Thursday, September 5, 2013

Seven Tips to Make Halloween Easy and Fun For Families

Create Some Scary Family Fun For Halloween


School has started and for those of us who like to get a jump on things we are starting to think about Halloween. I can enjoy the holiday if I get some of the planning out of the way early. I love decorating my home for holidays no matter if I am having a party or not.  My kids love to celebrate each holiday and as they get older want to be a bigger part of decorating for it.  Here are 7 quick tips to make your Halloween fun, easy and exciting for kids, without spending a ton of time or money. 
1.  Keep it simple.  Choose three or four key areas to decorate. For example the kitchen table, the porch and the coffee table. Add a bit of extra fun by placing cobwebs and bats around the family room.
2.  Make your Halloween decorations last through Thanksgiving.  Mix  pumpkins, harvest leaves, gourds and fall flowers with your spiders, bats, jack-o-lanterns and ghosts.

3. Decorating is a family event.  Make a few age appropriate crafts to engage the kids like pipe cleaner spiders, tissue roll owls ( these can be kept for harvest decorating) or paper plate black cats. The kids enjoy making the crafts. It is a great way to bond with kids of all ages.

4. Don't forget the porch.  Get double duty from your harvest wreath by adding a black bow, a few spiders and cobwebs which you can remove later.  This is a fun fabulous touch for your porch.

5. Change the porch light bulb to black or purple and create an eerie look for trick or treaters.
Crescent Mummy Dogs
6. Create fun foods all month long. Children love a long celebration.  Get creative makings candy apples as a family.  You can also decorate tortillas with Cheddar cheese and black olives to make jack-o-lanterns. One of my families favorites is make mummy dogs by wrapping hot dogs in bread stick dough from the refrigerator sections and using mustard dots for eyes.

7. Make a cake your focal point for your table.  Ontario Bakery in California is now taking orders for custom Halloween cakes.  How about an adorable pumpkin theme cake with cinnamon apple filling or order a spooky cake like the Night Before Christmas cake that is pictured. Also available is a creepy vampire cake with raspberry filling. Special treats like these are sure to create quite a buzz with the friends and family.

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