Are you Costume Ready for Halloween?

With Halloween just around the corner, it was time for us to get our costumes in gear.  Each time I have planned too far in advance there are always literal last-minute costume changes. This Sunday I enlisted the help of Dr. Seuss and KidzVuz.com to sponsor this post and help us put on our thinking caps for a great Halloween planning session.

Believe it or not, capturing the attention of teens often requires a little something to keep them busy while we talk through ideas. This Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Bricky Blocks Build on Snapback Hat and Grinch knee highs helped to not only get them in the mood for dressing up but also helped keep them entertained while we talked.

Sebastian went right for building with the Dr. Seuss Bricky Blocks Build-On Snapback Hat Kit and Kaitlyn loved The Grinch Knee High Socks.

The Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat snapback hat kit includes hat, pieces, and a guide for building your own designs. The hat size is adjustable and fits most kids and even adults so you even mom and dad can have a turn with it.

Sometimes it just takes a simple gesture to show your family that no matter how much you’ve grown up it’s still fun to be silly together. We went through several ideas but it didn’t take long before we were laughing and had our costumes all planned out. It looks like I’ll be ordering a few more things from elope.com for our final family Halloween look. Stay tuned for a final reveal Oct 31st!

Do you know what your family will be dressing up for this Halloween? 

 

Turn frowns upside down on rainy days with this Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat Bricky Blocks Build-on Snapback Kit by elope. Inspired by the beloved children’s book, this black snapback features soft black and white ears which frame the iconic white and red stovepipe hat. In the center of the hat is a white brick plate, compatible with most major brick building systems, which is perfect for crafting a variety of designs. We’ve even included a set of templates to help jumpstart your creativity. Whether it be building on a sunny Sunday morning or inventing on a rainy day, this Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Bricky Blocks Build-On Snapback Kit by elope is sure to bring the fun out of the box and into your everyday.

The Grinch may be a mean one, but you’ll have nothing but love for these Dr. Seuss The Grinch Knee High Costume Socks by elope. Carefully crafted in bright green acrylic yarn, our original design features the iconic yellow eyes, hearts in three sizes, and Grinchy features made famous in the book. If you want to steal Christmas or add a great Grinchy accessory to your wardrobe, you’ll be set with these Dr. Seuss The Grinch Knee High Costume Socks by elope.

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary: 5 Easy Halloween Foods

5 Easy Halloween foods

It’s almost time for Halloween!! I love making a fuss over the holidays but I need everything to be super easy right now. I’ve put together and tested 5 Easy Halloween Foods to help you throw a party, pack a themed lunch, and basically make you look like the super hero that you are with minimal effort and supplies. All that’s left for you to do is eat, drink, and be scary with the ones you love.

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary: 5 Easy Halloween Foods

Monster Doughnuts

Supplies: doughnuts, bulk pack of vampire teeth, candy eyes 

Halloween monster doughnuts

halloween monster doughnut suplies

Our kiddos actually LOVED this idea so much that they requested to show everyone and did a facebook live video about it on our page. This little food activity is perfect for a group or class activity too.

Jack’O lantern Fruit cups

supplies: orange fruit cups, sharpie

halloween fruit cups

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Seriously, What can sharpies not transform?!

Witches Broomsticks

supplies: mini Reese’s cups, stick pretzels 

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Halloween witches brooksticks

Tip: I do refrigerate these a bit after I make them so that the chocolate hardens up a bit around the pretzel and they stay together better.

Sand”witches”

supplies: your choice of bread rolls, lettuce, turkey, witch legs/hat toothpicks ( these found at Michael’s)

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Everyone thought these were adorable and all I did was push a few cute toothpicks in. I mean, I was going to make their lunches anyway, right???

Halloween Fruit & Cheese Skewers

supplies: orange/black skewers, cheddar cheese cubes, black seedless grapes, blackberries

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If you are running short on creativity and time, THIS is for you. You can’t go wrong with orange and black for Halloween treats and fruit and cheese is a hit with any crowd. Alternate cheese and fruit and you are all set.

