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This Weekend at the Box Office: Keeping Up With the Joneses

Happy Friday, Kansas City! Zach Galifinakis is at it again with a new comedy, Keeping Up with the Joneses, also starring Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot, and Isla Fischer. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, had a chance at a sneak peek of the movie and gives you all the details below. Check it out!



This Weekend at the Box Office: Keeping Up With the Joneses



This Weekend at the Box Office:

Keeping Up With the Joneses



Release Date: October 21, 2016
Run Time: 105 min
Rating: PG-13
Director: Greg Mottola
Cast: Zach Galifinakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fischer, Gal Gadot



I was looking forward to the sneak peek of Keeping Up With the Joneses because I’m a fan of Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and know Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) can bring the laughs. I expected them to be a dynamic duo in this action comedy about a mainstream suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher) who get their cul-de-sac world rocked when their new seemingly perfect neighbors (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) turn out to be secret agents.


The suburban couple goes from jealous to suspicious of their Hollywood-like neighbors. And when some snooping reveals the new neighbors are definitely not what they seem, Mr. and Mrs. Suburban find themselves along for the ride (literally) of the neighbors’ secret mission whether they like it or not.


So here’s the good news, Jon Hamm is still easy on the eyes (as is Gal Gadot, if we’re being totally honest) and there were a couple laugh-out-loud moments in the film. The bad news? That’s the end of the good news.


It wasn’t funny, but not for a lack of trying. Seemed like every other line was trying to grab a laugh but fell short. The comedy and action picked up quite a bit about halfway through the film but nowhere near enough to save it.


I give it a D for comedy and a C for action. If you’re in the mood to head to the movies this weekend, skip this one and keep looking.



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


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iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

Good Morning, Kansas City! One of the fun things we, here at iFamilyKC, do is host Kids Club Events. We love doing fun stuff all around the KC Metro, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, gives you the low down on one of our recent events at the Ceramic Cafe in Leawood. Check it out!

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!



Let me tell you that one of the greatest perks of being an iFamily KC Mom Squad Ambassador is the fact that I get to represent iFamily KC at these awesome events around town! Places that honestly I wouldn’t pass on a daily basis so unless someone else told me about it, I probably would never go. Such was the case last night when I attended Ceramic Café’s Kids Club event. This space is incredible, if you can imagine it—you can put it on a plate, a mug a bowl, a ceramic pig—they have everything ready for you. Last night was a fun Halloween themed painting where you could paint either a tile or a plate with your kiddos. Most of the kids used their hand print to make spiders and ghosts and witches—too cute! And it is so easy, simply paint or stamp anything that you can imagine they glaze it and fire it for you and 7-10 days later you have a keepsake for as long as ceramic plates last in your house!



iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!



I will share a little about my experience. As I mentioned as an iFamily KC Mom Squad Ambassador I felt pretty important. I walked in and the owner, Sara (wonderful and talented woman who I know was fed up with me when I couldn’t draw the whiskers right on my daughter’s hand cat because somehow an educated, somewhat intelligent woman like me, couldn’t figure out how the dang thing was supposed to look!) greeted me at the front and moved me and the two daughters to a table with some open spots. The space is a really nice size with several large tables set up to accommodate plenty of people. I felt like a VIP, we sat down had fresh water to wash paint brushes brought over to our table, several other incredible members of the CC team came by and asked if we needed any help and how I was liking being an ambassador. Not kidding, at this point I felt like I was sitting on a throne, my kids sitting beside me acting like angels painting their masterpieces which would probably be so good Ceramic Café would actually decide to keep them and display them.



iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!



This is when the bottom dropped out…another one of these incredible Ceramic Café employees came over with a bag of goodies (again I am thinking, “oh! Because I am VIP I get a swag bag!”). She then says that these are some advertisements they are handing out to everyone that attends these sessions today, including an opportunity to come back to the space for free. Wait, what?! So you treat everyone like this all the time? You and your staff are always this attentive and helpful and imaginative when it comes to everyone who walks in the door? Hands down, yes! Everyone was laughing and having a great time not just because of what we were doing but because the employees made us feel right at home! They helped give me an extra hand when my youngest was reaching for the paint to dump on her shirt and when my oldest was reaching for every stamp on the wall and trying to put them in a different order (“But, look! It’s a pattern, Mommy!”)



iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!



You know what would even be better than going and painting something with the kids? Not taking the kids! But really, grab a couple of friends and use all that creativity just waiting to escape. Better yet, why not have a birthday or baby shower there (have everyone paint and decorate things for the baby—what a great way to personalize and always remember who was at the shower! Plus, baby room decorating? Done!) With all the different items I saw on the shelves (I even got up close and personal with a few as I leaped to reach for them when my daughters decided to take the ceramic tea pots off the shelf to show me) there is really no end to the imagination! You know that one person on your Christmas list that is so difficult to buy for, usually a parent or grandparent? Why not have the kids paint something for them! And when you go back in to pick up your item after being glazed and fired, be sure to look at their sample sale table. As I was hurrying my kids through the door I saw some darling plates for ridiculous prices! Speaking of prices—everything was extremely reasonable and for that type of personalization, you can’t beat it.


