What’s more fun than making things with your kids? 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.
Halloween jars. Just get some empty glass jars, clean them out well and paint away! It’s a great creative way to engage with your kids!
Paper Bag Monsters. These are a fun and easy craft and a great creativity spark! Simply paint, cut out construction paper and then glue!
Popsicle Sticks. Glue together a bunch of Popsicle sticks (on paper or a heavy string) and paint away!
Seed Crafts! All you need is some construction paper, corn seeds, beans, rope and lotsa glue! Have fun with it. How many different things can you make?
Fun with Paper Plates. These are also an easy, fun craft for kids. All you need are the cheapo paper plates, some construction paper, scissors and glue! Create any Halloween inspired monster you can think of! Frankenstein, Dracula, Jack-O’-Lanters, Mummies, etc!
I enjoyed writing about Halloween party decorations earlier this month, so i thought I’d throw a few more ideas your way. I am a firm believer that one can never have too many Halloween party decorations. Add these decorations to your next Halloween party to add that extra level of detail that your guests (and kids) will love!
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Halloween pails. Put these artfully decorated pails on tables, mantles, desks, etc. and fill them with different items like candy, caramel corn, candy corn, etc..
Giant hanging spider. Add this guy to you dining room, living room or hang him up in the garage for an outdoor party. He s sure to get the attention of your guests.
Candy corn garland. It’s the little touches, like this candy corn garland, that really show you put some thought into decorating for your party. Plus, it looks great!
Halloween place cards. Are you having a lot of people attend your party? Do you want them to be able to reserve their own seats? Have these set up on a table where people can write their names and then place them to save their seats! As a bonus, kids love to have things with their name on them!
Giant rope spiderweb. Hang this up near your staircase, in a corner, or better yet over a doorway! It will truly add that extra level of detail to your Halloween party decor!
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.
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
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
Mummy 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
Candy 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.
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
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!
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.
I spent the better part of the day decorating for Halloween. Since my entire blog is devoted to this wonderful time of the year, I figured you might like to see what Halloween decorations I have. So, without further ado, here are some photos of my decor.
The next stop on our Halloween tour: Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost! This animated movie came straight to DVD in 1999. Like most Scooby-Doo movies, this one revolves around a mystery. In this case, there is a witch’s ghost tormenting the citizens of Oakhaven, a sleepy little town where famed Horror writer Ben Ravencroft goes to write his books. Ben Ravencroft runs into Scooby and the gang after they solve a mystery at a local history museum.
Once Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred arrive in Oak Haven, they immediately begin to investigate the suspicious behavior of the mayor. The gang is skeptical about the Witch’s ghost being real , but once they see it for themselves will they believe in ghosts? Join the spooky adventurers as they try to solve the mystery of the Witch’s ghost!
Why it is a fantastic Adventure: This movie is one that I view every October to get me into the Halloween and Fall spirit. The town of Oak Haven has a picturesque Massachusetts Fall setting: brown leaves, barren trees, a small Main Street where everyone knows everyone, and even a re-creation of a Puritan village. If you live in parts of the world where the weather doesn’t change much and Fall doesn’t really happen, this is a great way to get yourself and the kids in the proper Fall mindset.
Along the way, the gang meet a group of Gothic witches who are in the rock band, The Hex Girls. This trio provides a few songs in the movie (which are actually pretty good) and help keep the kids entertained through the somewhat plodding mystery story.
Scooby-Doo provides the majority of the movie’s laughs, whether he is scarfing down a gigantic sandwich, begging for Scooby Snacks, or trying to churn butter in the Puritan village. He also provides crucial entertainment value in a story that is somewhat dark for a kids’ Halloween adventure.
On that point, the ghost in this movie is real. She is not someone dressed up in a costume to be de-masked at the end. She has a real thirst for revenge and will do anything to get her way. She brings pumpkins to life and turns them into evil jack-o’-lanterns that try to eat Scooby and the gang.
The plot deals with witches, Wiccans and warlocks, and provides a safe introduction to the topic of real life witches- Wiccans -that you can elaborate on later if you so desire.
The mystery plot is a lot of fun and will keep your kids guessing until the end, especially since the witch turns out to be real (but who was behind the other part of the mystery, and why was the mayor being so suspicious?). There are plenty of eerie locations to keep up the Halloween vibe: abandoned mills, forests full of dead trees, a cabin shrouded in an eerie fog.
Overall, Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost is a great atmosphere setting movie with a fun mystery and a few teachable moments and imagination igniting ideas for your kids. Watch and get ready for Halloween!
One of my best childhood memories of Halloween is sitting around the TV turning on the Disney Channel and watching The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. For those who don’t know the story, it basically involves a very superstitious and easily scared school teacher, Mr. Ichabod Crane, being told a spooky story of a headless horsemen by the town prankster. When Ichabod makes his way home after the gathering, he is chased down by this headless horsemen and never heard from again.
This story appeals to such a broad audience because we all love a good unsolved mystery. Kids enjoy it because it is spooky, scary and a stern reminder not to run off alone!
The animation may leave younger kids a bit disappointed as it is not CGI and is actually hand drawn (oh, the horror)! However, they will quickly forget that little tidbit as they are sucked into the world of Sleepy Hollow. The daytime settings are pleasant to look at, which gives you a nice secure feeling. Hold on to that feeling. You’re going to need it.
When night falls on Sleepy Hollow the quiet, melodic town turns into a foreboding maze of dark forests, dimly lit cabins and dark, unlit paths. Of course, this is the part that is most appealing to kids and adults on Halloween night. If you talk to your kids and explain tot hem that the dark is not scary, and that the headless horsemen is not, in fact, real, they will not be frightened and will be able to enjoy the story for what it is.
The sense of fear and adventure stirs something primal in all of us, which is why this story and this cartoon version of it, continues to enthrall us all these years later.
Sit down and put this family friendly telling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in your DVD player!
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is available on DVD from Amazon.com
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.
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.
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.
Halloween Family Foot-Ghost Portrait. Another easy craft and family bonding time! (Thanks, kidsactivitiesblog.com)
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!
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.