Oct 302014
 

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Keeping our kids safe is one of the most important jobs a parent has. That’s why it’s important to establish safety rules for trick or treating.

Isn’t it ironic that trick or treating basically goes against everything we teach or kids? (Don’t talk to strangers, don’t go up to houses, and don’t play in the street). For those couple of hours they’re trick or treating all kids should have some sort of guidelines. Check out these safety tips:

#1. Have Your Child Wear Bright Colors

Bright colors are a must if you’re going to go trick or treating this year. Make sure your child isn’t wearing all black and drivers can see them as they’re walking. If your child is going to wear all black, in the dark, it’s a good idea to have them wear a bright vest.

#2. Pick a Safe Route

My kids and I hit up the same route every year. It’s important that your family picks out a route that’s safe for you as well. Remember that during October the days get shorter and it can be harder to see. If you’re not sure of where you’re going it can be hard to see in the dark and can make for a dangerous situation. Continue reading »

Oct 282014
 

Pumpkin Carving With Kids - How to Stay Safe!

The little ones are probably excited about carving a pumpkin this year. How do you keep things safe but still have fun at the same time? Well, you can’t just hand your child a knife and tell them to start cutting. You need a plan in place and these tips will help you out.

#1. Always Supervise the Kids

Even if you think you can walk away for a moment or two and your child will be safe, you’re probably wrong. Kids do the most damage when you’re not looking. Try to have two adults helping out if possible, this will help you really keep an eye on what’s going on.

#2. Use Guided Instruction

Instead of doing everything for your child, you can guide them in the process of pumpkin carving. You don’t have to give your child a knife to carve a pumpkin, there are pumpkin carving kits out there. Although each pumpkin carving kit is bound to have something sharp in it, so make sure you go over safety tips with the kiddos. Continue reading »

Oct 262014
 

How to Embarrass Your Child This Halloween

Embarrassing your child is fun and Halloween is the perfect time to do so. Are you looking for some ideas to start embarrassing your children? I’ve done all the hard work for you by giving you the following ideas:

#1. Talk Loud

There’s nothing more embarrassing than a parent who talks really loud and there’s nothing your child can do about it. When they ask a question, just talk as loud as you can. Talk especially loud for the really embarrassing questions.

#2. Don’t Match

Matching your clothes this Halloween is easy, go on your Halloween adventure wearing the craziest clothing you can find. It’s Halloween so you need to really try extra hard to make this task embarrassing.

#3. Ask for Candy

At the last minute, whip out a grocery bag and ask random doors for candy. This is hilarious because your child won’t be expecting it. The key is to make sure you keep your face as serious as possible. Continue reading »

Oct 212014
 

Spooky Owl Wreath Dollar Store DIY

If you love the haunting look of owls, you will love this easy DIY owl wreath! This spooky owl wreath can be crafted using just a few dollar store materials, and the end result is the perfect Halloween décor piece to spruce up your space. Take a peek below at how you can craft up your own spooky owl wreath in just minutes and for just a couple of dollars.

Here is what you will need:
Halloween themed ribbon
Grapevine Wreath
Owl cut outs
Black twigs
Scissors
Craft or hot glue, glue gun Continue reading »

Oct 202014
 

I love  living in New England.  We have so many fun fall traditions that make living here so special. Aside from the obvious (the gorgeous colors of changing leaves), a few of the thing that make living here so amazing are the corn mazes, pumpkin picking, apple picking and last but certainly not least, Spooky World.

Spooky World features five haunted attractions as well as food vendors, a paintball game where you get to shoot zombies, a small bar, a bonfire, dance floor, and much more. Spooky World is located at Mel’s Funway Park in Litchfield, NH, which is about an hour north of Boston.

Chris & I went to Spooky World last Friday night and had a blast going through all of the haunted houses.  Because it is the first one you come to when you walk into the park, we started with the Freak Show in 3D.

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We were handed 3D glasses before we entered and once we set out through the house, we were scared out of out wits several times. Complete with neon paint, strobe lights and monsters jumping out at us, this house was by far our favorite of the night.  And as an added bonus, it had one of  those spinning tunnels at the end that makes you feel like you’re walking on the ceiling.  It was awesome. Continue reading »

Oct 192014
 

Halloween Pretzel Sticks

As a mom of two active little boys, it seems like we’re constantly celebrating mini milestones in our house.  Whether it’s  my little man getting a 100% on his spelling test or my big guy advancing in his karate class, there is always something to celebrate.  Mini milestones deserve a mini reward, right?  Something tasty like the sweet-salty combo of chocolate-covered pretzels for instance.

Since it’s October, we put a little Halloween flare into them, but you can get really creative with chocolate covered pretzels if you want to change things up.  That’s one of the reasons we love these so much.

