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Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween! I loved Halloween as a kid. I remember the excitement of carving the pumpkin, eating a quick dinner and then setting out with my dad in a sweet little costume I was thrilled about! The candy was fine but the excitement of the day and night was way better! Each of my kiddos are in such different stages of kid-hood so it’s fun for me to watch how they each enjoy it differently.

Emily

Emily (she’s 15) is excited about having some girlfriends over where they’ll huddle over the fire pit, eat smores, drink apple cider, and hang out in her ENO under some twinkle lights that she hung in the trees.

Grace

Grace (she’s 11) will go to a girlfriend’s house, trick-or-treat with her and then spend the night. She’s dressing up as a “mature bumble bee” (as she put it). Here’s a pic of her after she figured her costume out a few days ago! I’m a little sad not to have her walk with us through the neighborhood this year but super happy she’ll be with a good friend.

Corban is excited and doesn’t even know why! 🙂 He already had a Spiderman mask and t-shirt so I found some pj pants to go with them… therefore, Spiderman he’ll be! He’s just excited about being excited! 🙂 We’ll take him to an outside neighborhood party and then trick-or-treating with him throughout the rest of the neighborhood.

Stay safe everyone and enjoy your little ones tonight, no matter their age!

Decoration Ideas for Halloween: Simple and Easy

Halloween Decorations

It’s that time of year again! Spooky ghosts, creepy pumpkins, and sneaky rats!  Halloween is the time for fun, costumes, and decorations.  Whether you love to decorate indoors or outdoors, there are tons of great Halloween decorations you can create that are fun for the kids, and can be cost efficient.  Get into the spirit of Halloween with these spooky cool Halloween Decoration Ideas.

Spooky Faces

Raid your local dollar store for those round touch lights.  They are cheap and run on batteries which is great for saving on electricity.  Grab some sharpie markers and let your imagination go wild.  You can make each touch light look like giant eyeballs, or make skeleton faces like Jack and the Pumpkin King, or create other monstrous faces.

Climbing Skeletons

These guys are pretty funny when propped around your house.  Make these skeletons look like they are trying to climb your house.  You can find full plastic skeletons anywhere that is selling Halloween decorations.  You can get very creative when placing skeletons and they are easy to work with.

Wicked Tree

Do you have a white Christmas tree?  Well break it out twice a year instead of once.  Create a creepy cool Halloween tree with black garland and other great dollar store items.  The dollar store usually has a lot of small items that can be added to your tree.  You can also create your own by printing out silhouettes and hanging them with black string.

Somebody is Watching You

Want to add a creepy effect to your yard, save up some toilet paper rolls.  Cut out two holes in different shapes and sizes to create eyes.  Then just tape a glow stick to the inside of the rolls.  You can place them inside your bushes and watch them look out at you all night.

Cutie Pumpkins

Get some tarra cotta pots, these pots are already orange which makes it simple and fast to create this decoration.  These pots usually have a hole at the bottom so flip your pot over, and stick a small twig in the hole to create the stem.  Now just use paint or a black sharpie and draw on the faces for your pumpkin.

Kiddie Treats

Get your kids involved with the decorating process.  Get some canvas and create cute pictures with your little monsters.  Create candy corn with their feet.  Paint white on the heel, orange in the middle of the foot, and white at the toes.  Press their feet to the canvas and ta-da, candy corn pictures!  These are great little gift ideas for grandparents too.  You can paint the feet all white for ghosts, or make spiders with their hands.

Hanging Ghosts

Decorating this is simple and cost efficient.  You need styrofoam balls, cheesecloth, black craft paint, string and eye screws.  Paint black eyes on the styrofoam and then cover with cheesecloth.  Add an eye screw to the top so that you can string and hang your ghosts.

Decorating can be fun for the whole family.  So get your creepy creativity flowing.  Happy haunting!

This black spider stationery will compliment your decorations perfectly!

9 Halloween Safety Tips for Kids’ Costumes

When it comes to safety for Halloween, the focus tends to be on the candy or other treats the children are receiving from strangers.  However, the costume the little ones are wearing are just as important to be aware of. Keep them safe by following these 9 halloween safety tips for your kiddo’s costume.

Good Fit

Make sure your child’s costume is not too big or loose for him or her.  If the costume is too long, it is not safe and your child may trip over it.  An airy, flowing costume can tangle with objects and people and can present a fire hazard around open candles that are usually present during Halloween.  Your best bet is to choose a costume that is the correct length and fits well.

