Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!!! 

I don't know about anyone else, but I am a huge fan of Halloween!!!  Part of it is the time of year~  Autumn always makes me happy.  The cool, crisp air, the lack of humidity, the tinge of fear that snow could fall at any time…  I love the holiday because it affords me a time to be silly and dress up and pretend that I'm still a kid, even though I have two kids of my own.  This year, we have followed my eldest daughters demands and we all have a costume that fits her theme of "The Wizard of Oz."  She is dressing up as Dorothy, my husband as the Scarecrow, myself as the Wicked Witch of the West (should I be worried that this is who she selected me to be?) and the baby is dressing up as a Flying Monkey.  We're one adorable and dorky family!

We've carved our pumpkins, we made a batch of awesome chex mix, attended some of the great events in the area and decorated the house with homemade fun-ness and generally enjoyed the holiday.  If you have kids, here's a great activity that you can do with them, that serves as a fun decoration for the house!

Bats and Ghosts

White Kleenex
Black Marker

Take 3 kleenex and lay them flat.  Wad up 2-3 kleenex and put them in the center.  Pull up the flat kleenex around the wadded up kleenex and tie a length of the string around, forming the head.  Let your child use the marker to draw on a ghost face.  Hang around the house!

Black construction paper
Glue Stick

Cut black construction paper into squares and triangles.  (you'll need 2 triangles for each square)  Roll squares into cone shapes and glue.  Glue triangles on for wings, and attach string to one end so the bat appears to be hanging.

Outdoor Ghosts

White "kitchen-sized" garbage bags
Permanent Marker

Wad up newspaper and place inside garbage bag.  Tie knot below newspaper to divide head and body.  Tie string to top so you can hang bag from a tree.  Draw a ghost face on the head, and hang outside!  You'll enjoy seeing your child's ghost every time you drive up at home!

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