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11 Simple & Fun Halloween Snack Recipes!

Happy Halloween, Kansas City!

It’s a beautiful (albeit, warm) day here in the metro area and I have a feeling your kiddos are getting ridiculously excited for tonight’s tick or treat festivities. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what you should feed the kids before and after your stroll around the neighborhood. Leah, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad Ambassador team, is here to help with some ideas on snacks and food options that work in easily with your busy schedule. Take a look…

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11 Simple & Fun Halloween Snack Recipes!

Halloween is here which means that children will have an abundance of candy at their disposal. It also means rushing the kids to get all dressed up…. and more than likely having only a few minutes to make dinner. There is a likelihood that you will be asked to bring a dessert to an activity or work pot luck. I have complied some of my favorite recipes of Halloween snacks or treats. Please click on the links provided for the full recipes. Have an amazing Halloween!

Jack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups

Add color and fun to your Halloween with these smiling jack-o’-lantern faces carved into navel oranges. Slice off the tops of the oranges, scoop out the pulp, use a paring knife to cut out jack-o’-lantern faces, and fill with grapes and/or mixed berries

Slithering Snake Dip

Eek! What is lurking in your hummus? A slithering snake made from black olives! Cute Food for Kids carved beady eyes from string cheese and added a carrot tongue. Even those who hate serpents will love this little guy.

Spooky Spider Eggs

Deviled eggs (like these) get extra creepy-crawly when they’re topped with spiders. To make eight scary spider eggs, cut 12 black olives in half vertically. Place one half in the center of each egg to form the body, then slice each remaining olive half into four sections to create legs.

Cheesy Monsters

A sharp knife (a filleting knife is perfect), a few googly eyes in different sizes, some non-toxic kids PVA glue, a tiny bit of wool for hair and a couple of packets of mini Babybel cheeses all come together to make a plate of monsterlicious treats.

Oreo Eyeball Cookies

These Oreo Eyeballs are an incredibly easy Halloween party treat.  No baking, just use Oreos (or gluten free version, if you prefer), and dress them up inside out.  The only heating involved is melt the red candy melts, but even this could be skipped by using one of the many red decorative icing gels available this time of year

Baked Eyeballs Casserole

The “eyeballs” that top our spooky casserole are made from mozzarella cheese and sliced olives.  But the cheesy, baked pasta that lies below is a real treat that everyone will enjoy.

Flying Bat Pizzas Recipe

Pizza is always a surefire way to lure kids to the dinner table because they can help add toppings and decorate the pizzas before they go into the oven. They’re tasty, quick and totally spooky!

Pizza Snake Recipe

“Once your snake is filled, rolled and shaped, let the kids paint it. The bread will bake up colorful, yummy and just creepy enough to satisfy the boys and ghouls.”

Eyeball Taco Salad Recipe

In Queen Creek, Arizona, all eyes are on Jolene Young’s tasty main-dish salad when she brings it in. Topped with creepy peepers, it’s packed with beef, cheese, tomato and satisfying taco flavor to satisfy a crowd.

Frankenguac Recipe

Play the mad scientist this year and bring a monster to life. He’s frightfully fun and delicious! 

Popcorn Owls Recipe

Sweet and chewy popcorn balls are a “hoot” when they’re formed into wide-eyed owls perfect for a Halloween party. They take a little bit of assembly but draw a lot of compliments.

From iFamily to Yours,

Leah

iFamLeahV2

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Date Night At The Movies: “Inferno” Review

This weekend a lot of us will be busy with our families doing Halloween activities. If you and your significant other find yourselves needing some adult time (and who won’t) a movie date may be in order. Hitting the box office this week is Inferno and it could be just what you’re looking for. Take a look…

“Inferno”

Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are back with another film adaptation of another one of Dan Brown’s wildly successful novels. Inferno is the third movie where Tom Hanks plays Robert Langdon, a famous Harvard professor and symbologist. Langdon wakes in a hospital with amnesia and immediately jumps into action with the aide of his ER doctor, Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to find a virus that will wipeout half of the world’s population. With pain and horrifying visions due to a head trauma, he takes off to remember what he’s doing in Florence and to save humanity while racing the clock and outside forces.

