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Do your children love Halloween? If you ask most kids, Halloween is likely one of their favorite holidays. Kids love being able to dress up in costumes and go trick or treating, hoping to get loads of candy with family and friends. While Halloween is a very fun holiday for kids, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its own risks. In today’s busy world and crazy schedules, it sometimes can be challenging finding safe areas for children to trick or treat, or times that are great for little ones to Trick or Treat without it being dark. Even the most attentive parents can even lose their kids on Halloween with the craziness. To make Halloween safer, we have included some of our favorite tips for keeping everyone safe on Halloween Night!
Wear Reflective/Light Up Items
Let’s face it, at the end of October, it gets darker much sooner than anyone wants, and children are usually trick or treating past dusk. To keep kids safe, especially while they are crossing the street, they should have on something reflective with their costume and/or something that lights up. Fortunately, it is easy to find light up jewelry and glow sticks. Kids love playing with these light up items, making it great for adults when it comes to keeping kids safe and findable. You can even find silly hats that light up, making it easy for adults to dress up too and keep kids even safer in the dark.
Check Candy Before Eating
While the really scary stories about Halloween candy are nothing more than urban myths, it is still a good idea for parents to check candy before anyone digs in. While most people have good intentions, that doesn’t mean that people know your child has a peanut allergy or that something in your child’s goody bag may not have accidentally contaminated something else. We all know kids can be kids, including sometimes putting things in their trick or treat bags that should not be mixed with food. Especially with younger ones, it doesn't hurt to limit candy eating to make sure there aren’t any tummy aches, too!
Safe Places & Trick or Treating as a Group
Even the best plans can sometimes fall apart. If you lose your child at a Halloween event or while out Trick or Treating, make sure to have a plan so everyone can find one another. Have it be a central place that your child can easily find or a house where they can find a trusted adult, such as a family member, friend, or neighbor. Also make clear to your child not to leave and who to talk to if they can’t find a trusted adult. Encourage children to trick or treat as a group so that in case someone does lose a parent, another parent can step up and be a contact person for someone else who may have lost their child. We all want to make sure Halloween is safe and happy for everyone, so make sure you have a plan (and maybe another plan, too) in case something does go wrong!
Have you considered having a holiday tea party? While many of us love holiday parties, it is sometimes a bit more difficult when you are an adult and wanting something that is not just nice, but classy. With tea becoming even more popular over the last few years, and many people avoiding alcohol, more people are forgoing cocktail and restaurant parties for a nice get together in the form of a tea party. When most of us think of tea parties, we think of the fancy, old fashion get together with everyone wearing their Sunday best. Luckily, this isn’t the case with a modern tea party and it is easy for just about everyone to throw their own holiday tea party!
Holiday Tea Party: Dress
One of the cool things about a holiday tea party is that you can be creative with how you dress. Unlike traditional tea parties that require your Sunday best, dress depending on the theme. If you are having a Halloween tea party, consider inviting guests to show up in costumes. As well, Christmas tea parties can be just as fun since your guests can wear their favorite Christmas sweaters. Just make sure you let guests know how they are expected to arrive on your invitations. Don’t forget too that you can also help guests dress up with fun party favors, such as hats, wigs, and even masks!
Holiday Tea Party: Teas
Along with decorations, it is important that you also consider your selection of teas. While it may be tempting to just go buy cheap tea for the party, it is important to pair teas with the available holiday foods, the season, and of course, what your guests may enjoy. Consider giving your guests a variety of teas to choose from, both in tea bag form and loose leaf tea. Don’t forget too that you don’t have to use fine china with your tea, providing hot water in tea pots and using disposable cups can make things cleaner for you, and easier for your guests.
Holiday Tea Party: Decorations
Like any party, decorations are important for setting the mood for your party, especially a holiday themed tea party. The biggest thing you want to do is make sure you stay classy. While scary decorations may be great for a haunted house, make sure to go with tasteful, and even cute decorations. Go with a Halloween centerpiece and stay simple with your tablecloth, going with black or orange. With a Halloween tea party, have most of your Halloween theme show in disposable tableware or even decorated finger food or cupcakes. These rules are the same for Christmas, Easter, and many other holidays – just make sure that everything is coordinated, cute, and relaxing for all of your tea party guests.