I enjoyed this event so much and although Sara and her staff probably were wanting to see us go (if you haven’t got the point yet, my kids were behaving AWFUL!) I would have loved to stick around and done some more work! I will be going back, maybe with kids, maybe just me, after a glass of wine next door at O’Neils! Thank you to Ceramic Café for hosting this event, please check them out at 94th and Mission in Leawood, you won’t be disappointed!



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How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family

Heya, Kansas City! Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, can you believe it? Well, if you’ve been insanely busy and haven’t had a chance to plan that Halloween party you’ve been dying to throw — our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has some great tips to help you throw it together. Take a look!

How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family

How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family


I don’t know about you, but October has been crazy busy for us! Halloween will be here before you know it. My daughter has been planning a Halloween get-together for her friends. She is four- so not all ideas are realistic, and I know I won’t be able to work on this until the day before. Here are some ideas to help a time-challenged family whip up a party.

Have guests make their own treats

This works especially well for children, but adults can get in on the fun too. Not only does this save you time, it doubles as a fun activity! Examples include popcorn witch hands, spider Oreos, caramel apples, monster cookies and of course s’mores.


How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family


Classic games are classic for a reason

There are a lot of low-cost last minute games that are a ton of fun. Think of generations past for some inspiration. Bobbing for apples, toilet paper mummies, flashlight tag and even good old ghost stories. My kids LOVE bingo. You can find some free Halloween themed bingo cards to print off and use candy corn for markers. Nearly any age can play along.


How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family


Let someone else cook

I love cooking. There are so many themed food options on Pinterest, you could spend days digging through them all. It can get easy to get overwhelmed though and you may not have time to buy candy eyes, or pull apart 30 string cheeses. However, there are lots of spooky options out there to just pick up! Papa Murphy has an adorable “Frightfully Fun Jack-O-Lantern” and lets be honest, even if you get the sour cream spider web exactly right- most kids will turn up their noses anyway.


Swap Costumes

Costumes are a lot of fun. But if you’re tight on time, thrift store searching may not be an option. And if you are tight on money, costume stores may not be one either. Ask a friend if you can borrow or trade theirs from last year. This goes for kids too. There’s even a National Costume Swap Day (the second Saturday of October) and your fellow mom or friend may be just as relieved as you to not have to figure something new out.


Decorate using things you have


How to Host a Halloween Party as a Busy Family


Usually, I love to decorate for Halloween. In fact I have totes upon totes dedicated to Halloween décor. This year though, we just moved and we are in the middle of a lot of renovations. Putting anymore clutter out seems like utter madness to me. Luckily, there are a few easy alternatives. First- pumpkins. A few on the porch are good enough for me. My kids were bored- so I sent them to pick up sticks in the yard. We used some twine to tie some little ones to the end of a big one. Voilà! A witch’s broom! All that themed art work your kids bring home- hang it up! They will be happy to contribute. And lastly, free pintables. There are food labels, spooky sayings, book covers and fun pictures galore online all to print for free. Tape on the food labels to things you already have and swap out some of your framed photos (sorry last year’s school picture) for a spooky saying.


I hope these ideas help you have a howling good time at your Halloween festivities! If you have any ideas you’d like to share, please comment below.


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Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!

Fall crafts are some of the most fun! But they can also be overwhelming, time consuming, and expensive. Luckily, our fantastic Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has an easy, boredom-busting fall craft for us all to try today. Check out these adorable ghost decorations for your next crafting session.

Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!

Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!


I needed a simple craft our 1st-grade Daisy troop could manage mostly on their own and this ghost craft was easy and fun. Takes about 15-20 minutes.


Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!


What you’ll need:

Half sheets of cardstock


Cotton balls


Googly eyes

Pipecleaners or yarn



Here’s How:

  1. Cut the cardstock into a ghost shape. Confession: My original plan was to pre-cut the cardstock into ghost shapes but I ran out of time. I’m so glad I never got around to it because the all the different shapes helped make each ghost so unique. Our group of first graders had no problem cutting the paper themselves.


Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!


  1. Glue cotton balls on the ghost shape. I purposely didn’t give a lot of direction on this step. Some girls used a lot of cotton balls, some just used the cotton balls to outline their shape, some torn the cotton balls and gave their ghost a thinner layer of cotton balls. When it comes to art, there are no right or wrong ways to do things.


Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!


  1. Glue on the googly eyes. Offer an assortment and let the girls have fun mixing and matching the different shapes and colors of the eyes.


