Have your little ones picked out their Halloween costumes yet? Little bats and goblins…pirates and princesses? With only one more week until Halloween the clock is ticking!
Costumes & Candy
A spy and a pirate are the costumes that I have to come up with…thankfully those are relatively simple to create. I’m not one for spending a fortune on Halloween costumes…something they’ll likely only wear once. Instead I like to work with the things I find around my house to create their spooky wardrobe.
My eight-year-old spy’s costume will consist of dark clothes (with appropriate glow sticks and reflecive tape) his hair slicked back, sun glasses and a few hand made spy props.
For my three-year-old’s pirate costume I was able to find a foam sword and pirates hat kicking around, just need to make an eye patch out of some black felt.
Kids want candy. Their excitement levels seem to peak as Halloween approaches and all they can think about is candy-candy-candy. Overflowing bags of all those sugary treats that are on high restriction any other day seem to become a free for all.
How do you handle all the candy?
At my house, after a few days of what seems like a candy buffet, I pick it all up and put it away… yes, they may seem a bit upset at first (if they even notice) but soon that candy is long forgotten.
Decorations & Pumpkins
Will you be carving pumpkins this year?
We usually do the traditional Jack-O-Lantern but this year I’ve decided to hone in my mad carving skills and put to good use the templates available on Disney Junior.
I’m leaning towards the Jake Pumpkin Template…though I think my kids will vote for Hook! To find all the available templates including characters from your favorite Disney Junior shows, be sure to visit the Color & Create section of DisneyJunior.ca
Celebrate Halloween with Disney Junior
All month long Disney Junior is airing Halloween episodes each evening, sure to help get your little ones excited about Halloween! There will even be some new Halloween themed episodes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Sofia the First, Stella and Sam, Henry Hugglemonster,and Bananas in Pajamas. But on October 30th and 31st Disney Junior will be airing Halloween shows all day long!
Home Made Halloween Treats
This is the fun part of Halloween…at least the part I like best. Making the cupcakes for school. Each year I send in a batch of cupcakes for the kids in my oldest son’s class. (With teacher’s permission of course)
I use a standart chocolate cake mix (I try my best to accomidate for allergies where possible, there are some fantastic gluten free mixes on the market now) And make it according to the package directions for cupcakes, but I use the mini cupcake pan rather than full size. (Since I am not the only parent sending in treats, smaller is better)
Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled I top them with a dalop of icing and and use some of our own candy to decorate…check out this spooky ghost!
It takes a lot of icing to make this one…but it’s worth it!
I believe in the power of simple…this busy mommy doesn’t have time for elaborate treats… we save those for Christmas.
“Disclosure: I’m part of the Disney Junior Mom program andI receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinionson this blog are my own.”