Kid Made Recipe: Dressed Up Halloween Treats

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Kids Halloween parties are the perfect time to go all out with spooky sweets! Round up some store bought favorites and let your kids have at it! Here are a few easy ideas even little ones can assemble and customize.  Have fun and Happy Halloween!

 

Dressed Up Halloween Treats

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • Homemade or store bought brownies cut into small rectangles
  • Green icing
  • Assorted candy – marshmallow ghosts, mallow pumpkins, gummy rings, m&ms, and red hots, candy corns, sprinkles, etc.
  • Oreo cookies
  • Homemade or store bought rice krispie treats, cut into small rectangles
  • Red gel icing
  • 1 package white chocolate chips, melted

 

Instructions:

  1. Frost brownies with green icing and decorate with marshmallow ghosts and candy pumpkins.
  2. Dip Rice Krispie treats in melted white chocolate then decorate with assorted candy/sprinkles to make monster faces and hair. Place dipped treats on a sheet of parchment while decorating to minimize mess!
  3. Open Oreo cookies to expose white center. Try to keep it intact. Place gummy ring in center of white creme circle. Place small round candy (chocolate chip or red hot) tin center of “eye”. Use red gel icing to make wavy lines in white creme “eyeball!”

 

Debate Club: Is There a Place for Gore in Halloween Lawn Displays?

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More guts, more gory 

by: Phaea Crede

While there absolutely are some Halloween decorations that go too far when it comes to graphic gore, I love décor that walks the razor edge between just “scary” and “gloriously gross.” 

Halloween is the one time of year that children are encouraged to break the rules. Instead of the normal bath-and-books routine, they’re allowed to play outside in the streets of their neighborhood long after bedtime. Instead of being polite, they get to transform into animals, heroes, and monsters. Instead of avoiding strangers, they can march right onto their porches, shamelessly ring the doorbell, and rudely demand candy. Literally, our kids get to take candy from strangers. And eating too many sweets? That’s not just tolerated; it’s a must.

Halloween is a night for kids to run wild – in a totally safe and protected way.

Fear, in its most basic form, is an emotion that keep humans alive. When something scares us, our deep-down lizard brains scream out, “run!” or, “fight!” This “threat response system,” Margee Kerr Ph. D. says in her article “Why We Love to Be Scared,” “…triggers a chemical cascade meant to help us survive: adrenaline, endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, among others, flood our bodies and brains during (and for a while after) a scary situation.”

Interestingly, a lot of these chemicals are also present when humans feel joy and excitement. It’s exhilarating to be scared! But only if we know in our hearts (and lizard brains) that we are totally and completely safe. Over-the-top Halloween displays – especially those that don’t hold back on the scares – are the perfect way to experience the thrill of fear with mom ready at any second to whisk us away if need be.

In polite society, reveling in blood, guts, and gore is seriously frowned upon (thank goodness). But we humans are also fascinated by it. Gruesome Halloween decorations give us permission to safely explore that fascination. Obviously fake but disturbingly gory lawn scenes allow adults and children alike to honor our naturally inquisitive nature: “Oh, THAT’S what happens when you decapitate someone. Huh.”

But the freaky and scientifically accurate “dude being electrocuted” diorama the neighbor throws up every year also gives us the chance to tap into a delicious adrenaline rush while patting ourselves on the back for being brave enough to face something really, really scary. Maybe standing up to extreme Halloween décor is good for a kid’s self-esteem!

Thinking back to myself as a tween – a truly frightening age for any kid – helping to create gory and bloody decorations was extremely therapeutic. Just being a young girl scared the crap out of me on a daily basis, so hanging a bloody leg or two on the front porch seemed tame in comparison, not to mention hilarious. Life was scary in a vague, uncomfortable way. A bloody leg was scary in a direct bone-jutting-out-in-your-face way. A bloody leg gave me something to hang on to, a chance to playfully scream while getting some real pent up screams out. It worked because I knew I was safe.

I’ve noticed that my tiny children love to scream, too. In play-fear or excitement, screaming feels good. I’m constantly telling my son and daughter to stop screaming or the neighbors will call the police. On Halloween, thank goodness, my kids can make all the noise they want and not only will our neighbors not call the cops, they’ll encourage the screams with their lawn full of gory, blood-soaked decorations. Go ahead, kids! Scream as loud and long as you want to! 

