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Okay, I know Halloween is over, but I have to say that this was the best year ever when it came to my daughter, Lilah. Why? BECAUSE I LOVE HALLOWEEN! I love to dress up and I have always loved trick-or-treating. I was hoping Lilah would feel the same way. Last year we had a costume and a trick-or-treating plan for the day, but unfortunately when the time came to venture out, she refused to wear her costume. I tried to put it on and she took it off. Yes, I have a stubborn one. She did go trick-or-treating in her black cat t-shirt, but she said she was too shy to get candy from people. It was quite a let down (as a proud Halloween parent).

However, this year she chose her costume, Woody (from Disney’s Toy Story) and she was excited to go. On the Friday before Halloween, all of the kids at her school dressed up. I explained that if she didn’t dress up, she would stand out more and that she should participate with her other classmates. She went with it (woohoo!) and ended up having a great time at school and had photos taken of her with all of her friends.

When Grandma took her to Petaluma’s (California) treat-or-treating in the local downtown area, Lilah was able to dress up again as Woody. Yee Haa! She loved that people knew who she was dressed up as. Though still a bit shy about the trick-or-treating, she did participate (a big step forward for Lilah!). That night, we ended up not taking her out trick-or-treating, but she had a blast handing out candy to the other kids. We would sprint for the door and make a big deal of it every time the doorbell rang. All-in-all, it was fabulous Halloween. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

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We want to thank all of the mommies and daddies for taking the time to submit photos of their babies and kids in their cutest Halloween costumes! We had a tough time deciding who our winners would be with such adorable photos.  We chose one winner for Le Top and one winner for Rabbitmoon.

For Le Top – the winner is….

Bella the Pinkalicious Poodle
submitted by Barbie Best Jones

Barbie Best Jones, please email service@letop-usa.com to redeem your free Le Top outfit of your choice. Congratulations!

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For rabbitmoon – the winner is….

Maya (2.5-years-old) dressed up as Ruby from
Nick Jr.’s Max & Ruby cartoon.

Stephanie Saxe, please email service@rabbitmoon-usa.com to redeem your free rabbitmoon outfit of your choice. Congratulations!

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Halloween may be a one-night affair, but its delish treats can last long into November. If your kids brought home a mountain of chocolaty and sugary bites, you don’t have to let them sit around. Our tip? Use the leftover Halloween candy to create this easy and yummy dessert/snack recipe. You can bring this dessert to parties or break off into mini pieces for an after-school sweet treat.

Candy Corn Pretzel Bark
White chocolate binds a Halloween classic — candy corn with salty pretzels and dried cranberries in this sweet-and-savory treat.

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time Until Done: 1 hour 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 ounce(s) white chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup(s) miniature pretzels
  • 1/2 cup(s) candy corn
  • 1/3 cup(s) dried cranberries

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, leaving an overhang of paper.
  2. Melt white chocolate in the microwave on low (be careful not to burn the chocolate) OR in a small pyrex bowl over a pot of low boiling water.
  3. Spread melted white chocolate in the prepared pan and sprinkle with miniature pretzels, candy corn, and dried cranberries.
  4. Chill until firm.
  5. Remove from the pan and break into pieces.

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Halloween roundup! Here at Le Top we love dress up and seeing all of the cute costumes children and their parents dress up in!  Send us your photos of your kiddos (or even with parents) in their spookiest and cutest costumes by this Friday, November 5, 2010 and WIN A FREE LE TOP OUTFIT of your choice!  Submit images to service@letop-usa.com or post on our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/le-top/117553138255670

The winner will be announced on Friday, November 5th!

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Photos by Krysta Lynne Photography

We just had to share photos of this beautiful child. Though she was a Rabbitmoon Columbus day drawing winner (where she received this Savanna dress) what made her the perfect choice for today are these photos of her in the Le Top Roary the Lion costume – it doesn’t get ANY cuter!  Have a fun night of fright and frolic, Marley!  No one will be able to resist giving you all the best candy.

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Paulo is wearing a long-sleeved shirt from the Imagination collection and 5-pocket jeans from the Guitar collection from rabbitmoon's 2010 fall/winter collection.

