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More treat than trick

Halloween costumes with a stylish twist

Kids love getting in character and having an excuse to put their party clothes on. And this time of the year offers plenty of opportunities to raid the dressing-up box. But if you’re anything like us, by the time you’ve taken them along to their fifth Halloween party, you’re pretty much all witch-costumed out and totally over the skeleton bodysuit and plastic masks. So, we’ve put together a few ideas to ensure they’re still appropriately spooky for all the trick-or-treating mayhem, but with a little dash of style thrown in. Let’s call it Halloween dressing minus the costume fatigue.

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