Thrill Your Kids. Create a Haunted House in Your Own Backyard.

Haunted houses can be a fun part of Halloween, but many times they are too expensive or too scary for younger children.  A simple haunted house in the backyard can provide all the thrills while still having that comfort zone of home.  A few simple decorations and a bit of imagination can provide an evening of fun.  By making it large enough that kids and grownups can go through it together you’ll also help the younger ones feel a bit braver. Some cardboard boxes, sheets and clothesline can become a maze for the kids to go through.  Bales of hay can also make a nice touch as tunnels to crawl through. If you live near a farm, you may be able to borrow a few bales and return them after the party.  The maze doesn’t have to be intricate.  Even a few twists and turns will allow for surprises around each corner. ...more

Halloween Games for Kids

Part of the fun of Halloween is playing silly games.  When planning the games, it’s best to keep the costumes in mind and plan things that will work around them.  Games should be simple with easy to follow rules. Bobbing for Apples – A classic Halloween party game has always been bobbing for apples, however some kids don’t like putting their face in the water or don’t want to mess up the make up that took a long time to perfect.  One variation of this game is to tie the stems of the apples to varied lengths of string and then hang the...more

Top Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe with the Babysitter

Most parents believe their children are precious gifts. They are a top priority in life so when you have to leave them with someone, you want to know they are safe. Read through these top tips to keep your kids safe with the babysitter so you’ll feel less concerned the next time you need a sitter. * Find the right person from the start. Take your time finding a babysitter, especially if you’ll be using their services often....more

What Do You Do When Your Child Is Afraid to Fall Asleep?

It can be frustrating as a parent when your child refuses to go to sleep. However, as children grow older and develop their imaginations, they may be more prone to developing fears when it comes to falling asleep. Before writing your child’s actions off as a stall tactic to avoid going to bed, determine if your child has legitimate fears. If you find that your child is too scared to fall asleep, here are some easy, yet effective ways to help resolve those fears. * Avoid making fun of your child’s fear....more