Choose Nonflammable Materials

Check on the label of the costume and make up for flame-resistant materials.  This is very important since jack-o-lanterns, candles, and other ornamental flames are common for decoration during Halloween.

Keep the Neck Area Clear

Avoid costume elements that are too tight around the neck, such as cords or sashes, that can present a choke hazard.  Be very cautious and safe about jewelry that can tangle around the neck as well.

Capes With Caution

Capes are fun, but unfortunately and not as safe as it is commonly assumed, may pose a choke-risk or may be easily be tripped over by the child if it is not the right length.

Use Masks Wisely

If your child is wearing a mask, make sure that it is worn just for photos or when he or she is not walking (more likely running).  Some masks are not safe and can block a child’s vision, which is even more of a concern during night time.  Make sure that the mask fits snugly on your child’s face, but not too tight around the neck.  The larger the holes around the eyes and nose, the better for seeing and breathing for your child.

Double Check Paint Labels

Instead of using masks, face paint is a great  option.  Check that the paint is FDA-approved and can be used on skin.  “Non-toxic” does not completely mean that it is safe to be used on the face.  Also check the ingredients of the make up  to make sure that it is nothing that your child is allergic too.

Choose Accessories Carefully

Make sure that costume accessories such as swords and knives are soft and flexible.  Wands, staffs, and canes should have no sharp edges or points.

Light and Reflection

Attach reflective materials onto your child’s costume to make sure that others can see him or or her at night.  Accompanying adults should carry a flashlight to light the path and make it easier for drivers to see trick or treaters.

Safe Footwear

Should your child choose to wear the shoes that come with the costume, make sure that is has traction to prevent slipping and falling.  If the footwear is a shoe-cover, check that it fits snugly.  More than often though, these shoe covers tend to slip off while walking, being safe with regular sneakers is better.

Healthy Snack Ideas For A Children’s Halloween Party

Healthy Snacks

It’s that time of the year again when you must start planning your Halloween party ideas for your children’s home or school parties. Halloween is all about the candy, but these days parents and schools want to limit the amount that are giving out to the kids. Some schools will not allow any snacks if the first ingredient listed is sugar. These days it is all about promoting healthy snacks at home and in schools. Here is a few Halloween healthy snack ideas, that are not only healthy, but cute as well.

Peanut Butter Banana Caterpillar

Carefully cut the the banana in half length-wise and spread the peanut butter between each slice. Using pretzel sticks, break each stick in half and stick it into each banana slice for legs. Use chocolate chips for eyes (mini ones work best) and sprinkle with coconut, if you like. This can be done by the party host prior to start of the party or can also make a great Halloween party craft for the kids, as well.

Jack O’Lantern Fruit Cup

Nothing complicated involved in this. Purchase the packaged fruit cups in either peaches or oranges. Using a Sharpie marker draw a jack o’lantern face on the plastic seal.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every kid loves homemade chocolate chip cookies. How about making these popular cookies a healthier way with whole wheat flour and a little pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice added.

Banana Ghosts

This is a very easy snack to assemble. All you really have to do is take a banana and cut it in half. Place a lollipop stick through the bottom half of it. Mini chocolate chips can be used for the eyes and mouth.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Consider saving the pumpkin seeds from your jack o’lantern and roast them for the kids to have a healthy snack on during the party. These are much healthier alternative to potato chips. They can be lightly salted or even sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. This way you can control the amount of salt and sugar the kids are taken in.

 

I hope you enjoy these fun, easy, Halloween healthy snack ideas. These provide a great healthy start to Halloween and give them the necessary energy to get through a night of trick-or-treating. These flat cards are the perfect way to keep track of these healthy snack ideas! Click here for more designs at Amy Adele!

Healthy Snacks
This recipe card is great for keeping track of your favorite healthy snack ideas!

Family Halloween Party Ideas

When you’re throwing a family-friendly Halloween party, you don’t want to give your guests the creeps! If you’re the host of this year’s block party or plan to invite over a few friends, you need some smashing  family Halloween party ideas. Steer clear of those bloody, body parts — look at these ideas for inspiration.

Family Halloween Invitations:

Before you can have a great family Halloween party, you have to invite them! Amy Adele has great family Halloween designs for invitations, thank you notes and any other of your party stationary needs. On this invitation, include the usual facts: date, time, and place. Consider adding a little more detail such as if they should dress up, bring food, or any activities that are going to happen as this family Halloween party. Inform your guests just enough so they get a taste of how great your party is going to be!

