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Simple And Fun No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Hey Kansas City! Time sure is going by fast.. I mean wasn’t it JUST September?! Seriously where did it go? Well one thing we know for sure is that these Fall months mean one thing, PUMPKINS!  Bridgette, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad has some great no carve pumpkin ideas for you!

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Simple And Fun No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

I have tons around my house already and I am still on the hunt for more lol. There is just something about Fall and Pumpkins! As a family that does not observe Halloween, it can be kind of difficult for the kiddos to enjoy their pumpkins as much as I do. I mean I am totally ok with just sticking them in my front hall for decoration! The kids…not so much! While they do love pumpkins, they tend to get bored with plain ones. So, this year, we decided that when they get their pumpkins, we can do some fun alternatives to jack-o- lanterns! So, if you or your family don’t observe Halloween (or you just don’t feel like carving a pumpkin), which takes a lot of time and skill, check out these super cute ideas that everyone will love!


Character pumpkins are so cute and can really be done in anyway. All you need is some paint, markers and maybe a few craft items (eyes, hair, accessories). Plus, what kiddos doesn’t love having their favorite character around! Check out these ideas that kiddos will love!

Pete The Cat Pumpkin

Superhero Pumpkin

Olaf Pumpkin

Minion Pumpkin

Ninja Turtles Pumpkin

Elsa Inspired Pumpkin

Rainbow Dash Pumpkin

Emoji Pumpkin


Artsy pumpkins are some of the easiest ways to be creative. You can make a unique pumpkin that is fitting to your style and home decor. Yet, these kinds of pumpkins can also look the most complicated. Check out these simple artsy pumpkin ideas!

Melted Crayon

Spilled Ice Cream Pumpkin

Photo Pumpkin

Gratitude Pumpkin

Galaxy Pumpkin

Donut Pumpkin

No Mess/ Toddler Friendly

Let’s be honest, craft time can be really messy and chaotic, especially if you have more than one crafter on your hands. These easy, no mess and toddler friendly pumpkin ideas are perfect for a quick craft break!

Washi Tape Pumpkin

Tissue Paper Pumpkins

Confetti Pumpkin

Alphabet Pumpkin

This alphabet pumpkin idea can be used in many different ways as well. Instead of doing numbers or letters, you can also use themed stickers like farm animals, fruits and veggies or colors too!

All of these ideas are simple yet creative enough to keep everyone entertained!

What are you planning to do with your pumpkins this year?

From iFamily to Yours,

Trick or Treating and Halloween Events Around The Kansas City Metro

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!

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Trick or Treating, Halloween Parade & more!

Summit Lanes – Trick or Treat Bowl, October 28th, 1pm, $15 per adult/child team, prizes for costumes.  More info here.

Zona Rosa – Northland SAFE Trick or Treat, October 31st 5-9pm, Ages 4-12, FREE.  Includes a haunted house, games and giveaways. Candy and TONS of fun!

Kansas City Zoo – Boo at the Zoo, October 28-29th, 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 28th, 5-8pm, $8, $6 for Union Station members. Hands-on science activities and labs, snacks, creepy critters and eerie edibles, costume contest, spooky science stage shows and demonstrations. More info here.

Jump City – Friday, October 27th from 6-9pm your family can enjoy games, goodie bags, unlimited playtime, meet your favorite character, and enter to wins for free jump passes! $10 admission for kids. More info here.

Urban Air – Kids can enjoy JumperRoo playtime on October 31st from 9:00am-noon for preschool and toddler playtime! More info here.

SEALIFE Kansas City – Underwater Pumpkin Carving, October 21-22nd, 28-29th, 11am and 1pm. Included with regular admission. More info here.

LEGOLAND KC – Brick or Treat, Oct 21-22, 28th-29th. More info here.

Mid-Continent Public Library – MCPL branches have Halloween fun all month long all across the metro area. These activities are FREE for families. More info here.

Sky Zone Lee’s Summit – Sunday, October 29th Halloween Parade & Jump Toddler Time. $12.99 admission per child includes one free adult jump from 9am-11am. Scoop Here.

Halloween Parade at the Independence Square – Saturday, October 28th FREE parade, face-painting, candy, and more. More info here.

Free Petting Zoo at Paradise Park – October 28th FREE petting zoo fun for the family! More info here.

Gymboree – Gymb-o-ween Costume Party, October 27th, 6pm. $15 members/$20 nonmembers. Dress up little ones for a spooktacular costume party and Halloween bash, parade, craft, snack, parachute and bubble time. More info here.

Mercury Gymnastics – Halloween Spooktacular, October 27th, 6pm-9pm, 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 28th, 11am-3pm, FREE. Trick or treat throughout the Shoal Creek village. Wear your costume and bring a treat bag!

Sunflower House – Pumpkin Palooza, October 21st, 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 28th, 3pm-6pm, $3, Ages 3 and up.  Horse drawn hay ride, games, crafts, candy stations

Alldredge Orchards – Fall Family Fun Night- October 27th, 5-8pm, $5 in advance, $6 per person ages 2 and up. Hayrides, campfires, free marshmallows, spooky stories, food and fun!

Fun Run – 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat – October 20th, 6pm-7:30pm, $5.  Trick or treat outside and go inside for some bouncy house fun!

We Rock the Spectrum Gym – Not-so-spooky Costume Party, October 27th, 10am-1pm, regular admission rates apply. Enjoy a sensory friendly environment, games, crafts, cookie decorating, open play on the equipment.

Olathe Bible Church – Trunk or Treat 2017 – October 28th 2-4pm, FREE.

