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Kiddie Halloween Party

Published November 3, 2013 by sunhealersblog


We had a Halloween party for the kids this year, ages ranging from 2-8.  We decked the house out in Halloween decor; spiderwebs, spiders, pumpkins, orange, green, and purple lights, colorful balloons, jack-o-lanterns, spooky props, and much more.   They played a variety of Halloween and Fall games, some purchased from Target and others were just good old fashioned seasonal favorites.  I had a mini cauldron full of treats and spooky food but good enough to eat.  Laughter and surprises filled the air, as I passed out prizes and each took their share.  I had bought a couple of goodies from the Dollar Store for each, and as they played they won prizes for their great feat.  The night ended pleasantly with a Halloween movie as they all slowly drifted off to sleep.

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Halloween Party games

Published October 22, 2013 by sunhealersblog


Doing some Halloween shopping at Target I found these Halloween games.  I got them for the boys to play with this year.

 I found:

  • A bean bag toss game through a cardboard pumpkin.
  • A Halloween Bingo game.
  • A Spin & Stretch, a Twister type game.
  • A Pin the nose on the Pumpkin game.
  • A Web Splat game.
  • They also had a Mummy Bowling game which I opted not to get this time.

My nephew and niece slept over last night so we brought this out.  The kids had such a great time playing.  The Spin and Stretch was very amusing for the older ones (6-8) This was an investment well worth it. It was only big enough for 2 players to use at a time I would say, so we took turns playing with big kids then the little kids. They all enjoyed the Web Splat game.  You throw slimy spiders at the target and try to hit the 100 mark.  There are smaller points all throughout the board as well, of course.  The kids enjoyed playing the Halloween Bingo.  Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin was a hit for all.  You do need your own wrap though to cover their eyes because the one provided was made of cardboard and did not stay on as it did not cover the eyes so well.  I spun the kids around first to make it more fun and challenging.  The bean toss through the Pumpkin was fun for them too.  It came with 2 Sets of cardboard pumpkins, so one was used for the big kids and the other was used for the smaller children (2-3).  They all shared and took turns with each other.  Overall, I was very well pleased.  It was like having a Halloween carnival in my home last night with all the kids.  Check out the Halloween section at Target.  They have a cute selection of Halloween Games.  I think I will have to go back for the Mummy Bowling set.

Cities to visit during Halloween

Published May 17, 2013 by sunhealersblog

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  1. Salem, Masachussetts:  They turn it spooky every year around Halloween.  Experience Salem’s dark history and take a walk back in time on the candle lit Witch Trial Trail.  Participate in the histroric Hawthrone Hotel for its Annual Halloween Costume Ball and check out the Festival of the Dead.
  2. Transylvania and Bran, Romania:  You can visit Bran Castle, where  Dracula is said to have lived. As well as areas like Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle that were associated with Vlad the Implaer in the 15th century.
  3. New Orleans,Louisiana:  With a history of Voodoo worship, and the above ground cemeteries it is spooky indeed.  You can take a Spirit Tour traveling through the cemeteries and a haunted neighborhood.  There are also voodoo shops that are still in use today.
  4. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:  One of the most actively haunted places in Canada, The Bytown Museum has reported 6 ghosts known to live there.  The Doll Exhibit is known to have some spooky activity as well.
  5. Orlando, Florida:  Every year in Universal Studios after hours they turn it into Halloween Horror Nights.  There are haunted houses, entertainment, and  shows. At Walt Disney World the Magic Kingdom they also host Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party.  Check out Fright Fest at Six Flags as well.
  6. London, England:  Experience the bloody history of the London Dungeon.  This museum includes scary tours from Bloody Mary, Jack the Ripper, and Sweeney Todd.  Other fun activities include Highgate Cemetery, the Tower of London, and William Shakeaspere ‘s Globe Theater.
  7. Long beach, California:  The Queen Mary transforms the ship into the Ship of Terror with mazes and terrifying surprises.  other activities include live music at Purgatory Park and dancing at the Dome of Doom.
  8. New York, New York:  Stop by the Nightmare Haunted House for a frightening experience or dressed in costume go to New York’s Village Halloween parade.
  9. Rachel, Nevada:  Check out Area 51. The closest observation point is at Tikaboo Peak, about 26 miles from the base. Located 27 miles to the North of Area 51 is the town of Rachel, tucked in the Sand Springs Valley, Nevada.
  10. Oaxaca, Mexico:  Dia de los Muertos is a tradition that fused celebrations.  The city is decorated in skeletons and they host a  huge cemetery parade .

They also have tons of haunted places all over the world that can easily be found online to which you can travel to if you want to be spookified.

Fall Activities

Published May 13, 2013 by sunhealersblog

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11+ Simple Fall Activities that you can do with your family this year.

  1. Hay Rides
  2. Pumpkin Patch
  3. Corn Maze
  4. Jumping in pile of raked leaves.
  5. Start Straw Bale Gardening.
  6. Plant bulbs in your garden for next spring.
  7. Go apple picking
  8. Carving out pumpkins or painting them.
  9. Visit a farm.
  10. Play a family football game or just for the kids.
  11. During Halloween many cities and churches have Trunk or Treat where you can check out decorated trunks and collect some candy.
  12. Remember what you’re thankful for.