Pumpkin decorations:

Decorate your party area with smiling pumpkins instead of leering jack-o-lanterns. Stick on googly eyes and permanent markers are all you need for these laughable decorations. Get creative and decorate your pumpkins to look like various family members. Place a baseball cap on a small pumpkin for a ball player inspired decoration. Make a girl pumpkin by attaching a pink bow to the pumpkin stem. Use markers or watercolors to create a smiling face. You could ask guests to bring their own decorated pumpkin. Award prizes for the most creative!

Halloween activities:

A costume contest is an easy idea that brings tons of excitement to this fall party. Kick this contest up a notch by having a theme like “favorite arcades” or “classic snack foods.” Buy quirky prizes to give to the winners. Of course there will be candy favors for everyone who participates.

Hide some booty:

One of the hallmarks of Halloween is trick or treating! Give your guests an alternative to door to door solicitation. A clever scavenger hunt keeps the whole family entertained. Once they solve the clues to the treasure, they can find and share a box of chocolate coins or various candies.

When planning a family Halloween party, remember to keep it simple and “unscary” so that everyone will have a time to remember.

Family Halloween Party Invitation
Perfect invitation for a family Halloween party!

Halloween Group Costume Ideas

Group Costume Ideas

Halloween will be here soon, and if you don’t have a costume yet it’s time to do some serious brainstorming. The best things about Halloween are dressing up and being with your friends and family; and it’s especially enjoyable to combine the two. If this year’s Halloween plans include a party or outing with others, consider one of these group costume ideas.

Costume Ideas for Families

  • Star Wars: Star Wars has created a fan base which spans generations, making it an ideal theme for family Halloween outfits. Mom and Dad make are perfect as Han and Leia, Darth Vader and Stormtrooper or Anakin and Padme while the little ones can dress as Chewbacca, Yoda, Ewoks, Stormtroopers or Jedi Knights.
  • Farmers with farm animals: Trick-or-Treat with the cows and pigs this All Hallow’s Eve. Parents can dress-up as farmers with their young animals in tow, getting their treat bags filled with goodies. Alternatively, switch it around and have the kids dress as farmers while Mom and Dad transform into sheep, goats, horses or other barnyard friends.
  • Monsters Inc.: Monster’s Inc. is hot right now so there is no shortage of ideas for dressing up like your favorite furry (or slimy) Monster’s character. While Sulley and Mike seem like the classic choice for Mom and Dad and Boo for their little girl, you might decide to mix it up a bit and don the kids in costumes like Mike, Sulley or any of the other loveable monsters from the cast while Mom and Dad dress as Roz and Mr. Waternoose, or from Monsters University, Don Carlton and Ms. Squibbles. Or dress the whole family in green “OK” shirts and hats and go as the Oozma Kappa clan.
  • Toy Story: Toy Story is another classic animated film from which a multitude of entertaining costume inspirations has come. Buzz, Jessie, Woody, Mr. Potato Head and the rest are simple and fun attire for a Trick-or-Treating expedition or not-so-frightening family parties.

Costume Ideas for Young Kids

  • Peanuts Gang: Young kids still love Snoopy and the Gang. The whole neighborhood will adore your little ones if they dress up as Peanuts characters for their Halloween “Tricks-or-Treats”; just hope no one gets a rock.
  • Disney Princesses: Little girls still dream of being a princess. Their wish will be granted this Halloween when your daughter and her friends dress up as Cinderella, Snow White, Belle and their other favorite Disney Princesses.
  • Pirates: Pirate costumes are perfect for boys and girls of all ages. Let your kids have a grand adventure this Halloween dressed as a crew of swashbuckling buccaneers.
  • Multiple colors of Crayons: What a great group costume! The little ones will be especially excited to dress as their favorite Crayon shade. Be creative with colors; think the 64 Crayon box.
  • Wizard of Oz: Dress the youngsters as the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and even Toto this Halloween in homage to this timeless family film.

Group Costume Ideas for Any Age

Getting your friends to dress up with you in a group costume will be a breeze, everyone knows and loves these costume ideas!

