Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Traditions

It probably doesn't surprise anyone that we have a Halloween tradition since we are super into Halloween and fall in general.   Only recently have I learned to be able to laugh in the face of horror movies, mostly due to the Heather helping me realize how silly they really are.  But my all time favorite Halloween movie has always been and will always be Hocus Pocus.  Since it is super tame I thought it would be a good tradition to start with Emily and Morgan.  We started this tradition when they were only 2 and it has been going strong ever since. Since I don't have any kids of my own, I really enjoy spending time and doing things with E & M.  They are seriously the coolest kids I know.

Since we've started this tradition, I've been jonesing to add a holiday themed craft to our movie watching.  The girls are now 5 and in kindergarten so their attention spans have increased and they are much better able to sit still and make it through and entire activity.  I decided to go with a bookish themed Halloween craft to coincide with our book club.  Plus I'm happy to report Heather is raising these girls to love books too!

Book Pumpkins:

Glow in the Dark Mod Podge
Paint Brushes
Newspaper/book (I chose newspaper simply because it worked well with clean up)

The first step is to tear the paper into smallish strips. E can shred paper like a boss.

Next, let the kids go crazy painting the pumpkins with Mod Podge and then start layering the strips of paper onto the pumpkin.  It will take a few layers to completely cover the pumpkins.  You may even end up with fingers glued together. It's all part of the fun experience.

I love how enthralled they were with this project.  It was like nothing else in the world existed which really is part of the beauty of crafting.  

I think if we would have used a book instead of a newspaper the pumpkins would have turned out looking a little more bookish but the girls had a blast so I don't even care how they turned out. I think they are still super cute and I proudly display them on my tv stand next to my zombie gnomes. I'm just going to enjoy being cool "Auntie" Jen for a little bit and giggle about how Emily called me a Hipster in the midst of this pumpkin book craft!

Once we were finished and got everyone cleaned up, we piled on the couch to finish the movie.  I hope this is a tradition that continues until the girls decide we aren't cool enough to hang out with and then we will probably still force them to participate.  

Since E & M enjoyed the Halloween crafting so much (glow in the dark stuff is cool, yah know?) we've decided to start Christmas crafting traditions with them too which I am really looking forward too. A day of watching Christmas movies, baking cookies and doing a craft is in our future so stay tuned! How crazy is it that it is almost the holiday season? Slow down Fall!


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