25 Days of Christmas: Drawing Prompts

December ushers in a month-long season of Christmas cheer. Are you looking to put extra merriment in the holiday season? Drawing is a superb creative outlet to add to this magical time of year.  

25 Drawing Prompts for Christmas

Christmas tree and gifts
  1. Self-Portrait with a Christmas Theme
  2. Christmas Tree
  3. Christmas Gifts, Wrapping Paper, Ribbons, & Bows
  4. Christmas Cards
  5. Santa & Mrs. Claus
  6. Elves
  7. North Pole & Santa’s Workshop
  8. Santa’s Sleigh & Reindeer (Don’t forget Rudolph)
  9. The Grinch
  10. Christmas Ornaments & Tree Topper
  11. Christmas Stockings
  12. Mistle Toe
  13. Nativity
  14. Mary, Joseph, & Baby Jesus
  15. Christmas Star
  16. Angels
  17. Letters to Santa
  18. Gingerbread House
  19. Christmas Sweater
  20. Candy Cane and Christmas Sweets
  21. Christmas Bells
  22. Christmas Wreath
  23. Nutcracker
  24. Peace On Earth
  25. Merry Christmas

Get the most out of your Christmas drawing prompts by turning your creations into ornaments. Consider using small notecards which can easily be laminated. Next, punch a hole in the top to add ribbon to hang on your Christmas tree.

25 Days of Christmas: Photo Prompts

Are you trying to get into the holiday spirit? If you are looking for extra inspiration for the Christmas season, check out the following photo prompts.

25 Photo Prompts for the Christmas Season

  1. Selfie in front of Christmas décor
  2. Christmas Tree
  3. Ornaments
  4. Ribbons and Bows
  5. Mistletoe
  6. Christmas Gifts
  7. Candy Canes & Other Christmas Sweets
  8. Christmas Lights
  9. Christmas Cheer
  10. Tradition
  11. Baking
  12. Stockings
  13. Family
  14. Bells
  15. Peace
  16. Red and Green
  17. Wrapping Paper
  18. Nostalgic
  19. Shining Bright
  20. Nativity
  21. Beverages
  22. Peace on Earth
  23. Joy to the World
  24. Santa
  25. Merry Christmas!

The Best Photos to Take on Thanksgiving

Yes, Thanksgiving comes every year. Unfortunately, over time, those who gather at your table may no longer be here to celebrate. Use your camera or cell phone to preserve your holiday memories with photographs.

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Photos to Take for the Best Thanksgiving Memories

Are you ready to capture the laughs, the food, and the joy of Thanksgiving? Get snapping.

Getting Ready

Setting up the table, preparing the kids’ table, decorating, or dressing up for the day are all special moments Snap a few photos during this busy time. The process of getting ready is a major part of Thanksgiving.

Cooking

A large meal usually means more than one person in the kitchen. Capturing the laughs that occur during the preparation of a Thanksgiving feast is always a special memory.

Group Photos

If everyone arrives early, get group photos before the dinner. Spills and dropped food easily stain the best apparel. A large family gathering means a person is always available to watch the kitchen while group photos are being done. For a photo of the entire family use your self-timer on your camera or bribe a neighbor with pumpkin pie to take a quick photo.

Dinner Time

Before everyone digs into the delicious meal, snap a photo of the dinner table. Get the full table with all the decorations, place settings, and the entire food spread. Next, take a photo of everyone coming to the table. And finally, one of everyone sitting around the Thanksgiving table.

If prayer is part of the feast, you have two options. One, skip the photo entirely. Or two, set your camera on self-timer to get a picture of everyone in prayer.

Outdoor Time

Do you play football or hike as a family on Thanksgiving? As long as someone is watching the kitchen, grab your camera and head outdoors to take photos.

Candid and Creativity

Posed photos are great but candid shots are extra special. Photos of your aunt laughing too hard at a silly joke or your grandfather sharing a story with the children invoke emotion. The photos will always be a lasting memory.