On the flip side, when a child is freaked out by the bloody murder scene next door, we as parents have a great opportunity to show that we honor their feelings of fear, which we know are designed to be life-saving. “Yes, Timmy,” we can say, “I hear that you are scared of the fake person whose intestines are splayed all over the Flibertson/Malick’s yard. And that is totally and completely a valid way to feel. In fact, I feel the same way. Now let’s hug and go get some cookies.”

That’s what I call a bloody good time. 

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Gory Halloween displays have no place in a family neighborhood

by: Julia Pelly

Earlier this week, as I took an evening stroll with my preschooler, we chatted about his day. He talked about playing with trains during his time in the early class at school, how he helped a friend go down the slide on the playground, and how he hoped we could have a Popsicle after dinner. And then, as his hand clasped mine and his little eyes peaked upwards, his tiny voice asked, “Mommy, how do heads get off bodies? And why do they hang in trees?”

He was, of course, referencing the plastic, bodiless heads hanging from my neighbor’s oak trees. Though his eyes were trained upward on the swinging heads mine quickly found the amputated and bloody arms and legs scattered across the lawn, and headless bodies covered in blood tucked behind the newly raised gravestones.

As I shooed my son quickly away from the lawn in question, explaining that the heads in the trees weren’t real, I silently cursed the decorating neighbors and wondered why they couldn’t simply keep their Halloween decor PG.

I’ve always loved Halloween. As a kid I thought about my costume all year, planning and changing my mind again and again as I looked forward to the thrill of trick-or-treating. As a teenager and in college I scoped out haunted houses and haunted hikes in the woods (the scarier and gorier the better!) and headed to bonfires or parties on the big night.

And now, in parenthood, I look forward to the thrill of letting my little boy choose a costume (a kitty cat this year) and experience the door-to-door joy of gathering more candy and treats that he’ll ever possibly be able to eat.

I also love watching his anticipation and excitement build as the pumpkin patches pop up across town and the decorations appear in front yards. The decorations I’m referring to include scarecrows and jack-o-lanterns, hay bales and miniature ghosts. I’m not talking about the goriest of displays that seem to be common in today’s suburban neighborhoods. While it may make me the lamest mom on the block, I think displaying something scary and gory in a family neighborhood is simply inconsiderate.

I understand that Halloween is supposed to be scary, that scaring and getting scared is part of the thrill, but a family neighborhood simply isn’t the place for the scariest or goriest decorations. When gore is on display in a neighborhood it can’t be avoided. Little ones driving to preschool or walking or biking in the evening must pass these displays and feel the feelings they inspire.

There’s a time and place for everything and if chopped up bodies and bloodied zombies are part of your Halloween fun, there are all kinds of places (preschooler-free zones) where you can indulge in your terrifying fun. Haunted houses, warped trails, and escape rooms all offer scary thrills without passing the fear on to little ones.

The thing about preschoolers is that they’re just figuring out the world and very often can’t tell reality from fantasy. They wonderfully believe in fairies and Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny and would never think to question you when you tell them that their stuffed animals play together when they go to school.

Most parents would never let their little ones watch “The Shining.” It’s a terrifying movie and adults know their little one won’t understand that it’s not real. But when forced to walk next to a gory display the same feelings are being evoked for the child and telling them that it’s not real won’t erase their big feelings.

While scary is a big part of Halloween, fun should be a bigger part. When little ones are scared simply walking around their neighborhood, the fun is lost.

Even if a preschooler isn’t inherently scared by a gory display, exposure to violence (real or plastic) desensitizes them and makes the blood and gore seem normal. It also makes them more likely to act out what they see. While a bad Halloween display won’t turn your tot into a serial killer, continued exposure may make them more likely to pretend to chop off their friend’s arms or legs in a very ungentle manner.

So, this season, as you pull out the decorations and dust off the candy bowl I ask, beg, and plead for you to think of the preschoolers before you adorn your lawn with decorations better fit for a haunted mansion. Keep it light, keep it fun, and don’t ruin a little kid’s Halloween with a gory display.   

