scary {not gory!} Halloween movies for teens & tweens

great list of scary movies for tweens and teens to watch on Halloween - movies that are scary but not gory or bloody

My big kids are too old to trick-or-treat, so the past few years they’ve asked to get together with friends and watch scary movies on Halloween instead. I think that’s a great plan, but the hard part is finding scary movies that aren’t gory, violent, or otherwise inappropriate for teens and tweens. I know, lots of teens watch […]

easy Halloween spider cinnamon roll pops

What a fun idea for a Halloween treat! Easy spider cinnamon roll pops. Cute Halloween breakfast idea to make with the kids

When I was a teenager it seemed like my mom went to the grocery store every single day. I remember wondering why she didn’t just plan ahead a bit so she could go once a week and be done with it. I mean, it didn’t seem like it would be so hard to do. And for […]

Halloween pretzel monsters + ghosts

Awesome! Pretzel monsters and ghosts for Halloween. Fun, easy treat to make with the kids.

Happy halfway through September, people! I hope you’re all enjoying (or at least surviving) getting the kids back to school and figuring out who needs picking up up when, etc. Things are good here, except that I really struggle with carpool rage every morning while dropping off my kids at the elementary school. JUST STOP PARKING IN […]

Halloween masks to print and color


Summer’s over and the kids are back in school, which means it’s time for me to decide if I’m going to volunteer to help with any of the class parties this year. I’m always happy to help, but I never want to find myself the night before the party with no idea what craft or […]

Halloween ham + cheese sandwiches

Fun, easy dinner idea for Halloween night - use pumpkin cookie cutters to make a cheese pumpkin for a ham + cheese sandwich. Kids can even "carve" a jack-o-lantern face on the pumpkin with a toothpick!

Figuring out dinner on Halloween night can be a hassle. The kids are usually sugared up and bouncing around the house with excitement. In between finding the costume pieces that have mysteriously gotten lost and telling them for the eightieth time that no, it’s not quite time to leave for trick or treating yet, it’s hard to […]

how to take great photos of jack-o-lanterns this Halloween

3 easy tips to help you get great photos of your carved pumpkins this Halloween. How to take amazing jack-o-lantern photographs.

It’s fun to take spooky photos of your carved Halloween pumpkins when they are lit, but between the dark night and the bright pumpkin it can be a little tricky to get a good photo, especially if you shoot on AUTO. But don’t worry, if you follow three easy tips you’ll end up with great photos of your […]

non-candy Halloween treat idea: spooky straws

Great idea for a non-candy Halloween treat or party favor: spooky straws with free printable tag

  I wish there was a little less candy on Halloween. I know, what a buzzkill, especially coming from someone who loves chocolate as much as I do, but really, it’s a little much isn’t it? Going trick or treating is so much fun that my kids end up accumulating way more candy than they […]

easy glowstick pumpkins {perfect for Halloween night!}

Glowstick pumpkins - so cute! This would be a perfect activity to keep the kids busy on Halloween while they're waiting to start trick or treating.

Last week my three junior high school age kids had parent teacher conferences. I was supposed to go and spend three hours of my life waiting in line to visit with 20 different teachers. Ok, I’m exaggerating since my twins have most of their classes together…it’s actually only 13 different teachers. Did I do it? That […]