Like every Dan Brown novel, this story is a maze and a calculus problem wrapped in a riddle and played out scavenger hunt style. However, the film did a good job of connecting the dots for viewers who may be a little behind on their Dante (like me). I had read Dan Brown’s Inferno years ago, and I only remembered a bit of it. My friend who joined me had not read the book at all. We both really enjoyed the film, and ignorance may have been key as many other moviegoers were griping about the inconsistencies. Even if the movie didn’t mirror the book’s storyline, it was still enjoyable.

The plot had many twists and it was fast paced, but it had to be to get the large novel into a two-hour film. The locations were beautiful. Most of it was filmed in Italy and it served as a reminder that I need to travel more. The movie is rated PG-13, but it is gory. There were a lot of disturbing images. It is about Dante’s Inferno after all. I think the Halloween release was a wise one, though maybe it should have come out a little sooner. This would be a great date movie for people who are tempted to do a spooky movie, but don’t really want a horror film. This did toe the horror line at times- especially in the beginning, but it is a true thriller, and it worked for the material.

The cast was good, which it really needed to be as there were a lot of people and organizations at play and they did not get very thorough backstories. Diverse and strong actors kept this enigmatic roster of characters easy to keep track of. Tom Hanks was amazing, as always. He even provided a bit of comic relief- a nice break in an otherwise heavy two hours. Overall I give a B. I would go see it in the theater, but I wouldn’t buy it.  

From iFamily to Yours,

Darcy

Inferno Review from Darcy of the iFamilyKC Mom Squad

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Planning a Simple & Scary Good Halloween Dinner

Hellllllooooo, Kansas City! October 31st is literally days away, and with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday, it can be hard to figure out what to eat on Halloween night. While our kiddos, I’m sure, would love to stuff themselves to the brim with sugary goodness, we know we should actually get something “real” in their bellies too! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Sarah, has some great options for easy (and yummy) Halloween dinner. Take a look…

Planning a Simple & Scary Good Halloween Dinner

 

 

Planning a Simple & Scary Good Halloween Dinner

 

 

Many of us look at Halloween as one of those holidays that it is perfectly normal to order a pizza before loading up on all that candy at the end of the night. And I know telling you to plan a Halloween dinner sounds just like a horror movie—kids too excited to eat because they want to go trick or treating, you working all day and then making a four course feast like it was any other night, husband just wanting to watch Monday Night Football in peace—no thank you! But before you reach for the phone (or the app) let’s throw some ideas around that will be easy to do and plan, guaranteed to get everyone together—table is optional!

If Halloween night is anything like it is in my house it means running in the door, changing clothes and doing last minute touch ups on the costumes or face make-up because those fall parties at school are brutal! How can a Cinderella dress lose so much tulle and it just happened that four butterflies fell off?! I mean they are just sitting in a classroom and maybe walking down the hall! Dinner, back to dinner! So there isn’t a lot of time to braise the meat and whip up some homemade mashed potatoes. The night before, which luckily this year is a Sunday so ideally we would have time to do this, do all your prep.

 

Sandwich Bar

Think about a sandwich bar—it’s quick and in most cases on the go. Buy all the lunchmeat and cheese your family likes and have it laying out on a tray or plate so you can grab it from the fridge. Lay out the bread as well; sometimes you can find bread in different colors for the seasons which would be a fun twist! If the kids are just too excited about getting out, grab a baggie and make a sandwich to go because you know about six houses in they are going to start asking to dip into the candy early!

 

Chili Bar

Another quick and easy “bar” food is chili. Some kids aren’t fans– like mine– but for them I always make sure to have a package of hot dogs cooking as well. That they will always eat, especially if you cut one end of the cooked hot dog into quarters, it will fold up making a friendly ghost to get them in the Halloween spirit! Chili is one of those brilliant things that can simmer in the crockpot all day, help yourself to a bowl before trick or treating, have it simmer a little more and then help yourself to another bowl when you get back! Plus it’s a wonderful pairing to a 3 Musketeers!