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How to Handle School-Night Halloween With Ease

Odds are, Halloween is often going to fall on a school night. Because we all know what a disaster that can be, it’s beneficial to be prepared.

If I controlled the American holiday calendar, I would nix the October 31st rule and make Halloween fall on the last Friday of October every year, regardless of the date. It’s the perfect way to celebrate.

The kids won’t hound us all day about putting on their Halloween costumes because they either get to wear them to school or will be forced to wait until after school to change into them. Parents have the perfect excuse to leave work early to get their little ones ready for trick-or-treating, and then the whole family can enjoy the festivities around the neighborhood without the demands of an early wake up hanging over our heads, or for some parents, the drag of a hangover pounding in their heads.  (There’s a growing trend of parents treating themselves to adult beverages as they escort their kids’ along the candy route.)

Until I’m deputized to change the holiday schedule, though, I’ll have to deal with Halloween falling on weeknights most of the time. Here are some tips I’ve gathered to grab Halloween by the jack ‘o lantern and show it who’s boss.

1 | Set your kids’ expectations in advance.

Part of the fun of any holiday is the anticipation leading up to the day, so incorporate the logistical plans into your talks about costumes, makeup, and candy. What time does trick-or-treating start? How much candy will they be able to eat? What’s happening the day after Halloween?

Take it a step further and describe specific words, events, or environmental cues that your kids should watch for that will signal transitions to different activities throughout the night.

  • “When I get home from work and have changed into comfy clothes, you’ll be able to put on your costume.”
  • “When we are done cleaning up from dinner, we will go trick-or-treating.”
  • “When it turns dark, and I say ‘Time to head for home,’ we will be done trick-or-treating.”
  • “After you’ve eaten three pieces of candy and watch a show, we will brush your teeth.”

Identifying clues like this helps children translate the hypothetical schedule you’ve laid out for them into the real world, when they’re engaged in the moment. It mitigates that look of shock and anguish kids tend to adopt when they’re having fun and have to stop what they’re doing.

2 | Go early.

Besides saving your own sanity by preempting the relentless questions like, “Can we go trick-or-treating yet?! When can we go?!” You won’t feel pressure to rush through the fun to get the kids home and in bed at a reasonable time. Plus, it’s safer. Halloween can feel chaotic with so many children darting from house to house. The lighter it is outside, the easier it’ll be to keep track of your kids and for people driving cars to see them.

3 | Serve them a light, healthy dinner.

Whether you go trick-or-treating before or after dinner, assume that the kids will be eating candy that night. Dr. Dina Rose, of the blog It’s Not About Nutrition, suggests it’s more important to prevent overeating than to worry about exactly how much candy they’re consuming. Rather than try to fill them up with dinner, help them leave room in their tummies for sweet treats. They’re going to eat them anyway.

4 | Have a candy plan.

Dr. Rose suggests that the best way to limit the amount of candy your children consume is to actually limit how much they collect. Be mindful of how many houses you visit, an especially smart tactic for school night trick-or-treating. Leave the pillowcases at home and use smaller trick-or-treating bags, so that the kids feel like they’ve scored a lot of loot, but actually gather a more reasonable amount.

Finally, while checking the safety of the candy they collected, have them sort through it, identifying their favorites and the things they don’t like (I’m looking at you, Good & Plenty). Get rid of the unpopular candy, so that they (and you) aren’t tempted to eat it just because it’s there.

5 | Allow extra time to wind down and get out of costume.

Accept that bedtimes will be delayed on Halloween night due to the time spent trick-or-treating, the post-trick-or-treating candy inventory, evaluation, and consumption, and the costume changes and makeup removal.

Interestingly, while it’s safe to assume that your kids will be full of energy after their trick-or-treating stint, it may not actually be due to a sugar rush. Numerous studies have debunked the idea that sugar causes kids to be hyperactive. It’s the context in which they’re consuming sugary treats and our perception that it will make them bounce off the walls that leads us to blame the sugar.

To help kids mentally shift gears for bedtime, stick to the rest of the usual bedtime routine, even if the timing is delayed.  It’ll get them to bed more easily… well, a little easier… it’ll eventually get them to bed.

6 | Organize for the next morning.

