Category Archives: Halloween

Get your toddler to paint a pumpkin

Painting #halloween #pumpkins tonight.

#14 on my list of 41 things to do during the Halloween season was to get your toddler to paint a pumpkin. Since she’s still a bit young for real paint, this is what we did.

Supplies:

  • 2 small pumpkins (I got ours at the Superstore for .99 cents each)
  • 1 vanilla pudding
  • 3 small plastic containers
  • Food colouring (red, yellow, blue and green)
  • 2 paint brushes
  • Bench
  • The great outdoors

What we did:

  • Distribute the pudding in three plastic containers
  • Mixed one each one with different colour food colouring
  • Brought our mini pumpkins and art supplies outside
  • Let her go wild!

The finished product:

Finished art #pumpkin painting

It was such a success. Our 14 month old daughter really enjoyed herself. She never put the pudding in her mouth, but she could have if she wanted to.

Have you ever used food as paint before? What have you used in the past?

 

41 Halloween-y things to do in october

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This is my daughter’s year of “firsts”. Last year, she didn’t react much to the holidays. She was a cute, adorable potato. Even though she was still a little person, she didn’t laugh, react or point to things the way she does now. NOW, the holidays are going to get interesting. She’s going to react to things, pull ornaments off trees, get scared, eat some treats, she’s going to really experience  the holidays.

Now, she may or may not remember these days, but hopefully with the magic of photo and video, I can help her remember some of these beautiful moments and start traditions that will continue for years to come.

The first holiday that I’m really excited for it Halloween. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Not only do you get to dress up, eat delicious pumpkin spiced food and carve pumpkins, my birthday is in October (not near Halloween, but close enough).

This year, as I want to make a Halloween special. I’ve made a list of great things to do during the Halloween season.

  1. Eat pumpkin poop
  2. Spider ice cubes
  3. Make pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon for breakfast
  4. Make Halloween cookies
  5. Make hot dog mummies for dinner
  6. Make hot apple cider
  7. Make hot mulled wine
  8. Make pumpkin pretzels
  9. Make tin can lanterns
  10. Glowing ghosts
  11. Magnetic spiders
  12. Candy centrepiece: using candy corn, candy pumpkins, add a tree (use a paper towel roll to keep the tree in place)
  13. Make a monster door
  14. Get your toddler to paint a pumpkin
  15. Tissue paper ghosts
  16. Spooky forest craft (black construction paper, branches and googly eyes)
  17. Halloween preschool sensory bag pumpkin
  18. Masking tape mummy
  19. Slimy eyes (sensory bag with cheap hair gel)
  20. Erupting pumpkins
  21. Goggly eye soup
  22. Goblin gut sensory painting (might be fun to do in the water/sand table)
  23. Flying ghosts rockets
  24. Pumpkin bowling
  25. DIY Halloween Hair Dye (with sidewalk chalk)
  26. Watch adult Halloween movies (Hocus Pocus, Halloween, The Nightmare Before Christmas)
  27. Watch a Halloween movie kids (The Haunted Mansion, It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Casper)
  28. Make a Halloween necklace
  29. Colour a Halloween picture
  30. Rake the leaves and play in them
  31. Make a Halloween garland
  32. Wrap up kids like mummies
  33. Play tic-tac-ghost
  34. Make a wall of bats
  35. Bobbing for apples
  36. Carve a pumpkin (tips)
  37. Bake pumpkin seeds
  38. Visit a pumpkin patch (Ontario)
  39. Tell a spooky campfire story with a flashlight
  40. Eat or make caramel apples
  41. Go trick or treating

Do you have any fun Halloween activities that I could add to my list?

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10 Alternatives to Halloween Candy for Trick-or-Treaters

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram you would have seen that I was happy when I saw Halloween Play-Doh being sold at Costco (Yes, I know it’s August). I love Halloween and absolutely love the idea of people giving away “things” rather than candy. I know it’s still summer and my daughter is still very young, but I can’t help but think about what we’re going to do when our daughter brings home pillowcases FULL of candy after a night of tick-o-treating in a few years.

First of all, let me start by staying that I love Halloween. I love the tradition of going trick-or-treating, getting dressed up in a costume and carving pumpkins. I think the whole season is fabulous and I look forward to it every year

I’m not a big fan of candy. I get it though, it’s a kid thing… but I can’t see our family eating that much candy. It’s too much. I love the idea of her “things” or healthy alternatives (juice).

Here are a few ideas of cheap, fun things you could give away at Halloween instead of candy:

  1. Play-Doh (as shown above)
  2. Mini containers of bubbles
  3. Plastic creatures (dinosaurs, farm animals, monsters)
  4. Bracelets 
  5. Mini colouring books (with or without crayons)
  6. Mini note pads (with or without pencils and erasers)
  7. Stickers
  8. Costume accessories (vampire teeth, clown noses)
  9. Fake spiders and snakes
  10. Craft kits to DIY monster magnets (I’ll blog about this later in October)

This blogger at Play Eat Grow has some other really great ideas for alternatives to Halloween candy (juice boxes, nail polish, glow stick bracelets). Check out her blog here.

Do you have any ideas? What have you done in the past?