 

Decorate Your Own Pizza

I have always wanted to try, but never have, the decorate your own pizza dinner. For this little gem however, you will need one member of the household (preferably over the age of 18) to volunteer to hand out candy and man the stove while everyone else goes out trick or treating. First, gather everything needed to create the perfect personal pizza. No fighting over what toppings because everyone gets their own mini pizza to decorate. By the way, store bought crusts are perfectly acceptable here and try and bring in the Halloween theme– make it a pumpkin or a Frankenstein face or a moon with halved black olives for bats! Create your Halloween masterpiece, cook while TOT (trick or treating), and enjoy when you get home.

Let’s face it, the best laid plans usually get a plan B which includes me stopping at McDonald’s, rushing home to fix the costume (seriously though—how?!) eating quickly, getting out the door for trick or treating, coming home and putting their chocolate covered faces to bed while husband and I raid the candy bags for our favorite candy bar! You know what? That is a perfectly scary good Halloween meal as well! And I won’t tell anyone!

 

What are some of your go-to recipes for Halloween dinner? Share in the comments!

 

 

From iFamily to Yours,

ifam_sarah
 

 

 


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20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

Happy Friday, Kansas City! Monday is Halloween, can you believe it!? And while the kiddie’s dream of buckets full of candy, you may be considering some alternatives to the ghoulish sweets. Never fear, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has you covered. She’s gathered up a fantastic (and budget friendly!) list of creative trick or treat alternatives for your trick-or-treaters this Monday. Check it out!

 

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

Our first Halloween spent in the suburbs, we were the young (yes), cool (no), hip (no) couple without kids but that didn’t stop me from wanting to be part of the Halloween neighborhood fun. I wanted to be a hit with the trick-or-treaters so instead of candy, I thought it would be fun to hand out Play-Doh tubs instead.

 

When I was buying the Play-Doh I thought it was the best idea ever but as Halloween night got closer and closer, I really started to sweat my decision to buck the system with a non-candy treat. Were we going to be THAT house? The most disappointing house on the block? Would the neighborhood kids come back to egg our house later that night because we deprived them of their annual right to a no-restrictions sugar fix?

 

It turned out that the Play-Doh was a hit (whew). All our trick-or-treaters loved it. Not because they are huge Play-Doh fans but simply because it was different. So, if you want to stand out as the house that does something different this year or simply don’t trust yourself with all that candy in your house, I’ve got some fun and affordable options for you:

 

 

 

Play-doh

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

I’m telling you, the kids loved them. And you won’t mind having some of these leftover because they a great size to travel with to keep your kids entertained at restaurants or in the car. 80 mini tubs for $33 on Amazon.

 

 

Glow Necklaces

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

 

Fun and functional! You can get these 5 for $1 at The Dollar Store. Snap them ahead of time for two reasons: 1) So your trick-or-treaters can wear them immediately that night. 2) The glowing sticks will look really cool in your treat bowl.

 

 

Flashing Rings

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

Again, safety first. I love these, kids love these. Who doesn’t want to add a little flash to their costume? Again, safety first. 96 for less than $40 on Amazon.

 

 

Mustache Whistles

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

 

If the cars can’t see them coming, at least they’ll be able to hear them coming. 48 for less than $8.

 

 

Halloween Pencils

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

 

Lightweight, cheap and useful. Next month all that candy will be just a distant memory for the kids, but that pencil will keep the spirit of Halloween alive as you fight them on their math homework. 8 for a buck at Target.

 

 

Spider Rings

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

 

Super cheap. The rings, not you. But while we’re on the topic, you might want to give a few out to everyone. 144 for just over five bucks on Amazon. Seriously, better give ‘em all a handful.

 

Vampire fangs

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

 

What’s more Halloween than vampire teeth? Answer: Glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth. I found some! If the kids don’t like these then they probably are too old to be trick-or-treating anyway, so you just did society a favor by making them realize that. 72 for under $7 on Amazon.

 

Silly Straws

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

 

My kids love these. Even if they just last for one meal before getting thrown out, they still lasted longer than a 3 Musketeers. (Well, maybe not longer than a 3 Musketeers—who eats those?—but definitely longer than a KitKat.) 18 for $8 on Amazon.

 

 

Glow-in-the-dark sticky eyeballs

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

 

Sticky what? Huh? Just go with it. I will go ahead and guarantee you right now that you’ll be the only house on the block passing these out on Halloween night. 48 for about $8 on Amazon.

 

Slap Bracelets

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

 

“Slap” them on the trick-or-treaters as part of the extra fun or have them rolled up and ready to grab. 50 for $12 on Amazon.

