Category Archives: 31 Days of Halloween

My Top 5 Outdoor Halloween Decorations

As you now know, decorating is one of my favorite things about Halloween. Maybe you’re looking to add a little Halloween ambiance to your neighborhood. If you’re not, you should! Your goal should be to inspire your entire block to decorate for Halloween as thoroughly as possible! When I started decorating, my parents’ house was the only one on the block putting any effort into it. A few years later a couple of other houses got in the mix. Not quite total domination, but I’ll take it. In keeping with the theme of my blog, these decorations will be safe for the entire family!
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Ghost Tree Hugger. Wrap this little guy around a tree, fence bush, etc. for simple and festive Halloween decor!

 

 

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Spider Pumpkin Push Ins. Have an extra pumpkin around that you didn’t carve? Stick these creepy spiders on them to  turn a plain pumpkin into something festive.

 

 

 

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Betty Bash the Crashing Witch. The classic! This is a great way to add a bit of humor to your Halloween decorations.

 

 

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Grim Reaper Carriage.  Don’t settle for just pumpkins and tree decorations. Erect this grim reaper in your yard and get the neighborhood’s attention!

 

 

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Color Changing Mummy. Set this guy down on the lawn, surrounded by some fake moss or soil and you have an instant eye-catching mummy emerging from your front lawn!

 

 

So, there you have it! Look for more outdoor decor ideas later this month!

What’s Your Favorite Part of Halloween?

shutterstock_70173520Living in Southern California my entire life, I can say I’ve never experienced a true Fall Halloween. Most of my Halloween memories come on hot nights staying out late trick or treating. We would usually go with a few kids from the street and all make our way around the entire neighborhood, covering parts that we had never been to before and haven’t been since. Halloween night was that one magical time when you could be guided by your parents to the farthest reaches of the neighborhood. What lies around the next corner? How many porch lights are on on this street? The excitement that comes with roaming round your neighborhood, knocking on doors and getting free candy is a rush that is unmatched with anything else in life. It is the greatest sense of adventure any kid can have.

Now that I can no longer trick or treat myself, decorating is my favorite part of Halloween. I enjoy making a home as frighteningly fun as possible. It’s always great to add to a kids’ Halloween night adventure by providing a memorable, spooky setting in which to trick or treat.

As I said earlier, living in Southern California my entire life, I’ve always longed for the picturesque Halloween atmosphere: Brown trees, falling leaves, Halloween carnivals and pumpkin patches. This is why another one of my favorite parts of Halloween is watching as many Halloween related movies and TV shows as possible. There’s something special about Halloween episodes of TV shows or movies taking place on a chilly Halloween night. I find the atmosphere enthralling and inspiring, which is why I primarily like to write Halloween stories. I get to live in Halloween land all year long!

Now I ask you, fellow Halloween fan. What is your favorite part of Halloween?

Creepy and Safe Halloween Costumes

Trying to find the perfect Halloween costume for your kids? Tired of seeing the same unoriginal costumes? Here are a few girls and boys costumes that will stand out, but are still tasteful and safe for the entire family.
All costumes available from Oriental Trading.
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Polka Dot Monster. Have your little girl be the star of the monster’s ball (if there were such a thing). This monster costume is both cute and functional, with lots of coverage to keep your little one warm.

 

 

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Spider Princess. Spiders are always creepy and a perfect Halloween costume idea. Get this twist on a spider costume and turn your daughter into a delightfully scary princess.

 

 

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Vampiress of Versailles.
Looking to spend a little more and get fancy? Look no further than this Victorian era vampires costume. Style and elegance with Halloween flair!

 

 

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Evil Warlock.
This costume is the perfect blend of spooky yet family friendly. Give your son an option besides being a superhero this year!

 

 

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Gate Keeper. Another great alternative to the mass of super hero costumes. Still creepy enough for Halloween without being over the top scary. Plus, every boy wants to be a skeleton!

 

 

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Vampire of Versailles. The boys’ version of the Versailles vampire costumes. If you have a boy and a girl, this would certainly be classy, creepy costume set! Besides, vampires are in, right?

Halloween Candy Review: Oozing 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.

AAAADIqMLOQAAAAAAdnpKAToday’s Halloween candy review is for Oozing Eyeballs!
The packaging stands out as somewhat sickening. I mean who really wants to eat an eyeball? Kids, do! Of course, they will be grossed out for a few minutes by looking at the picture on the wrapper, but that is all part of the excitement and adventure of Halloween night!
7Once you get the package open, however, there is a bit of a disappointment factor. The artwork on the outside does not resemble the product inside. It is simply a plain white marshmallow puff filled with a flavored candy gel inside. No designs on the marshmallow themselves, just plain white. However, just the idea of eating an eyeball is sickening enough that most will hesitate to pop it in their mouths. The taste is a squishy, gooey sensation that would probably be a lot like eating a real eyeball with sugar poured all over it.
If you’ve ever had Gushers fruit snacks, the taste and gooeyness is similar.

