street costumes!

These were very easy to make!  For my husband’s Cookie Monster costume I bought an inexpensive blue hoodie, made cookies out of felt and puff paint, then glued on eyeballs made from styrofoam spheres and felt!   My VERY Big Bird costume was mainly purchased and jazzed up with a yellow feather boa and then I made feet out of felt.   For Logan’s Elmo costume I dyed a onesie red and glued on Elmo’s face out of felt.  I made her almost no-sew tutu and made her a simple headband with sequins and a fluffy boa.

This year for Halloween we decided to go as classic Halloween characters- a witch, a black cat, Dr. Frankenstein and his monster!  My two year old, after reading the book Room on the Broom, became obsessed with witches so we went with that theme.  img_9147img_9158img_9151

Our costumes for Halloween 2016 are half bought, half made by me!   I really like semi home making Halloween costumes.  I feel that it makes costumes more original and softer for kids to wear because store bought costumes are usually made our of cheep itchy material.

Logan’s Witchy Look:

Logan’s witch costume was mainly bought from Amazon and the Dollar Tree!  Yes!  The Dollar Tree!   I jazzed up the store bought items with ribbon and made a almost no-sew tutu. 

Tights and Leotard: Amazon

Shoes: Target sold here

Hat {Jazzed up with ribbon by me}, Broom, Witch Nose, Feather Boa: Dollar Tree

Tutu: Made by me.

Mommy’s Black Cat Look:

For my mommy Halloween look I like to be comfortable as well as find things I already own to wear.   Some parents don’t dress up for the holiday, but come on don’t be a Grinch!  You don’t have to go crazy to be festive.  I tried to do cute cat make up, but this is not a beauty blog because this girl sucks at fancy makeup! It was a mom fail and was washed off quickly.  lol 

And how fun are these super cute cat socks!

Black Dress:  Forever 21..under 16 dollars!  Sold here

Cat Ears: Forever 21… under 4 bucks! Sold here

Boa: Dollar Tree

Cat Socks: Amazon

Shoes: Steve Madden

Kohen and Daddy’s Dr. Frankenstein and FrankenBABY Monster Look:

Who doesn’t love Frankenstein for Halloween!  One common mistake on Halloween is people think the green faced creature is named Frankenstein.  This English teacher knows the classic Mary Shelley novel and ‘Frankenstein’ is actually Victor Frankenstein the mad scientist who created a monster.  🙂 There is your short lesson for the day.   Any-who…. I love these two and their simple costumes!

Dad’s Lab Coat and Wig: Amazon

Dr Head Mirror:  Made by me out of tin foil, cardboard, a headband, and of course hot glue!

Kohen’s Shirt: Target {on clearance, under 5 dollars!} I jazzed it up with puff paint and felt patches.

Kohen’s hat: Etsy sold here {I’m not THAT talented to make it myself lol}

Simple baby costumes are key.  The first year with Logan’s puffy strawberry costume was so cute, but it wasn’t practical.   The costume had to be taken off for her to fit in the car seat and WHO thought tights were good for quick diaper changes?  I wanted to keep Kohen’s costume simple and warm so a beanie, shirt, pant combo was perfect!


We will definitely be getting our money’s worth out of our costumes this year as for many trunk-or-treats and Halloween festivities wears! Have a fun and save Halloween this year Redlocks and Shamrocks readers!

What are you being for Halloween this year?  AND Where are you going to be trick or treating? Comment below!


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks Girl,

Lisa Doyle


Four Friends You NEED As a Mom…

Four Friends You NEED As a Mom….


  1. The lifelongers– These are friends who have seen you grow up and think “damn I can’t believe she is a mom now!”
  2. The young kid-less friends– I like to call them “single” although they maybe in a committed relationship.   This is your friend who you were a few years ago, running free like a wild horse. You get them, but they sure as heck don’t get you.  
  3. The “with you in the trenches” mom friends– These are ladies with kids the same age as your children. They are living your life on the reg, and they get the daily struggle.
  4. The experienced mom friends- These gals you can call at anytime to get real-talk advice. These chicks are like pediatricians, child psychologists, and mommy therapists.

Since I have become a mother my friendship “squad,” as the young people call it, has drastically changed.   I can’t say it’s for the better or worse, but it has made a definite shift over the last couple years.   Its like moving from middle school to high school overnight, realizing you just don’t fit in with that certain “crowd” anymore.   You look at your old middle school aka pre-mommy friends with a blissful eye; missing them, those memories, laughs, and no cares in the world realizing its hard to go back-actually in your case impossible.   You look at your new high school aka post-mommy friends and realize you NEED them.   To complain to, to inspire you to become a better mother, to guide you and give you advice through this new journey where everyday you wake up and pretend you know what the heck you’re doing. This change in “squads” has been very emotional for me. I am SO happy to have made new friends and grown closer to certain friends, I don’t know what I would do without them.   But I also cry over those best friends who I feel are slipping through my fingers. The ones who I used to talk to on a daily basis drifted to me talking to once a week-then once a month- then who knows when…… Life gets so busy: kids, work, boyfriends, husbands, but I get sad at night when I check social media and that’s the only true way I know what’s going on in their life, that’s so depressing.