Are you struggling to keep your kids busy during fall break? While kids are excited to have a few days to a week off of school, it can sometimes be challenging for adults who are trying to not only keep kids busy, but out of trouble. Another challenge is keeping kids away from not just the computer, but their phones and video games, making family time challenging for busy families during fall break. We know that sometimes finding the perfect activities for kids can be challenging, so we created a list of some of our favorite activities to do with kids during the fall break!
Playing Dress Up
One of the cool things about fall break is being able to have friends over during the day and have fun playing dress up with adults. Girls love being able to play with makeup with mom, and dress up in fun outfits. It doesn’t matter if they are pretending to be princesses or doctors, they want to have fun playing pretend with their friends. Before your daughter’s friends arrive, make sure to have a variety of fun outfits and accessories that all the girls can use to make outfits to make their playtime even more fun!
If you ask many kids what they love doing during the fall, it is baking. They love making muffins, cookies, and even cute cupcakes in the kitchen with mom. Part of the fun isn’t just baking, but decorating cute treats for the entire family. Today, you can even turn baking into a fun art project with different colored sprinkles, cupcake skirts, and even other fun cupcake decorations!
Sometimes, fall days aren’t that much fun, especially if you are stuck indoors due to rain or windy weather. Rather than dealing with bored kids, this is the perfect time to get out craft projects. While small kids love coloring books or making fun crafts with construction paper, others may go for craft projects or kits. For older kids, this is the time to truly show their creativity and skills, especially if they love the idea of painting their own bank, a birdhouse, or more! Just make sure you have a variety of craft supplies available for your budding artists and craftsmen!
For many girls, nothing is more fun than having a long sleepover with friends. With Halloween right around the corner, this is the perfect time to make fun treats with grownups, put on makeup, and watch scary movies. To make watching some of these scary movies more fun, it doesn't hurt to have cuddly stuffed animals for all the girls. Of course, no wants to go to sleep right after watching scary stories, so this is a perfect time to wind down making fun jewelry crafts with friends, or write and draw with unique stationery. Just make sure all the girls involved are doing age appropriate activities and having fun!
While many of us celebrate Halloween, very few people celebrate an upbeat, Spanish holiday that happens not long after one of our favorite days of ghouls and ghosts – The Day of the Dead. For those who don’t know this holiday, it is a celebration of the life of those who have passed. Rather than being sad, however, it is a day of celebration, dancing, and food. It is believed in this Mexican tradition to be a day where the spirits of loved ones come back to celebrate with those they were close to in life. In a way, it is a mix of Cinco de Mayo and Halloween all in one, without the scariness! Best of all, it is a way to teach children about death with a sense of hope, and that it is alright to remember those who have passed with a fun party!
Day of the Dead Party: Food
When many people think of the Day of the Dead, they think of skull shaped candies. Candy molded in the shape of skulls is very common for this holiday, as well as people baking treats that look like skulls or graves, including cupcakes, cookies, candies, even cakes! While these desserts are a must of the holiday, it is also important to have a variety of dishes available, including traditional breads like Pan de Muerto, corn quesadillas and enchiladas. This is a great time to have fun in the kitchen making fun Spanish inspired dishes!
Day of the Dead Party: Decorations
Part of what makes The Day of the Dead so fun is the mix of fun colors and decorations. Consider decorating with colored beads, skulls, and marigolds. As well, balloons and live flowers can be another fun decoration to have as table centerpieces. Many people who invite guests for a Day of the Dead party also love using grave style decorations to invite friends and family to the party. Just make sure to be creative, festive and cheerful with your decorations. In many cases, Cinco de Mayo decorations can be reused for the Day of the Dead when it comes to colors and overall theme of the party.
Day of the Dead Party: Crafts
One of the things that is really neat about the Day of the Dead is it is a time to decorate the graves of those we love. For kids, this means that they can decorate with fun, colorful skulls and make crafts to put on the grave(s) of those who have passed. Some Halloween crafts are great for this, especially if they have a skull theme. If you can’t find one, don’t worry, kids can make their own decorations with construction paper, markers, and the help of adults. If celebrating the day is personal, you can even add these crafts to flowers for the grave of the deceased, letting children have fun and pour themselves into decorating, while learning to respect those who have left their lives on this special day.
