TMNT Halloween or Birthday Party Idea

Halloween parties are loads of fun for both kids and adults. Fact: You’re never too old to play dress up. I mean, there’s no law against running around town dressed in a costume on a daily basis, but if it’s for Halloween then let your creativity run wild. Do you remember The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (aka TMNT)? They became popular in the 90s and apparently have become the most current trend for  young boys. Just this past weekend I attended a TMNT themed birthday party and it dawned on me that it could just as well have been a fun Halloween party!

The TMNT logo of the 1987 animated series.

The TMNT logo of the 1987 animated series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Pumpkin Carving Contest: Top 5 Popular Designs

Decorating is a huge part of the Halloween holiday fun and arts and crafts projects usually go hand in hand with this rather important task. One of the basic, not to mention classic, elements of decorating for All Hallow’s Eve is pumpkin carving! Go pick out the perfect pumpkin(s), download your favorite stencil (or do your own if you’re so lucky to be that talented), carve, pop a candle inside and voila. It adds instant festive flair to your porch or home entrance. Make a day of it in the next couple of weeks so that you can display it for a good amount of time before the big night.


Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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How To Make Orange Halloween Pancakes

Okay I’m obsessed with carrot cake and carrot cupcakes and carrot everything probably. I came across a recipe for Halloween Carrot Pancakes in my Cooking Light magazine last week and I could not wait until I had a spare minute to make some for breakfast. Turns out, Halloween pancakes are perfect to start off your holiday! I really cannot recommend these enough to anyone wanting a celebrate their holiday from the very beginning…and I’m not even a breakfast-lover!

Halloween Pancakes

Halloween Carrot Pancakes with Honey Butter

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Host A Halloween Bash: Tips for Your Trick or Treat Party

The countdown to Halloween can begin as early as today. Okay you might be able to wait a week or two, but this spooky holiday is right around the corner. Fall officially begins next week. Crazy, right? Either way, if you’re planning on hosting a Halloween party bash this year, I suggest you start budgeting and compiling a list now. It’ll make you life SO much easier and you’ll have time to find the things you need at reasonable prices. Continue reading

5 Spooky Halloween Party Games

Finding activities to entertain teenagers almost requires psychic powers or a miracle perhaps. If you suggest one thing, they want to do the exact opposite. Mostly out of spite or worry that whatever you suggested just isn’t cool enough. Regardless, they come around sometimes if you convince enough of their friends to join in. If you’re hosting a Halloween party this year, consider some of these spectacularly spooky party games that could 1.) crank up your ghoul, I mean cool, mom factor or 2.) actually get these tweens to participate and have a great time!


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How To Celebrate Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (spanish translation - Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico (obviously) and in several other cultures and or/ countries. The holiday entails gatherings of family and/or friends to pray for and honor loved ones that have passed away. It is celebrated on November 1st, the day before the Catholic holiday, All Saints’ Day. Continue reading

How To Get Ready for Halloween

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The countdown for Halloween starts on Monday. Can you believe it’s already been a year? The little ones and I like to sit down to brainstorm family and individual costume ideas on the first day of October. We typically like to come up with original ideas that we could possibly make ourselves, but the suggestion box is open to everything. I can hardly wait. What ideas have you and yours compiled? Continue reading

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest!

A few weeks ago, I was visiting family up north (San Jose area) and I must say I LOVE their Halloween spirit. I always come back so inspired.  There are particular neighborhoods where almost every house is decked out in amazing Halloween party decorations. Some homes could seriously put a number of haunted mansions or houses to shame. It’s so much fun to just walk around and look at all the cool set-ups everyone has put together for the season.

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday so every year I like to plan out themed costumes with family early so we have time to make our costumes. This year a few of my friends are planning Halloween parties and/or activity nights for the family or the kids. One of my friend’s is particularly excited about a Family Pumpkin Carving Night she’s attending. It sounds like so much fun and it’s a contest so there are prize incentives! I thought it was such a fun way to bond and get in the spirit of the holiday. I found this cool link on Reader’s Digest website: There are about 12 different printable stencils for carving designs. I know the more expert carvers may scoff at such a concept, but I’m more of an amateur and this is just perfect!

For good measure, make sure to take any and all safety precautions in regards to carving with sharp knives when working with young children. Once the contests or carving events are all done, please share your pumpkin designs on our Facebook Fan Page or send an e-mail to [email protected]. Have a very “ghoul” Halloween, everyone!!

Halloween Costume Swap Party

Halloween is probably my in my top 5 favorite holidays. Sure, the history is interesting, blah, blah, blah. Modern day rituals, though, are so much fun. People’s creative minds definitely work overtime and produce magical costume and party ideas.

Dressing up every year really takes a toll on your wallet after a while. Depending on your disguise aspirations, costumes start at a minimum of $50. The last couple years, I’ve attempted to be a little more economically savvy since “costume” probably falls under “survive” on my list of priorities. I’ve gone to the fabric store and made my own costume or borrowed one from a friend, which leads me to my next point. This year, invite a few friends over and ask them to bring all of their old Halloween costumes along. Put a few snacks together or order takeout and turn your living room into a Halloween Super Shop! This way, everyone can wear a new (to them) costume and only spend a couple bucks on accessories or tweaking the costume.

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Spooky Treats

My friend’s company is hosting a Halloween dessert contest in which the only requirement is that the submissions include pumpkin as an ingredient. Aside from there being a monetary prized involved as an incentive, participating in itself is rewarding. Halloween is such a fun holiday and there are so many things everyone can do to get in the spirit.

If any of you is getting your recipe together to participate in a contest at work, school or home, make sure to spice the presentation up with Halloween Themed Plastic Trays. Baking spooky treats doesn’t necessarily have to be for a contest, you could simply surprise your child or sibling’s class with a tray of chocolate cupcakes. Stick a couple toy hands in there to create a “buried alive” feel.

For best results, check your pulse and enjoy! ;-)