  • Video Game Characters: From Pokémon to Angry Birds to the Mario Brothers, video game characters are cool and easily recognizable; making them fantastic options for Halloween attire.
  • Alice in Wonderland: Spend this Halloween in Wonderland with your favorite players from this classic book and movie.
  • 1950s: Groups of boys and girls, or men and women, can go to the Sock Hop in the characteristic style of the 50’s when they dress-up in leather jackets and poodle skirts.
  • Zombies: Spooky costumes are the quintessential in All Hallow’s Eve attire, and Zombies are at the top of the list. Zombie costumes are simple to make or are easily found in Halloween stores and online.
  • Super Heroes: Almost everyone wants to be like Superman, Batman, Spiderman or Wonder Woman. Hit the town with your crowd dressed as your favorite super heroes.
  • Harry Potter: Ron, Harry, Hermione and the rest of the Harry Potter gang have been Halloween favorites for over a decade, and this year is no exception.

 

This Halloween skip the same old boring costume. Become the center of attention when your friends, family and kids get together and dress in hilarious, witty, creepy or just plain fun group costume. Check out Amy Adele for great Halloween party invitations, labels, thank you notes and more!

Halloween Party: Group Costume
This invitation is perfect for inviting your friends to come dressed as whatever they’d like or as a group costume. Just remember to remind them what the group costume is!

Halloween Games for Your Next Halloween Party

Halloween Games

It’s getting to be that time of year again. The time of year when kids are back in school, leaves are falling off the trees and kids look forward to going out trick or treating or to Halloween parties with their friends. What’s that? You say you have the decorations and food ideas but don’t have any clue what to do for Halloween games? Well, let’s see, there’s always bobbing for apples—but, yes, you’re right, we should have some fresh, new games for the kids. The Halloween games described below are just the thing you’re looking for and you can alter the difficulty of each game according to the age group at the party.

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt

Before the party begins, cut out as many different pumpkin shapes as you desire from orange construction paper and design every shape to look like a jack-o-lantern. On the back of each shape, jot down a point numbered from one to ten and then hide all the pumpkins around the room. When all the kids have arrived, allow them twenty minutes to seek out the pumpkin shapes that you’ve placed around the room. Once the twenty minutes have elapsed, ask the children to total their points from the pumpkin shapes that they found. The child that has the highest number of points wins a door prize.

Frankenstein Relay Race

Draw a starting line and, about twenty feet away, draw your finish line. Strew pumpkins amidst the start and finish lines, creating an obstacle course. The children should be divided into two or more even teams and lined up on the starting line. It’s best to keep each team under six children so that the game will be fairly short and they won’t get bored. Once the kids are all lined up and ready, you can say, “Go!” The first child from each team should run through the obstacle course of pumpkins to the finish line, then back again and tag the next person in their team to run. This continues until every child has run the obstacle course. The catch is that all the kids have to run like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster—arms straight out and stiff legs! If you catch a child bending their legs, you need to send them back to the starting line to begin again. The first team to complete the relay race wins and all the members of that team get a prize. This Halloween game sure will test their Frankenstein skills!

Halloween Word Game

This game is better for slightly older children, age nine to twelve. To start this Halloween game, give each child a piece of paper and a pencil. You would’ve written ahead of time on each piece of paper the phrase “Trick or Treat”. When the kids have each received their pencil and paper, ask them to write down as many words as they can find from that phrase “Trick or Treat” in a span of five minutes. The child who has the most words on their list is the winner. You can also play this game using the word “Halloween”.(Note: The words have to be actual words, not made-up words.)

Candy Corn Catch

A fun game that can be played together by adults and kids. Create teams of three to five members; one child or adult on each team has to tie a toy pumpkin around their waist—like the ones that you’d use for trick or treating. All the other team members get fifteen pieces of candy corn. Mark two different throw lines with a Halloween decoration like a witch or tombstone—one throw line will be for the kids and the other line will be marked further back for the adults. On the word “Go”, one member of a team tries to throw their candy corn into the pumpkin, one piece at a time. The person that has the pumpkin tied to them should move about to try and catch the pieces that are tossed off target. The game continues until every individual on that team and every team has had their turn. After all the members of each team have thrown their candy corn, the candy corn is tallied up in all the toy pumpkins. The team that has the most candy corn wins the game and all of the candy corn is divided evenly among that team as a take-home prize.

Zombie Tag

What child doesn’t like to play tag? Using rope, you’ll need to create boundaries so that no one can run outside the play area; remember to pick up any debris such as sticks or rocks in the area so that the children won’t trip or get injured. Choose one child to be the zombie, blindfold them and then have them put on a zombie mask. The “zombie” is taken to the center of the play area and all the children need to be in the play area at this time; once the game begins no one is to step outside the boundaries. The game begins with the zombie shouting “Brains!” All the other children instantly scream and run around the play area. The zombie moves about trying to tag someone while continually shouting “Brains!” and listening for the screams. When the zombie tags someone, that child becomes the new zombie.(Note: If the game goes on for a while and no one has been tagged, you’ll need to shrink the size of the play area. But if kids are being tagged quickly, you’ll need to expand the play area.)

