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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


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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…

Halloween Snack Ideas, Halloween Dinner, Halloween Food, 11 Simple & Fun Halloween Snack Recipes!

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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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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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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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.


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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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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


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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


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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

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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

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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


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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


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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:
  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

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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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