 

McDonalds Treats

 

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

 

For just a buck, you can get a Halloween booklet at participating McDonalds with 12 coupons for free items at McD’s including an ice cream cone, apple slices, apple juice or milk, and hamburger. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Coupons are good through Dec. 31, 2016.

 

Wendy’s Frosty

20 Simple & Creative Trick or Treat Alternatives to Candy

 

Also for a dollar, you can pick up a Wendy’s Halloween coupon book that has five coupons, each good for a free Jr. Frosty. Not quite as good a deal as the 12/$1 McD’s book, but 85 cents of every booklet Wendy’s sells benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoptions, so it’s worth spending a little more. Coupons are good until Feb 1, 2017.

 

 

And the Best House on the Block award goes to ….

 

If you don’t get many trick-or-treaters you might be able to afford to step up your treat game. I grew up on a cul-de-sac without a lot of foot traffic on Halloween. I still talk about how one of our neighbors handed out those huge 1-lb Hershey bars on a silver platter to all of us neighborhood kids. One of the highlights of my childhood. In my eyes, that guy is a legend.

 

Here are some ideas that will run you about a dollar per kid. A small price to pay for going down in history as the “coolest neighbors ever.” (At least according to everyone age 10 and under.)

 

Hot Wheels

Lipsmackers

Nail Polish (hot tip: Dollar store)

LED Party Wand

Glow-in-the-dark Slime

Puffy Toss Balls

Play Foam

Glittery Silly Putty (Kids, you’re welcome. Parents, so sorry.)

 

 

Please, please don’t everyone do this non-candy thing. It’s fun if there’s one, maybe two houses in each neighborhood doing something different. But if there’s not still a very heavy ratio of Snickers, Twix and Reese’s in the mix on Halloween night, then I’m afraid everyone’s houses will get egged. By me.

 

 

Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog.

 

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8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

Can you believe it, Kansas City? Halloween is only 4 days away! If that puts you in a panic, trying to figure out what costume your kiddos will parade around in on Monday, no worries! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has a great list of easy last minute costume ideas that are guaranteed to steal the show. Check it out!

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

 

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute

Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

It is nearly here! That dark and spooky evening where sugar-riddled skeletons and hero-dressed hoodlums parade the streets packing away whatever candy and treats homeowners haven’t already eaten. There are many ways parents find themselves realizing this week that they don’t have the costumes they need. Maybe someone changed their mind last minute, or just decided they DO want to go out that night, or maybe you were so busy running around to practices and games that super popular costume never got picked up and now is sold out. Whatever happened- we’ve got you covered! (Punny- get it?) And if you have this costume thing all figured out, you could still scroll through because some of these are too cute!

 

Sky dancers

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

You have seen these advertising cell phones, tires and cars and kids love them. This is a fun costume and looks pretty easy to make.

                

What I would do: Take an old play tunnel and cut holes for the arms (be sure to measure where they need to be for your child). Cut another hole for the mouth/space for the kids to peek out. Make eyes out of paper and tape on. Lastly, borrow a shirt from dad that matches the tube and shimmy the night away!

 

 Hot Air Balloon/Weather Girl

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

This is a super cute costume, and a bonus as the balloon should make it fairly easy to spot your kid. Add some a thermometer and some charts and turn your tourist into a weather girl or boy.

What I would do: A striped tee and a scarf for a touristy look, or a button down shirt/professional attire for a wearther person. An old laundry basket or one from the dollar store with the bottom cut out tied to an oversized balloon from a party store.

 

Ace Ventura

 

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

 

Your kids may not know what you’re talking about here- but come on! This is adorable!!!

What I would do: Borrow sister’s tutu and daddy’s mousse. Get ready to play some football!

 

Wind-Up Toy

 

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

This seems to be popular for girls, but you could do this for boys too.

What I would do: Pick out a pretty outfit and put some lipstick circles on their cheeks. Cut a key shape out of a cardboard box. Spray paint it gold or silver and staple on elastic bands for the child to put their arms through (backpack style).

 

Art

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

If you have an aspiring artist who wants to do something a little different, this may be perfect.

