Happy Leap Day!

  • February 29, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
With today being February 29, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Leap Day!   Since today's date only occurs every four years I thought it was worth a mention.  Ok, how does Leap Year happen?  Well we all know that there are 365 days in a year, but what I bet you didn't know is that for the earth to make a complete revolution around the sun it takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours.  Therefore, every four years an extra 24 hours has accumulated making it so that one extra day is added to that calendar to keep the count coordinated with the sun's apparent position.  Pretty wild huh? Here's some more fun facts about Leap Year:
  • it occurs in years evenly divisible by four
  • a person born on February 29 may be called a "leapling"
  • a year that is not a leap year is called a common year
  • the Egyptians were the first to come up with the idea of adding a leap day once every four years
  • the Romans became the first to designate February 29 as the leap day
So there you have it!  Just a little "fyi" on Leap Day that you can think about for the next four years! 

No "Bunny" Does Kids Costumes Like Tom Arma

  • February 27, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
February is coming to a close and soon Easter will be upon us - 25 more days to be exact!  I love Easter.  Just knowing winter is over and spring has finally arrived is enough reason for me.  Don't get me wrong, I love seeing the first few snow falls and how pretty everything looks blanketed in that beautiful white snow, then come February I am so over it!  As I get older the thought of becoming a Florida "snowbird" gets more and more appealing to me.  However, with my youngest just finishing pre-school I think my snowbird days are pretty much wishful thinking at this point! Speaking of pre-school age, have you seen the Tom Arma Bunny Costume for infants and toddlers yet?  It is absolutely adorable made from soft plush with faux fur and lined with the softest fleece.  I couldn't order mine fast enough!  Plus all the Tom Arma costumes come with an animal package insert "critter facts" from the National Wildlife Federation so you and your child can learn more about how to promote conservation awarenss for the animal you're portraying with your costume.  So when you order the Tom Arma Bunny costume, you'll receive "critter facts" about the Snowshoe Hare.  The entire Tom Arma costume line is available exclusively from Halloween Express.  Oh, I almost forgot ... check out the 2008 Tom Arma Baby & Toddler of the Year Photo Contest.   Enter your baby or toddler into the contest and you could win $500 (plus a bunch of other cool stuff!)

Whether You Are Irish or Just Wish You Were

  • February 24, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
With St Patrick's Day right around the corner everyone is thinking green.  Have you heard the saying, "On St Patrick's Day everyone is Irish" - well, I believe it!  St Patrick's Day is such a "fun" day with parades, parties and of course the drinking of the "green beer" at all the bars and Irish pubs.  When you're surrounded by all the festivites and everyone is having a great time, you find yourself wishing you were Irish.  I'm telling you those Irish folk sure know how to have a good time!   Just in case you're not of Irish decent but would like to be on March 17, here are a few Irish fun facts for you to know:
  • St Patrick - the patron Saint of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to the Island.  He used the shamrock with its three leaf clovers to teach the Irish about the Holy Trinity.
  • The Luck of the Irish - if you have good luck one day you can expect bad luck the next
  • Kissing the Blarney Stone - a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle in the Irish village of Blarney.  Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the gift of persuasive eloquence.
  • Erin Go Bragh - Ireland Forever
  • Leprechaun - an Irish fairy, often dressed as a shoemaker.
  • Irish Pubs - ale is ordered by pints and quarts.  So in Old England when customers got unruly the bartender used to yell at them to mind their pints and quarts and settle down - hence the saying "mind your own P's and Q's".
Even though in the United States the tradition continues with people from all walks of life wearing everything and anything green - the custom in Ireland is just the opposite.  On St Patrick's Day, it is not custom in Ireland to wear green ties, hats or other green clothes.  The preferred display is a sprig of shamrock in their coat lapel.  However, since it is custom in our neck of the woods to wear as much green as you possibly can, then what are you waiting for?  If you want to be the life of the party this year, check out our entire line of St Patrick's Day clothing and accessories! 

The Irish Pub

  • February 21, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Who doesn't love St Patrick's Day?  Even if you're not Irish, March 17 has become such a huge celebration that you just can't help but join in the festivities!  St Patrick's Day is the national holiday of the Irish people.  It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, but in the United States even though it is widely celebrated, it is not an official holiday (I'm thinking we should change that).  However, even though it's not recognized as an "official" holiday, that doesn't stop the celebrations!  One of my favorite things to do on St Paddy's Day is to head down to the local Irish Pub.  Although it always has an Irish flair, for one day you are swept up in the traditions and customs of Ireland.  It's like you're transformed to a little piece of Ireland right there in your own home town.  If you've never been to an Irish Pub on St Patrick's Day then you've got to give it a try this year.  It's so much fun!  Good music, good food and of course good drink are all part of Ireland's rich and friendly pub culture bringing the "craic" of the Irish to their pubs.  A little fyi - "craic" (pronounced crack) is a Gaelic word meaning fun, friendly, good times - which is exactly what you get at an Irish Pub.  Don't forget to check out all our St Patrick's Day costumes and accessories.  What better way to join in the festivities at an Irish Pub then to come "dressed" for the occasion!  So this year on March 17, head on down to your local Irish Pub.  There's nothing better than listening to the lilt of an Irish brogue while enjoying your pint of Guinness with friends!