Step up your usual nighttime routine to prep for the next day and give everyone a few extra minutes of rest in the morning. Do homework before trick-or-treating. Pack lunches and backpacks that night, and even let your kids sleep in the clothes they’ll wear to school. They’ll feel like they’re getting to wear another costume, and you’ll be one step ahead for the morning.

7 | Plan for a pumpkin detox.

If possible, keep the schedule for November 1 low key. Chances are, trick-or-treating was just one of many Halloween events in which your family participated. While that’s a great way to spread out the excitement of the holiday and take the pressure off trick-or-treating as being the major event, it can also lead to Halloween fatigue. Give everyone some time to relax and get ready for the turkey indulgence that’s coming at the end of the month.

It’s only just beginning. Enjoy, and good luck!

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5 Great Halloween Movies With Girl Protagonists

Despite making up half the population, women and girls are often under represented in film. Watch girls take the lead in these female focused Halloween movies.

Women and girls make up roughly half of the world’s population, but you wouldn’t know it to look at movies. Research by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender In Media, (GDIGM), shows that male characters outnumber females by 3 to 1 in family films made in the US, a statistic that hasn’t changed since 1948. Even when girls are represented, they are more likely than boys to have unrealistic figures – such as extremely skinny waists and massive eyes – and less likely to take a leading role.

Children take in gender stereotypes in lots of ways. One of the things we can do as parents to help even things up is to ensure a balanced media intake. It’s important for all children to watch movies where girls take a leading role. Here are five suggestions for Halloween movies that do just that.

Coraline 

When 11-year-old Coraline Jones moves to a new area she thinks it’s boring. Then she discovers a secret door which leads to a world that seems better than her own, at first. The Other Mother wants to sew buttons over her eyes, but Coraline defies her in a creepy adventure that may also scare watching grown-ups.

Spirited Away 

On the way to live in a new neighborhood, 10-year-old Chihiro and her parents find themselves in a mysterious world. After her parents are cursed by a witch who turns them into pigs, Chihiro takes a job to try and help them. She meets many strange creatures; spirits, witches, and monsters. With the aid of new friends, Haku and the mysterious No-Face, she must find a way to thwart the witch and free her parents so they can return together to the human world. An enchanting, bizarre, and eerie film.

Maleficent  

Angelina Jolie is magnificent as the menacing Maleficent, a powerful dark fairy betrayed by a king. In revenge for his actions toward her she puts a curse on his baby daughter, but later regrets it. A dark retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.

Labyrinth 

Annoyed by her baby brother’s crying, Sarah makes a wish for the Goblin King to come and take him away. Unfortunately for her the Goblin King is more than just a character in a play she’s rehearsing. Sarah is plunged into The Labyrinth where she must find her way to the center and overcome frightening obstacles before she can rescue her brother.

When Marnie Was There 

More gently atmospheric than outright scary, this movie still has its spooky moments. It’s a beautifully animated film, in which outsider Anna goes to stay with her aunt in a sleepy seaside town and meets the mysterious Marnie. Marnie lives in a dilapidated mansion that everyone says is empty. Is she even a real girl? A beautifully haunting story of a strange friendship between two girls.

All children need to see entertainment that shows girls matter just as much as boys, yet the lack of girls and women in TV and film is so normal, most of us hardly notice it. You might not be able to control what comes out of Hollywood, but if you want your children to see that girls are entitled to take up half the space in the world, you can try to ensure that half the movies they watch have female leads.   

The Impact of Sexualizing Our Daughters on Halloween

It doesn’t matter if your daughter is 8 or 18- the Halloween costumes aimed at them reinforce messages that their attractiveness is what’s most important.

Firefighters don’t wear short skirts while combating flames, and police officers aren’t outfitted in mini-dresses and high heels to apprehend criminals. Unless it’s Halloween – then the Halloween costume options for girls offer exactly that – a sexualized version of these, and many other costumes.

Consider these examples from Halloweencostumes.com

  • Girl police officer, a shiny, short blue dress and black Go-Go boots with a chunky two-inch heel
  • Boy police officer, much more traditional-looking police uniform with long sleeve pants and shirt

Or this example, from Kohl’s:

More than 171 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, and they’ll spend about $3.1 billion on costumes, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Interestingly, more than 31 percent of women’s costumes online include the word “sexy” in the description, and 21 percent of girls’ costume names include the word “princess.”