What I would do: Cut out a large palette and paint it white then let it dry. Using poster board or foam board make a circular crown. Cut the bristles off a broom and hot glue gun them on. Paint the colors on the large palette and have your child dress in black.

 

Fantastic Mr. Fox (or Just a Fancy Fox)

 

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

This cute and very easy. Some fall clothes a mask, you’re out the door!

What I would do: There are a lot of free templates online for making fox masks. I know because my daughter had a woodland birthday party this year. Print out the template, and put the mask together as directed.

 

Care Bears

 

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

If you live in the Midwest- you are used to having to adapt costumes to cold weather. Ones like this make it easy to layer and add padding if necessary.

What I would do: Using felt cut out ears and design your belly badge. I’d use safety pins to attach everything to the sweats so you can wear them again.

 

Ghost

8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

 

A classic ghost is the epitome of a last minute costume. If your kid isn’t buying it- tell him he’s going as Snapchat. 🙂

 

What are some of your genius last minute costumes? We’d love to hear in the comments!

 

 

From iFamily to Yours,
iFamMomSqdDarcyv2


8 Fun and Creative Last Minute Costume Ideas for Halloween

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Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium

Happy Hump Day, Kansas City! I’m telling you, our Kids Club Events are absolutely one of a kind, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy gives us the low down on the recent Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium. Trick or treating, dancing, games, and meeting players. Check out all the excitement!

Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium

 

Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap:

Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium

 

Our house has been Halloweening out this year! (That’s a word, right?) We’ve been to the pumpkin patch (a couple times), to a trunk or treat, to World’s of Fun and we have watched scary movies, decorated pumpkins and made monster cookies and we are not even out of October yet. This year though, was the first time I have ever gone to the Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium, and I have to say- it is my new favorite Halloween event!

 

iFamilyKC was delighted to have a booth at this year’s Boo Bash and we were in good company! Legoland and Sealife KC, Science City, Main Event and many more all had tables where kids could interact and score goodies. Countless face painters, balloon artists, and airbrush tattoo artists were there to fancy up the kids. KC Chiefs staff and cheerleaders were handing out candy and goods and there were two bounce houses- one a traditional bounce house and the other an inflated football obstacle course.

 

Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium

 

My kid’s loved the areas set up to do art projects, and we even got a few extras to do at home. Another big hit was the “Play 60 Area” where kids ran through some drills and then caught a football. This event had the perfect blend of opportunities to wear the kids out, and sit down to catch your breath.

 

Families were invited to sit together to eat pizza and veggies while listening to Halloween songs and an awesome DJ. That DJ kept those kids dancing all night! There were even some Chiefs players on hand to give autographs. The line for the autographs was long, but Mitch Morse, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Charcandrick West and Jarrod Pughsley kept things fun and moving.

 

This thing was so over-the-top fantastic that I had to know how to be a part of it every year. Turns out it is super easy. And a ridiculously good deal! The Kansas City Chief’s have a Kid’s Club. How awesome is that for their littlest fans! It is $30 per child to join, but once you are in- you are in! You don’t have to renew your membership and your child is able to participate until their 15th birthday.

 

When you enroll, you get a welcome kit full of goodies and admittance to their Kids Club events. Boo Bash is the only one I have attended, but Movie Night at Arrowhead and Football Frenzy at the Practice Facility sound like a blast too. There are even more perks included with membership, which you can find on their site. I hope to see you at their next event! Me and my kiddos will be there!

 

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4 Ways to Enjoy Halloween Without Breaking the Bank

Howdy, Kansas City! Holidays can get expensive, and we here at iFamilyKC are always looking for ways to save you all money (and time!) Our great Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, has some fantastic tips to help save you some cash this Halloween and still enjoy your holiday! Take a look.

4 Ways to Enjoy Halloween Without Breaking the Bank

4 Ways to Enjoy Halloween Without Breaking the Bank 

Are you ready for the big night? Less than a week left to get your costume, candy, dinner and munchies ready! Not to mention school parties, trunk or treat community events and anything other Halloween activities you might be participating in! When you think Halloween, do you see $$$ in your head? It can get expensive pretty quickly, especially if you have multiple children! But, never fear, we’re here to save the day with the following tips to keep your bank happy on Halloween!