Halloween Pretzel Sticks -

1 bag of pretzel rods, any brand

12 oz. Wilton white candy melts

Halloween sprinkles

Baking sheet lined with foil or wax paper Continue reading »

Oct 152014
 

How to Have a Gluten Free Halloween

Halloween is one of the most scrumptious times of the year. You have access to handfuls of candy and deliciousness. One of the only problems is having to deal with a gluten free diet while enjoying this awesome holiday. If you’re nervous about trying to eat gluten free during this holiday, have no worries because with these tips you can have a gluten free Halloween.

Homemade Treats

If you’re unsure of what’s gluten free and what’s not gluten free, then consider homemade gluten free treats. There are tons of yummy gluten free recipes online that you can bake for your own Halloween fun. Here are ten treat recipes to get you started.

Read the Package

You might be surprised at how many candies are actually gluten free. If you’re not sure if the package has gluten in it, email the company yourself. Sometimes it’s nice to just have that reassurance that you can’t get anywhere else. If you’re looking for a gluten free candy list, then this list might help you out a little bit. Continue reading »

Oct 122014
 

Easy Eyeball Cupcakes
Witches, vampires and other spooky critters will love making these Easy Eyeball Cupcakes almost as much as they will like eating them.

Halloween is pretty much the Olympics of themed and decorated food. Hosts bust out the best of their pinned items from their respective boards that manage to turn frosted confectionaries into Brain Cupcakes, making guests squeal with delight…and cringe with a fun scare.

You Will Need:

1 Dozen Baked and Cooled Cupcakes – Any flavor, but Devil’s Food cake is preferred.

12 Round, Brown/Black Candies such as M&Ms

12 Gummy Lifesavers

Red food coloring, preferably gel

White frosting

Toothpick Continue reading »

Oct 072014
 

How To Make This The Best Halloween for the Kids

Halloween is just a few short weeks away and the kids are pumped about the event. It’s time to make this the best Halloween ever and here is how you can do it.

#1. Dress Up Yourself

If you’re going to dress the kids up for Halloween this year, make sure you dress yourself up as well. The kids will love it if they see you get excited about this fun event that only rolls around once a year.

#2. Go Candy-licious

Halloween is all about the candy! Don’t forget that candy makes the holiday so try and let the kids have a little fun with it. Some parents want to limit the candy their children eat to only once piece. At least let your kids have two! Continue reading »

Oct 062014
 

Last weekend, my family and I were invited to check out Fright Fest at Six Flags New England. Not only do we love all things Halloween, but we love Six Flags, so to say that we were all excited about spending the day there is a complete understatement!

Six Flags New England offers family-friendly Halloween thrills during the day, but after 4 p.m., the ghouls come out to play. The park transforms into a fright-filled environment with walk-through attractions, scary shows and thrill rides that make the most of the season. Fright Fest is the largest Halloween event in New England with over 20 different attractions!

When the sun goes down, the ghouls come out. Watch as the park transforms from “Thrills by Day” to “Fright by Night.”

As you can see, the park was all decked out for Halloween:

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The detail of the decorations was absolutely incredible and the folks at Six Flags New England clearly went all out! Continue reading »

Oct 052014
 

Easy Halloween Treats Brain Cupcakes

That cold snap in the air followed by pumpkins appearing in grocery stores and aisles of costumes ranging from adorable cartoon characters to questionable nurses wearing short skirts and fishnet stockings can only mean one thing – Halloween!

Autumn is approaching and so is one of the holidays Americans will spend billions on when it comes to decorations. According to a consumer reports and retailers, in 2013 shoppers spent a total of $7 billion on costumes, home décor and party supplies. Halloween spending is second only to Christmas. (Link to consumer report via NPR:  http://www.npr.org/2014/09/03/345575950/the-business-of-halloween-means-you-can-buy-an-arm-and-a-leg)

You can save yourself some cash and stress with these easy, fun and affordable Brain Cupcakes that will please any ghoul at school or ravenous haunted houseguests.

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Sep 292014
 

Best Halloween Costumes for Boys

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to start thinking about what you will dress your child for Halloween this year. My favorite part is trying to find the perfect Halloween costumes for my boys. I wanted to share some of my favorite costume ideas with you because it’s one of the best times of the year.

Superhero Costumes

I’ve noticed that it’s incredibly hard to go wrong with a superhero costumer. If you’re having a hard time deciding what your child will be for Halloween, consider going with a superhero costume. My kids love anything superhero, so that’s always a favorite. Which superhero character would your boy pick?

