Halloween Fear Challenge–Food Edition

Are you staying home for Halloween? Are you looking for fun ways to celebrate with your family? How about hosting a Halloween fear challenge night? Trying new foods is always a fun family activity, right?

Grocery List Ideas

Ask yourself, what food items would be a challenge for your family? Do you need some assistance? Check out the following ideas.

  • Edible Insects: There is a wide selection of edible insects available at your local specialty shop or online.
    Original Worm Snack. Believe it or not, these come in different flavors.

    Like the Larvets, these Crick-eets are available in different flavors; Bacon & Cheese, Salt & Vinegar, and Sour Cream & Onion.
  • Bugs in a Sucker: A sucker is a perfect chance to eat a little sweet before getting down to the bug.

    There are suckers available with scorpions, crickets, ants, worms, and more. They come in a wide variety of flavors.
  • Chocolate Covered Bugs: Other bugs come covered in chocolate. For many, eating chocolate-covered larvae is easier.
  • Pickled Eggs: Pickled eggs are an acquired taste. Many find the soft squishy pickled eggs a challenge to eat.
  • Rattlesnake: For many, Eating a snake is definitely a challenge. But a rattlesnake can add an extra element of fear.
  • Gummy Bugs: If you have younger children who may want to join the fun but will not try other real insects, purchase gummy bugs. Eating a gummy worm or other insects may be a challenge to younger children.
  • Fruit or Vegetable: The produce section is another place to look for food challenge options. If your family has never tried a turnip, radish, leek, pomegranate, avocado, or dragon fruit, add these to your food fear challenge night. The fruits and vegetables are a fun addition.

Your Halloween Food Challenge Night

Keep in mind, there is no right or wrong way to set up for your Halloween food challenge night.

  • Use Halloween themed plates or trays to spread out your food selection.
  • Provide plenty of water to wash down the food choices.
  • Do not force anyone to try a choice.
  • Film the experience to use on YouTube or Instagram.
  • Take pictures. Use the photos to make a scrapbook later.
  • Have fun. Who knows, maybe you can cross items to try off your bucket list.

What food do you consider a fear challenge?

 

Simple Halloween Ghost Cookies

Halloween (or any holiday) is an excellent time to start new traditions. Whether you are staying close to home due to the pandemic or avoiding the cold weather, making simple Halloween ghost cookies is a great way to celebrate. Anyways, who doesn’t like warm, gooey marshmallow cookies?

Grocery List

  • Cookie dough or the ingredients to your favorite cookie recipe.
  • Marshmallow shaped ghosts
  • Halloween sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven.
  • Bake cookies as directed.
  • Remove at the proper time.
  • Place the ghost marshmallows and sprinkles on to the warm cookies. The marshmallow begins to melt from the heat.
  • Serve warm.
  • Enjoy the extra sweet, gooey goodness of simple Halloween ghost cookies.

These simple but tasty Halloween ghost cookies are a perfect snack for family movie night.

Halloween Crafts: Pumpkin Suncatcher

Halloween is not canceled. The holiday is just a little different this year. For those staying close to home, finding other family-friendly activities is a great way to celebrate. With adult supervision, create pumpkin suncatchers to display outdoors or hang in your windows.

List of Materials

  • Pony Beads
  • Cake Pie (The round cake pans from dollar store ones work well. You do not have to worry about ruining your favorite cake pan.)
  • Nut (Use a nut to hang your suncatcher. Drilling a hole in your suncatcher is another option. But you always run the risk of cracking your finished project.)

Instructions

  • Place your pony beads in your desired design into the cake pan. Arranging your beads is the longest part. If you are having trouble placing your beads, use a toothpick to gently move them into position.
  • When you are ready, preheat your oven to 400˚F. Keep in mind, pony beads are plastic. As the beads melt, they give off a strong odor. Opening a window for proper ventilation is highly recommended.
  • Melt your beads for about 35 minutes.
  • When your beads are completely melted, remove from the oven.
  • Allow cooling.
  • Gently tap your pumpkin suncatcher out of the pan. Be careful; the bottom of the pan may still be warm to the touch.
  • Display proudly.

