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Fantastic Halloween Adventure: Hocus Pocus

Hocus-Pocus-movie-posterAh, Hocus Pocus. This film was only mildly successful when it came out in 1993 and to this day it is a very divisive film. However, it is one of my favorite Halloween movies and a great family friendly movie, so I will be presenting it. The story focuses on three witches who were burned at the stake for their evil deed of stealing the souls of children in Salem, Massachusetts in 1693. Right before they died, they cast a spell on a black flame candle that once a virgin lit the candle on the full moon before Halloween, they would rise once again. Fast forward 300 years to 1993 and a young high school boy named Max Dennison lights the candle to impress a girl. The three witches rise again to steal the souls of little children.
Max, his (hopeful) girlfriend Allison, and Max’s little sister, Dani must stop the evil Sanderson Sisters before the sun rises on November 1st in order to prevent the sisters from coming back permanently. Of course, the hard part for Max and company is that it is Halloween night and none of the adults or authority figures believe them! I will not spoil the ending, of course, but you can expect much hilarity, adventure and creepy Halloween spooks.

Why it is a fantastic adventure: Max is every bit the aspiring young hero for middle school aged boys, with just the right amount of disobedience and knowing when to do the right thing. He is also an especially good role model for any big brothers who have little sisters to take care of. Max learns throughout the movie and teaches your kids at the same time. You can be irresponsible and have fun, but there will be consequences. You can hate your little sister for being a

Max and Dani portray a great sibling relationship.
Max and Dani portray a great sibling relationship.

burden, but you’re going to do everything you can to protect her when things turn ugly. And lastly, you can try to impress the cute girl at school all you want, but you’re not going to win her over that way.
The little girls in your family will wish they were in Dani’s shoes from the very beginning. Dani is lovingly portrayed by Thora Birch, who really steals many of the scenes in this film. She is strong-willed and won’t stop tormenting her big brother until she gets her way. Your little girl will be going on the adventure with Dani, reveling in a night of witches, zombies and magic that all seems fresh and real. She even gets a talking cat as her companion through the film. Another plus, just when Dani is getting too scared – and maybe your little girl, too – her big brother swoops in and comforts her. It is a perfect lesson in sibling relationships. Just enough rivalry, but in the end it is compassion that wins the day.
Of course you can’t mention this film without talking about the witches themselves – the Sanderson Sisters. They provide most of the comedy throughout the film, mostly having to do with being from 1693 and being awoken in 1993. The elementary school is deemed a “prison for children” (your kids will

The Sanderson Sisters
The Sanderson Sisters

agree with that), a man dressed in a devil costume is mistaken for the real thing, and the entire concept of Halloween being a night of young children dressing up as creatures is quite upsetting to them. Bette , Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker play the creepy yet kooky witches to perfection with just the right amount of terror and humor. If these three witches do not get your kids excited about all things Halloween, then there is not much that will.
There are Halloween decorations abound, zombies, talking cats, creepy cemeteries and picturesque Salem settings, which really bring that cold Fall feeling to the film.
The entire movie itself is one long, grand adventure that never lets up and teaches very important lessons along the way, all the while building your kids’ love of Halloween.

 

 

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!

 

 

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.

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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!