A Very Target Halloween (Giveaway!)

by Jessica Shyba on October 19, 2012

in City Life,Events,Parenting


I’m not sure there’s another holiday that I have as much fun with as Halloween. I love the changing of the seasons, the apple and pumpkin picking trips, and the costumes. Finding costumes and dressing my kids up is really way more fun as a parent than it ever was as a kid.

While last year was a little more difficult in terms of logistics (I was about 6 weeks from having our third baby, Beau), I haven’t let a Halloween go by without celebrating to the fullest extent.

This year, we started at the beginning of the month. We painted pumpkins the first week of October, and have completely decked out the apartment in Halloween decorations in anticipation of our last Halloween in this apartment, our last in New York City (please pardon the melodrama, I can’t help myself).

The family and I attended a Halloween preview at Target’s offices in Manhattan where the kids got to dress up, load up on treats and crafted for hours while I peeped the fun decorations and chatted with Soleil Moon Frye.

We don’t get to shop at Target unless we have a vehicle, so this was a special treat (for me especially, as you know).

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It was a treat talking to Soleil about her two daughters, their life in LA, and her gig as Target’s first Mommy Ambassador. Not to mention, her character as Punky Brewster was a fixture of sorts in my childhood, so I was completely tickled to meet her. She is as sweet and bubbly as you would imagine.

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I am thrilled to announce that I am a new member of Target’s first ever Inner Circle, a small group of bloggers they selected from across the country. As a part of the Inner Circle, I will be doing attending special events and getting the inside Target scoop to share with you.

As an Inner Circle insider perk, we were lucky to have a little help from Target’s fabulous holiday decorations. Our apartment is tiny, so a little bit goes a long way, but I figured we might as well go big and really celebrate the heck out of this Halloween. Beau especially is enjoying the new colors and things hanging everywhere, though he doesn’t really understand it.

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I especially loved the melamine plates, storage cup and BPA free straw sippy cup sets. More incentive to eat their meals!

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Having little kids that appreciate this kind of thing makes doing this so much more special and fun. I can’t wait to share photos from this Halloween, as we’ll be trick-or-treating all decked out in the halls of our 36 floor apartment building.

The best part of all of this? I get to give a set of these decorations!

Win it!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m giving away a huge box (or FOUR) of Halloween decorations from Target to one of you!

To Enter:

Leave a comment telling me what your kids plan on being for Halloween (or what they’re thinking of being!).

Extra Entry:

Share this giveaway on Facebook and leave the link in the comments (counts as two entries!)

Three entries per person. Contest runs from today, Friday October 19th until WEDNESDAY October 24th at midnight EST. Open to US residents only. Winner chosen randomly. Good luck!

Congratulations to Nicole-Lynn, chosen randomly as our winner. Have a great Halloween everyone!

I was not compensated for this post, however Target provided the decorations for purposes of this review, and Target will be providing Halloween decorations to winner. All opinions are my own.


jeannine s October 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm

My two youngest are going to be power rangers. Not sure if teen is dressing up

jeannine s October 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm
jeannine s October 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

shared on FB #2

laura @MOMables @SuperGlueMOM October 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

we have a genie, super mario and baby yoda

Cassandra Eastman October 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

My 3 year old is going to be Captain American and my 12 month old is going to be a cupcake! :)

Cassandra Eastman October 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm
Megan C October 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Ooooh, I could SO very much use this!!!! My older daughter was born on Halloween (she’ll be eight this year) so Halloween is always an event in our household. This Halloween, my oldest daughter is being a Monster High character, my younger daughter is dressing as an octopus (yes, really), and my newborn son is going to be a mummy. :) megancrose@gmail.com

Megan C October 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm
Megan C October 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm
Krystal Hurst October 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm

My 19 month old is going to be a Happy Skeleton! It comes with a cute little vest and top hat. It’s hard to find costumes that aren’t full body suits or without a mask. Have you tried to get a toddler to wear a mask who doesn’t want to? :0)

Krystal Hurst October 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm
Jessica October 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm

My 3 year old is going to be Cinderella and my 5 year old
Picked Thor! He loves the “magnetic” hammer!!

Amanda B October 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm

The decorations are so cute! My 4 yo daughter is going to be a witch.

Rosie Parket October 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

We’ve got Peter Pan (5 year old), a pirate (2 year old) and Little Red Riding Hood (13 year old….kill me now).

Tamara M. October 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I love love Halloween decorations! My 5 year old is going to be a Storm Trooper… My 3 yr old is going to be Cinderella, and my 2 year old is going to be Scooby Doo :)

Nicole-Lynn October 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm
Kelly October 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

My kids are going as a rocketship and a mad scientist!

amy pugmire October 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm

my 2 youngest are going to be owls. and my older daughter wants to be a butterfly

amy pugmire October 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm
Michelle R. October 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm

My son is going to be Batman and my daughter is leaning towards Cinderella.