Make This Simple Fall Craft: Ghost (Boredom) Busters!


  1. Create a hanging hook. Tape a pipe cleaner or yarn loop on the back so the ghost can hang.


The art of conversation.

After the ghosts are made, get your kids to do a little creative thinking and ask them some questions like:


What’s your ghost’s name? (What about the middle and last name, too?)

Is your ghost friendly, mean or scary? Why?

How old is your ghost?

What’s your ghost’s favorite thing to eat?

What’s your ghost favorite thing to do on Halloween?



Hand out small awards to “The Scariest Ghost,” “The Silliest Ghost,” “The Craziest Ghost,” etc. Or better yet, let the kids vote.


Did you try out this craft? Show us how it turned out in the comments!


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The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

One of my favorite parts of the holidays are MOVIES. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas — there are so many great movies that really bring the spirit of the holiday alive. Halloween has fantastic films, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin breaks down the best Halloween movies for every age group. Grab some popcorn, kick your feet up, and watch one of these movies!

The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!

The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!


Halloween is almost here!! I can’t think of a better way to end the Halloween night festivities with a big bucket of popcorn, some of your kid’s trick or treat candy and a good Halloween movie! If you plan on staying in for the night you could choose a few of these and have a Halloween movie marathon! Either way, check out the following list of Halloween flicks that I’m sure your family will love!


Please note: These are broken down by age group to help you decide what may be appropriate for your child. However your child may or may not be ready for some of these movies, especially the ones in the last list. Use your own discretion!


Ages 2 and up


The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!


All of the movies in this list are animated, short and sweet, and quite possibly hold the attention of the youngest movie watchers!

Spookley the Square Pumpkin

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Room on a Broom


Ages 5 and up


The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!


A few more recent animated films on this list and a few fun light-hearted flicks!


Hotel Transylvania


Double Double Toil and Trouble

Monster House

Spooky Buddies


Ages 7 and up


The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!



Quite a few Tim Burton flicks are on this list. Those can be a bit frightening to younger ones. And a few cult classics that I bet you can’t wait to share with your kids!

Hocus Pocus

The Addams Family




The Nightmare Before Christmas

Corpse Bride



The Witches

Escape to Witch Mountain


Ages 10 and up


The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!


Enjoy these somewhat scary movies for tweens!

Harry Potter



The Haunted Mansion


Fun Size


Ages 14 and up


The Best Halloween Movies for Every Age Group!


I wanted to make sure and represent the teen crowd and young adults in this post so these movies are definitely recommended for ages 14 and up. Some of these you might save for the older teens. These are sure to scare! Wait until the little tykes have come off their sugar high and settled down for the night to check these out.




The Ring

The Blair Witch Project

The Conjuring

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Nightmare on Elm Street


What are some of your favorite Halloween movies? Let us know in the comments!



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5 Tips to Plan An Exciting Kid-Free Weekend Getaway!

Happy Sunday, Kansas City! With the craziness of the fall months, it can wear us parents out. And frankly, sometimes we need more than just a night out. We need a weekend to ourselves to reconnect and get a break from the kiddos (regardless of how much we adore them). Thankfully, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette gives 5 fantastic tips on scheduling that getaway. Check it out!

5 Tips to Plan An Exciting Kid-Free Weekend Getaway!



5 Tips to Plan An Exciting Kid-Free Weekend Getaway!


Finally have the time to go on vacation? Need a break from the reality of, well, life?! Nothing is more fitting than a kid free weekend getaway! But as a mom and as someone that is borderline OCD, I know how stressful it can be to plan, arrange and even execute a successful kid free getaway.


First off, give yourself time to plan!


Don’t try and rush your time away, you will more than likely forget something, go over budget and in some cases, end up disappointed in one way or another. Try to plan your weekend getaway at least one month in advance. That will give you time to really look around for deals, local attractions and if you are like me, read every review you can find! Remember, before you book your destination, make sure you read their cancellation policy! Can you get a refund? Can you reschedule? All that jazz…


Leave your children with someone they are comfortable with.


One thing you definitely don’t want is your child giving them such a hard time that they are forced to call you… TRUST ME! Make sure they enjoy their time there and you know that they are willing to follow your rules and schedule. You will be able to relax a lot more knowing that things back home are solid!


Lists, reservations, confirmation numbers, and directions


Once you have those ducks in a row, make a list of places or things you are going to do and a list of alternatives, call and make reservations, print confirmation numbers and directions! It’s no fun and really annoying when you have a plan that gets canceled because of weather or because the wait time at a romantic restaurant is over 2 hours! As much as we rely on our phones for numerus things, having directions printed, saved or even just written down can be a life saver. I can’t count how many times my phone signal would get lost driving out in no man’s land. So just to be on the safe side, keep a set of directions that don’t require service!


