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Halloween Candy Buy Back Kansas City

Halloween is almost upon us here in the metro area and we’re excited to see all the adorable kiddos dressed up around town next week. Like many of you, I try to limit the amount of sugary treats my daughter consumes on a daily basis and, despite our system for dolling out candy, we always seem to find ourselves with an over abundance of treats after Halloween.

Did you know that there are places that will buy (yes, BUY) your child’s Halloween candy from them after the trick-or-treating is over?! We’ve done the research for you, so you don’t have to, and have found spots all around Kansas City that are offering some pretty great incentives to get rid of your stash this year. Take a look…

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween Candy Buy Back Kansas City

#1 Enhance Dental Care

What to bring:

Bring bagged candy, up to 10 pounds.

What you’ll get:

$1 per pound (up to 10 lbs.) and a gift with coupons in addition to the money.


November 1st, 2nd, and 6th


3514 Clinton Pkwy G
Lawrence, KS, 66047

What they’ll do with it:

Donating candy to the troops through Operation Gratitude. 

Contact them for more details:

Phone: (785) 832-2882
Email: patrickm@enhancedentalcare.net

#2 The Learning Tree

What to bring:

At least one pound of candy in zip lock bags.

What you’ll get:

$5 off coupon for a regular priced item, one per family.


After Halloween


4004 West 83rd St
Prairie Village, KS, 66208

What they’ll do with it:

They’ll be donating the candy to veterans.

Contact them for more details:

Phone: 913 385-1234
Email: janegirson@the-learning-tree.com

#3 Blue Springs Dentistry

What to bring:


What you’ll get:

Discounted services for the office, $50 off coupon.


First week of November


1205 NE Coronado
Blue Springs, MO, 64014

What they’ll do with it:

Donate it to troops.

Contact them for more details:

Phone: (816) 228-4090
Email: saltkovskag@pacden.com

#4 My Kids Dentist

What to bring:


What you’ll get:

Discounted services for the office, $50 off coupon.


First week of November


1205 NE Coronado
Blue Springs, MO, 64014

What they’ll do with it:

Donate it to troops.

Contact them for more details:

Phone: (816) 228-4090
Email: saltkovskag@pacden.com


#5 Foster Dental Care

What to bring:

Bagged candy, up to five pounds.

What you’ll get:

$1 for every pound of candy, up to five pounds.


November 1st and 2nd 8am to 5pm daily.


2150 NW South Outer Road
Blue Springs, MO, 64015

What they’ll do with it:

They’ll be sending candy to Operation Gratitude. You can also include cards and items to send to the troops.

Contact them for more details:

Phone: (816) 228-6988
Email: rebeca@fosterdentalcare.com

In our search for places that will buy back your Halloween candy in Kansas City, we found a few additional spots that have offered it in the past that you can check out on your own:

The Temple Congregation, B’nai Jehudah
12320 Nall Avenue
Overland Park, KS, 66209
Phone: 816-506-6430

Adjusted For Life Family Chiropractic
105 S. Jefferson, Suite B3
Kearney, MO, 64060
Phone: 816.281.8300
Email: drzoeshelden@gmail.com

Options for Donating Your Candy: 

Soldier’s Angels 

Operation Gratitude

Operation Shoebox

Ronald McDonald House 

Call our local Kansas City Ronald McDonald location for rules for donating candy before heading in.

Operation Stars and Stripes

Any Soldier

Or, help out local Kansas City families by donating it to Harvesters!

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22 Places Kids Eat FREE on Halloween in KC!

iFamilyKC is proud to give you the scoop on Kids Eat FREE spots all across Kansas City each month on our website; But, did you know, there are some restaurants where your family can eat FREE (or super cheap) specifically on Halloween?! We’ve got the details for you RIGHT HERE on the blog. Take a look…

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 Places Kids Eat FREE on Halloween in KC!


#1 IHOP {Kids eat FREE on Halloween}

kids eat free on halloween

Start your Halloween off with a big treat from your local IHOP restaurant! Starting at 7am on Halloween day ONLY, kids 12 & under get a FREE spooky-face pancake that includes candy corn, whipped topping, mini-oreos, and strawberries! All you have to do, is ask for the free pancake!

#2 Noodles & Company {Kids eat FREE 10/26-10/31}

With the purchase of an adult regular bowl, your kids will eat FREE at Noodles & Company from October 26th thru the 31st!

