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A Peek at my Halloween Decorations 2016

Another year, another photo gallery of my Halloween decorations.

This year was a fun challenge, as it is the first Halloween season I got to decorate in our new townhouse. It’s always fun to figure out where things are going to go. As always, I tend to wish there were more indoor decorations.
With a little one around, I have started to switch to more cute Halloween decor instead of spooky or gory. Each year I try to add at least one piece to the collection, so at some point I hope to have an entire room full of Halloween/Fall decor.
One place I have discovered that has some wonderfully cheap ways to decorate for Halloween is Michaels. You can buy a lot of cheaper styrofoam products, such as jack-o’-lanters, monsters, ghosts, etc., and paint them, decorate them any way you choose. It’s a great way to save money and also get your kids involved in decorating the house with you.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Fantastic Halloween Adventure: Costume Quest 2

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Last year, I wrote about the first Costume Quest game. A rare gem that perfectly encapsulates the experience of Halloween. This year, Costume Quest 2 has been released and looks to continue the amazing Halloween spirit.

Why it is a fantastic adventure: Differing from the first game, Costume Quest 2 takes place in various eras of time. Not only will you and your kids get to virtually trick or treat in a familiar neighborhood setting, but you’ll get to visit Ancient Egypt, the Louisiana Bayou, a future where Halloween is illegal, and more!
There are multiple costumes to try on, lots of creepy cards to collect, and tons and tons of candy to collect and spend.

It is a fun adventure for the entire family. So gather round the computer or TV and spend some quality family Halloween time together.

Costume Quest 2 is available on PC, PlayStation or Xbox.

Have you been to a pumpkin patch yet?

From last year’s 31 Days of Halloween, don’t miss out on the chance to take the family to your local pumpkin patch!
See Last year’s post to find a pumpkin patch near you!

A Peek at my Halloween Decorations

Hello, everyone! I hope you are enjoying October! Since my blog is ready for all things Halloween, I thought I’d take the time to share a few pictures of my Halloween decorations this year.

As always, don’t forget to check out my 31 Days of Halloween posts by clicking on the banner on the right hand column!

More Halloween Party Decorations!

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!
All items available at Oriental Trading

 

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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..

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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!

 

 
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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!

 

 

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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!

 

 

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!

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

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!

 

Mother / Son Halloween Costumes

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!

 

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Little Aviator. Give your boy the gift of flight this Halloween by being his airplane.

 

 

 

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S’Mores. Here’s one the entire family can get in on!

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

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1950’s Greaser. Get your son in the mood to dance, woo the girl and get all the candy! Heeyyyyy!

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

5 More Outdoor Halloween Decorations

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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.

 

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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?

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Pumpkin Spider. Place a small pumpkin on top of this spider and have a front porch that’s really crawling with action.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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!