Friday, October 28, 2016

Top 5 Halloween Movies for Younger Kids

Once a month or so we have a movie night during our family night time. This Sunday family night will fall on the day before Halloween, so I set out to find a great seasonal movie for us.

Selecting movies for my family is a little tricky. My children are still 7 and under, and my girls are both sensitive to scary or suspenseful scenes. Both my 5 and 7 year old have been known to come crawl up next to me and hide their heads under my arms during scenes from Disney princess movies, so I knew that I would have to be careful choosing a Halloween movie for us to watch together.

After looking online and asking my facebook friends I came up with a list of 5 slightly spooky, not so scary Halloween movies that would be great to watch with younger kids.

The Halloween movies we'll be choosing from are:

1) It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
2) Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
3) Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
4) Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Treat
5) Spookley the Square Pumpkin

I think these are a few great (safe) choices for my kids. I'm hopeful that any one of these choices will get us into the holiday mood without bringing on any tears or bad dreams.

We'll be having these pumpkin pie spiced pretzels for our family night snack this week. I made them a few weeks ago and they were a big hit! The pretzels are toasted with oil, then tossed with sugar and pumpkin pie spices and drizzled with white chocolate. Delicious! And they also made such a large batch that there were plenty of pretzels to snack on during the week and to send in school lunches. Click here for the recipe from Oh Sweet Basil and make your own batch!

Do you have a favorite Halloween movie to watch with your family? Comment below and tell me what your favorites are!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Pumpkin Minute to Win It

This week we used another great set of printables from The Dating Divas, Pumpkin Win it in a Minute! This printable was a complete set of instructions, a score sheet, and a supply list for 8 different win it in a minute games.

I did have to make a supply run on Saturday, but was able to easily find almost all of the supplies at our local superstore. I had most of the items, like the pumpkins, stackable cups, and straws on hand, so my cost for the items I had to purchase was under $10.

Although these games are only a minute each, with 4 people playing, plus time for giggles and silliness in between, it took us about an hour to play through all of the games.

Get your own set of printables from The Dating Divas here!

One of the games, Monster Eyes, is played by putting a dab of icing on the nose and then using your nose to pick up candy eyes and transfer them to a frosted cookie. We used these cookies as our family night snack, drawing inspiration from the Monster Cookie bar by Brooke Mclay. After we finished the Monster Eyes game the kids decorated their cookies with sprinkles. I made this quick and easy by using premade cookie dough from the grocery store and setting out the sprinkles and candy eyes I already had in the pantry. You can check out the full post on creating your own monster cookie bar here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

This week I used a wonderful printable from one of my favorite websites, The Dating Divas! If you're not familiar with this site, they provide a huge amount of resources for couples and families, and the best part is many are free and complete! All you need to do is print the provided information and gather your materials.

This Halloween scavenger hunt included printables for five different games to play and also a printable to prepare cute little bags to hold the materials for each game. Although if you don't have bags on hand, they could just as easily be popped into a ziplock or some other container.

I loved how this packet included almost all the materials for the games. I only needed to gather a few items like straws and a pen. We didn't do one of games, Halloween Costume Creations, due to not having supplies on hand, but we did all of the rest. 

My daughter helped me cut out and bag each of the games on Saturday, so getting prepped was a snap! Once we started playing the kids had a blast running through the house looking for each bag on the scavenger hunt and opening it up to see what we would be doing next. The games went more quickly than I expected-we probably finished them all in 30 minutes. 

Visit The Dating Divas website here to get your set of printables for the Halloween scavenger hunt!

Our family night snack this week were Mummy Pumpkin Cookies

These are supercute, and were quicker to make than they look. I used frozen puff pastry from the grocery store. I cut one sheet into six rectangles for the base of my cookies and sliced the second sheet into thin strips to create the mummy look on top. I keep a small bag of candy eyeballs on hand (we seem to need them more than you'd expect...). My only complaint was that I had to open an entire can of pumpkin to make a fairly small amount of filling for the pies. I froze the remainder of my pumpkin, but it remains to be seen if it will be used or if I'll dig it out of the freezer next May and throw it away. 

I used the snacks as the last stop on our scavenger hunt, and the kids loved peeling the mummy layers off the top as they ate them. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Simple Halloween Games for Family Night

It's the beginning of October, so for family night this week I've gathered a few simple games with minimal supplies for a festive family night to kick of the Halloween season!

The first game we played was this adorable Roll a Pumpkin game I found over on the Happy Home Fairy blog. Click here to visit her site and get a free printable for your family night.

I love how easy this is to get going. All it takes are a few dice that you probably have in a game, paper, and pencil. We started playing while we waited for our pizza to cook, and I was surprised at how long it took to play. One game lasted a while

The game was a big hit-the kids got up the next morning asking to play it again!

We also played this cute pumpkin bowling game I found over on who-arted? Another games that's easy to put together with minimal supplies. Our local pumpkin patch just opened so we had a few mini pumpkins on hand to use as our bowling "ball."

This can also be done with toilet paper rolls (via idigPinterest). It's totally versatile and easy to do with whatever you've got on hand!

The last game I had for us to do was a fun game of Halloween charades. My kids are younger, so I decided to give them each a printable of the different choices to help them try to figure out what we might be acting out. You can get a free printable for the charades game here.

This was actually more than we could do in one night! Each game took longer than I anticipated because the kids wanted to play again and again, so these could easily be used for two family nights instead of one. 

Our family night snack this week was these Pumpkin Spice snowball cookies. One of my daughters doesn't love pumpkin spice, but I told her she needs to get ready because it is pumpkin spice and everything nice season! I'm planning to enjoy all the pumpkin spice desserts I can get away with this month!

Did you try any of these games? If so comment below and let me know what was your family's favorite!