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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Oct 192013
 

Raise your hand if you love candy corn as much as I do! Candy corn is one of those things -either you love it or you hate it. I fall into the former and since I apparently had a lot of time on my hands to research this, today I am going to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about candy corn.

  • October 30th is National Candy Corn Day
  • The man behind the sweet is said to be George Renninger of the Wunderlee Candy Company, who became the first to produce and distribute the candy.
  • More than 75 percent of candy corn’s annual production takes place during the Halloween season.
  • The Jelly Belly company now has a candy corn flavor of jelly bean.
  • Candy corn has inspired a book of poetry: Candy Corn by James Stevenson.
  • Candy corn is traditionally orange, yellow and white, but there are also brown, orange and white versions (Indian corn made with cocoa) as well as Christmas, Valentine and Easter colors.

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Oct 182013
 

Halloween is my favorite holiday and when I was a kid, Trick or Treating was pretty much the highlight of my year.  Now that I’m a mom, I love taking my boys out Trick-or-Treating just as much as I loved it myself.

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This year, the boys are going trick or treating with their dad (we alternate years), so Chris and I get the night off this year, but  whenever it’s my turn to take the boys out, I try to be as prepared as possible.  It makes my life easier and keeps them happy.

Here are a few things I’m going to do to make life easier – for all of us.

1. Look both ways before you cross the street.  I shouldn’t even have to say that, but you never know, right?

2.  Bring a flashlight with you!
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Oct 122013
 

**Disclosure:  I received products at no charge in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

Pumpkin Masters® makes the Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving and decorating fun for all ages.  I was so excited when I received a box full of products including three carving kits, one decorating punch kit and two strobe light from them to review with my family recently.

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Sep 292013
 

Are you looking for a fun Halloween recipe? Maybe a little treat to send in with the kiddos to share with their class at school?  I’ve got just the thing. I made this one for my kids several time over the years and it always goes over REAL well. Candy corn fudge is super easy to make and it combines two of the most delicious things on earth: chocolate and candy corn!

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Oct 312011
 

Happy Halloween! Halloween is my favorite holiday and when I was a kid, Trick or Treating was pretty much the highlight of the year.  Now that I’m a mom, I love taking my boys out Trick-or-Treating just as much as I loved it myself.

Tonight I’m taking my boys out trick-or-treating solo.  My little man is a handful, so it should be interesting to say the least.  Whenever I take the boys out, I try to be as prepared as possible.  It makes my life easier and keeps them happy.

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Oct 282011
 

Did you know that as a parent, you are lawfully entitled to collect a candy tax on Halloween?  Oh ya, it’s a federally mandated law. I’m sure of it.

Basically, any child who collects a large quantity of candy when they go out trick-or-treating on Halloween is subject to the tax.  This percentage is up to and including any and all Milk Duds (or you can insert your favorite candy here), if the amount constitutes 10% or less of the total haul.  However, if your kid winds up with some outrageously large amount of candy – say a large pillowcase full of it,  the candy is then subject to a 15% Candy Tax.  The candy tax covers the time and stress of the parent having to manually inspect each piece before the kiddos dig in. 

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Oct 262011
 

If you ever find yourself right in the middle of a horror movie type scenario, here are a few tips on surviving the ordeal:

1.  Never, ever, become a camp councelor.

2.  Whenever it appears that you have killed who ever or what ever is after you,  NEVER check to see if it’s really dead.

3.  You will need to uproot your life & move out of your home immediately if you ever find out that you’re living on an old Indian burial ground, in an old insane asylum or you find out satanic worship was ever practiced in your house.

4.  Never, under any circumstances, use a Ouija board.  This one’s for realz folks.  I kid you not, Ouija boards are one of the few things in life that really scare me.

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Oct 212011
 

I received an email yesterday entitled “Halloween Dictionary” and it was one of those emails that made me LOL (laugh out loud) at my laptop.  I have to be honest, nine times out of ten I delete forwarded chain emails, but I needed a pick me up yesterday, so I clicked on this one.  I’m glad I did.

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Oct 172011
 

Are you looking for a fun Halloween recipe, maybe to send in with the kiddos to share with their class at school?  I’ve got just the thing. I make this one for my kids classes every year and it always goes over well.  Candy corn fudge is super easy to make and it combines two of the most delicious things on earth: chocolate and candy corn!

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Oct 062011
 

One of the things that I like to make for my kids for lunch or dinner are hot dog mummies.  They’re perfect for Halloween and did I mention that they go over extremely well with the kiddos (even picky eaters like my youngest).

 Halloween is a pretty big deal around our house, so this time of year, I like to do extra little fun surprises for the kids and Hot dog mummies end up on the menu at least once a week.  They are so easy to make – you only need a few ingredients and the best part is that they are ready in less than a half hour.  

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