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BOO! Scary Fun With Piggy Paint & ‘Greener’ Halloween Options

We are such big fans of Piggy Paint at my house – the twins squeal with delight when I ask “who wants their piggies painted?!!” It’s wonderful to use a nail polish on children that doesn’t have an odor and was created without chemicals.  The slogan for this all-natural nail polish is ‘Natural As Mud’ and it’s very accurate since the product is actually biodegradable! I’ve written about the ingredients and details of this amazing product line before, the purpose of this post is to let all of my fellow Halloween fanatics know it’s time to start preparing for the best holiday of the year!  Today marks the first day of October’s magical month of fun to start! And for those of you that don’t believe in decorating quite yet – just paint your toes, it’s okay, it’s Fall ~ nobody will see them.  =)

‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun’ is the 3-polish gift set that has arrived just in time for October and includes Sleepover (black), Glass Slippers (white), and Mac-n-Cheese (orange).  Order from the Piggy Paint site and have fun with your little monsters all month long.  While you’re on the Piggy Paint site, read Melanie’s tips on Piggy Paint as a learning tool. Very cute ideas to spark some new ideas for moms while bonding and painting nails.

piggy paint halloween gift pack

Green Planet Parties is also carrying the individual Mac-n-Cheese color and has brought in some green items for extra Halloween magic this year. Add some sustainable Halloween zip with our 10-flag banner (perfect for a kid’s party or classroom event) and cotton tablecloth with 12 felt bat appliques that sprinkle like reusable confetti. Never buy plastic buckets or bags for kids to collect candy again because we’ve got low-priced cotton trick-or-treat bags that glow in the dark and are the size of the old pillow cases we used as kids. Skully hair accessories and organic candy like the newly arrived snack size gummy bears complete this unique and fun category.

halloween decor in a bag

Let the fun begin!  October 1st marks the day that my family no longer looks kooky for already having our house and yard decorated for Halloween and I can talk openly for my love of the pumpkin patch, hay rides, Nightmare Before Christmas, and planning costumes with my husband and kids. Enjoy what is truly the most wonderful time of the year.

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Safe, Fun, & Easy Pumpkin Crafts For Kids

Are you like me and couldn’t wait to buy/pick pumpkins in late September?  My family was at the opening weekend for our local pumpkin patch and just couldn’t walk away empty handed, even though it was still September.  I knew the pumpkins will last because of a great non-carvable pumpkin craft I found years ago.   We’ve been painting our pumpkins into little ghosts for a few years…and it’s the biggest hit with my kids.  Also, because the pumpkins aren’t being cut, they can last the many weeks leading up to Halloween.  The below image is the picture from a magazine I saw while waiting in a Doctor’s office and knew instantly that my boys would love it!  Aren’t the pumpkins just the cutest?  Read on for easy instructions to re-create this craft.

 

Take light blue paint (we are still using up wall paint purchased 4 years ago to decorate a room) and cover the pumpkin.  Make sure the pumpkin is clean and dry before applying the paint.  You might want to do 2 coats, but it’s not necessary.  When pumpkin is dry, take a permanent marker and color eyes.  Keep pumpkin off the ground because they will rot early.  Mount them proudly for everyone to see.

Another craft that has become a tradition at our house is the lollipop graveyard.  It is a great activity if you want to bring a treat for a school Halloween party or do a count-down to Halloween.  It also doesn’t involve carving but still involves lots of fun for kids.  I actually think the ‘ghosts’ stay in place better if the pumpkin remains whole (no scooping out pumpkin seeds).  I don’t have a picture of the finished craft, but it’s easy to imagine.

Lollipop Graveyard

First you create 20 odd lollipop ghosts (change number to amount of children in your class if bringing for a school Halloween party).  To do this, cut paper towels or tissue in a 6 or 8 inch square.  Cut white yarn or ribbon approx. 4 inches long. Place the lollipop in the center of the tissue paper and wrap the tissue around the lollipop.  Tie the yarn or ribbon around the base of lollipop and draw 2 eyes and mouth on the tissue paper with a thick marker.  Repeat for as many ghosts as you want in the graveyard. 

Pick a medium sized pumpkin, take a nail and poke holes into your pumpkin for the same number of lollipop ghosts you have.  Stick the lollipops into the holes and complete with a little sign saying “Family name or school graveyard”,  You’ve made a great decoration or given wonderful presentation for bringing a treat to a party or Halloween celebration.  If you are looking for amazing tasting lollipops that are 100% organic and safe to bring to a classroom that might have children with allergies, try YummyEarth organic fruit lollipops. They would be the perfect compliment to this fun craft! Here is an example of the lollipop ghosts:

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Disneyland and Parksville = Magical!

I’ve just come to the realization that my clan isn’t heading to Disneyland this Fall.  That was the plan, but it won’t happen this year.  Knowing this makes me so thankful for a magical vacation we had late this summer that was so fun and utilized a very local footprint.  We took the advice of many friends and tried Parksville this summer.  It was our first vacation with the entire clan since the girls arrived and it was wonderful.  And if you were to ask my boys, very Disneylandish.  My boys requested the hotel pool every waking hour of every day.  It was the highlight and best part of their trip.  There was also an incredible mini-golf and bumper boat kid’s paradise just down the road… it was awesome.  The boys were happily tucked away with all these fun activities and the girls loved the Parksville beach.  It was the most beautiful sight out our hotel window each morning.  The water went out for miles and left magical tidal pools behind.  Within these pools you would find hundreds of fish, sand dollars, hermit crabs, and rock crabs, by the handfuls.  Every tidal pool had something special to find and I think we found the perfect pet for our family – does a Sand dollar count as a pet?  If so – sign us up!  Very low maintenance which is what we need.

We stayed at a hotel called the The Beach Club.   I’ve been to some pretty nice countries and had beautiful accommodations, but these were the most impressive by far!  They have combined modern design with high functionality for families.  It was unbelievable how nice the rooms were.  A beautiful decorating touch that I really appreciated was instead of artwork, the hotel framed natural, ocean inspired photography of the Parksville beach.  There were pictures of sand dollars, seaweed, rippling of sand, simply amazing pictures that reflected the beautiful balance of the outside, back in from the amazing adventures we had on the beach.  Our room came complete with 2 soaker tubs; amazing beds with fluffy, soft bedding and the kids all begged us to stay extra days.  They were completely at ease there and must have been well exercised because they have never slept so well.

My family practiced a local footprint with our summer vacation this year, and it couldn’t have turned out better!  We barely used any gas to get to Parksville and once we exited the Nanaimo ferry, our drive was only 20 mins to reach the hotel.  Really, does it get any better?  It was such an easy vacation for Ray and I, I’m okay with the fact Disneyland is waiting another year.  We managed to have our Disneyland vacation and not stray too far from home.  Really, with Fall activities, Halloween, and the pumpkin patch waiting for us over the next few weeks – my family is living the Disneyland experience.  Come October 1st, our house will start resembling the ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ and Disney magic will run with abundance.

The girls celebrating their wide open space to run together!

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