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Game planning for halloween!

Halloween…such a fun time to celebrate some added fun with the kiddos.

Halloween 2008 or 2009

Halloween 2008 or 2009

Halloween Parade 2014

Halloween Parade 2014

In typical “procrastinator” style, I’m getting my stuff ready tonight for tomorrow. One of these days, I will send blogs out a few days ahead of a holiday but…for now…you can just get some ideas for next year. Haha.

Doc McStuffins and Lambie 2013

Doc McStuffins and Lambie 2013

Tonight’s blog is about “game planning” for halloween…so here’s the plan:

Set up some fun additions to the house:

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I set the table tonight for breakfast tomorrow. I love this cute tablecloth and plates that I picked up two years ago on clearance after Halloween. These fun “glasses” are actually salt shakers from the local dollar tree. I removed the tops and have used these often for birthday parties and holiday entertaining.

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I would definitely recommend shopping for holiday décor immediately following a holiday. Marshalls, Homegoods, and Target are some of my favorite “go to” stores for their holiday clearance departments.

Breakfast: Jack-o-lantern pancakes and orange juice.

So simple but super loved by all the kiddos. Making these simple pancakes by just making circular pancakes and adding these fun googly eyes and a smile of chocolate morsels.

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Construction paper and Q-tips will help us create these awesome skeletons during our school.

Last year, we read a great story about St. Felix, who was hidden from his enemies by a spider that quickly spun a web at the opening of the cave where he was hiding. With this new found knowledge, spiders have now become a big part of our decorating for Halloween. Since DDD likes spiders, he will be doing most of the decorating with these tomorrow around the porch. I simply got him started along the banister.

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This booklet will be a great addition to our school work. You can click on the link to get the full booklet about the Christianity behind Halloween.

Lunch: little jack-o-lantern diced peach cups, and mummy hot dogs.

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Using these ingredients pictured to make some cute mummys with the use of crescent rolls and hot dogs.

Hot dog mummies

After Miss Missy goes down for a nap, the big kids and I will be working on a Halloween density experiment using just a jar, vegetable oil, alka seltzer water, and food coloring.

We will be making these spooky lava lamps….

And for a Halloween dinner, I have learned over the last few years that it is shear madness around the dinner hour. I am going to throw a pork roast in the crockpot and heat up some broccoli and mashed potatoes that I will make earlier in the day. I can recall several years when my children were too excited for halloween and didn’t eat at all.

As we are having a neighborhood party, these ingredients will help to create these adorable witch hat cookies to bring for all the kiddos.

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Our family will be SUPERHEROES for Halloween…so stay tuned for photos!!

Happy Halloween!

Love,

Tammi

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ooops! totally forgot……Tip Tuesday: Halloween candy!!!

Candy overload!!!!

Haha….the kids are loving it!

“Yes….only two pieces..!!!.”

It gets old…. pretty quickly.

So…what are we going to do with all of this?

Here are a few suggestions of things I’ve done and some I am considering…that is if I don’t eat the majority of the candy myself…haha.

  • Sort your candy and save it for Christmas baking.

M&Ms, snickers, and Reese’s are great options for this. This was super helpful for me last year when I was involved in a cookie exchange for Christmas. Snickers Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Cake

  • Consider making a candy donation for the troops.

Operation shoebox has a website where you can send candy donations for their holiday shoeboxes. You can link to it here.

  • Send off some candy to your college nieces or nephews.

I know a few who would love to see some of this candy. (No worries…I’m sending it soon.)

  • If you know you have a birthday party coming up, save it for goody bags or for decorating the birthday cake.
  • Chop up some of these candy bars and use them for toppings in an ice cream sundae bar.
  • Consider making an extraordinary dessert for a new mom or new neighbor. (You can click on the images to be directed to the websites)

No-Bake Deep-Dish Peanut Butter Snickers Pie with Salted Caramel - The perfect pie: Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Loaded with Candy & Dripping in Caramel! Easy, no-bake recipe at averiecooks.com

20 Amazing Desserts to Make with Candy Bars!

  • This is a great time to work on some Math skills.