Want a non-princess or non-sexy costume? The cost goes up by about half, according to Indix, a product information company.

Lisa Dinella, Ph.D., is a research scientist who investigates the connection between gender, academic achievement, and career development. She’s a gender expert and an associate professor of psychology at Monmouth University, and says the sexualization of Halloween costumes, like the gender color coding of toys, is bad for kids.

Research clearly shows that children’s toys have become more gender stereotyped over the years,” Dr. Dinella says. “This trend of color coding toys is similar to retailers making girl versus boy versions of the same Halloween costume. By adding sexy accessories like tutus, high heels, and midriff-revealing tops to superhero or doctor costumes, they are creating rules about who should and shouldn’t wear that costume – while also sending the message that it is important for girls to always be sexy.”

Frieda Birnbaum, Ph.D., a research psychologist and psychoanalyst, agrees. An expert on depression, women’s issues, and attaining happiness, Dr. Birnbaum says that the mental and emotional impact of objectifying and sexualizing young girls is that it prevents them from being as academically involved as their male counterparts.

“They compete for their physical attributes instead of their ability to be productive,” Dr. Birnbaum says. “The message we send to young girls is that being in a strong role is not enough – we have to sexualize it.”

Dr. Birnbaum laments the days when Halloween costumes were homemade – a trend that certainly gave parents more control. “Halloween costumes used to be wearing what you could find – a scarecrow made out of fabric, painting your face like a clown. Now it’s costumes that are expensive,” she says.

She adds that the trend of sexualizing Halloween costumes is reinforcing the messages that appearance is the most important consideration for girls.

“Young girls learn that looking good gets them attention,” Dr. Birnbaum says. “Men will appreciate them. We see this trend – sexualizing toys, clothing – and it becomes the end of innocence. The media will further exploit their innocence with selling hair products, makeup, and revealing clothing. Even sports games present sexual images of cheerleaders.”

Unfortunately, the marked differences between the genders are also seen in toys, according to Dr. Dinella. “Toys are being marketed as either for boys or for girls, rather than letting children decide what they like,” she says. “This is a problem, because kids should be playing with the toys that spark their interest, not just the toys that retailers decide are for girls or for boys.”

Dr. Dinella personally experienced the gender costume issue last year when searching for a mummy costume for her daughter. The sales clerk asked her if she was looking for a boy or a girl mummy. “Why should it matter?” she asked.

Dr. Dinella finds that disturbing. “Kids should be allowed to pretend to be anything they want to be, especially on Halloween,” she says. “And girls shouldn’t have to worry about whether they are being attractive while they pretend to be a firefighter saving someone from a burning building, or while they are trying out what it feels like to be a doctor for the day.”

Maria Miller, founder of Stella Di Rose Domestics, a boutique nanny agency in Manhattan, is saddened by the trend.

“Children in our society are unknowingly being stripped of… innocence in the most vulnerable ways,” she says. “Halloween, a child-driven holiday, has turned into a free-for-all, exploiting the imaginations of young children. The false ideology of womanhood presented in the form of over-sexualized Halloween costumes preys on the self-esteem of impressionable girls.”

Jenn Steele, director of product marketing at Indix, said that last year, the company noticed a stark difference in the titles of boys and girls costumes. “A majority of the costumes targeted at young boys contained words like ‘muscles,’ ‘wars’ or ‘ninja’,” she says. “The costumes for girls contained words such as ‘princess,’ ‘Cinderella,’ ‘pink’ or ‘witch’. When it comes to Halloween costumes and prices, there is a dramatic divide between boys and girls, and the expectations retailers have for both.” 

Retailers

This is where parental involvement and action come into play.

“Parents can play a strong role,” Dr. Birnbaum says. “If they don’t buy the costumes, retailers will stop selling them. Parents can buy costumes that have the same theme in a more conservative style.”

Dr. Dinella says that retailers do have a responsibility. “It would be great for them to proactively take a stand and make the changes under their control,” she says. “But they are in business to make a profit, and will respond to the market, too. Parents can vote with their wallets – not buying sexy or gender-stereotyped costumes sends the message to retailers that they need to change the products they make and sell.”