To my friends over the years who I have lost or may be losing:

            Please come back.   I miss you and I think of you everyday.   Our lives are not on the same path right now and I am hoping one day they will meet up again.   Just know that when you call and you hear a screaming child in the background of the phone, I AM LISTENING.   I hear you, I am there for you.   Although you are telling me an important story and I have to pause to scold my two year old I AM LISTENING.   If something happens in your life: good, bad, ugly.   I am here.   Stranded on the side of the road? No one else to help? I will wake my kids up from their nap and come rescue you.   I’ll be honest, I know it doesn’t seem like that because I give responses like, “Oh, I can’t meet up for lunch at 1:00, because my kids nap from 12-2…sorry.”   But I am here, I always will be.   My door is always open-although warning there is some scary shit on the other side.   Shit literally: blow outs, the smells yuck- moms get “used” to it.   And shit figuratively-screaming toddlers, dirty dishes, me with no bra on, no make up, and sweats on with God knows what bodily fluid on them.   But please come over, (bring coffee though lol) witness the craziness, be involved, and I will be involved in your life.   Friendship is a two way street.   I love the friends who I don’t talk to on a daily basis, you see each other and nothing skips a beat.   But sometimes that window of not talking grows further and further apart and then one day there is no phone call, meet up, or lunch date and I don’t want that day to come.

To my friends I have grown closer with or made:

            Freaking amen to you ladies!!! I don’t know how I could survive motherhood with out those late night texts, early calls, or playdates. Those phone calls where we talk about how much we LOVE our children.   The calls where you and I are seeking advice on what to do or sadly (and embarrassingly) the calls where we complain-your tired and on your wits end and you’re going nuts.   Thank you for listening and not judging!   This journey is so hard and knowing I have you experiencing the same challenges everyday makes me feel not alone.   Thank you for listening to me cry because I don’t know how to get my kid to nap. Thank you for sharing with me your horrific mom fails, because it makes me feel human. Thank you for listening to me tell some long winded story about how my newborn coo’d for the first time-only you know how exciting it because other people would think ‘big deal.’   Thank you for encouraging me and reminding me ‘its just a phase.’ Thank you for that the easy dinner idea btw. Thank you for knowing that at a split second our phone call can end-right in the middle of a conversation- because a child needs us. Thank you for being my support system: my rock, my shoulder to cry on, my cheerleader, my mentor, my idol, and most importantly my friend.


To both of these types of friends:

I NEED you in my life. To my fun kid-less friend, I need to hear you randomly getting your nails done-damn I’ll be jealous (yes its really like that Sex and the City episode where Miranda and Samantha have that hair appointment/screaming baby situation.)   I need you to tell me your wild night where you stayed out until 3am, lost a shoe, ate Del Taco, and met with a handsome hunk.   Actually text me-I’m up at 3am for completely different reasons.   I need you, we’ve been friends forever and I can’t lose you.   I know you look at me and think “dang she has changed” “she never has time for me” “I don’t want to interrupt her” or whatever else you’re thinking, I’m not in your head, but I hope you are missing our tight friendship as I am missing yours.   My new squad- thanks for being my new ride-or-dies.   We’re in this new prison gang where we have these people that rely on us and we will do anything to protect-can you tell I finally finished Orange is the New Black? My mom friends are really the most amazing women and they are supermoms, I don’t know how they do it all!


To all my types of friends: Thank you. I love you.



Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle


Halloween Toddler Netflix Movie Recommendations


The Redlocks and Shamrocks crew is OBSESSED with Halloween!  We love everything about the month of October: cooler weather, pumpkin everything, dressing up for Halloween, and the countdown to Thanksgiving and Christmas!  Halloween can tend to be TOO SCARY for toddlers so here are my Halloween Toddler Netflix Movie Recommendations.   These movies are PERFECT for kids and not too dull for adults.  Jump in your jammies, grab some ooey gooey popcorn, cuddle on the couch, and press play to these Netflix shows!


Spooky Buddies


I don’t know who likes this movie more-my toddler or me.   Talking dog movies can be really lame, but this one is oh so cute!   Five cute pups and their owners must defeat an evil warlock and the Halloween Hound before sunrise!  There is just the right amount of scary in this movie for toddlers not to mention enchanting music, a ‘Frankendude,’ and talking owl!   Don’t say Halloween Hound three times in a mirror or evil warlock Warwick might get you! 

Room on the Broom


I LOVE this classic children’s book Room on the Broom and now it is an animated movie!  Of course the book is always better & that goes with this movie too, but this is a great short flick for toddlers on Halloween.   The crazy {REDLOCKS} witch in this story helps others as she gives them rides on her magical broom.  With so many fun creatures along the ride will there be enough room on the broom?  AND How will the witch escape the evil dragon?  

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest 


This is a must watch for toddlers!  Ohhhh that Curious George is always getting into trouble and why not on Halloween!?  George and his cute {REDLOCKS} friend Allie hear the spooky tale of the Legend of No Noggin.  After listening to this Halloween legend, George tries to figure out if the myth is real or not!  George also enters a costume contest which is oh so fun and creative! 

I hope you enjoy these toddler fun Halloween movies!  We have watched a few of them more than once! What are your favorite holiday shows to watch this season? Comment below!


Your Redlocks and Shamrocks girl,

Lisa Doyle