Packing, packing, packing


When it comes to packing, I have one simple rule. “Days x 2.5!” Pack 2 outfits per day then throw in one or two alternative outfits incase a sudden change in weather or change in plans. Be prepared! When it comes to shoes, accessories, makeup and all that, bring a few options as well. You never know what the weekend will hold!


Have fun!


Last of all and probably the most important thing, HAVE FUN! Relax, take in the scenery and let the stress of the week go away. Listen to your favorite music, have a drink or two and just have a good time! As parents, we don’t get enough time off or breaks, we are literally 24/7… and as much as we try to keep it together, we need our time!

So next time you are planning a kid free getaway, I hope you will remember these little tips to make your getaway even more memorable!

Let us know your favorite tips for scheduling a weekend getaway. Share in the comments!

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5 Tips to Plan an Exciting & Kid-Free Weekend Getaway



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Think Out of the Box for Your Next Date Night at SoT Bar!

We here at iFamilyKC spend a lot of time posting ideas for you and your families, but sometimes the parents need a night to themselves! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, had a chance to check out SoT bar and has a great interview with the owner. So, if you’re looking for a unique date night, this is your place. Check it out!

Think Out of the Box for Your Next Date Night at SoT Bar!


Think Out of the Box for Your Next Date Night at SoT Bar!

It’s not often my husband and I get a night to ourselves, so when we do have the chance to get out of the house sans kids, I like to make it count by doing something fun and different. If you’re like me, I’ve got a date night recommendation for you. I recently checked out SoT, a new bar near the Power & Light District. Owner Ron Berg, a photographer in KC, teamed up with some seriously talented folks and together they’ve created a new twist on date nights—and cocktails. Forget about dinner and a show, at this bar the drinks are the show.

I was able to connect with Berg after my visit for a little Q&A to learn more about this bar that appears to have invented its own category in KC.

Q: Ok, first explain the name SoT:

A: We were running thru dozens of names and they all sounded like the typical bar name or hipster name. Then we started thinking of acronyms like Soho or Noho. We are just south of Truman Road, and first played with with Soto but it sounded to much like Toto the dog. So I googled Sot. And the term “sot” came up as a “drunkard” in old British English. So at that point it was a slam dunk to call it SoT, and if people want to call it “Sot” we’re fine with that as well.

Q: What’s the vibe like inside?

A: We would like to call it a bit of gritty glamour with Moroccan/Italian/arabesque touches. There are also little nods to Harry Truman here and there. Even though the bar is not about him.

Q: I think the cocktails your bartender, Erik Mariscal, created are like mini works of art. How do you describe them?

A: Elevated cocktails that take an unpretentious approach to creative molecular gastronomy. I know that sounds pretentious, but we are trying to bring something different to KC that you may see in other cities, but not quite here yet.

A: I’ve tried the Interactive Dirty Martini and the Clarified Milk Punch. Both were like delicious magic potions. What’s your favorite cocktail on the menu?

I like boozy cocktails so I’m partial to Erik’s current interactive drink, The Cocktail in the Rocks, which is a cocktail inside of a large round ice cube that you break open with a small bar tool that we serve with it to unleash your cocktail from the ice sphere. Very fun to do!

A: Chef Mark Dandurand, previously from the Local Pig, created the snacks/apps menu. So, it’s a no brainer to try the food, too, right?

Yes indeed. He also has mad skills. SoT’s snacks are the perfect size, but hearty. And there is something on our snacks menu for everyone, from vegans to meat eaters.

A: What else is happening in SoT’s neighborhood that you would recommend as part of a date night out? 

The Record bar is across the street, you are just a block from Sprint Center and both Midland Theatre & Performing Arts center are just a few blocks away. The light rail is 2 blocks away and, of course, being in the Crossroads you have all the wonderful art galleries throughout the district.

SoT is located at 1521 Grand Blvd in KC, MO. It’s open Monday-Saturday 4PM-1:30AM. The cocktails and small plates menus change seasonally.

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

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18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen

There’s nothing like seeing time fly before your eyes quite like holidays with your kids. One minute you’re searching for ladybug costumes and the next you’re sending them off to haunted houses and parties. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Leah, knows this feeling all too well and has some great tips for celebrating Halloween with the tween or teen in your life! Check it out.

18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen


18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen


Can you believe that it is already October? My goodness where has the time gone? Speaking of wondering where the time has gone… I can’t believe that same little boy that I once dressed up as an elephant is now fourteen. Man, I miss dressing him up and going on our trick or treating adventures together. I also really miss going to his classroom parties!

However, just because he is grown up doesn’t mean we have to stop celebrating together! There is still so much to do. We now enjoy going over to our friend’s house on Halloween and having a bonfire. We all get to sit together and see all the trick or treaters in action. My son actually really enjoys seeing the little kids all dressed up, and I enjoy seeing him exchange interactions with them as well. I have to admit it is my favorite part of Halloween as well. Who doesn’t melt at seeing a mini princess or a handsome little pirate? I know I sure do!

