Happy Halloween!!

I hope you have a wonderful, safe and dry time trick or treating!!! With a 50% chance of rain after 5pm, I’m pretty sure we are going to be wet.

If you are interested in staying inside this evening, here are a couple of options for you:

  • Everett Mall at 5pm
  • Cedar Park Halloween Carnival in Bothell at 6pm
  • Cascade Community Church Fall Carnival in Monroe at 6pm
  • Molbaks’ Monster Walk at 4pm
  • The Grove Community Church’s Carnival in Marysville at 5:30pm
  • Howl-Oween Pet Party at Nature’s Pet Market in Shoreline at 5pm
  • Halloween Family Fun Fest in the Bellevue Square at 5pm
  • Pacifica Senior Living’s Halloween Party at 2pm

Happy Halloween!!

Also, I’m going to be taking a little break from blogging everyday to get ready for my Christmas season of blogging, but I still love to hear what you are up to. If you learn about something fun for kids, please send me a message below…

Pumpkin Carving

Silly, happy, mad or sad are all options for your pumpkin’s face. It seems like a lesson for a toddler about identifying feelings. Proud to be Primary has a great article about teaching emotions. It goes on to say by teaching your kids to identify emotions help them to learn that feeling silly, happy, mad or sad are normal part of the day and by giving them the words to express each emotion they will express themself productively.

So that brings us back to pumpkin cravings. What face expression will you pick? We started by drawing some ideas for faces. If you are interested in following a template, the farm girl gabs has over 60 Disney themed templates for pumpkin cravings.

Then we transferred the drawing to the face on the pumpkin then my husband used his nifty tool to cut the shapes. This Oscillating Multi-Tool is a quick and easy way to cut out your face with accuracy.

Here is the face.

While my husband cut out the face, my kiddos decorated smaller pumpkins with a sticker design that I got from the dollar store. Great way to keep the kids away from the power tools.

Bob’s Corn Maze

Bob’s corn And pumpkin farm in Snohomish, Washington has a great program for school field trips. It is educational and fun. The class goes on a private hay ride followed by an educational lesson about what minerals the pumpkins need to be healthly and fruitful.

As part of the tour, each child gets to participate in the following:

• Kids Corn Maze

• Tractor Pulled Hayride

• Super Slide

• Corn Crib

• A Gourd and Small Pumpkin for Each Child

• One Large Class Pumpkin

• “What Veggies Eats” science on the farm class

• Access to Playground and Trike Track

Click here to learn more about their program.

After the lesson, we went to the corn maze that includes an cute story about Jack and the bean stock. We walked through the maze and found a different page of the story as we went along.

Then we went in the barn to play in the corn crib (a stall full of dried corn) and hay bails. My youngest loved watching the big kids play chase.

Lastly we stopped by the cow train and the big kids took a tour around the barns in their little cow carts. So much fun.

Boo Bag

Have you heard about boo bags? PicMonkey has some great printables for your boo bag. But to give you a run down.

  1. Enjoy your treats! Who doesn’t love a sweet candy or fun craft!
  2. Now that you are all sugared up. Make a similar boo bag or if you are starting on step 2. Have fun adding some toys and candy to a Halloween themed bucket or bag.
  3. Then pick your boo victim(s). Drive to their house, drop off the bag at their doorsteps, ring the bell and run away.
  4. You’ve Been Booed this is chain letter of trick-or-treating. It is optional to boo the next person but it is fun to spread the enjoy!

Here is our Boo Bag. There is some candy, coloring book, some toys and most important a ‘you’re been booed’ instructional page.

My daughters loved being booed. We still don’t know who booed us. Sometimes I want to ask all my friends and family but I have to remember it is out of the goodness of their heart. So this is my way of saying thank you. You brightened our day and your boo bag inspired us to boo other people. Hopefully we spread the love.

Spooktacular Halloween Party

We went to a farm this afternoon that was celebrating Halloween with crafts, games and pony rides called In Stride Equestrian Park. My daughters love ponies thus we spent most of our time in the pony ride line.

Did you know? The difference between a pony and horse is height. Horse are taller than 4foot 10 inches tall and ponies less than. Also, they have different bone structures, muscles and overall body proportions.

