It’s SPOOKY season! We love these super simple Day of the Dead skull lanterns! These are not only simple, but oh so fun! 👻
glass mason jars
black sharpie or craft smart marker
glow in the dark sticks
First, paint a fun sugar skull or calavera design on the front of the mason jar. Next, cut a glow in the dark stick and pour the glow in the dark liquid inside the mason jar. Close the jar tightly and shake it making sure that the liquid covers all the inside of the mason jars. Make sure that you use gloves when you cut the glow in the dark sticks and do not let children handle them or cut them as the chemicals inside the glow stick can irritate skin and eyes. Some glow sticks also have glass inside so be careful when handling as there might be glass shards inside the glow stick. Proper safety materials like safety glasses and gloves should be used when recommended to protect eyes and skin!
To complete your mason jar, be sure to get your RABOM exclusive sugar skull pumpkin patch ribbon! Order yours here
It’s almost time for Halloween! You have probably been planning your child’s costume for weeks now. But have you made a plan for what you will actually do on Halloween?
We LOVED all of these great tips from Pick Any Two.
Check out these great tips to help make your toddler’s first Trick-or-Treating experience a memorable one!
Choose the right costume
There are some adorable costumes out there, but remember that simple beats cute-but-complicated any day of the week. Avoid itchy fabrics, elaborate headpieces (your kid won’t keep it on anyway), and outfits that don’t fit properly—just imagine your child tripping on her princess dress on the way up your neighbor’s doorstep, causing candy to fly everywhere!
Comfortable shoes are also a must, no matter how cute the princess heels look in the store. And most kids don’t like wearing masks for long, so try nontoxic face paint instead.
2. Be Visible
Even if you aren’t intending to be out after dark, it’s not a bad idea to slap some reflective tape over your toddler’s costume, just to be safe. Take a small flashlight along, too, in case you end up candy-gathering for longer than you expected.
3. Talk about Halloween etiquette
The last thing you want to be doing while trick-or-treating is nagging your kid at every door to “remember to take just one.” Have a short conversation beforehand about how only a single piece is allowed at each house unless the homeowner indicates otherwise. That two-minute chat could save a lot of headaches later in the evening.
4. Inspect all candy before anything is eaten
An adult should always look through the loot first to identify possible choking hazards, foods your child is allergic to, and any candy that’s open or just looks off.
5. Prep for unexpected surprises
Being scared is part of Halloween’s charm, so chances are high that at some point someone will jump out and say “boo!” or you’ll pass an older trick-or-treater with a seriously terrifying costume.
But those kinds of unexpected surprises can be too frightening for a toddler. Be sure to prep your little one ahead of time; explain that some people enjoy feeling a bit scared, and that none of it is real.
6. Skip the super spooky houses
Some people get really into their Halloween decorations. If you come across a house that you think will overwhelm your toddler, don’t feel bad steering him in the opposite direction.
7. Time it right
Go early in the evening, and keep it short. Young children can’t hold up for too long, and everyone will have more fun if you stop before they’re too tired or overstimulated.
8. Have a candy plan
The temptation of a bucket full of candy is too much for a toddler to resist. (Heck, it’s too much for most adults to resist!) So go into it with a plan.
Tell your child ahead of time how many pieces she can eat that evening, how many she can have each day throughout the next week, and when the candy will be gone.
9. Consider staying home
Handing out candy to other kids—with or without a costume—is often just as fun as trick-or-treating for young children. Just be sure to choose candy that’s toddler-friendly, since inevitably a few pieces will end up in his mouth.
10. Potty prep
Go right before you leave the house, just like always. Also, plan your route to have a stop back at home or at a trusted neighbor’s house, in case your toddler needs to go again.
It also helps to choose a costume that makes going to the potty easy—a long skirt that has to be lifted over her head or a head-to-toe costume that needs to be taken off completely just makes things more complicated than they need to be!
11. Pick an appropriate candy bag
Make sure it’s small enough for your toddler to hold himself and has an easy-to-grip handle. A small backpack is another toddler-friendly option!
12. Eat beforehand
An early dinner or large snack will help ensure your kid isn’t begging for candy—at least not out of legitimate hunger!—all night long.
The real excitement of halloween- candy and costumes…while that may not happen until October 31, that doesn’t mean your kiddos can’t celebrate up until then! Let’s kick off this spooky season with a fun and easy craft your little monsters will LOVE!
We love this sweet and spooky craft featured by Made to be a Momma!
Bubble Paint Monsters:
This craft is such a fun way to play with paint, a perfect craft for kids! Warning: this craft can get messy!
Canvas or cardstock
Googly eyes to make monster faces come alive!
Use paint as your base
Add about 2 tablespoons of paint into a small plastic cup
Then add 2 tablespoons of dish soap to each color
Next add 1/2 cup of water to each color..the measurements don’t have to be exact 🙂
Mix paint mixture
Carefully blow into the paint using your straw creating bubbles! (This step is not for small children)
Dip your straw slightly in the bubbles and then blow through the straw onto the canvas, or dip your straw into the mixture and let drip on the canvas! Either way works!
Once you artwork has dried completely, decorate it! We made our little splashes of color into friendly monsters!