I hope this has been a help to you and that you all aren’t judging me for not baking from scratch, creating an actual recipe, or something. The reality is we have to know our limits. Sometimes those restrictions are because of limited hours in a day and sometimes we just have to balance things. For me, this season is about bringing joy and keeping myself sane and it requires simple things. Simple can still be cute.

What easy, festive treats/crafts have you made this holiday season? Comment here or on facebook with your ideas or suggestions.

Let’s Stop Being Afraid of Halloween : A Christian Response to Halloween Celebration

Christian Response to HalloweenI’m not scared of Halloween and you shouldn’t be either. In fact, I wish every night was like Halloween. Seriously, there’s so many amazing things about Oct 31 that it’s becoming a favorite of mine.
“What?!?! Gasp! Did Lisa, a Christian, a pastor’s kid, a pastor’s WIFE, actually just write that???”
Yep, I did. And before you add my name to the prayer chain for joining a cult, let’s talk and I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve never actually been trick or treating. Growing up, we had “Hallelujah Night” where the kids all dressed up as Bible characters. That meant the girls had the options of being Mary, Queen Esther or an Angel. It was fun the first 3 years but got a little repetitive after that.
So, you’re probably wondering, if I obviously don’t have much experience with the subject, why the new found love of Halloween? Let me explain. As my 3 girls and I were heading out to our church’s annual “trunk or treat” this afternoon, I noticed a few things that that are worth noting.
First of all, there were more people walking around my neighborhood together as a family than I’ve ever seen before. That’s pretty rare in today’s day and age for families to take the time for a nightly stroll. And then, to take it a step further, they were going up to homes, ringing the doorbell and meeting their neighbors! When they opened the door, the neighbors weren’t skeptical, peeking out behind cracked, chained doors in fear. No, they actually greeted them with a smile, welcomed them and then GAVE them something! What a novel idea. I also noticed how many churches were doing something for the community. Their parking lots were full of cars, people, food and laughter. They were finally outside of the 4 walls, engaging their community and offering something more than a cold shoulder.
Tonight, I saw families being TOGETHER instead of going their separate ways, a lot of neighborhoods experiencing COMMUNITY instead of just coexisting and I saw churches doing what Jesus did and SERVING, instead of acting as an exclusive club meeting behind closed doors.
October 31 isn’t the devil’s day any more than November 1st. Everyday that we wake up and breathe another breath is a gift from God and one more opportunity to show His love. Closing the curtains, turning off the lights and hiding is EXACTLY what satan wants us to do. We are children of light so shine BRIGHT, especially on what is considered a “dark day”. Give out the BEST candy at your door, put on an AWESOME Trunk or Treat with your church, dress in the most AMAZING costume you can put together and share the most INCREDIBLE love of all, Jesus!
Happy Halloween!
P.S. I’m pretty sure that was my first time ever to say that : )

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)

A Christian response to trick or treating

Lisa lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband, Jason, and 3 young girls. She is a Kindergarten teacher and Pastor’s wife but most importantly, a lover of Jesus.

 

Munster Mansion Home Tour

munster mansion home tour 2014When Alice shoots me a message and asks if I’d like a tour…a private tour…of the Munster Mansion, I was ALL over it!!!  Those of us in the Waxahachie area have all come to a slow crawl trying to sneak a peek down memory lane at the fantastic replica.  But the inside…to get to see INSIDE…

Let’s just say it did NOT disappoint!!!  Our host  was so gracious and down to earth, giving us the low down on their whole journey.  My boys were in heaven…As the front door opened and who greets us? Spot Munster Mansion

Yep…Spot…a glowing green-eyed, smoke-billowing, roaring dragon.  Sheer awesomeness.

