Oct 192015

Haunted Happenings in Salem

The Salem witch hunt was indeed a real-life horror story.  In case you need a refresher, twenty innocent people were put to death during the Witch Hysteria of 1692, leaving Salem forever branded.  Actually, these days many people refer to Salem as “The Witch City.”

The people of Salem totally play up their spooky reputation to tourists, too.   In addition to the town’s normal bewitching attractions, Haunted Happenings run for the entire month of October and draws nearly a quarter of a million people to the city.  This year, my family was among Salem’s visitors and today I want to tell you about all the fun we had there.

**Disclosure:  I received a complimentary media pass to all of the locations mentioned in this post in order to tell you about our experience in Salem.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

Since we had the kiddos with us, we kept our visit to Salem family friendly (well, as family friendly as the murders of 20 innocent people can be I suppose).  Here are all the things we did while we were there:

The Salem Witch Museum
The main presentation is based on actual trial documents. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration as they are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem Witch Hunt.
In our second exhibit, Witches: Evolving Perceptions, live guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today and the frightening phenomenon of witch hunting.


The Salem Witch Museum is located at 19 1/2 Washington Square and is open daily, year round: 10:00am-5:00pm, but they do have extended hours on select dates in October, so be sure to check their website before you go. Continue reading »

Oct 192015

Easy Ghost Puzzle Craft

It’s no secret that It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is my favorite cartoon of all time.  As soon as I see Linus and Lucy walking towards that pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin, I am transported back to my own childhood.  I remember as a child (before DVD’s and even cable), my mom would let me stay up late every year to watch it when it came on tv.

It’s not just It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, either.  I have loved so many of the Peanuts gang specials and movies over the years and I was excited to hear that they have a new movie coming out on Friday, November 6th, 2015: The Peanuts Movie. You can view the trailer here: http://www.peanutsmovie.com.

I was even more excited when I heard that Shaw’s stores was going to be the exclusive grocery partner for the upcoming release of The Peanuts Movie and that they were going to have two exclusive reusable Peanuts branded shopping bags / trick-or-treat bags that are free (with purchase, while supply lasts).

Do you remember the scene in It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown when all the kids go trick or treating.  With the exception of Lucy, who is a witch, and Charlie Brown, who just wears a sheet with a lot of holes in it, the rest of the gang were all dressed up as ghosts.  My kids and I decided to recreate those cute ghosts by making a craft out of some old puzzle pieces.  It’s super easy to make and you only need a few things to make your ghost (and you probably already have them). My kids got a huge kick out of it.

Here’s what you need:

  • Old puzzle
  • Any black craft paint
  • Any white craft paint
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Paint brushes

Here’s what you do:

1. Start by painting the back of about 30 puzzle pieces white (more or less depending on how big you want your ghost to be). Let them dry completely. Continue reading »

Oct 152015

Fright Fest 2015 at Six Flags New England is in full swing. Like in the past, this year they have some seriously awesome haunts that are guaranteed to make everyone’s hair stand on end.  This year there are over 20 chilling attractions and over 200 petrifying characters. When you’re there, be sure to enter the Big Top and experience the all-new Slasher Circus 3D. If you love getting scared by sinister clowns, this is the attraction for you.  The clowns make it their mission to terrify people as they roam through this 3D attraction.

**Disclosure:  My family and I were invited to experience media day at Six Flags New England and received complimentary admission.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.


If you have little ones, don’t worry – there is something for everyone at Six Flags New England this Halloween season. Here’s the full Fright Fest breakdown. Continue reading »

Oct 072015


Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year.  I lover everything about it – the costumes, the decorations, the haunted hayrides, the candy and especially the spooky movies. I get so excited every year when ABC Family releases their 13 Nights of Halloween TV Schedule. For those 13 days, you’ll usually find me glued to my television. The 13 Days of Halloween lineup is  scheduled to start on Monday, October 19 and will run right through Halloween.

when is halloween

For my your convenience, here is the entire 2015 lineup:

Monday October 19
(1:30-5:00 PM ET/PT) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
(5:00-8:00 PM ET/PT) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
(9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) Hocus Pocus
(12:00-2:00 AM ET/PT) Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride Continue reading »

Sep 302015

Tombstone Grahams

Was this the year that the invitation to Violet’s Halloween party finally showed up in your mailbox? If so, you probably don’t want to be that person who shows up empty handed, right?  But what to bring? These Tombstone Grahams are super easy to make and they are guaranteed to be the hit of the party! I will be making them and bringing them to all three Halloween parties I am going to next month.

Want to give them a try?

Here’s what you need:

  • graham cracker squares
  • 12 oz package of Wilton black candy melts
  • 12 package of Wilton white candy melts
  • Wilton sparkly green gel icing
  • 1 small sandwich baggie
  • kitchen scissors

Here’s what you do:

1. Separate the white and black candy melts into separate microwavable safe dishes. Continue reading »

Sep 242015

Delightfully Spooky Halloween Nail Art Ideas

A couple of years ago, when I was doing zumba on a regular basis, I met Michele.  Michele was one of a group of ladies who attended class regularly and since we all saw each other so often, we became friends.  Sadly, I stopped doing zumba about a year ago (and you have NO idea how much I miss it), but I still keep in touch with my old zumba pals on Facebook – where else?

Michele started posting pictures on Facebook of all the cute nail art she was designing. Every now and then I would see her post a picture of her latest design and each time, I would be more and more impressed.  As I was doing a little bit of Facebook stalking recently, a light bulb went off.  I decided to email Michele to see if she would let me share some of her designs here on my site.  I think that her nail art designs are so good that everyone needs to see them – not just her friends on Facebook.

But first a little bit more about Michele: Continue reading »

Oct 302014

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
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.


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:


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.

You Will Need: Continue reading »

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?


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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