Now that he is older we can do so many things we couldn’t do when he was younger. So, as sad as it may be that he is getting older… it is pretty exciting too!

Here are some of the activities we have gone to together or are planning on going to this October!


Outings In and Around the Metro


#1 Hospital of Horrors


18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen


Despite not actually being a haunted house, The Glore Psychiatric Museum is as frightening an attraction you’ll visit regardless of the time of year. A former psychiatric hospital known as State Lunatic Asylum No. 2, the St. Joseph destination offers visitors a glimpse into the real-life horrors that went on at the clinic, including an exhibit featuring hundreds of objects one patient swallowed during her stay. Unnerving mannequins are prevalent as well, illustrating the near-barbaric procedures many patients were subjected to, making for one creepy visit. Address:

3406 Frederick Ave.

St. Joseph, MO 64506


#2 Macabre Cinema Haunted House


18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen


Many can handle the scares set up in a horror film, but far fewer are brave enough to stand up to the frights in real life. Macabre Cinema does just that, putting travelers into spooky scenes from classic and contemporary horror movies. To add to the authenticity, portions of actual movie sets are included in the four-story West Bottoms haunted hotspot, including from both The Mummy and Hellraiser. Some of film’s most memorable characters are sure to be spotted in this nightmare-fueling adventure.

Address: Macabre Cinema: 1222 W 12th St.

Kansas City, MO 64101

Price: $27 per ticket and discounts available for multi-house tickets
Hours: Opens Sept. 23 through Nov. 5. Evenings 8 p.m. and closes when we call cut to this 4D experience. (Friday/Saturday through Oct. 8, Thursday-Saturday beginning Oct. 13 plus Sunday Oct. 23 and 30. Also, open Halloween, Monday, October 31.) Saturdays in October opens at 7:30.

Macabre Cinema Haunted House takes you from the screen to SCREAM. See the action of classic and contemporary horror scenes through a haunted 1930’s movie theatre with 4 floors of thrill and an option to take a daring dash down the 4 story bat pole. Actual movie sets from The Mummy and Hellraiser movies are part of the attraction.


#3 A Fearful Fall Tradition

18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen

Worlds of Fun becomes Worlds of Fright with Halloween Haunt, the Midwest’s largest Halloween event and one of KC’s most fearful fall traditions. Every Friday and Saturday night during the month of October, the family-friendly park transforms into one of the scariest destinations in town as the otherworldly Overlord awakens his army of ghouls each evening. Featuring 13 extreme haunts, more than 500 monsters, spooky shows and chilling thrill rides, the Haunt promises Halloween terror for everyone 14 years old and up.

Address: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64161-9302


#4 Midland Railway

18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen

Train Robberies! October 15 & 16, 2016. Trains depart every hour each day, starting at 10am and last train departs at 4pm.

$10.00 per person. Get your tickets online!


#5 Ghost Tours


18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen


The John Wornall House is often regarded as one of the most haunted locations in Kansas City. Join us for one of our popular Ghost Tours to find out why! Take a one-hour tour of the house and hear about some of the spookiest sightings in the house, learn about the gruesome Civil War history that gave the house its haunted reputation and end the evening with a special presentation from the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.

Friday, October 21
Tours leave at 6:30, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, and 8:15.
[7:00, 7:30, 8:00 & 8:30 PM SOLD OUT]

Saturday, October 22
Tours leave at 6:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, and 7:45.
[8:00, 8:15, & 8:30 PM SOLD OUT]

Friday, October 28
Tours leave at 6:30, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 8:00, and 8…:30.
[7:00, 7:30 & 8:15 PM SOLD OUT]

Saturday, October 29
Tours leave at 6:45, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, and 8:00.
[6:30, 7:00, 8:15 & 8:30 PM SOLD OUT]

$15 per person. Tours leave every 15 minutes and last approximately one hour. Arrive early to enjoy a snack and hot beverage in the carriage house before your tour. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended – walk-ins will be accepted as space permits, but many tour times will sell out!


#6 GLOW Jack-o-Lantern Festival


18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen


This event takes place on October 14th and 15th from 6-10 p.m. Visitor Center activities will open at 4 p.m.

GLOW Jack-O-Lantern Festival is a spellbinding Halloween experience at Powell Gardens. More than 700 hand-carved Jack-O-Lanterns will light a one-mile trail through the Gardens. Enjoy incredible jack-o-lantern scenes along the way. This year’s path is new and improved!
Festival admission:
$12/adults, $10/seniors, $5/kids 5-12, free/kids under 5 and Gold-level or above members. Click the ticket link or call Linda at 816-697-2600 x209 now to reserve your tickets! You can also purchase tickets at the gatehouse when you arrive.

