Last week, we hosted our first annual Halloween Costume Party at TLB Music!  Our amazing staff teamed up to transform our music studio and playspace with giant cobwebs, bats, jack-o-lanterns, lights, balloons, LED candles, and more.  We created a Trick-or-Treat table filled with yummy vegan sweets like YumEarth lollipops, Dandies Marshmallows, Newman’s Own Cookies, and fruit.  I also baked almost 300 mini brownies!  (Brownies are so easy to veganize:  just substitute eggs with flax eggs in any brownie recipe.)  Continue reading to see my photos from the party!

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I created this Halloween coloring sheet for you to download and print for your kids!  Click on the image below for your free PDF copy!



Coloring inspiration:

We made this lollipop spider to hang above our YummyEarth jar at TLB Music.  All you need is a lollipop, black pipe cleaners and adhesive eyes!  It’s so easy to make: wrap 4 pipe cleaners around the lollipop stick, bend them into little legs, then apply the eyes.  If want to hang your spider, just use monofilament line!


Here is what we used for our spider:

YummyEarth Lollipop: The kids (and parents) at TLB love these lollipops! They are certified organic, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, peanut-free, casein-free, dairy-free, all-natural, and most importantly, unbelievably delicious. View YummyEarth lollipops on Amazon.

Black Pipe Cleaners: Buy at your local craft store or you can order a pack on Amazon.

Wiggly Eyes: You can find these at your craft store! We purchased this pack from Amazon.

Monofilament Line: Pick this up at your hardware store or purchase a roll on Amazon. This is the one we ordered.

This Halloween, make your own bats with your kids! This free, printable template is perfect for practicing fine motor skills while creating adorable decorations for the holiday. Crafty parents: these cute creatures can double as a wine bottle topper.  See pictures below!

What you’ll need:

  • Printer and paper for printing template (click PDF link below)
  • Scissors (tip: cut out pieces for young kids new to scissors)
  • Removable double stick tape or glue stick
  • Fishing line, monofilament line, or string for hanging

Printable Halloween Activity for Kids- Create Your Own Bat PDF

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Updated September 2015

It’s almost October- can you believe it?  We were just at the beach and now we’re surrounded by pumpkins, scarves, boots, and chilly air!  One of the best parts about this time of year for kids (and parents!) is Halloween.  Have you chosen your costumes yet?

Click through for 24 of my favorite Halloween costumes for babies, toddlers, and big kids.  Click on the links beside the list items to view each costume on Amazon.  Looking for a Halloween event to attend with your kids in NYC?  Make sure to join TLB Music for a Halloween Costume Party on Friday, the 30th on the Upper East Side of Manhattan!

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Katia and I are so excited to be throwing our first Halloween costume party for kids at TLB Music!  We can’t wait to decorate the studio with cobwebs, spiders, glowing lights, pumpkins, and more.  If you live in the NYC area, please join us on October 30th for music, making Halloween-themed crafts, playing in our indoor playspace, and snacking on yummy sweets. We’ll be giving away $100 in Bird Bucks to TLB’s staff pick for favorite costume of the day and will be raffling off a full session of music classes ($688 value) for our Winter/Spring 2014 session!

What: Halloween Costume Party for kids ages 4 months – 6 years
Where: TLB Music 266 East 78th Street (between 2nd and 3rd) NY, NY 10075
When: Wednesday, October 30th 2013
Time: come anytime between 2:30 – 5:00! We think most people will stay about an hour.
Tickets: $20 per child in advance | $25 per child at door | 50% off siblings
How to Purchase Tickets: Call 212-744-0404, email tlb@tlbmusic.com, or purchase tickets online at: www.tlbmusic.com/workshops-events/

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Click through for our favorite Halloween 2012 costumes for babies and toddlers! Afterwards, make sure to view our Halloween 2011 picks- all of our selections are still available online.

Looking for an NYC Halloween event to attend with your children? Time Out New York Kids put together a fantastic guide of Halloween events throughout the month of October.
CLICK HERE to check it out!

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We’ve gathered 10 of our favorite children’s costumes for Halloween 2011.   All of these costumes are non-commerical and uncomplicated.  There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable in your costume while trick-or-treating,  so make sure your little ones are comfy in their clothes!

1.  Peapod Costume (0-6 months)

Click here to view this item on www.target.com.  It’s on clearance right now for $9.80!

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