Once we rode the ponies at least 3 times each, we moved on to visit the other animals and participate in some of the games. The farm had pigs they could feed and a large rabbit that my youngest daughter would not leave until she got to see up close.

Both the kids got their face painted too. I was surprised how still my youngest held her head. She was very determined to have a cute pink pony painted on her face. My oldest daughter had flowers painted on her cheek.

The games offered were cake walk (like musical chairs but you walk on numbers while the music plays then stop and win a different treat based on the number you are on) and pumpkin toss into different tubs. What was wonderful about the party is that everyone was winning prizes.

If you are looking for more Halloween themed games for kids, check out LollyJane. They have a list of 17 different fun game ideas. ‘Pin the spider on the web’ is my favorite on the list.

Spooky Craft

Today we went to Ben Franklin in Monroe, WA for a birthday party. The store has party rooms upstairs that fit about 25 kids and has many projects available. The birthday girl chose these spooky eyeball candlesticks. The supplies are available at the store for additional purchase.

Each kid started by picking out their style of candlestick and eyeball color.

Included in the room rental, the child gets to choose paint of any color.

Then they paint their candlestick before gluing the eyeball on top.

Supply List

  • Candlestick
  • White ball ornament with black dots and crazy red lines.
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Gorilla glue or similar

Movie Night

Today’s activity is to snuggle up and watch a movie. There are a lot of great pumpkin/Halloween themed movies for kids. Check out commonsensemedia.org to see the age recommendation for each movie. Easy guide to make sure your kids are watching something age appropriate. Here are 10 movies I look forward to watching with my kids. Get your bowl of popcorn ready.

Movie List

  1. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – age 4+
  2. Spookley the Square Pumpkin– age 4+
  3. Super Monsters Monster Party – age 4+
  4. Monsters Inc. – age 6+
  5. Casper – age 8+
  6. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest – age 3+
  7. Toy Story of Terror – age 6+
  8. Hotel Transylvania – age 7+
  9. Hocus Pocus – age 10+
  10. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie – age 3+

Art – Decorating for Halloween

Being the first day of October, it is a great day to decorate for Halloween or the fall. We normally decorate our front door with festive wreaths but the wreath varies from year to year. This year we added 2 large spider web wreaths to the front doors.

To continue the spider theme, we added some glittery spiders to the bushes too.

Lastly, we have a tradition of putting out this old scarecrow. We love him because he has been in our family for years.

Fall Equinox – Book Review

The Activity

I love reading a different book each night leading up to a holiday. I normally make a booklist for Christmas but with Halloween just around the corner and to celebrate Fall Equinox today; I made a booklist of 35 fall and Halloween themed children’s books. Starting the list is Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak. It just seemed fitting for today. Many of the books I can find at our local library.

  1. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
  2. On the Farm by David Elliott
  3. Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola
  4. Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  5. Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
  6. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  7. We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
  8. We Gather Together by Wendy Pfeffer
  9. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
  10. the Poky Little Puppy and the Pumpkin Patch by Diane Muldrow
  11. Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  12. The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  13. Curious George Goes to a Costume Party by Margret and H.A. Rey
  14. The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry
  15. Minnie’s Costume Contest by Disney Junior
  16. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
  17. Marley and the Runaway Pumpkin by John Grogan
  18. Pipes the Pumpkin Fairy by Tim Bugbird
  19. Carl’s Masquerade by Alexandra Day
  20. Pete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
  21. Mickey’s Halloween by Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  22. One Hungry Monster by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe
  23. Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
  24. Pumpkin Patch Party by Stephanie St. Pierre
  25. Duck, Duck, Dinosaur Perfect Pumpkin by Kallie George
  26. Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma by David Soman and Jacky Davis
  27. Maisy’s Trick or Treat by Lucy Cousins
  28. Trick or Treat Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
  29. Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney
  30. Fancy Nancy’s Ghostly Halloween by Disney Junior
  31. Peanuts Happy Halloween, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz
  32. Clifford’s Halloween by Norman Bridwell
  33. My Little Pony Tricks and Treats by D. Jakobs
  34. Sweet and Spooky Halloween by Disney
  35. Have No Fear! Halloween is Here! by Tish Rabe

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