Looking for some cute Easter activities for kids? As hard as it may be to believe, Easter is going to be here before we know it. For many families, this is the time when all the kids get together and have a fun day of family games and crafts. Since Easter usually involves lots of children of various ages, it is important that you think ahead and have a plan together to make sure all the kids involved have fun throughout the day, and even the days prior if you want to get your own kids assisting. Below, we included some of our favorite Easter activities that are perfect for kids of all ages!
Easter Activities for Kids: Baking
For many kids, nothing is more fun than making treats in the kitchen with mom and dad, especially if they know they get to enjoy them later with family and friends. One of the most simple baking activities that kids love is being able to decorate their own cupcakes. Instead of just having kids put just icing on cupcakes, find religious themed sprinkles or even sprinkles with a fun Easter theme. As well, decorate the cupcake with fun Easter themed cupcake toppers and skirts to give them a fun and festive look before putting them in cupcake boxes. Older kids may also enjoy making their own Easter themed candy in the shape of crosses, eggs, and Easter bunnies!
Another classic Easter activity for kids is making jewelry. Since Easter is mostly a religious holiday, many families like to remind children that it is more than just looking for Easter eggs and getting a cute basket from the Easter bunny. Rather than focus on a sermon for young children, it may be more effective to tell them the story of Christ as they make cross jewelry, teaching them the importance of the cross and why many Christians wear it as jewelry. Today, you can even find many individually pre-packaged craft activities where kids can make their own religious charm bracelets or cross necklaces in their favorite style. Best of all, these crafts are very inexpensive, allowing you to purchase a variety of different jewelry craft sets for all the kids at your family Easter event.
Of course, it wouldn't be Easter without an Easter egg hunt, and outdoor Easter games. Kids love being able to color their own eggs and then find them later. Older kids are even more motivated if they know there are plastic eggs hiding somewhere with little treats or money. What many people don't think about, however, are what games they are going to play after the Easter egg hunt. Many kids enjoy all types of field day games, including potato sack hops and even ring tosses. To make things even more fun for kids, have games that the whole family can play together, allowing everyone to play outdoors together. With the right planning, it's easy to make Easter fun for everyone!
Looking for some activities to keep kids busy this Thanksgiving? While this is obviously a holiday for family, sometimes kids can be impatient, especially as parents are busy cooking in the kitchen or enjoying time catching up on family news with other adults. While this is a lot of fun for adults, children, especially if they are sitting with other adults and not at a children's table, can easily get bored and distracted. Luckily, we know the perfect activities to keep them busy this Thanksgiving. Not only are these activities fun, but are a great way for children to interact with other children at your family get together!
Want to keep kids busy and nearby while adults are finishing up preparing (or eating) Thanksgiving dinner? One of the best ways to keep kids happy and having fun is by helping them make cute Thanksgiving theme crafts. This can be as simple as helping them make construction paper turkeys or making Thanksgiving theme bracelets. Fall leaves is also a great Thanksgiving theme for craft project ideas. These crafts can be as complicated as you like. Just make sure the craft projects you choose are appropriate for the age of children who will be attending your Thanksgiving dinner. Also, don't forget that you can also turn this into a time for kids to make other holiday items, such as making Christmas ornaments or homemade gifts for their parents for Christmas!
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: Outdoor Games
Depending on where you live and the weather, outdoor games can also be a great way to keep kids busy and happy while adults enjoy Thanksgiving. While you can order inflatable ball pits or bounce houses, they usually aren't necessary to keep kids happy. To make set up and clean up as easy as possible, however, we do recommend having inflatable games. You can find easy games for kids of all ages such as inflatable obstacle courses and even ring tosses. If you have the room, you can even have a miniature soccer or football game to keep kids busy and active after a large meal!
Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: Board Games
Looking for something the entire family can do together or some of the adults can do with children at the party? Don't forget about classic board games! You can find board games that are perfect for the entire family to play, ranging from card games to classic family games like Monopoly. Just make sure you find things that kids can play on their own or with the assistance of older kids if you want this to be fun kids' time! To make things even more fun, consider having unique toy prizes that kids can win for winning the most games!
Is this your child's first or second Halloween? For many families, Halloween is the perfect time to dress up and have fun. The problem with many of the costumes out there for toddlers, however, is that with how quickly they grow, the costume you bought earlier in the month may no longer fit your child, or it's too cold on Halloween for them to actually wear said costume. Rather than pay for an expensive costume that your child may not even be able to wear, many parents have decided to go with homemade or semi-homemade costumes that are simple and allow their child to still wear fairly normal clothes as they go trick or treating with older siblings. You may even be surprised how easy many of these costumes are to make for toddlers!
Easy Halloween Costume for Toddlers: Clown
For many parents, nothing is easier and cuter than having their child look like a rainbow clown for Halloween. Not only are these costumes really cute on a little one, they are very easy for parents to put together without spending a great deal of money. For this costume, all you will need is some face paint and a rainbow clown wig. It is easy to find clown wigs this time of year, and sometimes even big red clown noses. To make your child look like a true carnival clown, use a fine brush and safe face paint to paint decorations like circles, stars and triangles on your child's cheeks. For an even sillier look add a clip on bow tie for fun!
If you would like a Halloween costume that is a bit more girly, don't forget that this is the perfect time of year to help your child look like a cute little princess or fairy. Many parents love going with a fairy theme, since it can be as simple or complex as they like. For those who would like a simpler costume, all you have to do is give your daughter a beautiful set of fairy or butterfly-style wings in her size, and a magic wand. By going this route, your child can wear whatever clothes you like, allowing them to be as warm or cool as they would like, weather permitting. You can also add a tutu, flowered skirt, or other cute accessories to give this outfit the finishing touches to help your daughter look like a real fairy!
Another cute Halloween costume that is perfect for boys and girls alike are superhero costumes. With these movies so popular for the last several years, it is very easy to find superhero sweatshirts, t-shirts, and other clothing made for children and adults of all ages. To add the finishing touches to a superhero costume for toddlers, make sure to get a superhero costume kit, which usually includes a cape and mask. If this doesn't work, you can find masks in the form of sunglasses for toddlers. For children who are uncomfortable wearing anything over their face, you can also use washable paint to paint a little mask around their eyes, allowing your toddler to look like a miniature of their favorite superhero!
Are you planning on bringing your kids to the beach this summer? While the beach can be a lot of fun, it can also be very overwhelming for children. Not only is there a huge ocean to play in, but lots of people coming and going. To make sure that your trip is as stress free as possible, it is important that you plan out the day, making sure that kids are having as much fun as possible and not getting bored or overwhelmed. Luckily, with the right plans, you can keep kids busy with a variety of fun beach activities!
Build A Sand Castle
If it is your child's first time to the beach, building a sand castle is a must! Children love being able to work with friends or even their parents to create a fun sand castle that they can show off to all their friends. Before going to the beach, remember to bring at least a bucket, shovel, and any sculpting tools you think you will need for building your special castle. Just make sure to bring a waterproof camera too since the water and other people can accidentally damage a sand castle before you have the time to get your cellphone or a proper camera from the car. Kids will love to look at their special creation once they are home from the beach, preserving the memory with a fun picture!
While swimming is one thing that many kids love, many of them don't want to stay in the water all day. For younger kids, playing fun beach ball games is almost a must. You can do anything ranging from simple volleyball to playing kick ball on the beach. Since beach balls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, you can find the perfect one for your children. You can even find colorful, animated character beach balls, making kids even more excited to get up and play! For older kids, don't forget about other traditional games, depending on what is available at that beach, possibly including volleyball, basketball, frisbee golf or more! Just make sure to check online to see what your intended beach offers before arriving.
Exploring The Beach
Do you have a child that is curious about nature and everything around them? You can use this curiosity to your advantage by having children learn about the beach itself by collecting sea shells, looking at fish, and even various plants that live in the ocean. While it isn't recommended to take fish and animals from the beach itself, you can bring home empty seashells and other little items collected from the beach itself. Kids will love being able to go home and show their friends all the neat things they collected during their trip to the beach!