#3 Outback Steakhouse {FREE Oreo Parfait on Halloween}

On Tuesday, October 31st $2.99 kids meal with a FREE Oreo Parfait at your local Outback Steakhouse!

#4 Bob Evans {Kids eat FREE on Tuesday 10/31}

Stop by your local Bob Evans location where kids eat FREE on Tuesdays for a special Halloween treat! Dine in only after 4pm.

#5 Krispy Kreme {Kids get FREE donuts on Halloween}

When you show up in costume on Hallowee, Krispy Kreme will give you a FREE donut of your choice!

#6 McAlisters Deli {Kids eat FREE on Halloween day}

McAlister’s Deli is getting in on the fun this Halloween! On Tuesday, October 31, McAlister’s is offering up free kids meals to costumed guests ages 12 and under. Their kids menu selection includes turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, nachos, and salad.

Cheap Eats & Other Halloween Treats

#7 Chipotle’s BOOritos {$3 burritos for kids & adults on Halloween}

$3/each on Halloween day when you show up in costume at your local, participating restaurant. Find the scoop online and be prepared for delicious fare for kids and adults!

#8 Sonic {.50 CENT Corn Dogs on Halloween}

50 cent corn dogs have become a family favorite in most households. Get fed for cheap before you head out for trick or treating this year at your local Sonic drive in!

#9 Baskin Robins {$1.31 ice cream cones on Halloween}

Enjoy sweet treats with dollar-thirty-one ice cream this upcoming Tuesday, the 31st!

#10 Pizza Street {$1.99 kid’s meal for ages 4-9 from 5-8pm on Tuesday}

Tuesday Specials Across the Metro:

#11 Cinzetti’s:

7201 w. 91st, Overland Park, 913-642-0101. Mon & Tues, 5pm – 9 pm, ages 4 thru 12, 2 free kids meals for each adult meal purchased, 3 & under eat free every day! Drinks not included.

#12 Denny’s:

All locations, 4:00-10:00 pm. 2 free kids meals per adult meal

#13 Fazoli’s:

Kids Night every Tuesday night from 5pm-8pm where kids meals are .99 with adult purchase & arts/crafts for the kids!

#14 Jumpin Catfish:

Free kids meal with one adult purchase. 834 SW Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-3474. 1861 S Ridgeview Rd, Olathe, KS 66062 (913) 829-3474

#15 LoneStar:

Legends Shopping Mall, 1501 Village West Pkwy. Kansas City, KS, 913-334-9995. 12 & Under. 1 free kids meal with each adult meal.

#16 Perkins:

All locations. Kids eat free with every adult entree, 4:00 pm to close.

#17 Pizza Ranch:

4-9pm Free kids buffet with purchase of adult buffet, all metro locations:Liberty, Indep, KC North

#18 Pizza Street:

All locations. Buy child drink and child eats free, one child per parent, valid 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

#19 Red Robin:

FREE SHAKE ONLY at 8657 W. 135th St. Overland Park, KS. Kids 10 & under eat free at 20155 W. 153rd. Olathe, KS 66061. 4:00pm – CLOSE, Two free kids meal per paying adult.

#20 Rockstar Burgers:

5:00 – 9:00 pm, Kids 10 & under eat free. Two free kids meal per paying adult. 1611 Genessee St. KCMO

#21 Salty Iguana:

17717 E. 40 Hwy., Independence, MO, 816-350-8003. 8228 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS, 913-381-3888, 8420 W. 135th St. Overland Park, KS 913-402-0200. Kids eat free all day with purchase of adult entree.

#22 Tony’s Restaurant:

711 S. 7 Hwy Blue Springs, MO 64014. Kids 10 & under Eat Free 5:00 to close, one free kid meal with each adult meal purchased. 816-622-8134

For an extensive list of where kids can eat free, or really, really cheap ALL year long, be sure to check out our website!

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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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30 Plus Fun Candy Alternatives For This Halloween

Are you looking for ways to avoid the Halloween sugar rush this year? Here are a few easy ideas to contribute to your kiddos Halloween parties and fun alternatives to pass out from your door step!  Take a look!

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30 Plus Fun Candy Alternatives For This Halloween

Food allergies are on the rise and many popular candies have peanuts and other allergens. With your kids getting candy at school, the bank, other houses and almost everywhere they go, why not you be the house with kid-approved fun alternatives to high sugary treats, I guarantee other mamas with thank you!