To learn more about Straw Bale Gardening, take a look at these:     strawbale garden eg1

Where to find Hay rides and Corn Maze, and Pumpkin Patch in season:

Halloween and Fall Games

Published May 12, 2013 by sunhealersblog

I love everything about Fall.  This year I want to have a Harvest festival.  I have a list of games and activities to do with the kids.  Hope you guys enjoy!

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  1. Pumpkin painting:  For all the little ones and the not so little ones.  Now that you have finished picking out your pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, you can paint the pumpkins.  All you need is paint to either paint on a face instead of carving one out or you can paint on any Halloween theme like a moon or a cat.
  2. Harvest Bowl:  Draw ghost faces on the toilet paper with a black marker and use a small pumpkin to use as the ball.  Roll it to knock down the toilet paper rolls.  Try stacking some to make it more fun.
  3. Pin the nose on a jack-o-lantern or Pin the tail on the cat .
  4. Bobbing for apples.
  5. Pumpkin passing:  Similar to musical chairs.  Once the music stops the person left holding the pumpkin is out until last person who is left will be the winner.
  6. Apple-apple-pumpkin:  Similar to duck-duck-goose but instead it’s Apple-apple-pumpkin.
  7. Costume contest
  8. Harvest dash:  Fill up containers with candy corn and see who or which team can empty it the fastest.
  9. Relay Race:  Pass the corn instead of a baton.
  10. Hot Potatoe
  11. Pumpkin Pie or Sweet Potato Pie eating contest.
  12. Pumpkin Foot race:  See who can kick their pumpkin across the finish line first.
  13. Guess the Pumpkin’s weight
  14. Throw pennies in a carved out pumpkin
  15. Pumpkin seed toss:  Line up a couple containers in a row and have the children take turns throwing seeds into them in seqeunce.
  16. Pumpkin Ring Toss:  Line up the pumpkins and toss a ring to see if you can get it through the stem.
  17. Mummy Wrap:  This game calls for 2 person teams.  Using a roll of toilet paper see who can wrap their team member as a mummy the fastest.
  18. Cauldron Guess:  You can buy small cauldrons at a Dollar Store and fill them up with icky and creepy food and have the players guess what is in it. ( ex:  noodles for the brain or worms, boiled quail eggs or olives for eyeballs, peeled grapes, corn husk for hair, string cheese cut in half as fingers, spiderwebs, almond slithers as fingernails,  loose corn as teeth, fake fur, red jello mixed with small sausages as guts)
  19. Cauldron and Jack-O-Lantern toss: Line up small cauldrons and jack-o-lanterns in a row and have the players toss a small creepy rubber objects like eyeballs or animals in them.
  20. Candy Corn guess:  Fill a jar with candy corn and have the players guess how many are in the jar.
  21. Pumpkin Carving contest
  22. Witch’s Brew:  Cut out creepy shapes about the size of a silver dollar using construction paper (apples, pumpkins, eyeballs, fingers, newt, frog legs, candy corn, tongue.)  Using a straw as a vacuum, each contestant tries to pick up the shapes and place it into a bowl.  Time the players to see who can do it the fastest.
  23. See who can dress a Scarecrow the fastest
  24. Find an object in a haystack

Halloween movies for Kids

Published April 27, 2013 by sunhealersblog

O.k. so during the whole month of October we blast Halloween movies all day long on the television.  I know it’s crazy but that’s what we do.  So, I have composed a list of  just some of the Halloween movies for kids to enjoy!20131018_144057

50+  Kid- friendly Halloween movies

  1. Scooby-Doo’s Creepiest Capers
  2. Monster House
  3. ParaNorman
  4. Hotel Transylvania
  5. The Goonies
  6. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  7. Adams Family 1 & 2
  8. Adams Family Reunion
  9. Escape to Witch Mountain
  10. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  11. Something Wicked this Way Comes
  12. The Black Cauldron
  13. Halloweentown 1 & 2
  14. A Monster in Paris
  15. The Witches
  16. The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
  17. The Nightmare before Christmas
  18. Walt Disney- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  19. Corpse Bride
  20. Casper ( with Christina Ricci)
  21. Casper- A Spirited Beginning
  22. Casper meets Wendy
  23. Hocus Pocus
  24. Monsters Inc.
  25. The Worst Witch
  26. The Haunted Mansion
  27. The Halloween Tree
  28. Wallace and Gromit:  Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  29. Coraline
  30. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween movie
  31. Spookly:  The Square Pumpkin
  32. The Chronicles of Narnia
  33. James and the Giant peach
  34. Alice in Wonderland
  35. Igor
  36. 9
  37. Frankenweenie
  38. Monster vs. Aliens
  39. Small Soldiers
  40. The Little Vampire
  41. Tower of Terror
  42. E.T.
  43. My Favorite Martian
  44. When Good Ghouls go bad
  45. Ghostbuster 1 & 2
  46. Shrek ( all 5 of them)
  47. The Wizard of OZ
  48. Monsters University
  49. Mickey’s House of Villains
  50. Harry Potter ( the 1st one is better for younger children.  By the 2nd movie things start getting real serious!)
  51. Spiderwick Chronicles
  52. Escape from Planet earth
  53. Goosebumps
  54. Mad Monster Party
  55. Fantasia
  56. Escape from Planet Earth
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