Tips for parents

Dr. Birnbaum suggests that fathers focus on complimenting their daughters’ abilities rather than their appearance. “When a girl is coming of age, the father often compliments her on her looks. This gives the wrong message – if you look good, you will be liked.”

Additionally, parents should role model for their children how to make difficult decisions in a culture that doesn’t always reflect our own personal values, according to Dr. Dinella.

“We all want our children to fit in. And having friends and feeling accepted is very important,” Dr. Dinella says. “Sometimes we have to take a stand and make choices that align with our values rather than what makes us popular. These big life lessons can happen even in small moments, such as picking a Halloween costume.”

She says parents should explain to their children why they think a costume is inappropriate. “It’s okay to say that a costume is too violent, and that you want your child to always be nice to others. Or that a costume is more about how the character looks, rather than how the character acts. And if you are having trouble deciding where you stand on a costume, tell your kids that! They can see you think through difficult decisions and weigh your options.”

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Kid Made Recipe: Jack-O-Lantern Puff Pastry

 

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Not all Halloween treats are sweet! Try these easy, cheesy, puff pastry jack o’ lanterns with dinner, and get your little ones to help. Spookily delicious!

 

Halloween Puff Pastry

Makes 8-10 jack o’ lanterns

Prep Time: 20  minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:  

  • 2 thawed puff pastry sheets
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • pepper
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Slivers and triangles of zucchini and green or  purple peppers
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Roll out thawed sheets of puff pastry one at a time, each on a lightly floured piece of parchment paper to a 12/12 inch square.
  2. Brush one square with melted butter, then sprinkle generously with the cheese.
  3. Sprinkle with some black pepper.
  4. Place the other pastry square on top of the cheese and roll over the top with your rolling pin a few times.
  5. Cut out pumpkin shapes and carefully place on a baking sheet, using a spatula.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk remaining melted butter, paprika, and salt until combined.
  7. Brush each pumpkin with butter mixture.
  8. Use veggie shapes to make jack o’ lantern faces on pumpkins.
  9. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

 

Everything You Need to Know About (Stealing) Your Kids’ Halloween Candy

Don’t laugh with your mouth full.

Look, parents, it won’t be long before your kids come home with a pillowcase full of candy. Do you have a game-day strategy? Do you know which candy you’ll demand from your kids in return for giving them the gift of life? Well, do you?!

No. No, you don’t. You need to pull your shit together, and familiarize yourself with what’s about to happen. You need to understand what kind of sugary crack is about to make your late night binge watching way more fun.

You need to understand the candy.

AIRHEADS: Weak name. Strong Candy.

ALMOND JOY: Eat it. You’re an adult now.

BUTTERFINGER: One of the four major food groups along with Sandwich, Cow, and Jungle. *source: Bart Simpson

CANDY CORN: Not candy. Not corn. Pairs nicely with melancholy.

CHARLESTON CHEW: And chew. And chew. And chew. And chew. And chew. BREAKING NEWS: you’re still chewing.

CIRCUS PEANUTS: Because life is hard.

GOOD & PLENTY: Not that good and one is plenty.

GUMMY BEARS: Innovative use of industrialized feedlot by-products. Because gummy candy is made outta bones. It’s not gross, it’s a goddamned miracle.

GUMMY LIFESAVERS: Hey, let’s take a reasonably good candy and make it TERRIBLE.

KIT KAT: Because fractions.

LAFFY TAFFY: No laffy though, just taffy. Because now your jaw is sealed shut.

MILKY WAY: Snickers, now without the protein!

MIKE & IKE: Hey Mike? Yeah, Ike? Let’s hang out and make mediocre candy.

NECCO WAFERS: No.

NERDS: Put the open end of the box in your mouth. Tilt head back as needed.

PENNIES: Hey, I don’t know what to do with mine either, ok? But you know what I’m not doing? Traumatizing your kids with the promise of candy only to give them the sad remains of a nearly irrelevant currency.

PIXY STIX: Why bother making the sugar into candy?

POP ROCKS: Still not gonna kill you.

REESE’S PIECES: Comes with adorable alien. Might have a Jesus complex. Wants to use your phone.

SKITTLES: When you find them under the passenger seat six months from now, they’ll still be fresh. Eat them.

