The 'Today' show co-host and her ex-fiancé joined in on the Halloween fun with their daughters
Hoda Kotb is embracing the spooky season.
Hope was dressed in a multi-colored one-piece suit that transformed her into a butterfly, while Haley wore a Wicked-inspired Glinda the Good Witch dress and crown — though Kotb said on Today on Monday that her daughter decided it was a Princess Peach costume instead.
The mother-of-two got in the spirit, too, and wore a rainbow costume complete with a pair of knee-high rainbow socks and a pair of sunglasses with red lenses.
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She shared photos of Hope and Haley as they rocked their costumes and explored the city on a hunt for candy. "Trick or treating new york style ❤️," she captioned the post, which featured shots of her daughters getting candy in a juice shop, a hair salon and grocery store.
Joel Schiffman, Kotb's ex-fiancé and the father of her two daughters, was also with the family as they traipsed around the city in costume — and he wore a rainbow costume to match Kotb's.
She shared a selfie of the whole family together as they wandered the streets, Hope and Haley holding baskets full of candy.
In September, Kotb reflected on her "magical" trip to Mexico with her two daughters while chatting with Jenna Bush Hager on Today with Hoda & Jenna. "I had a great trip with my kids," Kotb told her co-host. "Took them with my sister, we just went to Mexico for fun."
"And let me tell you something, it was magical. It was one of those vacations you take and you say to yourself, 'If they can all be like this.' And this doesn't happen, we have our fair share of meltdowns."
"Everybody was happy, everybody was healthy, everybody was — it was one of those that you just said, 'Thank you.' We're all here, we all feel good," Kotb concluded.
On another episode of the show, the TV anchor revealed that her daughter Hope had recently called her out for breaking one of her own rules.
"[She] asked me, 'Mom, how come you use the tone of voice you tell us not to use? How come you use it on us sometimes?' " Kotb recounted to Bush Hager.
Kotb said the question caught her completely off guard. "I was like, 'Oh.' And you just realize ..." she said, before explaining how she handled what turned out to be an important teaching moment for not only her daughter, but for her too.
"I said, 'Well, sometimes I use that tone because it's very serious. I really want you to listen, okay? It's a serious matter. It's not like the fun stuff. When I use that tone it's because it's serious," she reflected.
"But it's kind of interesting to have those conversations when everything's not crying and chaos," Kotb added, prompting Bush Hager to jump in and agree.
"Yeah, to have a real conversation," the former first daughter said.
"Yeah, sometimes we have to do that," Kotb replied, continuing her story. "And [my daughters] were like, 'Yeah, but you tell us not to.' And they're laughing and joking around."
Kotb said the moment served as a much-needed reminder that "what we say [as parents] comes echoing right back to us."
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