Small plastic toys are a great idea!

My daughter will be entertained with small toys for weeks after Halloween, passing the tinker toys back and forth between her purses and shopping cart. Tiny toys can be found at any party supply store or craft shops.

  • Bubbles
  • Mini puzzles
  • Kazoos
  • Whistles
  • Yo-yos
  • Bouncy balls
  • Whistles
  • Wind-up toys
  • Spin tops
  • Glow sticks
  • Mini play-dough

Dress-up items:

  • Plastic bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Sunglasses
  • Snap Bracelets
  • Plastic spider rings
  • Glow bracelets

Fall or Halloween themed school supplies:

  • Pencils
  • Sticker
  • Erasers
  • Rubber stamps
  • Mini crayon sets
  • Bookmarks
  • Stencils
  • Rulers
  • Post its
  • Pencil toppers
  • Mini notebooks

If you are still looking forward to handing out treats, here are some yummy healthy food alternatives for your trick-or-treaters

  • 100 calorie packets,
  • Granola bars,
  • Mini box of raisins
  • Low-fat packets of popcorn
  • Peanut butter or cheese cracker packs

If you plan on having a steady stream of friendly faces at your house, here are some fun ideas for those close neighbor friends, school mates or family members that will be stopping by

  • Hot apple cider
  • Caramel candy apples
  • Goody bags full of little treats, stickers and anything else age appropriate
  • Draw a pumpkin face with a black sharpie on oranges
  • Activity kits with crayons and a small coloring book
  • Small container of homemade slime (for the older treaters)

I hope these ideas will make all the kids feel extra treated this Halloween!

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7 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy Besides Eat It

Good Morning, Kansas City! Can you even believe we’re two days into November already?! As we look back on the craziness that was Halloween, we probably have a lot of leftover candy to figure out what to do with. And while the kiddos would probably love that we let them devour each and every piece — us parents know better. So, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky has some great ideas of what to do with all the leftover loot. Check it out!

7 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy Besides Eat It

7 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

{Besides Eat It}


One year after trick-or-treating, when I was six, my friend and I were left unsupervised in the next room and we ate EVERY. SINGLE. PIECE. of our Halloween candy. (My mom had four kids, I now have three that I can barely keep track off, so no judgments here.) One guess how that night ended. Ugh. So while eating all of the Halloween candy is definitely an option, I don’t recommend it. Instead, set a limit with your kids, decide how much to keep, let them pick out their favorites and then get rid of the leftovers by doing one or more of these fun ideas:



Bake with it

From Candy Corn Biscotti to Candy Bar Croissants, there are all kinds of recipes out there featuring leftover Halloween candy as the main ingredient. Personally, I’m adding Twix & Banana Muffins to my next brunch menu.



Bank it

Cha-ching! Your kids can earn $1/lb. (up to $5) for turning in their candy at Prairie Pediatric Dentistry (15230 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66219) to support Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to our troops. All participants will enter to win a $50 Power Play gift card. You gotta hurry on this deal because it’s only good through Nov. 2, 7:30am-4:30pm. For more info, call 913-586-0770.


Gift it

Have a niece or nephew with a birthday coming up? Buy them a piñata and fill it with all your leftover candy. You’ll be the hit of their party. Or tape candy all over the next few birthday presents you give to up the fun factor for the birthday boy or girl.


Switch it

Get a Switch Witch (or create your own) and convince your kids to leave their candy for the witch to take while they sleep in exchange for a surprise gift when they wake up—like an electric toothbrush! (Is that mean?)


Donate it

Bag your candy in smaller Ziplock bags and find a food pantry, Ronald McDonald House, homeless shelter and/or and nursing home near you to drop them off. Make it extra meaningful and have your children write letters to stick inside the bags with the candy.


Experiment with it

Science Experiments with candy? If someone had introduced me to this as a child I just might have become a chemist. There’s still hope for your kids. Check out these fun experiments here, here and here.


Save it

The holidays are just around the corner so save some of the candy to use in your holiday countdown, stockings, St. Nick shoes, etc. All this leftover candy is also a great excuse to throw a Gingerbread house-building party. On second thought, that sounds like a lot of work. Never mind. Maybe just eat all the candy now instead.



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


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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.

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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).



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.



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!



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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



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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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.


9 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Car for Trunk or Treating



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.



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