NOTE: Each day, Visitor Center activities begin at 4 p.m., hayrides begin at 5 p.m. ($3), and the jack-o-lantern trail opens at 6 p.m.
Before or after you walk the trail, enjoy these activities:

Visitor Center – The building will be transformed into a Halloween wonderland! Enjoy pumpkin painting, popcorn, food in the cafe or at the grill, beer and wine at the bar, temporary tattoos, and voting for your favorite jumbo jack-o-lantern!

Harvest Hayrides – Enjoy a rustic, 20-minute hayride! This is a fun way to experience a bit of country wilderness in the dark! Tickets $3/person (kids 2 and under = free).

Festival Stop – At the midpoint on the trail walk, take a break at the bonfire and enjoy food and drinks from 5 vendors, as well as beer and wine at the bar! Also check out a live pumpkin carving demonstration and an exhibition of work by master carver Rudy Garcia! NOTE: Please bring cash, as some food vendors might not accept credit cards.


#7 The Lenexa Chili Challenge
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
6 – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Old Town Lenexa
Santa Fe Trail Drive & Pflumm Road, Lenexa, Kan.

Free Admission

Free samples on Saturday (while supplies last)


#8 Haunted Corn Maze

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Come on out in your favorite Halloween costume to Sylvia Bailey Farm Park. You can roam through the Haunted Maze and take a hay ride. Other activities will be available as well, like pumpkin bowling, Hay Mountain climbing, camp fires, the kids favorite Corn Box and more! Concessions will be available throughout the evening. $5.00/person and 3 and under are free.


#9 Ghost Hunting 101

My son, his father, and I attended a Haunted Trolley ride in Atchison Kansas about 8 years ago. We had so much fun. We would totally go back. I included several activities they have going on in October. However, they have way too many activities to list. Hop on their website and see what all they have to offer. You could make a whole day of ghostly activities to do as a family. If you are super brave you could even stay the night in Atchison’s Scariest haunted house. Below I have featured two of their actitivites.

Learn the basics of ghost hunting on a budget with this dynamic brother and sister investigating team. Keli Adams of Adams Family Paranormal is an avid Ghost hunter and Paranormal Enthusiast, who has been investigating for over 25 years. Her little brother Rob has been investigating different phenomenon for over 11 years. Together they will explain the beginning tools of the trade to begin investigating on your own! You will receive information on the different types of ghosts/energies, the correct protocol for conducting a valid investigation and also the basics of analyzing data. There have been pictures and data that have been captured from the famous historical Theatre Atchison building!

Check in 10 min before event.

Tickets: $35 per person


#10 Sallie’s Haunted House Self-Guided Daytime Tours

For those afraid of things that go bump in the night, the faint-of-heart, schools or clubs, the Sallie House is open for daytime tours by reservation only. Take a self-guided tour of Atchison’s most famous haunted home.

This self-guided tour allows visitors to explore at their own pace. Take 20 minutes. Take an hour. It’s up to you. Pull out your cameras and try to catch some paranormal events on film or on video! But don’t miss this chance to explore the most haunted of them all! Arrive any time during designated tour time. You can pick up your ticket at the Santa Fe Depot anytime the day of your tour but you must have a ticket to enter the house.

Tickets: $10


Things to do at Home

I was going to go get our mail and saw that two of our neighbors had decorated their front doors. I thought this was too cute! It looks like they just took plain table clothes and used items to create their own door cover. I have also included a link to find additional ideas and instructions on how to make your own. The two pictures below are of my actual neighbors doors.


18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen

#11 Host Your Own Halloween Party

Here are a few links for inspiration on how host your own Halloween party! What a cute idea.

Celebrate Halloween as a Teenager

Throwing a Halloween Party in 5 Easy Steps!


#12 Host a game of Glow-in-the-Dark Capture The Flag

As the evenings are getting cooler, it’s the perfect time for a heart-thumping, sweat-dripping night game of CAPTURE THE FLAG. Glow stick-style.

18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen


Here’s how to play

  1. Gather a big group of friends who aren’t afraid of the dark and like to chase each other.  Divide up into 2 teams.
  2. Review how to play capture the flag. See instructions here: https://www.thegamegal.com/2010/10/28/capture-the-flag/
  3. Get your glow-on. You will need 2 glow sticks of different colors – these will be the flags. Each player will need 2 glow bracelets, one for each wrist, the same colors as the flags. Half of your group will wear one color for their team. The other half will wear the second color.
  4. Don’t activate your sticks until just before you are ready to play.

Here are a few tips:

– Players can’t hide their glow bracelets under any clothing.