 Do not be afraid to try different angles, use natural light, or a zoom lens. Try to capture what you are thankful for at Thanksgiving.

Enjoy your day! Happy Thanksgiving!

8 Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

Are you going to pass on trick-or-treating this year? Do not worry, you are not alone. Many families forego trick-or-treating for numerous reasons. Chilly weather, scheduling conflicts, health and safety concerns, or the time of trick-or-treating are often big factors. Even without trick-or-treating, your Halloween can still be lots of fun.

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Trick-or-Treating Alternatives  

  1. Halloween Party: Throw your own Halloween party. Halloween costumes, treats, themed music, and games are a perfect combination for a night of fun.
  2. Bonfire Night: With or without costumes a bonfire night is a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy. Just be careful around the fire and don’t forget the S’mores.
  3. Movie Night: On a cold, rainy Halloween, cuddling under blankets, sipping hot cocoa, and watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a perfect evening.
  4. Candy Scavenger Hunt: Hide the candy. No, seriously hide the candy for a scavenger hunt. Kids love to search for “hidden treasures.” A candy scavenger hunt is a superb way to celebrate Halloween.
  5. Craft Day: Spend the day doing Halloween themed crafts. Even your local dollar store has Halloween themed craft products. Make masks, draw haunted scenes, or paint fake pumpkins for a day of Halloween fun.
  6. Community Event: If you are concerned about safety, attend a community sponsored event. Trunk-or-treat, pumpkin walk, or Halloween at the zoo are great sponsored events for Halloween.
  7. Halloween-Themed Baking: Bake Halloween treats together. Deliver treats to neighbors. Or use the Halloween-themed goodies as part of your movie night.
  8. Halloween Pail:  A Halloween bucket is like an Easter basket. Grab a Halloween themed bucket and fill it with your kids’ favorite treats. Controlling the amount of candy is the best part. Add books, magazines, small toys, or other themed goodies to fill the bucket.

Yes, trick-or-treating is a fun part of childhood. When the weather or other issues get in the way, finding the best alternative to trick-or-treating is a fantastic way to celebrate Halloween

A Game of Halloween Charades

Are you looking for a fun interactive game to celebrate Halloween? Charades is a classic, easy-to-play game. Start by sorting your guests into two teams of equal amounts. Pick a timekeeper. Generally, a person has 2 to 3 minutes to act out the phrase. But if you have younger children, you may need extra time.

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Halloween Charade Ideas

A Halloween-themed game of charades is easy to plan. Simply write out book titles, movies, phrases, or words on pieces of paper in a bowl. If you need some inspiration, check out the following list of Halloween charade ideas.

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  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  3. Witch’s Cauldron
  4. Ghost
  5. Black Cat
  6. Graveyard
  7. Werewolf howling at the moon
  8. Skeleton
  9. Scarecrow
  10. Carving a Pumpkin
  11. The Monster Mash
  12. Mad Scientist
  13. Thriller
  14. Stirring a cauldron
  15. Vampire
  16. Frankenstein
  17. Bats flying at noon
  18. Full moon
  19. Visiting a haunted house
  20. Zombie walk
  21. Halloween candy
  22. Caramel apples
  23. Bobbing for apples
  24. Monster
  25. Mummy
  26. Mask
  27. Fangs
  28. Night of the Living Deas
  29. Pumpkin patch
  30. Trick-or-treating

Charades require a little acting but gain a lot of laughs.

25 Halloween Books for Kids

The weather is cooler, the days are growing short, and Halloween is just around the corner. Do you want to surprise your kids with Halloween books? Or do you need a list for your next trip to the library?  Check out the following list of fun Halloween books for kids.