 

Halloween Costumes

This will probably be your biggest expense. Before going out to buy a brand new $50 costume at the local party or costume shop, think twice. Two words: thrift store. Thrift store shopping for Halloween costumes is perfect if you have little ones under 4 that don’t necessarily have a costume preference yet. Just tonight, I found the perfect super cute little puppy costume for my 21 month old son! Also, check the Facebook swap shops and marketplace where you can search for a specific costume. LOTS of people are selling their worn-for-an-hour Halloween costume at fantastic prices! One last tip: Dollar Tree is a great place to find accessories and makeup for costumes!

 

4 Ways to Enjoy Halloween Without Breaking the Bank

 

Candy

Gotta be ready for the trick-or-treaters, right? This is where a little couponing action comes in handy! Compare sales at discount and drug stores and clip coupons from the Sunday paper to save big on candy! Another tip: If you know you might only get a small amount of trick or treaters, you can buy smaller bags of candy at Dollar Tree. And lastly, don’t buy your candy too much ahead of time because if your house is anything like mine, little hands (and big hands) might wipe out your stash weeks before the first door bell chimes!

 

Dinner and Snacks 

 

Have an idea in your head what you will serve on Halloween night before heading out. We do a big pot of chili or taco soup and some chips and dip. Luckily this type of stuff is usually on sale starting in October when the weather turns colder. If you’re serving a crowd, buy in bulk! And again, coupons/store sales are your best friend. When it comes to Halloween dinner, since we are out and about, I tend to be a no frills kind of mom! In my opinion, you don’t have to spend a ton of money and time on food for super excited kiddos that might just eat a bite of chili and be done!

 

School Parties/Trunk or Treat events 

 

If you are planning your child’s school Halloween party or taking part in a community or your church’s trunk or treat event, check out these tips! Psst – Here’s a little secret! One of the BEST year round money saving strategies is to buy off season. When the Halloween stuff goes on sale November 1st, buy the things you’ll need for next year! Those little trinkets for goody bags, paper goods, games and pretty much all the essentials for a school party/trunk or treat will be on sale at 50% or more. Also, SHARE the expenses with another parent or church member. Check thrift stores and dollar store/dollar bins at the grocery or discount stores. And lastly, ask the teacher or church member to send an email to the parents and community asking for donations.
If you have some tips you’d like to add on how your family saves money on Halloween, we’d love to hear them in the comments below!

 

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iFamMomSqdErinV2


4 Ways to Enjoy Halloween Without Breaking the Bank

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9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating

It’s about that time, Kansas City. Time to bust out the costumes, candy, and jack-0-lanterns for a spooky time. For those of you that are scrambling for ideas on trunk or treating decorating ideas, never fear, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy has you covered. Take a look!

9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating

9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating

 

Trunk or Treating seems to be gaining in popularity every year. It is a great option for families who may not want or be able to trick or treat in their neighborhoods. It is also a great option if you just want to maximize costume/candy time. We recently published an article about where to find trunk or treat locations. Many schools and churches host these as well and you may find yourself signed up as a trunk! There are so many cute ideas to decorate your vehicle and despite spending plenty of time on Pinterest looking at ideas, I always show up and am blown away by the creative ideas my friends and neighbors come up with. Don’t be intimidated though! After all, the kids are mainly into the candy.

 

One of the easiest ways to get inspiration for your trunk is if your family is dressing up as a group. Then you have a theme to work with. Here are some of my favorite themed options.

 

Safari Group

Are the kids going as animals? Especially for tots, there are usually a ton of adorable elephant and lion costumes around. Parents can dress as animals too, or as explorers. Bring some houseplants, fake snakes and a few stuffed animals to decorate your trunk. Bonus points for playing some animal sounds! There are some free apps you can download to play these. Sleep Pillow app is a favorite of ours when we travel (to drown out the late night people stumbling down the hotel hall) and they have an awesome Jungle/animal noises playlist, but it costs $5.99. You could also make a killer playlist with songs that take you to someplace warmer. Think Toto’s ‘Africa’, Glass Animal’s ‘Pools’, and Kool & the Gang’s ‘Jungle Boogie’ to get you started.