Halloween Crafts: Pumpkin Magnets

Are you staying close to home for Halloween? How about doing some Halloween-themed crafts. Pumpkin magnets are an open-ended craft project. There is no right or wrong way to do the pumpkin magnets. The possibilities are endless.

List of Materials

  • Wooden Circles

    Purchased these at Wal-Mart.
  • Glue
  • Orange, Green, and Black Paint (or any other colors you want to use)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pom Poms
  • Glitter
  • Magnets

    Purchased these from Amazon. Please note: “As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.”

Instructions for Pumpkin Magnets

  1. Cover work area with newspaper.
  2. Paint circles your desired color.
  3. Allow your circle to completely dry.
  4. Add embellishments or paint your pumpkin’s face.
  5. Allow your pumpkin to completely dry.
  6.  Flip your pumpkin over to glue on the magnet.
  7. Allow your pumpkin to completely dry again.
  8. Display your final pumpkin craft.

Christmas Preparations in October

Is the cooler October weather making you think about the upcoming holiday season? Are you on a tight budget this year? Or do you just want to start preparing for Christmas early? Starting Christmas preparations in October is an excellent way to get the most out of the holiday season.

Think Lists (and More Lists)

Whether you use your computer or a spiral notebook, lists are essential to staying organized during the holiday season.

  • Christmas Gift List: Who do you plan on buying gifts for this Christmas? A gift-giving list is a perfect place to start. Don’t worry if you forget someone. You can add to your list as the holiday season draws closer.
  • Size List: If you plan to purchase sweaters, pajamas, or other clothing items, start a size list. Keeping everyone sizes on one list is ideal for shopping, especially if you come across deals.
  • Gift Ideas: Do you already know what your family wants for Christmas? Make a gift-giving idea list for each person. Many stores have clearance items or other cost-saving deals right now. Maybe you will be able to check off a couple of things early.
  • Christmas Cards List: Due to social distancing and other guidelines, many family reunions, birthday parties, graduations, weddings, and other social gatherings were put on hold for a later date. Sending your family and friends Christmas cards lets them know you care. If your crafty, make handmade Christmas cards to send to your loved ones.
  • Food Menu: Make a list of recipes, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day menus. Write out the groceries needed to make everything on your list. The task provides an idea of the cost.

Budget

Use your lists to set a budget for the holiday season. If you get a weekly or bi-weekly paycheck, consider putting a portion of the money aside for Christmas preparations. Check weekly store ads for deals. Shop the clearance section. When possible, buy early.

Start Your Christmas Buying Now

Obviously, buying food at this time is not advisable. But, picking up other items, including gifts, is a great way to prepare for Christmas.

  • Stocking Stuffers: Small items are an easy add-on to your grocery list. For example, right now, many school-related things are on sale. Colored pens, pencils, watercolors, crayons, small notebooks, USBs, earbuds, markers, and other school items are great stocking stuffers.
  • Gifts: Toys, DVDs, clothes, and books are easy early buying gifts. Now bigger items such as electronics, televisions, or computers are often on sale during the holiday season. Waiting to purchase big-ticket items may be beneficial to your budget.
  • Stamps: Depending on the amount of Christmas cards you plan to send out, consider purchasing a book of stamps each week. The price of stamps adds up quickly. Spreading the cost over time is ideal.

Starting Christmas preparations in October can ease the stress of the holiday season.

Photo Prompts for October

October brings cool crisp days, pumpkin picking, and Halloween. The time is perfect to grab your camera and snap your favorite scene. Do you need some inspiration? Check out the following photo prompts.

31 Photo Prompts for October

  1. Selfie
  2. Up close
  3.  Down low
  4. 8 am
  5. Warm beverage
  6. Up high
  7. Far away
  8. Black and white
  9. Landscape
  10. Sunrise/sunset
  11. Signs
  12. Animal
  13. Circles
  14. Water
  15. Friendship
  16. Street
  17. Still
  18. Beverage
  19. Food
  20. 3 pm
  21. Peace
  22. Treat
  23. Plenty
  24. Shadows
  25. Paths
  26. Halloween candy
  27. Dusk (low-light)
  28. Orange and black
  29. Halloween decor
  30. Pumpkins
  31. Happy Halloween! Your choice.