Eyeball Run

This Halloween game calls for a little more preparation. You can either buy some ping pong eye balls or just paint bloodshot eyes on the ping pong balls yourself. Split the kids up into two or more even teams. You can give each child their own ping pong eyeball or, for a more difficult game for older kids, you can use one ping pong eyeball per team. This is a great game for any age because you can make it an easy game for little kids or a challenging game for teens by placing obstacles in their path. Create a starting line and place a skeleton, ghost or cone at the other end of the yard or room to mark the finish line. Ask the teams to line up at the starting line and hand each player that’s first in line a spoon with an eyeball on it. On your word of “Go” the first kids will run or briskly walk down to the finish line, around the skeleton or cone and come back to the start where the next teammate in line will be handed the spoon and take their turn. They can’t touch the eyeball while it’s on the spoon! If a child drops their eyeball, they can pick it up to place it back on the spoon, but they must go back to the start and begin again. Whichever team finishes first wins a prize.

Costume Scavenger Hunt

This Halloween games starts before the party, write up a list of types of costumes that each team will be obligated to find people wearing around the neighborhood. Allocate points to every costume on the list on the basis of how challenging you believe it’ll be to spot each costume. Divide the kids into even teams and provide one individual on every team with a digital camera. Give a copy of this list to each team and tell them to go out and take pictures of one person dressed in a costume on that list. None of the party-goers can be dressed in any of the costumes on your list. Provide the teams with two hours to accomplish the scavenger hunt. When the two hours are up, examine the pictures and grant points for every costume that the teams took pictures of. The team that has the most points wins the game and each team member receives a prize.

Halloween Mask Trivia

This game is best for older children. Get pictures of various Halloween characters like Chucky, Dracula, Michael Myers, Freddie Kroueger, Carrie, Headless Horseman, Jason Voorhees, Frankenstein and Leatherface. Provide all the kids with a pen and piece of paper. Show the photos to the kids one at a time and ask them to write down the name of each character. When you’ve shown all the pictures, announce the answers. The child with the most correct names wins the game and a prize.

Pumpkin Penny Pitch

Before the Halloween party, sculpt a jack-o-lantern and keep the top off. Provide each child with ten to twenty pennies and ask them to line up at the starting line which should be about fifteen feet away from the jack-o-lantern. Every child will take a turn throwing their pennies at the jack-o-lantern and the child that throws the most number of coins in the jack-o-lantern wins a king-size candy bar.

Icy Marbles!

This is a favorite game among teens! Fill up a big bowl or bucket with ice and marbles. In a one minute time frame, each teen will take their turn at sticking their feet in the bowl attempting to pull out as many marbles as they can with their toes. As they grab the marbles, they’ll try to successfully transfer it to a plate beside the bowl. When one minute is up, the plated marbles are counted and the total is written down on a piece of paper. When all the teens have had their turn, whoever has the most number of plated marbles wins the game.

Ghost Bowling

For this Halloween game you’ll need to gather ten empty 2-liter soda bottles, paint them white with two black eyes in the center and let them dry overnight. You’ll also need a mini basketball or pumpkin and you can paint a face on it if you wish. Pour sand or pebbles into each soda bottle until it’s about a quarter full. Arrange the bottles in the normal ten-pin set-up—one pin in the first row, two pins in the second row, three pins in the third row and four pins in the back row. Don’t forget to have a pad of paper and pencil handy to keep score for all the kids. Pair up the children into teams; give them each two turns to stand fifteen feet away and roll the ball toward the pins. With younger kids, you can let them stand a little closer to the pins or use less pins. After the first roll, clear away any pins that were knocked over then let the child roll again. If a child knocks over all the pins in one roll, a strike, they receive fifteen points; knocking down all the pins after the second roll will earn them thirteen points or else every child is awarded one point per pin that’s knocked over. After every child takes their turn, tally the points for every team; the team with the highest score wins and they receive a prize.

These are just a sample of the Halloween games that will bring life and a lot of fun to your Halloween party, but just make sure that you keep the scare factor age-appropriate. With these games or ones you create on your own, everyone is sure to have a great time. Happy Halloween!

 

Halloween Games
This invitation is a great way to have friends over to play some Halloween games and to get in the spirit!!