– If a flag (glow stick) that has been stolen is dropped it must be returned to the original area

– Agree on specific jail rules. For example, if a player touches the jail, everyone is freed and gets a free walk back but they have to go back to their side before they can try to steal the flag. The person freeing the prisoners can still get tagged at any point

– You can also play this rousing game indoors using a gym or basketball court. Select two corners of the room for jail and put the flags (glow sticks) there on either end. Activate your sticks and turn off the lights!


#13 Host a Murder Mystery Party “Clue” Style

18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen

I just love this idea. Teens can still dress up by hitting up a Thrift store and finding outfits to where that fit their part. Check out Pinterest or the link below for menu ideas, scripts, and costume ideas for the party.


#14 Halloween Mystery Boxes

18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Tween or Teen


I loved this idea. My son would really enjoy this too. My thought is I will make several that he will not know what is in them and he can do the same for me. I will then blind fold him and have him touch them/ guess what they are.


#15 Make Halloween decorations for the house together

Here’s an easy way to spruce up your home and get the older ones involved.


#16 Host a Bring Your Own Pumpkin (BYOP) Party

Have each guest bring their own pumpkin and you supply paint and carving tools. Then host a contest of “most creative pumpkin”, “most unique pumpkin”, and “most festive pumpkin”, etc. Let the kiddos watch a Halloween themed movie.  Make some popcorn and throw in some candy corn… you got yourself a party!


#17 Make Caramel Apples together


#18 Look up ghost stories online together or create your own


Whatever it is you choose to do… just embrace the fact that you are doing something together. These memories will last forever .Your kids will never forget that you cared enough to take the time to invest in them!

What are some ways you celebrate Halloween with your older kiddos? Give us your ideas in the comments!

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Three Creative Ways to Stay Active This Fall

The weather is (FINALLY) cooling down, and fall is here! It’s the best (in my opinion) time to get out and active, especially for those of us that aren’t exactly thrilled with working out. Our Mom Squad Ambassador has a few creative suggestions to get us all out and moving this fall! Check it out!

Three Creative Ways to Stay Active This Fall


3 Simple Tips for Staying Active This Fall

I love working out. I love getting up in the morning before anyone else and just sweating out all the stress and toxins. It is my favorite thing after a long stressful day to put on my running shoes and just run for miles and then for good measure round it off with a few burpees—the perfect ending to my day. I am also lying to you—every single word of this is a lie. To me, a burpee was a rag that I used to save my work clothes when I had to throw one of the kids on my shoulder before putting her in the car seat! Am I anti-working out? Of course not!

I appreciate those women and men who make it a part of their routine to get in workouts before and after work. I have a good friend that is now in the best shape of his life—it took a lot of work and dedication but he did it. I personally, just don’t have it. I can’t think of any part of it that I do like and you know what, that is okay because I have found other ways to be healthy and keep my sanity in the process. So while you are running on the treadmill tonight feel free to take a glance at some ideas to stay healthy this fall and winter!


First of all, put the candy down!


Three Creative Ways to Stay Active This Fall


Yep, I realize that it is just sitting there; the Halloween stash, the Easter stash, the Halloween stash still from last year—all of it going to waste right before your eyes. It’s okay to throw this away, in fact it will help on organizing as well. I would love to give you a tip on somewhere that you could donate it to but it’s just better to go ahead and throw that out. I once used leftover (and on sale) Easter candy in a St. Patrick’s Day parade (yeah, a year later) and to my surprise, chocolate does go bad! Throw it out!


Get outside!

Three Creative Ways to Stay Active This Fall


I don’t know about you but I have been waiting for this weather for about four months now, so the excuse of “It’s just too hot outside” won’t work any longer. It’s amazing how much better you feel when taking in some of that fresh autumn air. Bring the kids and spouse, or don’t! If I had to guess there will be other people outside as well—don’t be alarmed, they are good people called neighbors! No place to walk around your house? No problem, there are also a number of amazing parks and outdoor shopping malls in this city, getting out and walking some of them wouldn’t be a bad idea either.


While you are outside, you may notice there is some work to do in the yard.

Three Creative Ways to Stay Active This Fall


Take a Saturday and do some honey-do’s around the house. The average person can burn about 350 calories in an hour of leaf-raking, and then they will burn another 350 calories raking them up again when the kids come and jump in the piles! And just you wait for that first snow! 400-600 calories per hour shoveling snow! You will be at the window hoping for snow just as much as the kids!

Ever carried a pumpkin across a field that is “somewhat” cleared of corn stalks and vines? To some this may make them very angry—to me this is my work-off-the-caramel-apple-croissant- donut-from-this-morning-workout! Those pumpkins can sometimes be 10 pounds or more which is a pretty good little arm workout! Plus when you are dodging vines, other pumpkins and children it adds a whole other dimension to the workout. And you have to take that pumpkin to the car, then take it out and either decorate or carve it when you get home—all calorie burners!

