There is one thing in October that is more important than anything else. Letting your kids pick out there pumpkins is a personal experience and one that they will always remember. I have a few jack-o’-lanterns that I fondly remember carving. And why should your kids be taken to a boring supermarket to stare into a bin of bruised pumpkins? Get out of the house, spend a little more money than you should and enjoy the season at your local pumpkin patch!
Don’t know where your local pumpkin patch is? Go to this website to view pumpkin patched by State and County. Pumpkin Patches and More!
Why go to a pumpkin patch? A proper pumpkin patch will be much more than just a clump of dying pumpkins on a parking lot floor. Even if you live in Fall challenged part of the globe, your kids can have the experience of hay bales, carnival rides, petting zoos and even deep fried Oreos at any proper pumpkin patch. It is an experience full of adventure, amazement and exploration that your children will remember year after year and will hopefully come to define their love for Halloween!
This year my family went to Pa’s Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach, CA. Here are a few photos that represent what a pumpkin patch experience can be! I encourage you to find one in your home town and begin creating wonderful Halloween memories for your children!
Today’s Fantastic Adventure in family Entertainment brings us to the Neitherworld with the cartoon version of Beeteljuice. In particular, the Halloween episode “Laugh of the Party.”
When snobby Claire Brewster excludes Lydia and her friends from a popular kids’ Halloween party, Lydia decides to have one of her own. But when Delia takes over the planning, it looks like disaster is imminent until Beetlejuice — as Mr. Beetleman — offers his catering service. Armed with party supplies from the Neitherworld, he’s ready for anything…except the discovery that one of his decorations, Party People in a Can, shouldn’t be used during a full moon. He and Lydia must hunt down the missing Party People before they wreak havoc on all of Peaceful Pines.
Why it is a fantastic adventure: Your kids will obviously love the zany antics of Beetlejuice and will be able to relate to mom taking over the planning of a party (sorry, moms!). As in most children’s cartoons, there is a message to teach the kiddos. In this case, the message is one that you will enjoy as a parent. You see, Beetlejuice ends up getting on over his head (another good lesson) and Lydia has to help him clean it up (lesson number two). But the big lesson is that it is usually for the best when your bumbling but helpful parents plan your party because they know what they are doing.
Another fun aspect of this show is the animation. There is something very comforting about hand drawn animation from the late 80s and early 90s. Maybe it’s just the overload of horrible CGI in cartoons these days, but seeing hand drawn animation is very inviting. Plus, the animation style of this show is very unique. Your kids will hopefully appreciate the old animation style, as it is creepy, colorful and fun all at the same time.
First of all, thank you for all of the wonderful comments about Halloween, and thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you will keep coming back for the rest of 31 days of Halloween!
Now onto the part everyone cares about. The winner of Hotel Transylvania and Monster House is … Serena! Her comment really encompassed a true love of the atmosphere of Halloween and it really clicked with me.
“Well even though I’m growing into an adult, I will still always love Halloween. Not really for the candy, but I love that brisk night when almost all the leaves have fallen and you get that natural rush from all the sights and smells. My favorite part is dressing up as a fun, crazy zombie, or the dark and mysterious wanderer ( I will even dress up even when its not Halloween!). Either way its the best, not to mention decorating and visiting the local haunted house. And lets not forget the sleepovers and watching horror spoofs! That’s what I call Halloween. Hope you like my post, I love Hotel Transylvania! Adam Sandler gets me every time.”
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THANK YOU to everyone who participated. It was a tough call, there were some great entries! Stay tuned for my Halloween costume contest starting next week with your chance to win a signed copy of my book plus an Amazon gift card.
Okay, moms, you’re not off the hook either! Yesterday we looked at some great father / daughter costume ideas, so today I thought I’d give you moms out there some ideas to dress up with your son. I’m not sure your husbands have been pressuring you about Halloween costumes, so you have a little less pressure!
Little Aviator. Give your boy the gift of flight this Halloween by being his airplane.
S’Mores. Here’s one the entire family can get in on!
Princess and Mario. Every little plumber needs a princess to save! Plus, your son can run around trying to squish goombas all night long, burning off his sugar high!
1950’s Greaser. Get your son in the mood to dance, woo the girl and get all the candy! Heeyyyyy!
Ghost and Spider. For those with younger boys, decorate his baby carrier as a spider and throw on an old sheet to make a spooky ghost costume.
Hello, dad! Are you taking your daughter trick or treating this year? Are you dressing up with her? Oh, it never crossed your mind eh? That’s okay, most dads don’t think of it.
Perhaps your wife has mentioned you should get a costume to take your daughter out trick or treating this year? Think harder. Yep. That one day four weeks ago while you were watching football and she mentioned something about maybe dressing up for Halloween with your daughter this year. Well, it’s happening, and I am here to save you!
Morton Salt. What is cuter than your little girl dressing up as the Morton salt girl? You, dressed as the salt container! Your daughter (and wife) will love you for this.
Batman and Batgirl. This one actually gets you to dress your daughter as a superhero! Plus, you get to be Batman! Everyone wins!