The candy comes in multiple flavors, and is available from Oriental Trading.

 

 

Fantastic Halloween Adventure: Rugrats – Candy Bar Creep Show

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You remember the Rugrats, right? Every kid (and parent) growing up in the 1990s watched this show. Chances are, if you have young kids, they have never seen this show. Well, what a better time to introduce them to this gem of a show than Halloween?
In this Halloween episode, the kids get out of the playpen and wander into Stu’s haunted house in the garage while searching for the ultimate Halloween treasure – a Reptar candy bar!

Candy, the ultimate reward!
Candy, the ultimate reward!

Why it is a fantastic adventure:  This episode is a great introduction to the American concept of Halloween. Not sure how to explain what Halloween is all about? Take some pointers from this episode. Your kids will learn what a jack-o’-lantern is, what trick or treating is and why we dress up in spooky costumes.
The real joy of this Halloween episode lies in the adventure. Tommy, Chuckie and the gang all escape from the playpen (as they so often do), and make their way into the haunted house Tommy’s dad has set up in the garage. Along the way they run into fun house mirrors, spooky decorations that come to life when they walk near, and a surprise from grandpa in disguise! This story perfectly captures that sens of adventure that every young child has. It is something that disappears all too quickly in our society. Let your children experience the pure joy of exploring and discovering new things. This cartoon is a great tool for developing that sense of adventure. Plus, it’s about Halloween, so it is automatically fun!

You can watch this episode for FREE if you have Amazon Prime

5 Halloween Craft Ideas

What’s more fun than making things with your kids? Well, okay, there’s that. But, trust, me, this will be fun! We’ve all seen those craft websites and magazines with those amazingly good looking crafts that look oh so easy to make. Have you eve tried to make those? Yeah, they never turn out the way you though, right? Well, here are five crafts that are guaranteed to turn out great because they are simple in construction and explanation.
Add a little homemade decor to your home or front yard with these five easy craft ideas.

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Halloween Ghost Jugs. Everyone has milk cartons, right? This has to be one of the easiest and effective crafts I have seen. All you need to do is cut the bottom out of the jug, use a sharpie to draw a face and stick them on top of a strand of lights for an eerie ghost-like effect.

 

 

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Spider Pops. go to any craft store, like Micheal’s, pick up some little eyeballs, black fuzzy ropes, glue and Tootsie Pops. Spend some time with your kids and get them away from the TV for a bit.

 

 
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Halloween Family Foot-Ghost Portrait. Another easy craft and family bonding time! (Thanks, kidsactivitiesblog.com)

 

 

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Q-Tip Skeleton.
This one is pretty straightforward. Q-Tips, black construction paper and glue! Best of all, your kids can use their imaginations and get creative with designing the skeletons’ faces!

 

 

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Egg Carton Bat. Simply cut portions of an egg carton in threes. Cut the end pieces to resemble wings. Paint it black. Stick on some of those small eyes you have leftover from your spiders! Add a string or ribbon to the top for hanging.

Be the Talk of the Neighborhood this Halloween!

Yeah, candy is great. Halloween candy is even better! But everyone gives out candy for Halloween. What are some items you can give out this Halloween that will have the entire neighborhood talking? Well, keep on reading!
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Jack-o’-Lantern Basketballs. Have the kids in your neighborhood work off some of that candy! Hand out these small, rubber basketballs to encourage a little exercise and Halloween fun!

 

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Candy Corn Bowling. Have this set up in your front yard as kids come up to trick or treat. You will be remembered as the house that has games! And, hey, the kids will have fun and use up a little energy.

 

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Jack-o’-Lantern Punch Balls. Give these out and encourage the kids in your neighborhood to have some fun punching giant balloons. Another way for the kids to get some exercise and blow off a little steam!

 

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Jack”O”Checkers. Slip a game of checkers into the kids’ candy bags this year (along with some candy, of course)! They will have a game to play when they get home, take a car ride, etc. Best of all, it is not an electronic device for them to stare at!!

 

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Halloween friendship bracelets. Always a fun thing for kids to wear and give to each other. Encourage the children in your neighborhood to make new friends and communicate in person, not texting!

 

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Monster Hand Goody Bag. Fill this up with some popcorn or candy corn for memorable presentation!

 

 

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Bag o’ Blood! These were a big hit with the kids in my neighborhood a few years ago. I had kids running from the house to show their parents and friends the bag of blood they just received.

 

These are just a few of the many things you can give out this year to your trick or treaters! Put your house on the map and keep the kids talking about the goodies they received all year long. They will be counting the days to the next Halloween and yours will be the first house they visit!