 

Journal Writing Prompts for October

Whether you are just beginning or been keeping a journal for years, writing your thoughts and feelings down on paper is good for your well-being. Do you need some writing inspiration? Check out the following journal writing prompts for October.

  1. How did September go for you, your family, your loved ones, and your co-workers? Write about your best and worst moments from September in detail.
  2. What are you looking forward to the most in October?
  3. What do you hope to accomplish in the last 3 months of 2020?
  4. What are your thoughts on the pandemic? Are you still under restrictions for your area?
  5. Make a list of 10 things to get done by the end of the month. Put a star by the most important one.
  6. Write about that made you smile today.
  7. If you could have lunch with any writer, actor, or actress, who would you pick? Why?
  8. Are you decorating for Halloween? Why or Why not?
  9. Write about what you were doing at 10 am, 3 pm, and 7pm.
  10. Write a restaurant review.
  11. October is Family History Month. Write about your family’s beginnings.
  12. Write about your grandparents or other older family members. Describe their appearance, personality, and different mannerisms that make them stand out.
  13. Write about your name. How did you get your first and middle names? What does your surname mean? Are you named after anyone in your family?
  14. Write about your favorite memory with your grandparents or other older family members.
  15. Wo in your family inspires you? Why?
  16. Write about your current family status. (Yes, your dog counts as a family member).
  17. What does the word family mean to you?
  18. What is the one thing you would to do before 2020 is over? Why is this important to you?
  19. Write about your entire day from the perspective of your pet. (Yes, a stuffed animal counts).
  20. Free write for 15 minutes.
  21. Describe your current weather condition. Does the weather affect your mood?
  22. Write a book review.
  23. What are you currently reading or watching? What is the attraction?
  24. Whare are your thoughts on Halloween this year?
  25. What is your favorite spooky movie? Why?
  26. Did you have Halloween parties at school? What do you remember the most about the celebration?
  27. Did you celebrate Halloween as a child? Did you go trick-or-treating? What is your best Halloween memory?
  28. What are your Halloween plans?
  29. How does this Halloween differ from last year?
  30. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or Why not?
  31. Happy Halloween! How did your day go?

Self-Care Ideas for October

October brings colder weather, longer nights, and Halloween. Focusing on yourself is essential for your health and well-being. Do you need some self-care ideas for October? Check out the following for inspiration.

  1. Get plenty of sleep, take a nap or sleep in when possible.
  2. Drink lots of fluids-water, tea, and maybe even a tall glass of apple cider.
  3. Buy yourself something new. (Yes, a dollar store Halloween figurine counts.)
  4. Take an extra-long hot shower or soak in a warm, bubble bath.
  5. Call a friend.
  6. Order take out from your favorite restaurant.
  7. Go for a walk to view the Halloween decorations in your community.
  8. Work out to a beginner’s video on YouTube.
  9. Unplug from social media for an hour, six hours, or an entire day.
  10. Grab your favorite fuzzy blanket and spend your Saturday reading a book.
  11. Write letters or send out Halloween cards with notes inside.
  12. Binge-watch Halloween shows.
  13. Go hiking
  14. Cook your favorite meal.
  15. Do Halloween themed crafts.
  16. Sip a warm beverage while stargazing.
  17. Use relaxing music to meditate or pray.
  18. Visit your local pumpkin patch. Carve and display your pumpkin.
  19. Give yourself a spa day-soak your feet, paint your nails, and apply a facial.
  20. Make a Halloween-themed playlist.
  21. Try a new food.
  22. Take a virtual tour.
  23. Keep a journal or diary.
  24. Go for a long drive and play the music loud.
  25. Take an online course. (There are numerous free courses or seminars available.)
  26. Eat your favorite soup on a cold autumn day.
  27. Take your dog for an extra-long walk. If you don’t have a dog, volunteer to be a dog walker at your local shelter or rescue.
  28. Paint or draw a Halloween scene.
  29. Declutter a room, closet, or a junk drawer.
  30. Try pumpkin-related food or beverage.
  31. Happy Halloween! Give yourself a treat.