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Not only is this the time of the year where you can find killer ice cream sales, but an excuse to enjoy ice cream with your children. I mean, how many times can you say you have an excuse to finish an entire quart of ice cream in one sitting? While it may not be worth it calorie wise, the smiles all around make it worth the extra exercise later. So, what could be more fun than enjoying ice cream outside with your kids? Well, an ice cream party, of course!
Really Its National Ice Cream Month?
So what is National Ice Cream Month? it is a fun day where everyone can enjoy one of their favorite treats guilt free. This fun little celebration started on July 14, 1984, when President Ronald Reagan declared the month of July to be devoted to ice cream with a presidential proclamation. Since then it has been celebrated all throughout the US with fun ice cream events and amazing sales from the various ice cream makers. In other words, it gives us an excuse to enjoy this delicious dessert with our friends and family!
Food Ideas At Your Ice Cream Party
Of course, you can't have an ice cream party without ice cream. For a great party, we recommend a variety of different types of ice cream, definitely including ice cream sandwiches. Since all of us like to eat things other than ice cream, at least every once in a while, traditional grilling and BBQ foods are great as well - who doesn't enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers before digging into the ice cream? To cut down on the mess, however, we do recommend getting some ice cream themed tableware for the party. Putting an ice cream table cloth on a picnic bench with cute cups and plates turns a boring picnic into a fun ice cream party for your entire family!
Games & Prizes
What is a party without games and prizes? Just like any party, you can find fun ice cream themed games, ranging from bean bag tosses to piñatas - no need to make the ice cream eating contest official! If weather allows, have some of your other favorite games there as well, including board games. To go along with the theme, however, make sure to have ice cream-themed prizes for the kids, like jewelry, toys, or even yummy looking school supplies that kids can use once they go back to school in August or September. Just make sure your prizes are age appropriate, and remember the fun ice cream bags so kids can carry their cool prizes home after the party. Kids will have so much fun at your ice cream party, don't be surprised if they want to have them throughout the month of July!
Do you have a little girl who loves ladybugs? While most girls aren't too crazy about most bugs, this beautiful red and black insect is one of the few that girls most girls can agree is cute. Over the past few years ladybugs have actually gotten so popular that many little girls even want to have a cute ladybug birthday party. Luckily, these parties are not only are these parties cute but very easy to set up, allowing you to make the perfect party for your daughter and her friends!
What is a birthday party without decorations? Like many other party themes, it is easy to find ladybug party decorations as long as you know where to look. One of our favorite decorations is actually something you might never consider - a ladybug piñata. This adorable piñata looks like an oversized cartoon bug, perfect to be filled with small ladybug toys and candies. If you are having a hard time finding the right decorations, just go with black and red decorations in streamers and other decorations you want for your party. With the right preparations it will be easy to make your room look perfect for any little ladybug!
Like any party, cute tableware is the key to bringing your party table together! While a cute ladybug cake is obviously a key element of the birthday table, you should also have other decorations. With kids going about at the party, we recommend not trying to use good dishes or things you will have to wash later. This can lead to not only mess, but all too often broken dishes as well. Avoid the stress and consider getting ladybug themed paper tableware. This will not only reduce after-party stress, but leave your table looking even cuter, especially when kids are eating birthday cake from cute ladybug dessert plates. If you do decide to forgo the cake and do cupcakes, don't forget that you can also buy cute ladybug cupcake picks and decorations as well for cupcakes!
Of course, most little girls love to play dress up, especially at their own birthday party. One of the easiest ways to make your little girl feel special on her big day is letting her dress up with her own ladybug wing and headband set. These sets look similar to fairy wings, but look like your daughter's favorite black and red insect. Mix this with ladybug themed jewelry and your daughter can be a special ladybug princess at her birthday party. Since these sets are fairly inexpensive you can even buy one for each girl at the party without spending a fortune! Just make sure when you send out invitations that people RSVP so you know exactly how many of these cute sets to buy!