SNICKERS: Legit.

SUGAR DADDY: …is what you’ll need to pay the dental bill when you’re done
swallowing your own teeth.

THREE MUSKETEERS: Named for the bandits who stole the nuts and the caramel.

TOOTHBRUSH: Might as well give out eggs to throw at your house.

TWIX: For when you can’t decide if you want a cookie, or a candy bar, or a cookie. Or candy. Or a candy cookie bar. Cookie candy. Bar.

TWIZZLERS: Plastic bouquet. Full-bodied sugary wax. Oily mouthfeel.

WHATCHAMACALLIT: Did they fire the guy who named this candy bar? You had one job, guy. To figure out WHAT TO CALL IT.

6 Game of Thrones Halloween Costumes for Your Unsuspecting Baby

In just a few short years those babies of yours are going to be choosing their own commercialized average costumes. But right now, it’s GOT time.

Let’s be honest, We have a very small window – from birth until about 2 years – to impose costume influence over our kids.
Parents! Fans of Westeros! The time is now.
Seize your waning opportunity to transform your baby, toddler, or even the two of you into one of your favorite Game Of Thrones scenes. We’ve assembled some inspiration below to get you started.

Game of Thrones, Brienne and bear

The Bear and the Maiden Fair
( Brienne )

Re-create the fight scene between Brienne and the Bear (S:3, E:10) with this fancy pink dress paired with this faux fur vest. Tuck a stuffed teddy and sword into their carrier or stroller to complete the look.

baby game of thrones halloween costume, brienne

Alternative Mommy & baby Idea

Deck yourself out as Brienne in a similar outfit as above, and dress your tot as your furry adversary in this cute bear costume.

Baby halloween costume for game of throne, bear and brienne


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Game Of The Porcelain Throne
( Tywin’s Death Scene )

Tyrion kills Tywin while he’s sitting on the john in S:4, E:10. While this wasn’t the kind of heroic demise that Tywin would have liked, it makes for a pretty comical costume.

Create a fake arrow wound

Remove and discard the lower part of the arrow by cutting the dowel three inches below the end of the feathers. Use a hot glue gun to attach a large button flush to the end of the dowel (where you just cut). Put the button through one of the buttonholes of the vest – so the button is hidden in the vest, and the feathered end is sticking straight out.

This shirt resembles Tywin’s night shirt, and a pair of nude or pink leggings will help complete the pants-less look.

 

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Battle of the Bastards
( John, Locks-of-Love, Snow )

Not feeling very DIY-y this year? Well, this costume from Target pretty much has you covered. Bonus points if your little one has some surfer-dude (or dudette) thing going on because no John Snow is complete without those beautiful flowing locks.

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Daenerys and Her Dragon

There are times when life can be a real son-of-a-gun, and then there are times when it smiles down and presents us with costumes that make kids looks like they’re riding a dragon. Thank you, life!
Transform your daughter into Daenerys with this long-sleeved white dress,  Rapunzel wig (hairstyle DIY here), and then use silver spray paint to turn this dragon toy into a necklace.

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Alternative baby & mommy idea

Dress yourself as Daenerys and dress your kid as a dragon in this one piece costume.

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Burning Down The House
( Cersei’s Revenge )

Season six wrapped up with the fiery explosion at Baelor’s Sept, and Cersei’s rise to the throne. Use this armor-look-alike dress, mini tiara, spray painted toy shoulder pads, and wildfire candy collector to recreate this memorable episode.

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Baby-snatching White Walker

Are you a fan of scary costumes? Do you also have a very new baby that’s too young to be afraid of a terrifying mask? Well, then, this parent and baby costume might just be for you. Dress yourself as a White Walker, and then simply wrap your baby in a brown blanket and carry him around with you for the night.

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10 Halloween Costumes that Your Kids Won’t Understand

Halloween is awesome for parents because it’s pretty much a free pass to embarrass our kids.

Halloween is awesome for parents because it’s pretty much a free pass to embarrass our kids. And what better way to do that than by dressing up in costumes they can’t even identify?

 

1 | The Face on a Milk Carton

Not only is this one super irrelevant, but it’s also a good one to use to segue into the “Don’t talk to strangers” conversation.