Have your preschoolers/Kindergardeners work on their sorting skills. Have them sort by color, then by name.

One of my homeschooling friends directed me to this link for a graphing activity with halloween candy…..simply brilliant!!! (you can click on the image for the link)

Here’s to hoping that you are more successful than I have been at avoiding the “nighttime baggy robbery”…..

God bless,

Tammi

 

Halloween Madness!!

Our family loves holidays! Any excuse to make the day extraordinary….and we’re in!!! The kids know to expect fun decorations and plenty of activities to “honor” the day.

Decorating the house.

Halloween 2012

Halloween 2012

The kids were super excited about their pumpkins.

Can’t you tell??!!!

IMG_2310The 2013 kids area…complete with Halloween books for them to read. The little ones love to pick at all this stuff and play with it.

IMG_2309Our halloween mantle. I found some really cute Halloween picture frames in the clearance aisle of Target last year. I framed pictures of past Halloweens, which were fun to look at an reminence. The little black lanterns were from IKEA and the spider webs were from the local dollar tree. We grabbed a few small pumpkins from the local farm stand.

IMG_2313The outside of the house: complete with carved pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, a hay bale, and plenty of spiders and webs.

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IMG_2314DDD loves scary stuff and wants to go “crazy” with scary decorating for halloween. I do not like the gory and scary aspect of halloween, and recently found the story of St. Felix. You can read about him here.  He was an amazing saint who was being persecuted by the Roman guards and was protected in hiding by a spider who spun a web to conceal his hiding place. After reading this story, I explained to DDD that he would be allowed to put spider webs up for decorations. They would serve as a reminder to us of the story of St. Felix. He LOVED that idea and was given “full reign” in taking care of the webbing outside. He was totally impressive and took great pride in what he did. I could have easily “fixed” what he did….but…is it really that big of a deal??

So…there’s webbing everywhere….my son feels great…..that’s really what it’s all about.

Activities:

IMG_2279DDD’s scary jack-o-lantern. He managed to grab my cell phone and take this picture. Unfortunately, my hands were so covered in pumpkin seeds that I didn’t get close ups from the other kids.

IMG_2270IMG_2273This year I bought Mini Me a “stick on” face. She had so much fun arranging and re-arranging his face. She was obviously proud of herself!

IMG_2261These little foam shapes and patterns from the local dollar tree were fantastic for helping keep the little ones busy during the day.

Food

halloween 1In the past, we have made orange pancakes with chocolate chip jack’o lantern faces.

Mandarin oranges for my 2yr old niece bday/Halloween party!

I found this idea on Pinterest and loved it. I simply used a black sharpie to draw on the faces. It was a great non-candy treat after dinner.

Dinner has always been something super simple to keep warm and feed the families that come over. Last year, it was chili. You can see my recipe for chili here. This year, it was a spiral ham, and homemade macaroni and cheese.

halloween 2Our table, last year, decorated for our party! I grabbed some halloween plates from the dollar store and found a cute black web napkin holder at the Ross last year. This picture shows our fun art clothes- line that details our artwork from the day.

Costumes

halloween 4Last year, the kids were ALL ABOUT being ScoobyDoo and Mystery Incorporated. How funny are they?

IMG_2282This year I had a Doc McStuffins and her stuffed animal, Lambie.

I could just squeeze them!!!

Sweet Pea wanted to make her own costume. How awesome is she???!!!….she was a table!!! haha. She wore this around her waist. It was cumbersome but every one of the houses we visited commented on how awesome and creative her costume was. She loved it!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any close-ups of DDD, and the fashionista. The fashionista was a little kitty cat and DDD was a power ranger. In our excitement to get out the door to trick or treat, I missed snagging a picture of them.  Boooooo

I just love to watch my kids run from house to house in their excitement for candy. It’s like the ultimate scavenger hunt! It’s not about getting a ridiculous amount of candy….it’s about the fun of the adventure.

Here’s to the next Halloween!!!

God Bless,

Tammi