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  1. “Creepy Carrots!” – Aaron Reynolds
  2. “Big Pumpkin” – Erica Silverman
  3. “Too Many Pumpkins” – Lina White
  4. “Ten Timid Ghosts” – Jennifer O’Connell
  5. “Pumpkin Countdown” – Joan Holub and Jan Smith
  6. “Little Witch” – Anna Elizabeth Bennett
  7. “The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt” – Riel Nason
  8. Room on the Broom” – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  9. “Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan” – Catherine Hapka and Loryn Brantz
  10. “Stumpkin” – Lucy Ruth Cummins
  11. “The Halloween Moon” – Joseph Fink
  12. “Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch” – Shana Gorian, Ros Webb, and Josh Addessi
  13. “The Little Kitten” – Nicola Killen
  14. “The Scariest Book Ever” – Bob Shea
  15. “The Little Blue Truck’s Halloween” – Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
  16. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” – Linda D. Williams and Megan Lloyd
  17. “Gilbert the Ghost” – Guido Van Genechten
  18. “Goodnight Goon” – Michael Rex
  19. “Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete” – James Dean
  20. “A Halloween Carol”- Sean M. Hogan
  21.  “How to Make Friends with a Ghost” – Rebecca Green
  22. “The Halloween Moon” – Joseph Find
  23. “The Witches” – Ronald Dahl
  24. “The Halloween Tree” – Susan Montanari
  25. “Snowmen at Halloween” – Caralyn M. Buehner

With all the books available, you’re certain to get into the Halloween spirit. Older children may like the Harry Potter series too. Have fun! Keep reading! And Happy Halloween!

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Fall Family Photos to Capture this Season

Fall is a busy time of year. Apple picking, visiting pumpkin patches, viewing colorful foliage, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are all a part of the fall season. Each day provides numerous opportunities for family pictures. Are you capturing the best photos for lasting memories? If you need a little inspiration, check out the following list of ideas for fall family photos to capture this season.

Fall Family Photo Ideas

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  1. Walking down a hiking trail. (If you can do it, get your children to hold hands).
  2. Searching for the perfect pumpkin.
  3. Sitting in the pumpkin patch.
  4. Going apple picking.
  5. Baking a apple or pumpkin pie together.
  6. Doing leaf crafts.
  7. Attending a football game.
  8. Tailgating before the game. (Food is always a major part of game day photos).
  9. Playing catch football.
  10. Around a bonfire.
  11. Standing in front of trees with vibrant fall colors.
  12. Holding leaves out front of you. (For added fun, write names or wishes on the leaves)
  13. Raking and jumping in the leaves.
  14. Vising a local farmer’s market.
  15. At a community event.
  16. Making Halloween decoration together.
  17. Dancing to Halloween music.
  18. Carving pumpkins.
  19. Roasting pumpkin seeds.
  20. Volunteering.
  21. Drinking homemade hot cocoa in a new mug. (Do not forget the marshmallows.)
  22. Dressing up in Halloween costumes.
  23. A Halloween photo shoot in the back yard.
  24. Trick or treating.
  25. Decorating for Thanksgiving.
  26. Photo with extended family at Thanksgiving.
  27. Photo of everyone sitting at the Thanksgiving table.
  28. Kids choice. (Often children create the best photo shoot for your family.)

40 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is almost here! Are you ready for your trick-or-treaters? Are you thinking about handing out something other than candy this year? Perhaps you only get a handful of trick-or-treaters? Or you know some of your neighbor children cannot have candy. Due to allergies or other restrictions, many children are on strict diets.