 

 

Hotel Transylvania

 

 

9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating

 

 

I haven’t seen this used yet, so maybe you could be the first! My kids love the Hotel Transylvania films and this gives a fresh spin to that vampire costume you probably have left over somewhere. There are a lot of characters, so it should be fairly easy to flush out who’s going to be whom. This is also easy to decorate. Standard Halloween decorations- bats, spiders, spider webs with a bed in the trunk (a hotel room, get it?) Be sure to make a sign for your hotel and maybe a no vacancy one too!

 

 

Monsters, Inc.

 

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This is an old one, but a good one. Lots of little kids still like dressing up like Boo and Halloween always brings this movie back into circulation. My friends did this a few years ago and won the trunk or treat contest! Bonus points for making this board! Here it was used at a college, but I think it would be cute to have kids pick a door and get a candy from inside. If it’s too difficult to pass candy that way, maybe just put in a picture of the wrapper, and they get whatever type of candy they find.

 

9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating

 

Kansas City

I’ve moved around a lot, but I don’t think I’ve ever encountered city pride like I have in KC. It’s another level of love and I am so happy to be a part of it. Along that idea, I’m sure there will be a few Royals and Chiefs players out there. There are a lot of creative ideas to make this work for you, but here a couple of my favorites. You could make a small diamond or football field out of paper for kids to run around and put up for favorite banners in the trunk like they did here (ignore the Yankees).

 

9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating

 

Or pay homage to the city as a whole by dressing up as some of your favorite famous Kansas Citians and make a cardboard skyline. Bonus points for adding twinkly lights.

9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating

 

It’s not always easy to get everyone on the same page for costumes and so if you have a mixture of characters with you, here are some ideas for a more generic take on trunk or treating.

 

Spider Attack

Spider webs are everywhere this time of year, pick up a few bags and go wild. You can wrap them around the car, inside the trunk, be as bold as you want to. Sprinkle plastic spiders through the webbing. This is a cheap and easy option. Bonus points for putting a giant inflatable spider on top of your car.

 

Pirate Booty

 

9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating

 

A treasure chest makes an obvious choice to hold the candy for the kiddos. Nearly everyone has had a pirate themed party at some point, here’s a nice chance to reuse those decorations. Bonus points for a life-sized skeleton dressed up as a pirate.

 

Giant Mouth

 

9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating

 

Giant teeth, two eyes and you’re done! This is a pretty basic and classic option. It’s always a good choice.

 

Yellow Brick Road

 

9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating

 

This is a classic Kansas reference and easy to put together. You can do this one as a theme and dress as characters from the movie or it can stand-alone. I couldn’t find a picture, but I think there’s something that could be done with a house, some ruby slippers and stockings stuffed with tissue to look like legs…

 

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins

 

There are a couple different ways to play this. I think it would be cute (and easy) to simply transfer the pumkpins and décor from your front porch and set it up here. Add some rocking chairs and make it look like kids are still going up to a porch. Bonus for a light fixture and fake fence. The other option is to look like a pumpkin patch. Put a green blanket out with some pumpkins. You can add a pumpkin patch sign and maybe even a little Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

 

No matter what, have fun. You can go as big as you want to. As long as you don’t forget the candy, the kids will like it. In fact, if you really want to impress, skip the decorations and just get king-sized candy bars.

 

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdDarcyv2


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Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: We Rock the Spectrum

Good Afternoon, Kansas City! Our Kids Club has been crazy active this fall with tons of fun events. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy and her kiddos got to take part in our event at We Rock the Spectrum and gives us an inside look at all the fun. WRTS is a sensory friendly gym open to kids of all abilities. Take a look!

Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: We Rock the Spectrum

Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap:

We Rock the Spectrum

 

 

We are always looking for a fun space for our kids to run around. Indoor gyms are a wonderful option and one that my kids truly enjoy. A friend of mine recently recommended We Rock the Spectrum Gym out near Zona Rosa. She told me she and her son went to birthday party there and it was the best gym they had been to.

 

The story behind We Rock the Spectrum is a loving one. A mother with two autistic children, found that going to gyms with her children was difficult as people were not always very understanding of her children’s abilities and behaviors. She created a gym in her home for her boys, but they still weren’t getting the socialization all kids need. Enter We Rock the Spectrum. A kind gym where all kids are welcome and encouraged to engage in sensory play without feeling judged or apologetic.