Because the original Munster Home was a set, the home owner and her husband made their own blueprints of the house by studying all…and I mean all of the episodes.  She would watch how many steps it took to get from one point to another and base her measurements on those steps.  She is constantly searching for EXACT pieces…even finding the exact stove on Craig’s list.  It’s like the ultimate scavenger hunt.  SERIOUS Munster fans may pick up on one or two discrepancies…like one place where the wallpaper should look torn (she knows, she knows…she’s getting to it…), but usually the fans are a huge help and study the shows, zoom in on frames and help her get just the right thing.

herman Munster Mansion

The tour was truly a blast…the rotating suit of armor, secret passages, the dungeon, etc.  Our favorite was Eddie’s room…the crocodile cage, a huge rat trap, and Spot’s GINORMOUS collar dangling next to Eddie’s velvet short set (which was donated to them by a man who said his mother made it for his Halloween costume when he was a child).

Eddies Room Munster Mansion

My boys started chuckling at one point, pointing to the fireplace in the living room.  They said Eddie likes to throw logs on the fireplace and hide behind the sofa pounding out dust when he’s upset. They immediately pictured the episode because the set up was so accurate.

Speaking of accuracy…the biggest compliment she’s ever received was from one of the former cast members (I can’t remember if it was Grandpa or Eddie!!).  She said he walked through the door and got tears in his eyes because their incredible attention to detail flooded him with memories.

Grandpa Munster Mansion

She’s had at least 3 of the cast members out to the house…Grandpa, Eddie and Marilyn.  In fact, Marilyn (Pat Priest) is coming this weekend!  She’s the “homely” one ;). She’ll be signing autographs at their annual tour event. Munster Mansion event 2014

The tour is a must see…$20 per person, $12 for children under 12.  They have buses that run from a nearby school so you don’t have to park on the busy street.  They will have all SORTS of fun stuff on the grounds…fire breathers, balloon twisters, carnival games, a ferris wheel….they have a movie room with the shows running, roasted corn, hot dogs…comic memorabilia…and her hubby fires up the coach every 20 minutes or so!!!  GOOD STUFF!!!

Munster Mansion Mobile

This should be a fun event for the whole family!!!  Make sure you head to Waxahachie this weekend (Oct. 24 & 25, 7pm-midnight) for their annual tour and costume party charity event…park at Finley Jr. High. 2401 Brown St (1313 Mockingbird Lane won’t get ya there…they tried!!).  I’d recommend getting there by 7…the line can get long!!
For more info, please visit MunsterMansion.com

I know you’ll have a blast!!  We sure did!!

Karen Scott

Karen Scott

 

 Karen is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist turned stay-at-home mom/homeschool mom/chicken lady/YL essential oil junkie who loves to see the world through rose colored glasses.  Even the worst of days can make for a stellar story, right?

Sweet, Spooky Halloween Traditions

Hey Y’all!! October 31st is almost here! Just 2 more days.  Tonight we have the Fall Festival and concert at school and I am getting excited about seeing all the little ones in costume. I just know everyone will be adorable!

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We’ve got a few decorations up at home to make it feel festive. Trick or treating will be a little different for us this year too as our big kids have “outgrown” the dressing up phase this year, or so they tell me. I have a feeling it will make a comeback eventually. We usually go trick or treating on our town’s historic square before it gets too dark and scary out. Then we will visit a few homes of local friends and co-workers. After that we come home for apple cider or hot chocolate.

Even though our teenagers wont be going out with us, I still want to find a fun way include everyone in the festivities. I am not one for missing out on a memory, even if traditions must be altered up a bit. Sometimes its a challenge though, making it fun & cool for kids and teens together. Since we don’t do scary frightening stuff, maybe we’ll re-watch The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and a few Scooby-Do episodes. Our oldest likes retro shows so maybe we’ll try old Twilight Zone episode after the little ones fall asleep.

I am thinking of throwing a little family party for us with fun treats and themed foods too. Or maybe throw together a little family photo booth? I did a little Pinterest searching and came up with some of my favorites to give myself some quick inspiration. (I linked them all in my Monster Mash board here in case any of you are searching for ideas too.)

What are some of your most fun family Halloween traditions? Ideas for including teens?