Halloween Show and Tell

It rained on Halloween this year. It rained, and rained, and rained, but it wasn’t very cold so my girls had loads of fun running from door to door and collecting candy with their friends. We all were carrying umbrellas, but that didn’t really help us stay dry. We didn’t trick-or-treat as far as we would have if the weather was nicer; and after we went inside to dry out, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for just a couple of minutes. I saw on Facebook that we missed a beautiful rainbow. Oh, well, these things happen.

My girls are so sweet and aren’t picky about their costumes. Lily doesn’t like change, anyway, so she wore the bat costume I made for her last year again. She loves it because it’s made out of a black sweatshirt, so it keeps her warm and she doesn’t have to wear her coat over it!

Lily parade 2013

Emmy wanted to be Taylor Swift, but I really didn’t want to try to make her look like Taylor Swift for the school parade! At the last minute, I found ladybug antenna and a Little Red Riding Hood costume at Target, so I transformed it into a ladybug dress. Emmy loves the Ladybug Girl books, so she went right along with this idea.

Emmy parade

After seeing Tamara’s Halloween pictures of her little bunny, (be sure to go read about her Halloween this year!) I knew I had to show you a picture of Lily as a bunny. She was almost two years old.

Lily bunny


And here is my little piggy Emmy, when she was about 15 months old. She was a happy little piggy!


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How was your Halloween? Be sure to visit all the Halloween links below!

Second Blooming

Halloween-y Crafts, Spin Cycle AND Ladies Only Blog Share

I’m so excited to be hosting not one, but TWO blog hops! Every Friday, I co-host The Spin Cycle with Gretchen from Second Blooming. I’m totally thrilled that after she wrote about her love for acting she got a guest role in Modern Family! It aired this past Wednesday, so I hope you caught it! Today I’m also a guest…as a co-host of the Ladies Only Blog Share Linky Party with several of my co-authors. We have been working together on our book, The Mother of All Meltdowns, for an exciting few months. I’m so pleased I’ve gotten to know these wonderful ladies! They are all listed down below.

This week, our theme is Halloween. At the preschool where I teach, we have been singing a lot of fun Halloween songs, reading Halloween books, and also making some easy Halloween crafts. We have 18 four year olds for only two hours every morning, so making our projects cute yet simple for little hands is important.

easy Halloween crafts

For this candy corn and M&M’s project, we talked a lot about patterns first. The triangles were pre-made; they are cardboard with black fabric glued on top. We then encouraged the kids to lay out their candy pattern on the table first. After they had their pattern ready to go, they glued their pattern onto the triangle. We also talked about how this candy is not for eating. We’re not that mean…we had candy corn and M&M’s for our snack that day!

Candy Corn Patterns

This cute little pumpkin book is a perfect activity to do after diving into a real pumpkin! We used a glue stick to glue real pumpkin seeds and orange yard “inside” our paper pumpkin.

pumkin books

The kids love to use scissors, and these spiral ghosts are perfect for developing fine motor skills! There is so much to think about when you are only four; how to hold the scissors in one hand and the paper in the other, moving the paper around while using the scissors, and making the scissors open and close. It’s a very complicated task!

Spiral Ghost

These tissue paper pumpkins were so easy to make, and yet turned out really cute! The kids used a paint brush to “paint” white glue on the pumpkin shape (made out of tagboard) and then put tissue paper squares on the glue. They crumbled up green tissue paper for the stems. You could even add a jack-o-lantern face with black paper, if you’re ambitious!

Tissue Paper Pumpkin

What have you been doing to get ready for Halloween?

Here is your SPIN CYCLE Linky! Gretchen from Second Blooming and I host Spin Cycle every week. We give you a prompt on Monday, and you are invited to write about the prompt and link up any day of the week with your “spin” on the prompt. On Fridays, Gretchen and I share our Spins. We’d love to have you join the Spin Cycle!

Second Blooming

Here is the LADIES ONLY BLOG SHARE LINK UP! This bi-weekly blog hop is hosted by:
Crystal at MommiFried
Michelle at A Dish of Daily Life
Kristen from Four Hens and a Rooster
Tamera at Tamera Camera Blog
Angela at Writer Mom’s Blog

This week, guest co-hosts include myself,
Melissa from Home on Deranged, and
Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.