You need to grab onto those teaching opportunities whenever you can, am I right?

2 | The Etch A Sketch

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“Ohhh, I get it, Dad. You’re the front of a red bus, right?”

3 | The Yellow AOL Instant Messenger Man

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“Oh, sure. A yellow walk sign!” Don’t worry, AngelLUV82, your legacy still lives on in our hearts.

4. A television set


“Ohhhh, you’re a microwave!” Do kids ever turn dials anymore? Just wondering.

5 | An Original Gameboy

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“That’s not what a Gameboy looks like.”

Sigh.

6 | Pac-Man

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“You’re some sort of bird…?” YEAH, if birds were really awesome at eating dots and killing ghosts, AM I RIGHT?!

7 | A Flip Phone


If this isn’t showing your age enough, you can also go for the slightly more complicated, rotary phone.
Note: always, ALWAYS call it a number sign instead of a hashtag.

8 |The Tamagotchi

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They’ll have no idea what this tiny-screened egg is, but you’ll know how cool you are. And that’s all that matters.

9 | A Furby

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“My mom? Yeah, she’s just bad at making owl costumes.”

10 | Any of these

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5 Halloween Crafts You Can Do With Your Kids This Weekend

Adults and children love Halloween. Here are five fun, easy and most importantly safe decorating ideas you can create together at home.

Fall is in the air and it’s time for Halloween! Time for apple picking, pumpkin carving, scary stories, haunted houses, mind-blowing costumes and the best of the best holiday decorations. 

Adults and children love Halloween. Here are five fun, easy and most importantly safe decorating ideas you can create together at home.


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You will need some apples, a small carving knife, an espresso spoon(for little hands that want to carve), lemon juice, and salt.

  • Peel the apples
  • Carve features into each apple.  Eyes, ears, noses, cheeks.  Anything you choose!  The deeper the carving the better for when they shrivel up!
  • Mix 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of salt and dunk your carved apples in the mixture.
  • Hang your apples from a string or set them on a stick and watch them shrink up into scary-old-faces over the next couple of weeks!  (I display mine on sticks I collected outside after a storm in a glass vase.) 

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You will need a pack of brown sandwich bags, a pencil, safety scissors, and a few shapes in mind or a pattern to trace, and tea candles safely placed deep in mason jars (old jam jars work perfectly.)

  • Draw or trace a shape on each bag.  I have bats, black cats, witch hats, half Moons and Jack-o-lanterns on mine.
  • Carefully cut the shapes out on the bags.
  • Cut the tops of the bags down a couple of inches so when the candle is lit the bag won’t get too hot.
  • Place the glass jar with the candle inside the bag and voila!  Scary lighting for your steps, balconies, mantels or tables!

 

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You will need a stack of white tissue paper or just plain white tissues, some string or clear rubber bands (or small hairbands), and a black ‘sharpei’ marker.

  • Take one lollipop and cover it with a tissue or the tissue paper so it covers what will become the head of the ghost.
  • Tie a string or fasten a rubber band around the stick of the lollipop just beneath the ‘head.’
  • Use the black marker to draw two eyes, a nose and a mouth for your ghost!

 

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You will need some old wine corks, some black pipe cleaners, a black marker, some googly eye stickers, and some safety scissors.

  • Color corks black if you choose to (leaving them as plain corks still looks cool!) stick googly eyes on one end of the cork and let dry for a few minutes.
  • Decide on how long you want your spider’s legs to be and then cut the pipe cleaners into 8 equal legs for each spider.
  • Take a cork and attach the 8 pipe cleaner legs into the sides of it.  Four on each side of the cork.
  • Bend the legs so that the cork is suspended off of the surface you set it on and you have yourself some spiders!!!

 


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I love carving pumpkins but they just don’t last very long once you cut into them. This is an easy way to decorate your pumpkins at the beginning of the month and still be able to enjoy them by the time Halloween rolls around.  You will need washable paints, paintbrushes, stencils and pumpkins!

  • Pick a spooky face or pattern for your pumpkin.
  • Paint your choice of pattern or face on each pumpkin.
  • Done!  Set them on our tables, under lights or behind candles for an extra spooky glow!

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween and I hope these ideas help to make it an extra spooooOOOOoooooooky one this year!!

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