Michelle R. October 19, 2012 at 9:44 pm
Michelle R. October 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm
Marta October 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Bella is going to be Cinderella in the pink dress obviously because she has to wear pink all the time. Ben can’t decide other than something “scary” and I can’t imagine anything I would love more than those Halloween decorations from my favorite store!

Maureen October 20, 2012 at 12:14 am

One of the little ones in my family plans on being a Panda bear but I do not know what the other little ones want to be.

Courtney Byrne October 20, 2012 at 12:53 am

My girls are being Mickey & a lady bug. We have a Minnie Mouse onesie/dress so the baby might have to be Minnie for our Mickey at some point too :)

Courtney Byrne October 20, 2012 at 12:54 am
Kim October 20, 2012 at 12:57 am

daughter is a cow – son is the farmer.. MOOOO!!

Claudette Colestock October 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

My five year old, Genevieve, wants to be either Ponyo or a fortune teller. My ten year old, Vaughn, wants to be the headless horseman and spook the trick or treaters. We were just at Target and loved their decorations! We got a fun treat bowl and Hello Kitty pumpkin kit. We’d LOVE this prize and would share with friends.
Thanks for having such amazing giveaways. :)

kwai yip October 20, 2012 at 1:10 am

My daughters are going to be a fairy princesses, they’ve got their crowns, wands and headbands all ready and in their closet waiting for them to flaunt it! I got special face paint sticks from @target and face glitter too, so they will look great!

Raelena P. October 20, 2012 at 1:11 am

an owl!

Noelle Mann October 20, 2012 at 1:23 am

My boys are 14 & 11, but never too old for our favorite holiday! This years costume of choice seems to be a Morph Suit…OH MY!!!

Beth October 20, 2012 at 1:28 am

We made my four year old son a robot costume and my seven year old daughter a birthday present both from recycled boxes!

gintare October 20, 2012 at 1:29 am

My little one will be a shark and an older – poweranger ( red one ) both are so excited about heloween!!! Like me ;)

kwai yip October 20, 2012 at 1:42 am
Sonya McKinney October 20, 2012 at 1:46 am

My 3 year old daughter is going to be Snow White and my 3 month old daughter is going to be a Ladybug :)

Angie K October 20, 2012 at 1:58 am

The 8 y.o. will be a zombie cheerleader and the 3 y.o. will be Elmo.
Thanks for the chance!

Stefanie R. October 20, 2012 at 2:15 am

My daughter plans on being a fairy, Cinderella or Jasmine and my son wants to be Spiderman!

Stefanie R. October 20, 2012 at 2:17 am

Shared! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Amy S October 20, 2012 at 2:26 am

My 5 y.o. is going to be Spiderman and my 2 y.o. is going to be a dragon.

Andrea c October 20, 2012 at 2:26 am

A pumpkin and a watermelon!

Alli Ward October 20, 2012 at 2:27 am

The family is going for the Wizard of Oz theme this year. My 3 year old will be Dorthy, my 1 yr old son is going to be the Lion. Daddy is the tin man and I’m the wicked witch. Should be fun!

AmyK October 20, 2012 at 2:32 am

My 2 year old is going in a homemade Snow White costume. She is so excited :)

Jennifer October 20, 2012 at 2:54 am

Train Conductor and a Pink Poodle

soha molina October 20, 2012 at 3:29 am

my daughter is going as a skelcat.

soha molina October 20, 2012 at 3:30 am
becky bell October 20, 2012 at 3:56 am

my daughter (2 1/2) is going to be cinderella and my son (almost 1 yr) is a dinosaur and he does a great rawr :)

Becky Bell October 20, 2012 at 4:42 am

I love Halloween! Shared on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/#!/becky.bell.3110

nicole alas October 20, 2012 at 6:25 am

i have 2 boys – gavin is 4 and he will be a race car driver. i was happy to avoid power rangers this year, although he did ask :) my youngest is 8 months old – gabe… he is so tiny at only 15 pounds, so i just bought him a first halloween themed onesie and pants set. we are army and are stationed in alaska, so unfortunately trick or treating will be limited to the base hospital…

Karen Thompson October 20, 2012 at 6:37 am

My ten year old is going to be Katniss, bow and arrow included! My twelve month old is going to be a dragon.

Jeanne October 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

A princes and a dragon!

Erica October 20, 2012 at 9:52 am

7 month old twin boys are going to be Buzz and Woody!!!

Carol L October 20, 2012 at 10:40 am

Nice giveaway opportunity. One of my grandsons is going to be a Paratrooper and the youngest is going as Jake the Pirate. Love your pictures.
Carol L

Rachel D. October 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

My 15 month odl daughter is going to be a bunny rabbit (we’ve been teaching her to scrunch her nose up when she hears “bunny”!) and the Baby Bump is going as a pumpkin!

Rachel D. October 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm
Daina October 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm

My stepdaughter is being Dorothy- one of my all-time favorite characters!