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. Your daughter will always want to be a princess for Halloween. Escort your little Tinker Bell with pride.
King Arthur and his Court. You get to dress up as a king, complete with armor. She gets to dress up as a maiden. Everyone wins (and you don’t look cute).
Mike and Boo. Your daughter will love running around trying to be a scary monster. You get to be her protector.
Ladies and germs, er, gentleman, we have reached the halfway point to Halloween. I hope you have been enjoying my 31 Days of Halloween. I know I have enjoyed coming up with a great variety of content for everyone to enjoy.
At this point, I’d like to ask you, dear readers, what you would like to see? Which posts have you enjoyed or not, and why?
Do you have any suggestions words of praise and/or encouragement? Let me know!
If you have anything to add, feel free to add it in the comments below!
Thank you for sticking with me this Halloween and I look forward to the second half!
I had such fun showing you my top 5 outdoor Halloween decorations, I thought I’d show you more! Plus, one can never have too many Halloween decorations.
All items available at Oriental Trading.
Cracked Tombstone Prop. No outdoor Halloween setup is complete without a graveyard. No graveyard is complete without an escaping skeleton! What kid doesn’t love a spooky graveyard on Halloween night?
Skull Pathway Lights. Don’t forget to light up the pathway to your front door! You don’t want kids tripping over your decorations. Light up your path the Halloween way with these lighted skulls.
Pumpkin Spider. Place a small pumpkin on top of this spider and have a front porch that’s really crawling with action.
Light Up Ghost. Every graveyard scene needs a ghost, right? Stick a few of these in your front yard, light them up and watch the neighborhood kids approach with cautious delight.
Creepy Willow Tree. In need of a spooky, barren tree for Halloween? Do you live in parts of the world where Fall doesn’t exist? The best way to create that eerie dead tree effect is with this prop. Of course if you have the real thing, that is preferred!
There is a lot of Halloween related music out there. Most CDs you will find in party stores will feature the usual ‘Monster Mash’ and the like. I’d like to introduce you to a different take on Halloween music. In this case, an instrumental movie score.
It’s hard to review music without the reader listening to it, so check out the video below for part of this score.
The score to Sleepy Hollow by Danny Elfman definitely stands out as one of my most inspirational pieces of music. It is both haunting and beautiful, inspiring and foreboding. There are pieces in this score that will truly send shivers down your spine. But most importantly, there are moments that, when you close your eyes, you can place yourself directly into a sleepy little town on Halloween. For me, no other piece of music comes close to creating images of Halloween in my mind. I hope it does the same for you.
Put this score on and truly listen to it. Best of all, it is all instrumental so it is safe for the entire family , if not a little spooky in some spots. But hey, that’s what Halloween is all about. Better yet, put this score on on Halloween night while the kids come trick or treating to your door.
Again, words cannot do it justice, so give it a listen below and then purchase it at Amazon.com
There is nothing quite like a Halloween party. Whether its bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins or eating caramel apples, there is never a dull moment for kids and parents. Here are a few spooky ideas for a hauntingly great Halloween party! (How many more Halloween clichés can I post this month? I think I’m running out!)
Halloween Music Collection by Midnight Syndicate. Put on this CD and get ready for some of the creepiest music you will ever hear. Midnight Syndicate is a band that plays nothing but creepy music for Halloween. This CD is sure to send some chills down your spine.
Jack-o’-lantern…lanterns. Okay, the name leaves a little to be desired. But hey, these paper lanterns are a very easy way to add Halloween flair to your backyard or front porch. They are also practical in that they provide light! How about that?
Jack-O’-Lantern Chair Covers. I’m sensing a jack-o’-lantern theme here. Apparently I really like them. These are a clever way to add some Halloween to your otherwise boring and bare dining room table chairs.
Little Monsters Photo Door Banner. What happens every time you go to a fair or theme park and your kids see those wooden cutouts to stick their face in? They run to it every time. And demand lots of pictures to be taken at every single one they encounter. Now you can have one in your own home! Seriously, kids love this and your house will forever be known as the photo house.
Skeleton Butler with Tray. Place this guy jus outside of your kitchen, bar, or wherever it is you serve your drinks for the party. Place a few drinks on here and you have your own skeleton butler holding drinks for every one. The parents will love having easy access to drinks and the kids will get a kick out of a 5 foot skeleton greeting them (and they can’t reach the drinks).
Frankenweenie Stand Up. Okay, I’m putting this one in here because I love Tim Burton and I think this is a great idea. What kid wouldn’t want Sparky to attend his Halloween party?
As part of my 31 Days of Halloween festivities I will be holding several contests throughout the month, including a movie giveaway, jack-o’-lantern contest, and costume contest.
Today I will be giving away copies of two fantastic Halloween inspired films, Hotel Transylvania and Monster House. Details below!
Bookmark this post so you can come back all week to edit your entry or tell your friends.
NOTE: Film will be in your country’s Region Code, so everyone from around the globe is eligible!
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