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Alternatives to Halloween Cany

  1. Halloween Pencils/Erasers
  2. Temporary Tattoos
  3. Halloween Stickers
  4. Vampire Teeth
  5. Bouncy Balls
  6. Spider Rings
  7. Stampers
  8. Bubbles
  9. Lego Figures
  10. Mini Art Kits
  11. Halloween Activity Pads
  12. Halloween Color Books
  13. Halloween LED Rings
  14. Halloween Glasses
  15. Foam Putty
  16. Glow Sticks
  17. Slime
  18. Stretchy Skeletons
  19. Slap Bracelets
  20. Play Doh
  21. Rubber Duckies
  22. Slinkies
  23. Punch Balloons
  24. Halloween Wind-Up Toys
  25. Yo-Yos
  26. Whistles
  27. Kazoos
  28. Mini Paratroopers
  29. Finger Puppets
  30. Bookmarks
  31. Books
  32. Plushies
  33. Mini Flashlights
  34. Mini Fidget Spinners
  35. Halloween Crayons
  36. Spin Tops
  37. Hot Wheel or Matchbox Cars
  38. Halloween Jewelry
  39. Mini Nail Polishes
  40. Punch Balloons

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35 Halloween Movies for Family Night

Are you getting the mood for Halloween fun? Pumpkins, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night are a major part of Halloween. The time is perfect to pop some buttery, delicious popcorn or order a pizza from your favorite place. Now find the perfect family-friendly movie to enjoy.  

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35 Family-Friendly Movies

  1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
  2. Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2
  3. A Witches Ball
  4. Halloweentown 1 & 2
  5. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  6. The Haunted Mansion
  7. Beetlejuice (1988)
  8. Casper (1995)
  9. Happy Halloween Scooby Doo (2020)
  10. Ghostbuster (1988)
  11. Hocus Pocus (1993)
  12. Harry Potter series
  13. Monster House (2006)
  14. The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011)
  15. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (Netflix)
  16. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
  17. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013)
  18. Goosebumps (2015)
  19. Super Monster Saves Halloween (2018)
  20. The Addams Family (2019)
  21. Toy Story of Terror (2014)
  22. Spookley the Square Pumpkin (2004)
  23. Pooh’s Huffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
  24. Room on a Broom (2013)
  25. The House with the Clock In Its Walls
  26. The Little Vampire
  27. Spooky Buddies
  28. Halloween Town High
  29. Return to Halloween Town
  30. ParaNorman
  31. Monster Family
  32. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  33. Gremlins (1984)
  34. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  35. Woody Woodpecker and Friends Halloween Favorites

What is your favorite Halloween show to watch with your family?

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How to Find the Perfect Pumpkin to Carve

Halloween is creeping in closer each day! Are you going to decorate your porch with jack-o-lanterns? Pumpkins are one of the best parts of Halloween. Now, who is going to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin to carve? Do you know how to find the best pumpkin for carving?

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Tips for Finding the Best Pumpkin for Carving

The cooler weather, fresh air, and the big search for the perfect pumpkin is a great family-friendly activity. Bundle up warm and remember the following tips for finding the best pumpkin for carving.

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Color

One of the easiest ways to find the perfect pumpkin to turn into a jack-o-lantern is color.  When searching the pumpkin patch, look for a deep, orange color. The deep orange hue signifies the ripeness of the pumpkin.

The Thump Test

Yes, there really is a reason people knock on pumpkins. A hollow sounding pumpkin is ripe. Pick up and your pumpkin and knock on the side a couple of times. Listen carefully for a deep hollow sound when you tap the pumpkin with your knuckles. If your first pumpkin pick did not pass the thump test, keep looking.

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Check Your Pumpkin Over

Next feel your pumpkin over for bad spots. If a pumpkin is beginning to decay, dark spots or bruises may be noticeable. Press in on questionable areas.  Search for scratches or other imperfections.

The sturdiness of the pumpkin is essential. Using your thumbs, test the bottom of the pumpkin for firmness. A mushy pumpkin will not last until Halloween night. Try to find a pumpkin without any blemishes.

Cradle Your Pumpkin

Avoid picking your pumpkin up by the stem. If you break the stem, the pumpkin will decay at a faster rate. A firm, secure stem means a sturdy pumpkin.

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Heading out to the pumpkin patch for your perfect choice is a great Halloween tradition. When searching, take your time. Enjoying the atmosphere is part of October fun.

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