 

There is a lot to do here, swings galore, a zip line, a trampoline, even a toy room and art center for kids who may crave a quieter space. We went for an iFamilyKC’s Kid’s Club event and there were kids of all ages having fun. Kristi Hanson, their Director of Music Therapy performed with the children and was astonishing. She is seriously amazing with kids and they were adorable to watch.

 

My favorite thing about this gym was the atmosphere. There was plenty of staff, and they all were very kind and attentive to the kids. The gym is the perfect size. Kids had plenty of room to jump around, without jumping on each other, and yet it wasn’t so large that I ever had trouble keeping an eye on my kids as they immediately separated to opposite ends.

 

We Rock the Spectrum has so much to offer. Special classes and events, birthday party space, there are a lot of opportunities to hang out. You can go to open play too. They have membership cards, which can save you some money. I really can’t recommend this place enough. Especially if you have a kiddo who has a hard time find a comfortable place to play, try We Rock the Spectrum where all families are welcome.

 

 

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10 Places To Drop Off Your Meds – Prescription Take Back Day

Happy Friday, Kansas City!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got several bottles of old medication from over the years that you’re not sure what to do with. Did you know that they have a whole day dedicated to just that?! National Prescription Take Back day is here to help and we’ve got a list of locations that you can go across the metro to dispose of your old drugs. Take a look…

prescription take back day

One safety precaution that often gets over looked is the danger of disposing prescription drugs.

Many of us are guilty of holding onto prescription drugs even after they are expired. Often times it is because we think we may “need” them again someday. Chances are if we were taking a medication for a tooth pain, which we eventually had surgery for, the pain is now gone .Therefore the need for the medication is now gone also. The likelihood that you will have tooth pain again is rare. If you were to experience the same dental issue the Dentist would write you a new prescription. So, long story short, there is no need to hold onto it. Or, we fear if we throw them away them may end up in the wrong hands. We fear that a drug seeker may make their way into our trashcan. Which is a very valid concern. In all reality this does happen and is worth avoiding. Throwing your prescriptions in the trash is never a good idea. Even if they do not end up in an addict’s hands they still in up in our landfill. Another reason people fear throwing away their expired prescription medication is due to their personal information being on the bottle. Which does make perfect sense. Our privacy and personal information is worth being protected.

Many people admit that they dispose of their medications in the toilet. By flushing them down the toilet they think that is the “safest way” of disposal. However, those medications end up in our sewer systems and possibly even in our drinking water. You can see how this could be potentially very hazardous to many people. All of these concerns are very valid and are worthy of being addressed.

The Drug Enforcement Administration took all of these concerns into account. They in return created a day to where you can come and safely dispose of any of your expired unused prescriptions this Saturday all around the Kansas and Missouri areas. This event will be hosted nation -wide.

Saturday from 10 AM- 2 PM there will be sites that safely dispose of them – no questions asked.

This take back day protects not only our environment but it also protects addicts from finding them in the trash.

Use this direct link to The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Website that tells more about The National Take Back Initiative Collection day. I have also included several locations around the Metro area that offer drop offs. Saturday, October 22, 2016  from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

10 Places To Drop Off Your Meds – Prescription Take Back Day

#1 City Hall – Independence, MO  

Prescription drop off will be across the street from the police department in downtown Independence. 111 East Maple Independence, MO 64050.

#2 Children’s Mercy – Kansas City 

2401 Gillham Road Kansas City , Missouri 64108

#3 Main Corp – Kansas City 

3215 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64110

#4 Gladstone Police Department – Gladstone, MO 

7010 N Holmes St, Kansas City, MO 64118

#5 Kansas City Police Department – Kansas City North 

1001 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64155

#6 Sugar Creek Police Department – Sugar Creek, MO

1001 Heroes Way, Independence, MO 64053

#7 Shoal Creek Police Department – Liberty, MO 

6801 NE Pleasant Valley Rd, Kansas City, MO 64157

#8 North Kansas City Police Department – North Kansas City, MO 

2020 Howell St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

#9 Roeland Park Police – Roeland Park, KS

4950 Roe Avenue Roeland Park, KS  66205

#10 Prairie Village Police Department – Prairie Village, KS

7710 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208

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Leah

iFamLeahV2

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