Liberty Hospital – Trunk or TreatOctober 28th 3pm, Trunk or treat, FREE community event, TRUCK or TREAT event with trash trucks, tow trucks, zoo mobile and more!

Autism Works Liberty, MO – Trunk or Treat – October 28th 4pm. FREE

Eastside Baptist Church, Independence, MO – Trunk or Treat October 29th, 4pm-6pm, Come out for some sweet trunks and some spooky characters and free candy! FREE for families. Located at the

Blue Springs Assembly – Costume Carnival – October 28th, 2-4pm, Carnival rides, games, prizes, inflatables, food. FREE

Trick or Treat Downtown Liberty- October 31st 5-7pm. Trick or Treat downtown Liberty businesses

Independence First United Methodist Church- Trunk or Treat, October 29th 12:30-2:30pm, hotdogs, popcorn, face painting, balloon artist, games, trunk or treat. FREE.

Have a Spooktacular Time!

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40 Fall Bucket List Ideas Your Family Will LOVE

Fall is a great time for making memories!  Apple picking, pumpkin patches, baking and snuggling up with some warm apple cider and just a few of our favorites!  Liz, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad shares some fall bucket list ideas for your family to enjoy this fall!  Take a look…

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40 Fall Bucket List Ideas Your Family Will LOVE

Now that the season of pumpkin spice is here, I have compiled a family bucket list to make this fall the best ever!

  • Roast marshmallows, either outside or use an indoor fireplace
  • Carve pumpkins together
  • Take a hayrack ride
  • Visit an area fall festival
  • Go camping in your backyard
  • Enjoy a foggy morning walk together
  • Create your Halloween costumes together
  • Bake Halloween treats
  • Go apple picking at a local orchard
  • Snuggle up and eat chili
  • Decorate your porch with fall flair
  • Visit a local pumpkin patch together
  • DIY fall crafts together
  • Get lost in a corn maze
  • Sit outside with hot chocolate while telling spooky stories and telling funny jokes
  • Have a slumber party on the living room floor while watching Halloween movies
  • Open the windows to let in the crisp fall air in
  • Make pumpkin bread, pumpkin dip and caramel apples
  • Discover a new place to explore for colorful full leaves
  • Walk or run in a local race together
  • Tailgate together at a local football game
  • Get spooked in a haunted house together
  • Trick or Treat as a family
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest with sausages and German food
  • Host a potluck Halloween party
  • Do a nature scavenger hunt together
  • Sip on apple cider
  • Bake a pumpkin and an apple pie
  • Jump in a pile of leaves
  • Host a family trunk or treat in your neighbor
  • Decorate the inside and outside of the house for Halloween
  • Check out fall and Halloween books from the library
  • Decorate and send out Halloween cards
  • Make a festive fall wreath
  • Create a countdown to Halloween
  • Go star gazing
  • Donate to a food bank or food pantry
  • Host a family garage sale
  • Rake a neighbor’s yard
  • Visit a local farmers market

Take some time to search around for more ideas around your area to do for the next few weeks. Look up easy recipes and craft projects for your family to do together. When in doubt, grab a pumpkin spice latte sure and refer back to this list to keep your family’s fall season full of fun!

From iFamily to Yours,

5 Spooktacular Ideas For Celebrating Halloween in the Classroom

 Halloween is going to be here before we know it!  Here is Ruth, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad with some spooky ideas for celebrating Halloween in the classroom!

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5 Spooktacular Ideas For Celebrating Halloween in the Classroom

Halloween comes around once a year, and there are a lot of ways to make it special without adding lots of sugar and hyper kids into the mix. Many of you are already planning out ways to help your child’s classroom celebrate this year. Here are a few ideas that are great for the classroom!

#1 Do-It-Yourself Games & Activities 

DIY games are a great way to celebrate parties at school. Most of the time they are cheap and use items that you can find at home such as ghost bowling.

Items: bowling pins or empty water bottles, crepe or toilet paper, googly eyes or black paper and a small ball. The kids can even help prepare the activity. For directions and other DIY party games check out this link from Good Housekeeping.

#2 Skip the Sweets 

Non-candy Halloween treats are a delicious and healthy idea for the classroom party. There are a lot of fun and healthy alternatives that can be made at home and sent in without giving every child a sugar buzz. Mini mummy pizzas, ghost bananas and spider crackers are just a few ideas to get you started. Listotic.com has 64 ideas to choose from.

#3 Get a Little Crafty 

Crafts are usually a winner with kids. They love things that are hands on and it’s also the best way to teach young ones new skills. Parents.com has some fun ideas for party crafts that kids can create at school as well as some other fun ideas for costumes and decorations. These ideas are simple to create and there are video tutorials for some of them as well!

#4 Don’t Be Too Scared to Keep it Fit 

Make it a fit Halloween by adding in some themed movement activities. You can do a Halloween dance party, do story yoga, spider parachute toss, zombie tag or a variety of other exercises that will be fun to get them up and moving. These activities are geared toward PE teachers but they would work well out on the playground too! GopherSport.com has some great ideas for Halloween!

#5 Every Good Ghoul and Goblin Loves to Read 

Get those kids reading with Halloween themed books and songs.  Fortunately, there are books out there for all ages at the school library or book fair. You can do buddy reading or a group story time. You can make it more fun with puppets, finger plays, or let kids act it out and tell the story to each other. The more participation that is included, the more fun it will be for everyone. Here are some fun book ideas for younger elementary kids from StorytimeKatie.com.

I hope you find some of these ideas useful for this year’s Halloween party!

From iFamily to Yours,


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,



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