Enjoy A Halloween Monster Movie Night! #HotelT3 #Ad

    Can you guys believe that Halloween is right around the corner? My family and I are so excited with all the costume and candy preparations that this fun holiday has really crept up on us. One of our favorite Halloween traditions is also watching spooky movies together and making the night a fun monster movie night. That is why we have added Hotel Transylvania 3 to our scary movie collection!     Available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury, haunted monster cruise ship. Of course, the rest of the Drac Pack has to tag along, and that’s when things get a little…batty. The monsters are having a great time, indulging in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to colossus-sized buffets and exotic excursions, but then the unexpected happens when Drac falls for the ship’s mysterious, and dangerous, human captain Ericka.It also has some fun, family bonus features, … [Read more...]

Netflix Halloween Doorbell #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    It’s Halloween night and you’re just settling in for a scary movie marathon when...“Trick-or-treat!” Every Halloween, Netflix pause rates spike as viewers around the country get up to give out candy. But this year, you can stay inside while Netflix handles Halloween—for you and your ghoulish guests.     The Netflix Halloween Doorbell welcomes trick-or-treaters with spooky sounds and music from your favorite Netflix shows and points them to candy, so you can treat yourself to a night of non-stop spooky streaming. How it works:     The Netflix Halloween Doorbell is hung right over your existing doorbell, temporarily hiding it from trick-or-treaters. As trick-or-treaters approach the house, a proximity sensor in the doorbell triggers the theme song from your chosen Netflix show. Pressing the doorbell initiates a scream from that show’s characters and reveals a customizable message to your costumed guests on an LCD display screen.Stream & … [Read more...]

Felt Candy Corn Puppet Craft

    Can you guys believe that Halloween is just two days away?  I normally have all of my costume and decor preparations taken care of way in advance but this year I am way behind schedule.  I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that I just started a new teaching position this past September and I have been completely swamped with work and everything else.    This weekend I am taking advantage to spend some quality time with my boys getting ready for Halloween.  They have always enjoyed all of the festivities around this holiday and, despite their being older, they still enjoy helping me get everything ready.  Since my younger nephews are coming over too, I have some fun arts and crafts planned including the one below:Felt Candy Corn Puppet Craft

Supplies needed:
White, black, orange, yellow craft felt
Hot glue, glue gun
Scissors

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting out the two base pieces of your … [Read more...]

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! #PeanutsInsiders #Giveaway @Snoopy #Ad

    We’ve officially entered October, which means that every child in America is busy counting down to Halloween! In addition to the costumes and the candy, the most beloved Halloween tradition in America has to be the annual airing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! And this year marks the 50th Anniversary of that beloved television special. (I know: Impossible to believe that Linus has been waiting for the Great Pumpkin for 50 years!)     I can still remember spreading a big, fuzzy blanket on the living room floor and laying with my siblings in anticipation of this Halloween special.  It was a tradition in our household to watch it every year on television when it aired!    So we have a special Halloween-themed giveaway this month, featuring all the charm, warmth, and delight of a Great Pumpkin night: First, put the spice in life with adorable Linus and Snoopy salt and pepper shakers from Hallmark. Then add color to your life with an … [Read more...]

Spooky Pumpkin Grahams

    We are two days away from Halloween and I am here going crazy trying to make sure my sons costumes arrive on time.  Both of our boys have been sick the past two weeks so I have been very busy taking care of them and trying to sanitize our home of all the sick germs.  As a result, I am way behind schedule this year with all my Halloween preparations.     There is always time to prepare and enjoy a delicious treat so I took some time this week to make some Spooky Pumpkin Grahams for my guys.  I figured they could use a pick-me-up after being sick and I was tired of the monotony of cleaning everything so I needed a distraction.  Not only am I really pleased at how they turned out, but everyone loved them.  I plan of making more to give out to the Trick or Treaters on Saturday.Spooky Pumpkin Grahamsgraham cracker squares 12 oz package of Wilton orange candy melts (body) 12 oz package of Wilton green candy melts (stem) 12 oz … [Read more...]