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins… I just love fall! After going to the pumpkin patch to select our pumpkins, it’s time to carve them into Jack-O-Lanterns (a few days before Halloween so they don’t rot away too early). It’s always so interesting to see what faces we come up with each year. Miranda, being 6 years old, considers herself an expert pumpkin carver with two years under her belt. She even showed me the “templates” she drew for her round orange pumpkin and for her white ghost pumpkin. So cute! I didn’t even realize she knew what template means.

My favorite part is smelling the fresh aroma of the pumpkin as you cut open the top. Mmmm! It smells so sweet. My daughter’s favorite part is taking out the seeds. I think she likes feeling the slimy mess inside. As for my husband, I think he likes the power he feels when he uses his drill to poke holes in the soft flesh of the fruit. (Men!) And my 18-month old son… as long as he has his little pumpkin, he’s good.

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Watch out for Andrew the Dragon! Although he has a handsome face and a charming smile, we’ve been told this lad has a very ferocious roar! Andrew’s mom sent us these adorable pictures of her little Londoner in our Duke the Dragon costume and we just had to share them. Seeing Andrew in his costume is certainly a Halloween treat! Congratulations on being our Darling of the Day, Andrew, and we hope your Halloween celebration is a roaring good time!

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For over 32 years, Le Top has been creating quality playwear as a family-owned company based out of sunny Richmond, California—just across the bay from San Francisco. We love to support local non-profit organizations and recently learned about the Contra Costa Animal Services adoption department and their fun Halloween adoption event. Our trusty and loyal Le Top Customer Care team member, Marilyn, helped out at a local Martinez branch where they dressed up animals that are waiting to be adopted in Halloween costumes!

We thought you would enjoy these photos, and possibly be interested in adopting a cute pet – that would be a sweet Halloween treat!

The mission of Contra Costa Animal Services is to protect the public and animals in their community, and prevent cruelty, abuse, and neglect of animals in Contra Costa County by effectively and efficiently enforcing all animal laws. To learn more about the organization, go to http://www.ccasd.org/.

 

 

 

“Looks like Riley is a Le Top fan and dressed up one of our costumes, Barker the Puppy! How cute!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We want to thank all of the mommies and daddies for taking the time to submit photos of their little bambinos at pumpkin patches for Le Top contest! We had a VERY tough time deciding who our winners would be with so many over the top cute photos.  We were so torn, that we chose 3 top winners!  And the winners are (in random order)…Cheers!

Winners, please email service@letop-usa.com to redeem your free Le Top outfit of your choice. Congratulations!

STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT NOVEMBER CONTEST….

1.      Stephanie Simmons Terhune who submitted an adorable and classic photo of her two girls, Lauren (4-years-old) and Katelin (7-months-old) at a pumpkin patch in Colorado.


2.      Becky Atland Branch
who submitted a first time pumpkin patch photo of Connor (7-months-old) from Arkansas.


3.      Jennifer Stapp
who submitted a picture of Addisyn (11-months-old) – those boots and first pumpkin are over the moon cute!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN & BE SAFE TRICK-OR-TREATING!

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This version of a classic carnival game also makes a fun and great Halloween kids’ activity with bursting confetti-and-candy-filled balloons. This Halloween game is good for a home party or even the classroom – it is sure to make everyone “explode” with laughter and glee.

MATERIALS

  • 4-by-5 1/2-foot piece of foam board (buy it at your local craft store)
  • 2 yards of burlap or other fabric
  • Duct tape
  • Thirty-five 12-inch orange balloons
  • Confetti
  • Candy (small, thin types work best)
  • Pump, for balloons (optional), joann.com
  • T pins
  • Green construction paper
  • Pushpins (or darts for bigger kids)

 

HOW-TO

1. Cover foam board with burlap; secure in back with duct tape. Place flat on the ground (living room or a spacious area)

2. Fill balloons with confetti (using a funnel) and candy. Leave a few treat-free to add to the suspense.

3. Inflate the balloons (a pump makes it faster); tie off with a knot. Attach balloons to board with T pins, in a pumpkin shape. Make sure to push the T pins all the way in so that there are no “poking” accidents when your child sits on the balloon.

4. Cut a stem shape from green construction paper, and secure with T pins.

5. Put on a fun Halloween song like the “Monster Mash” and have the kids dance to the music – when the music stops, have them sit on the balloons to make them pop! Challenge the kids to pop all of the balloons by the end of the song.

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