TMNT

If there’s one costume that’s perfect for the boy in your life, it’s a teenage mutant ninja turtle costume. There are several turtles to choose from, so if you have multiple boys—everyone can still be their favorite TMNT. I also love this idea because you can make your own costume or buy one from the store. There’s FLEXIBILITY—which I love. Continue reading »

Sep 262014
 

Dollar Store DIY Halloween Ghost Treat Bucket

If you are hosting a Halloween party or just looking for a fun and frugal Halloween craft, look no further than this ghost treat bucket. Made from dollar store supplies, this ghost treat bucket is perfect for holding sweets and other Halloween favors. Take a peek below at how to make your own in just minutes. Perfect for kiddos or adults, this is a Halloween craft you won’t want to miss out on.

Here is what you will need:
White favor buckets (sold 2/$1 at Dollar Tree)
Googly eyes
Halloween ribbon
Black craft paper or craft foam (you can also use a black marker if you wish)
Craft glue
Scissors Continue reading »

Sep 242014
 

10 Spooky Halloween Treats & Snacks

Are you ready for the Halloween season? It’s the time for all the little ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and witches to make their grand entrance. Kids are excited about how they will dress for the great trick or treat night where they can get tons of candy and treats. Moms are all over the internet, searching for the most fun spooky treats to cook up for the big Halloween parties.

Whether you are a master chef who can turn cupcakes into amazing creations or you need the easiest recipes in the world, we’ve got you covered. I’ve got spooky gingerbread houses that will help you use up that extra candy corn and marshmallow pops to help celebrate the most beloved monster of all time – Frankenstein! We’ve got cupcakes that take simple chocolate peanut butter cups to a whole new level and end up looking like witches hats or spiders.

If dead lady’s fingers are more your style, we’ve got them too! Whether you are looking for ways to create some dead funny bones or just some spooky caramel popcorn, there’s something here for everyone! So spend a few minutes looking through this list of amazing, spooky Halloween treats and snacks, then head out to the grocery to pick up a few supplies. You’re going to be creating some amazing treats this year for your family and friends!

10 Spooky Halloween Treats & Snacks

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Nov 102013
 

You got a little sneak peek at the boys costumes for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in my post yesterday, but I wanted to share a few of the pictures we took once we arrived at the Magic Kingdom for the party.

As you can see, we all went with super hero themed costumes.

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Nov 092013
 

On our first full day in Disney World, we had tickets to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom.  We had already spent the entire day at the Magic Kingdom and then headed next door to Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort for an early dinner before the party.  Once we were done with our dinner, it was time to head back to the Magic Kingdom for the party.  We brought our costumes with us that morning to save time, and we decided to change into them while we were still at the Contemporary – that way we would all arrive at the Magic Kingdom in our costumes.

The thing is that even though the Contemporary Resort is right next to the Magic Kingdom, it’s a bit of a walk, so it’s easier to hop on the monorail and ride over.  Which is what we did.  In our costumes.

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Yes, we got a few funny looks, but for the most part, most of the people – especially the ones with kids, played along.

PS – I was in costume, too, but there are no selfies of me on the monorail, so you’ll have to come back tomorrow to see what I was dressed as.

Nov 032013
 

When we were at the Magic Kingdom a few weeks ago, we noticed a highlighted section on the daily schedule that we picked up upon entering the park. It was an ad for limited time cupcakes because it was Halloween season – Jack Skellington cupcakes to be exact. You know, THE Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. He is the king of Halloweentown after all……

Anyways, there is just something about the words limited edition that made me just have to have one of those cupcakes.  I ended up buying three, actually.  One for me, one for my nine year old and one for Chris to split with my six year old – who would take two bites and then say he’s done.

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Oct 312013
 

Happy Halloween!

My family and I love Halloween and last weekend, we did something fun to celebrate the Halloween season.  We headed on over to Edaville Railroad for their new Pumpkins Aglow Halloween event.

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Edaville USA, as it is now known, is a small theme park with cranberry harvesting and railroading as its two main themes. It is a fun family attraction which features about a dozen or so amusement rides including a Ferris Wheel & carousel and each admission includes a five mile train ride through the cranberry bogs on their property. We usually go there for their Christmas Festival of Lights when the park is all lit up, but  Edaville also hosts other events like a Day Out With Thomas and now their Pumpkins Aglow!  My parents took my sister, brother and I there every year while we were growing up and I love that I get to take my own kids there now. Continue reading »

Oct 302013
 

We usually go to Disney World over the summer.  I find that towards the end of August, it’s less crowded and frankly, it’s really not all that much hotter there than it is at home.  This year, though, we wanted to take the kids to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (which I will post about next week), so we planned our yearly trip for October.

The thing I love about holidays at Disney World (I’ve been there twice at Christmas time), is that they go all out with their decorations.  I was so happy when we walked into the Magic Kingdom the first day to see that it was all decked out with Halloween decorations.  Here are a few of the pictures I took of the decorations:

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