No, Halloween is Not Canceled

Let’s repeat, Halloween is not canceled. Due to the pandemic, Halloween celebrations are different this year. Many areas are experiencing wide-spread cancellations of community events, including trick-or-treating. But, Halloween, a recognized holiday by millions, is not canceled.

Staying close to home provides the perfect opportunity to engage in other activities for your entire family to enjoy. Instead of celebrating Halloween on one night, spread out the activities during the whole month for extra fun.

Ideas for Halloween Fun

Do you need some inspiration to help celebrate Halloween? Check out the following list.

  • Decorate: Spend time decorating your yard, house, or room. Even small figures or handmade decorations provide a Halloween feel.
  • Halloween Crafts: Check out Pinterest for numerous family-friendly crafts for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Before heading out to your local pumpkin patch, check out the times and guidelines.
  • Pumpkin Carving:  Whether you went to a pumpkin patch or local supermarket, spend an afternoon carving your pumpkins.
  • Roast Pumpkin Seeds: Save and roast your pumpkin seeds for a delicious snack.
  • Look at Halloween Decorations: Walk (or drive) around your neighborhood to look at Halloween decorations.
  • Halloween-Themed Dinner: Make a spooky-themed dinner for your family or friends. Mummy hot dogs, ghost pancakes, blood-red juice, or pumpkin pie are just a few examples for a Halloween breakfast or dinner.
  • Movie Night: Host a family movie night with Halloween themed movies. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is always a traditional favorite.
  • Halloween Books: Read a Halloween story or make up a scary one of your own.
  • Halloween Playlist: Make a playlist of your favorite Halloween songs to play. Dancing and singing along to fun Halloween songs are a great way to enjoy the holiday.
  • Photo Session: Set up a backdrop (a plain old sheet works well). Get dressed up in your Halloween costumes, use props, and take lots of photos.
  • Scavenger Hunt: Hide Halloween candy or small toys. Place the items around your yard or home for a fun scavenger hunt.

Yes, repeat again. Halloween is not canceled; the holiday is just a little different this year. Pick one or numerous activities to enjoy Halloween over the whole month.

National Collecting Rocks Day

Did you today, September 16th, is National Collecting Rocks Day? Are you wondering how to celebrate? Well, simply go outdoors and collect rocks. Rock collecting is an easy pastime to start with your family. Children love to collect. Who knows, go on outings to collect rocks may lead to a lifetime love of geology.

Why Collect Rocks?

Collecting rocks is a hands-on learning experience. Unplug from your devices and spend an afternoon outdoors. Turn rock collecting into an adventure for your family. Rock collecting has many benefits, including:

  • Building vocabulary
  • Increasing fine motor skills by searching and picking up rocks
  • Expands imagination
  • Builds large motor skills by walking to find the rocks.
  • Promotes family togetherness
  • Provides a foundation for further learning

Plus, collecting rocks is fun.

Ideas for Your Rock Collection

How many rocks did you find? Are you wondering what to do with your collected rocks? Check out the following ideas.

  • Identify: Rocks fall into three main categories, sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. Identifying rocks is a great learning experience.
  • Display: Using old egg cartons or other throw-away plastic containers, display your rocks. Egg cartons are wonderful to separate and label your latest rock finds. Or invest in a larger container to continuously fill to show your rocks.
  • Paint: Paint and hide larger rocks around your community.
  • Crafts: Smaller rocks or stones are great for crafting. Arrange your rocks into animal shapes or other patterns. Glue the rocks to a board to display on the wall.
  • Make Jewelry: With the right type of crafting material, you can turn rocks into necklaces and bracelets.
  • Polish: Invest in a rock tumbler to polish and shine your finds.

Fall is an excellent time to go rock collecting with your family. But be warned, once started collecting rocks is addicting. You may want to check pockets before doing the wash. Finding a hand full of rocks in each pocket is an expected outcome for starting rock collecting.