Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nifty Ideas: Halloween Fun

Another round of fantastic nifty ideas I have discovered, or as often is the case re-discovered. You too may become inspired by these nifty things and in turn create your own. If you have any of your own nifty ideas please share them with me I'd love to learn about what is nifty to you!

All my children can think about is all the fun they will have wearing costumes on Halloween. Some of our favorite things for keeping us safe as we trick-or-treat together are found around the house.

Ever since they were little we've used a wagon for hauling the girls around. Our wagon, the Little Tikes Explorer wagon, was bought 9 years ago and has held up through all sorts of wear and tear. It's the perfect place for a tired kid to take a break or at the very least to unload a heavy trick-or-treat bag. To help them keep warm bring along a cozy blanket and pillow to snuggle with.

Flashlights are an important accessory for our neighborhood. The girls have their very own tiny lights which they bring along anytime they are outside at night. The flashlight is small and easy for our children to use. While at the local chain craft store I found little blinking LED lights that can be placed on a string and made into a necklace. I feel better knowing that little light makes it easier for drivers to see them in the dark.

When carving your pumpkins having the proper tools makes a difference. Sure you can buy one of those packaged tool kits, but why bother? I find that a small keyhole saw is great for cutting into the pumpkin. A melon baller can help scrape out the insides or be used to make interesting holes in the shell. I love using a grapefruit spoon for scraping the insides clean and it's excellent for the detail scraping around the eyes and mouth. This year we are going to use LED lights in our pumpkins. Last year it was too windy and the candles just wouldn't stay lit so maybe this year we'll have longer lasting glowy pumpkins.

1 comment :

knitting chick said...

we paint pumpkins with washable markers or washable paint. so if they mess up they can re-do it. plus nobody gets hurt by carving pumpkins. (i.e James always cuts himself.)