All joking aside, working out is essential to keeping our bodies healthy so we can do the everyday things we need to do. But I get it, it is really hard with life getting in the way and taking time out for a class is sometimes the last thing on our minds. However, it is also really important to take some time for ourselves. The everyday things can pile up quickly and that health can go away just as quick. Consider making a 4th quarter resolution to yourself– paying attention to that inner voice that keeps everything in check. And if you can squeeze in a Zumba or Yoga class when possible; there are always Groupons for studios around the city improving the health of your wallet too.

Enjoy this time of year, pretty soon we will be complaining about how cold it is or how much snow we are expected to get. But remember those 400-600 calories burned! Makes you kind of want to do a burpee doesn’t it?!

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Check Out These Spooky (and Safe) Trunk or Treats Around the Metro!

We are counting down the days to Halloween here at iFamilyKC. Lucky for all of us Kansas City folks, there are a ton of activities around the metro — including trunk or treat opportunities. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin gives a huge list of areas around the metro to check out. Do you have one to add? Leave us a comment with the information!

Check Out These Spooky (& Safe) Trunk or Treats Around the Metro!

Check Out These Spooky (& Safe) Trunk or Treats
Around the Metro!

Good evening KC! Halloween is just around the corner and I hope this season finds you and your little ghosts and goblins getting ready for some trick or treating! If you are looking for a safe alternative to neighborhood trick or treating or just looking for some extra fun Halloween activities for your family, check out these awesome places around the metro that are offering trunk or treating and much more! And if your organization is having a trunk or treat event, be sure to let us know in the comments!

360 Gymnastics

Boo Bash, October 30th 1-3pm, Ages 12 and under, $12. Come enjoy games, crafts, dancing, mazes and more.

Zona Rosa

Northland SAFE Trick or Treat, October 31st 5-9pm, Ages 4-12, FREE. Includes a haunted house, games and giveaways. KCPD will be passing out candy.

Kansas City Zoo

Boo at the Zoo, October 29-30, 9:30am-5pm, FREE for FOTZ members, event is included with regular zoo admission. Trick or Treat different stations throughout the zoo and enjoy different Halloween themed activities.

Science City at Union Station

Spookfest, October 29th, 5-8pm, $7, $5 for Union Station members. Hands-on science activities and labs, snacks, Maker Magic, spooky science stage shows and demonstrations.

Mercury Gymnastics 

Halloween Spooktacular, October 28th, 6pm, FREE admission, tickets available for purchase for extra activities, games, obstacle courses, cake walk, mazes, face painting, trick or treating through the gym

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Kid Safe Halloween, October 29th, 11am-3pm, FREE. Trick or treat throughout the Shoal Creek village. Wear your costume and bring a treat bag!

Sunflower House

Pumpkin Palooza, October 22nd, 9am-1pm. FREE. Games, face painting, trunk or treat, live entertainment, baked goods and painted pumpkins for sale.

Mahaffie Farmstead

Trick or Treat OFF the street, October 29th, 4pm, $3, Ages 3 and up. Horse drawn hay ride, games, crafts, candy stations

Alldredge Orchards

Fall Family Fun Night- October 16th, 4-7pm, $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Hayrides, face painting, hot dogs, smores, live music and games

Fun Run

2nd Annual Trunk or Treat – October 21st, 6pm-8pm, $3. Come trick or treat outside and then come inside for some bouncy house fun!

We Rock the Spectrum Gym

Not-so-spooky Costume Party, October 28th, 6-8pm, $18 per child, Adults are FREE. Pre-registration required. Enjoy a sensory friendly environment, meet and greet with Batman, Spiderman, Elsa and Anna, candy-free trunk or treat, games, prizes, open play on the equipment.

Olathe Bible Church

Trunk or Treat 2016 – October 29th 2-4pm, Trunk or treat, games, drinks, bounce houses and more. FREE.

Liberty Hospital

Trunk or TreatOctober 29th 3-5pm, Trunk or treat, FREE community event, local fire, police and sheriff deputies will be there.

Autism Works Liberty, MO

Trunk or Treat – October 29th 4:30-5:30pm. FREE

Eastside Baptist Church 

Trunk or Treat October 30th, 4pm-6pm, FREE

Blue Springs Assembly

Trunk or Treat – October 31st, 6pm-7:30pm, Candy, hot dogs, hot chocolate, games, inflatables. FREE.

Abundant Life Baptist Church

Light the Night trunk or treat – October 31st, 6pm-8pm. FREE

Independence First United Methodist Church

Tailgate ‘N Treat, October 30th Noon-2pm, hotdogs, popcorn, face painting, balloon artist, games, trunk or treat. FREE.

Unity Village

Trunk or Treat – October 30th, 3-5pm, FREE

New Life Family Church KCK

Trunk or Treat, October 31st, 5:30pm-7pm, FREE

Have a trunk or treat event we didn’t list? Let us know in the comments!


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