Happy Presidents' Day!

  • February 18, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Happy Presidents' Day!  Did you know that Presidents' Day is celebrated to honor two of our greatest President's, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.  The holiday is celebrated every year in the United States on the third Monday in February. I know the kids love Presidents' Day because they are off school and what better way to get a kid to enjoy a holiday than to tell them they get the day off school.  It's an automatic win-win situation for everybody!  Some schools (such as the New York City school district) used to close for a single day for both Lincoln's and Washington's birthday, but now often close for the entire week beginning with the Monday holiday as a "mid-winter recess".  My children just have today off, but I'll tell you what - if they could get the whole week off, Presidents' Day would run a close second to Christmas!  

Happy Valentines Day!

  • February 14, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year (an estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) And, approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. Whether you gave your loved one a card, candy, a romantic dinner out or even a Valentines Day costume, I hope take the opportunity today to say 'I Love You' to those special people in your life. Happy Valentines Day!

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

  • February 11, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
This year Easter will be celebrated two weeks earlier than it was last year.  It's on Sunday, March 23 while last year it was on April 8th.  For some reason I always liked celebrating Easter in the month of April - March just seems so early to me.  Oh well, I'm hoping the weather is nice so that all those pretty Easter dresses and bonnets can be worn without the off chance of an unwanted snowfall. Halloween Express is the place to go for all your Easter costumes.  If your Easter Bunny needs to be big, tall, short, little, old or young you've come to the right place!  If you haven't seen our Tom Arma children's Easter costumes you are really missing out on some of the most adorable costumes ever.  The bunny, sheep, flamingo and flower are just some of the great costumes for your little ones this Easter. Every year in our neighborhood on the Saturday before Easter we have all the children dress up in their Easter best and walk around with their Easter baskets to each house for Easter eggs and candy.  Then of course we have the big Easter Egg hunt for all the different ages.  When my son, Caden was little he always hated having to put on his Easter outfit, so one year I decided to let him pick out a costume to wear that had an Easter theme.  He loved it!  Of course we still had to go round and round when I told him he couldn't wear the yellow Peeps Costume to church, but he did wear it everywhere else that year.  If your family, friends or neighborhood is having an Easter party it's the perfect time to put your infant or toddler in one of our great costumes.  Your children will love it and so will you!  

Super Tuesday - Fat Tuesday

  • February 05, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Today is the day for celebration!  Fat Tuesday is the last day of Mardi Gras with tomorrow being Ash Wednesday. I'm sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on in New Orleans tonight.  And of course, for those who follow politics, today is Super Tuesday.  The closest thing to a national primary this country has ever had.  Twenty-four states hold primary elections today.  Gosh, I can't wait until the election is over in November.  I don't know about you but I'm tired of all the commercials ... and we're not even to the general election yet!  Yikes. Speaking of Presidents, check out the President Day costumes and masks online. President's Day is February 18th.

Role Playing For Your Sweetheart

  • February 04, 2008
  • Jenna Maxwell
Wow!  Was that an amazing Super Bowl Game last night or what?  Now that's football!  We were on the edge of our seats until the very last seconds of the game.  It's the first time I've watched the Super Bowl where I was more interested in the game than I was in the commercials.  Congrats to the New York Giants - 2008 Super Bowl XLII champs! Ok, now on to another important subject - Valentine's Day.   It's only ten more days away and will be here before you know it, but there's still time to get the sweatheart in your life that perfect gift.  Or better yet ladies, why wait to see what your significant other will get you, when you can get exactly what you want today?   Since Valentine's Day is known as a romantic holdiay, what better time to "role play" your sexy inner goddess.  If you're like me it would take a lot of role playing for me to feel sexy, but thank God it doesn't take much for my husband to see it!  I really believe a lot of women feel the same way.  So I think we need to just throw out our insecurities for the night and have fun this Valentine's Day (after that we can go right back to sleeping in our flannel pj's)!    Here are a few suggestions:
  • beautiful ballerina
  • alluring angel
  • playboy bunny
  • seductive lady love bug
  • sexy cowgirl
  • provocative candy striper
  • come-hither cupid
These are just a few ideas.  Be sure to check out all our flirtatious "role playing" costumes under the heading Valentine's Day on our home page.  Believe me, the man in your life will thank you for it!