Category Archives: 31 Days of Halloween

Fantastic Halloween Adventure: Berenstain Bears – Trick or Treat

thThe Berenstain Bears were always a staple of my childhood. For every lesson to be learned, the Berenstain Bears have a book to teach you. Perhaps the most memorable of these books for me was the dark and eerie “Trick or Treat.” The story involves the kids going out on Halloween  night trying to avoid the creepy house in the neighborhood because they’ve heard bad and scary things about the man who lives there. Eventually they learn that appearances can be deceiving.

The fantastic artwork will draw you in!
The fantastic artwork will draw you in!

Why it is a fantastic adventure: The artwork alone is enough to give any kid a certain awe. It is a great feeling to look at these drawings of dark corners, bare trees and dimly lit porches and be able to feel scared but safe at the same time. After all, these are the Berenstain Bears an they have always been kind to you in the past. Don’t worry, there will be no nightmares about the friendly drawings, but it is about Halloween night and all that come with it – ghosts, goblins, darkness, trick or treating, jack-o’-lanterns. It’s a comfortable yet scary feeling.
The story also contains a good lesson: people and things are not always what they seem. The ol’ don’t judge a book by its cover. Your kids will learn that spooky things are okay, different things are not always scary, and not to believe everything they hear.
Overall, it is a great Halloween journey, especially for the artwork. The story is really secondary here, as your kids will be more enthralled with the eerie trees and full moon than what is happening in the story. Still, it stands as a true Halloween classic for the entire family!

Family Friendly Jack-O’-Lantern Stencils

Halloween cannot officially begin until a jack-o’-lantern is lit. You can make spooky faces, funny faces, sad faces etc. The most exciting part of carving a pumpkin is that it is a blank slate for your kids to let loose on! Give your kids some ideas with these fun and easy stencils. Of course, if they really want to make their own then let ’em at it, even if it ends up being just a giant hole in the middle of the pumpkin!

Enjoy!

Goofy Face
Goofy Face
Happy Face
Happy Face
Cheerful
Cheerful
Scary
Scary
Mustache Jack!
Mustache Jack!
Ghost
Ghost

Halloween candy review: Bags O’ Blood

Throughout the month I will be reviewing unusually creepy Halloween candy. Anyone can give out the usual M&M, Snickers, Milky Way, Twix mix. Stand out by giving a unique treat that will both repulse and excite the kids in your neighborhood.

LiquidBloodCandyHave you ever wished you could drink blood? Well, now you can (sort of). These small bags of blood are just enough to satisfy a small craving. If you’re looking to quench a bigger thirst, it’s best to find a blood bank somewhere. These packets area bit on the small side. They are about as wide as two fingers and about 3 inches tall. These bags of blood are actually filled with a watermelon flavored corn syrup concoction. They are high on sugar content and loaded with artificial flavoring. What’s not to like?
Perhaps the best reason to give these out for Halloween is to see the reaction of the kids in your neighborhood. Most kids have reacted with delightful disgust as they grab a few bags and run down to tell their friends: “He has bags of blood!” That, my friends, is what it is all about!

You can order Bags O’ Blood from Oriental Trading.

5 Easy Halloween Recipes

Now that I’ve shown you some great Halloween party decorations, it’s time to focus on the other central aspect of any successful Halloween party – the food! We have all picked up Halloween recipe books hoping to recreate that amazing looking dish only to be extremely disappointed in the outcome. Well, be disappointed no more! Here are five easy recipes that will look great and you don’t have to be a professional to make it.

 

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Jack-O’-Lantern Veggie Dip.
Just get a lot of baby carrots, some cucumber and broccoli, and a round serving dish. Arrange into a happy jack-o’-lantern face and you’re done! Of course you now have a ton of carrots. Put the extra broccoli and cucumber in a bowl nearby.
Recipe: Taste of Home

 

 

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Handburger!
This one is extremely easy and just gross enough that your guests and your kids will still eat it! Just form your ground beef into big hand shapes (because they shrink when grilled) and the rest is like a traditional hamburger.
Recipe: Hungry Happenings

 

 

Scary_Faced_PizzaMummy Pizza. You can make these mini pizzas for bute sizes snacks, or make a larger version with a Boboli crust, pizza sauce, mozzarella and lots of olives to make the eyes.
Recipe: Halloween on Earth

 

Chocolate Candy Corn CookiesCandy Corn Chocolate Cookies. Whip up some chocolate cookies (your preference of home made or slice n’ bake). Once they are fresh out of the oven, press in the candy corn.
Recipe: Punchbowl.com

 

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Halloween Jell-O.
Simply add some gummy worms to your Jell-O and serve in clear cups. Easy and effective!
Recipe: Kate on Thin Ice

Halloween Candy Review: Gummy Eyeballs

Throughout the month I will be reviewing unusually creepy Halloween candy. Anyone can give out the usual M&M, Snickers, Milky Way, Twix mix. Stand out by giving a unique treat that will both repulse and excite the kids in your neighborhood.

25_5801Today we will be taking a look at a Halloween classic, gummy eyeballs! The Marshmallow Eyeballs were great, but these gummies have an 20121026_164728eerie, slimy texture that resemble actually chomping down on an eyeball.
When you first look at the packaging you get a nice drawing of bloodshot, floating eyeballs. The only deceptive thing about the packaging is that the gummy candy is actually flat and not round like an eyeball. This actually works out very well for placing on top of cupcakes, cakes, or other Halloween related foods you may have baked this year!
The consistency is very chewy, but not as tough as a traditional gummy bear. There is a lot of chewing and slimy consistency, which turns out to be a little gross!
Regardless of the gross factor, the kids in your neighborhood will definitely remember your house if you give out these gummy eyeballs! It’s all about making a memorable moment on Halloween night for kids everywhere.

Candy available at Oriental Trading!

Costume Contest Giveaway! Win my book and $20 Amazon Gift Card

Hello, everyone! Time for another contest! One of the best parts of Halloween is dressing up in a costume. This week I would like to invite my readers to post there favorite Halloween costumes on my Facebook page.
Just follow these easy steps:
1. Go to my Facebook page.
2. Click on the post that shows the photo below.
3. Upload your Halloween costume picture in the comments section.

That’s all there is to it! Feel free to send me a message if you need assistance!

 

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Halloween Activity: Pumpkin Patch

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!