Betty Baez October 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

My boys are going as Spider-Man, wolverine, and captain America :)

Betty Baez October 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm
Betty Baez October 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm
Stephanie Schwartz October 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hayden is wearing footie skelton that glows in the dark.
He hates anything on his head :-( so no cute baby outfits for my 17-month old!

Katja G. October 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

My oldest is going as one of the Monster High girls- she loves them, my 2 month old will be Princess Leia.

Katja October 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm
Laura Heinle October 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

My 11-year-old son is going to wear his creepy ghillie suit. No one in our family hunts, but my sister’s husband does and they gave him this get-up as a gift one year. It does make a fabulous Halloween costume. The cutie will be our 4-year-old son. He’s going as Waldo from the “Where’s Waldo” books. And where did I buy this costume? Target, of course! Happy Halloween!

Susan October 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

IronMan and Minnie Mouse…sooo jealous of the Target Inner Circle thing!

brocha October 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm

my 3 and half year old is getting excited to be dressed as a fancy lady.

Tara F. October 21, 2012 at 2:40 am

My son is going to be Jake from Jake And The Neverland Pirates.
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Tara F. October 21, 2012 at 2:45 am
terry maigi October 21, 2012 at 2:59 am

My daughter is going to be a skunk!

Sara October 21, 2012 at 3:06 am

We love Halloween, too! Such a great time of year. This year I will have a beautiful butterfly fairy, a handsome little cowboy, and the blondest panda bear you’ve ever seen!

Barbra October 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

My 2 year old will be Abby from Sesame Street and my 5 month old will be a pumpkin

Kristen DiGregorio October 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

My son is going to be a UPS man!

Claudette Colestock October 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Shared & loved on FBook.

rhokel October 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm

My 4 yr old Tripp started the season wanting to be a pumpkin, then a hot dog and now he is certain he wants to be a walrus. Time to bust out the sewing box :) Happy Halloween to you and your family!

Lisa H October 22, 2012 at 1:15 am

I will have a mermaid with a “big tail” as my 4 year old calls her costume, a fireman, an 80’s girl and an undecided teen. I will be a very tired mom chasing all 4 in different directions all night, lol!

Lisa H October 22, 2012 at 1:19 am
Katie October 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

My 4 year old daughter is being Ariel – complete with a red wig, and my 1 year old daughter is being a cow, her favorite thing right now!

melissa October 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm

My 3 1/2 year old decided that her and her little brother are going to be Super Girl and Super Baby – this will be the first (and probably only) time she can choose costumes for both of them! I love Halloween and am excited to spend it with my ‘super kids’

Kerry B October 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I’m so sad I will be missing Halloween this year, I have a class Wed that I teach. BUT my husband and all our friends will be living it up at our home as usual.
Anyway my twins daughters will be a fairy princess and spiderman. H loves spiderman and I don’t know how or why. She is so adorable with her long braided pony tail and super big blue eyes popping out of the mask! They are too cute and love all of October started from the first day when I pull out the boxes of decorations and costumes!

Sonya McKinney October 23, 2012 at 1:29 am


Thanks for the fun giveaway, my 2nd entry:)

Catherine October 23, 2012 at 3:57 am

My almost 5 year old son is going to be a knight. So cute !

Jim October 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

a soccer player

Frances Shannon October 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

My kids are going to be m and ms!

Lisa October 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

My oldest is going to be a dragon, my youngest is going to be a dragon or a dinosaur. We purchased his costume second hand, so I’m not really sure which one it is… I guess I’ll let him decide!

Ashley H October 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm

My nephew wants to be Iron Man.

Ashley H October 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm
Ashley H October 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Shared on fb #2.

Katrina October 24, 2012 at 1:33 am

my youngest will be a unicorn

Jessica B. October 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

We will be sporting General Grievous form Star Wars, a “Blue” Fairy and Snow White! Quite the assortment!

Jessica B. October 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm
Mamaintheburbs October 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

My daughter plans on being Ariel for Halloween.

Jill October 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

My son is going to be a ninja (his latest obsession) and my daughter is going to be a nice witch.

Annie October 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

What an awesome opportunity for you!!!! For Halloween my one year old is being a dragon and I’m being a fancy witch, tutu and all ;) I’d love to be entered to win!! Our house is decked out with decor but there is no such thing as too many Halloween decorations!

Susan October 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Colleen, our 2 y.o., wants to be a “yellow princess.” I found her a yellow dress (that’s not Belle) and a crown. She’s so excited!
Maggie, the 6 month old, will be a duck.
I just started decorating the house for the first time this year. Found some great stuff at Target in the dollar bins!

Kelly October 25, 2012 at 1:52 am

I LOVE Target’s decorations! My 2-year old daughter is going to be a monkey for our Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat and a pumpkin on Halloween night.

Jill October 25, 2012 at 3:51 am

Swamp monsters

Heather S October 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm

My girl will be a scarecrow and my boy a ninja :)

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