Halloween Chalkboard Place Markers

    Everyone knows that Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year.  It's a time to dress up and be spooky and it's also perfect for entertaining and hosting Halloween parties.  I've always loved themed gatherings so I decided to create some Halloween chalkboard place markers to liven up our family dinner next weekend.     As many of you know, I'm a pretty busy lady so I'm always on the lookout for activities and crafts that are fun but that also don't take a lot of time and effort to do.  I am really excited about these place markers because they are a cinch to put together and you can get all of the supplies to make them at your local craft store. Halloween Chalkboard Place Markers Supplies needed:
Wide wood craft sticks
Chalkboard paint (spray paint is easiest)
Chalk
Felt stickers (Michael’s carries a Halloween themed bag that includes witch hats, candy corn, owls, and pumpkins)
Craft glue

Directions:
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Make Halloween More Spooky And Fun! #BestBuyHalloween @BestBuy #Ad

    Halloween has always been such a fun holiday for us.  Ever since we bought our home in 2004, we have really enjoyed planning for all of the Trick or Treaters that come knock on our door that evening.  I have been known to go a little overboard buying candy to give out and we enjoy hanging skeletons in the front yard to add to the spooky vibe.     My husband and I enjoy a good prank and Halloween is also a great time to play tricks on unsuspecting people and scare the wits out of them.  Most families who love this time of the year as much as we do look forward to decorating and setting up Halloween pranks and haunted houses.  A friend of ours actually spends the whole season visiting haunted attractions around our state.     In recent years, Halloween pranks have gotten more elaborate and even spookier than ever thanks to all of the technology that we have at our disposal.  Best Buy has all of the spooky and fun products that … [Read more...]

Hurricane Sandy Did Not Stop Halloween in NYC!

      I spent a lot of time today pondering over whether or not we should take the boys Trick or Treating this evening. After all, the entire East Coast and Tri-state area is still suffering from the horrible effects of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week. Although we are fine and did not sustain any damage to our home, many of our neighbors did and our neighborhood is full of felled trees and downed power lines.        As an educator, I understand the importance of returning to a sense of normalcy for children after any natural disaster or tragedy. My sons, much like many of the children who were affected by this storm, have lived through and experienced the anxiety involved in waiting for the storm to hit, sitting through the storm, and assessing damages afterwards. They have been looking forward to celebrating Halloween all month.        Since we purchased their costumes last month, my husband and I decided to just throw caution to the wind and … [Read more...]

Celebrate Halloween at Ascarium: A Pirate Adventure at the NY Aquarium!

    This Halloween season you can celebrate with your family at the NY Aquarium's range of pirate themed, kid-friendly, not so scary festivities.  They are a part of Ascarium: A Pirate Adventure and continue the tradition of providing families in New York City with a wholesome destination to enjoy their Halloween celebration.     Ascarium combines the fun of this holiday with the NY Aquarium's mission of connecting people to wildlife.  It runs the last three weekends in October (October 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28).  Families can enjoy this season's festivities and not worry as their children engage in various safe activities throughout the park.    This year's activities will include: Haunted Seafari; The Tragic Tale of Captain Paul Looter o   This year’s seafari adventure takes guests into the sunken ship of Captain Paul Looter, an awful pirate captain and a deep-sea criminal.  Guests will enter the quarters of Captain Looter, where he still guards his gold coins, gold objects … [Read more...]

“Boo At The Zoo” Returns To The Bronx Zoo!

    The month of October is a very exciting time at the Bronx Zoo.  This month, Boo at the Zoo returns for five full weekends of Halloween packed family fun and activities.  All of these activities follow the Halloween theme but also highlight wildlife and conservation which are very important at the zoo.     Boo at the Zoo festivities run five weekends on the following dates, Sept. 29-30; Oct. 6-8, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28.  Some of the activities include a haunted walk-through adventure-The Haunting at Habitat Mansion-and the Spooky Hayride Through Creepy Hollows.    Families can also enjoy magic shows, musical performances, and costume parades.  Don't forget that you can still enjoy traditional favorites such as the hay maze, haunted extinct graveyard, and special seasonal craft workshops.  There is definitely a little something for every member of your family this Fall at the Bronx Zoo!     Any children ages 12 and under who are wearing a Halloween costume will receive a free … [Read more...]