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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.

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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!

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.

 

 

Halfway there! What would you like to see?

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!

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!

Spooky Halloween Music: Sleepy Hollow

410W7VCTC2LThere 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

Halloween Party Ideas for the Entire Family

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.

 

 

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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?

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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).

 

 

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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?

 

 

Movie Giveaway: Win Monster House and Hotel Transylvania

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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Halloween Candy Review: Gummy Ear Wax

ear_wax_candy_1Throughout 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.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Gummy Ear Wax! Nothing like a little ear wax to finish off a fine meal. These candies come in a white package bearing a picture of an ear and proudly stating in ear wax yellow ‘Gummy Ear Wax’. The bag alone is enough to turn the stomachs of many but, chances are, the kids in your neighborhood are tough. A little gummy ear wax is not enough to phase them. Make sure they take a closer look at the gummies. They are a little cloudy, all irregular shapes and the rough texture definitely resembles ear wax.
Go ahead and pop one in your mouth! What’s it like? Well, a little tough and chewy at the same time. Surprisingly, ear wax tastes like lemon! Who knew? So, while the texture may gross some people out, the flavor is surprisingly inviting. Get the neighborhood talking this Halloween by handing out bags of ear wax!

A Peek at my Halloween Decorations

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.

Creepy cloth, giant spider and festive holiday lights.
Creepy cloth, giant spider and festive holiday lights.
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A mini pumpkin and candy corn lights on my kitchen bar set up a perfect place for serving Halloween drinks!
Spooky skeleton on the food cupboard! Maybe this will keep the kids from eating all of my food.
Spooky skeleton on the food cupboard! Maybe this will keep the kids from eating all of my food.
Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!
This Nightmare Before Christmas candy bowl is  an eye-catching way to give out your candy to trick or treaters.
This Nightmare Before Christmas candy bowl is an eye-catching way to give out your candy to trick or treaters.
This creepy lace curtain adds a bit of gloom to the hallway.
This creepy lace curtain adds a bit of gloom to the hallway.
My guests always comment on these, mostly in a positive way!
My guests always comment on these, mostly in a positive way!
Orange lights on bathroom mirror
Orange lights on bathroom mirror
Skeleton pirate
Skeleton pirate
Mummies and a coffin
Mummies and a coffin
And some table decor!
And some table decor!