After the Sugar High

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Halloween is over and this is usually about the time when I realize that eating my kid’s candy after they go to bed is going to be a bad idea long term. The alternative (them eating all the candy) is also a bad idea though! There just doesn’t seem to be enough floss and toothpaste to get us through the aftermath, never mind the nutritional void in their diet from filling up on sugar for weeks on end. Are you in the same boat? Here are some tips for how to get rid of all the candy:

SWITCH WITCH: this is an idea that seems to be growing in popularity over the years. I’m not sure where it originated, but it’s pretty smart! Tell your children that the Switch Witch is going to be visiting. She takes all of the leftover candy and swaps it for something equally desirable like a new toy, books, gift certificate or outing pass. If your kids wouldn’t be devastated by this switch, it’s a great idea! And then what to do with the candy…

LOOT BAGS: if your child/ren has a birthday in the next few months, save some of the packages for the loot bags or as prizes for games.

PARTY TREATS: collect all of the little packages that are the same/similar and the next time you have friends over and want a little something sweet, just rip them all open and put them in a bowl. Add nuts and seeds to make a sweet trail mix.

PINATA: stuffing a pinata with good candy can be so expensive! Stuff it with Halloween candy instead.

IT’S WHAT’S FOR DINNER: save those little bags of chips and Doritos and crush them up – they make great toppings for taco salad or casseroles.

COWORKERS: we all have coworkers who don’t have children in the trick-or-treating age range, right? Treat them with your leftovers! If you have a desk, put some in a bowl for visitors.

BAKE WITH IT: cupcakes, cookies, squares and icing often call for chocolate bars. Freeze those mini ones and use them for many baking days over the winter. Do you do an annual Gingerbread House? Save those gummy candies, Skittles, M&M’s and anything else that can be stuck onto rooftops and windows.

ADVENT CALENDARS: Buy a reusable Christmas countdown with daily boxes that can be opened. Stuff those boxes with Halloween treats! If you’re really crafty, hit up Pinterest for some DIY calendars.

STOCKING STUFFERS: it’s fine, candy doesn’t go bad! Save those little chocolate bars and give them in two months. Yes, it means it’s going back to your kids, but at least they sugar will be spread out a little.

 

And if the idea of using a Switch Witch is ridiculous because you have already eaten all of the candy and treats in your house, don’t worry – I’m sure it’s still on sale for 75% off. Go stock up. ;)

 

 

 

 

Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is finally here and if your kids are anything like mine they are probably bouncing off the walls as they countdown to Trick or Treating! Here are some helpful tips to keep this eve fun and safe for everyone.

FOR ADULTS

Drive Slowly. There are bound to be over excited kids out there who will forget to look both ways. Help them out by slowing down and staying focused.

Go With Your Kids. Kids under 10 should have an adult or a responsible teen walking with them. Bring a flashlight!

Plan Ahead. Have a route outlined with your children so they know how far you plan to go and when the fun is up. Have a meeting point designated or a plan if you get separated.

COSTUME SAFETY

Masks Vs. Makeup. Masks are not recommended, especially out in the dark, but if your superhero insists on donning one, make sure s/he can see clearly through and maintains her/his peripheral vision. If you are using make up, test a small spot ahead of time to make sure that your child’s skin won’t react to it.

Lagging Behind. Hike up that ballgown or cape! Make sure your child’s costume isn’t going to be a trip hazard as they go up and down driveways.

Prop Regrets. Swords, wands, and pixie dust really make the outfit, but odds are good that they will get lost somewhere along the way. Unless you are okay with carrying your child’s regretted props, leave them at home for pictures and post-Halloween dress up.

FOR THE KIDS

Slow down.

Look both ways.

Ask before eating.

Stick to the houses with lights on.

Stay on the porch – don’t go inside unless your parents are with you.

Remember to say Thank You!

 

And lastly, as it looks like it might be a wet, cold evening, bundle up! It wouldn’t be a true Canadian Halloween without that extra layer, eh?

This Weekend in London

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It’s Halloween weekend! They’re predicting the start of the cold weather this weekend, so keep warm and keep busy!

Westmount Shopping Centre Halloween

Westmount is celebrating Halloween indoors this Friday night from 5:00-800pm. Trick or Treat where it’s warm and dry! Most stores will be handing out candy while supplies last. This is a great place to take your little ones who aren’t yet ready to keep up with the big kids outside.

Kusterman’s Haunted Trail

Are your kids too old for Trick or Treating? Want to give them a good scare? Head out to Kusterman’s Family Farm for a frightening walk though the stalks and other spooky excitement this Friday, October 31 beginning at 7:00pm. $11/person, rated 14+.

Fright Night 5

Museum London is having their annual Fright Night event on Friday, October 31 at 9:00pm. Advanced tickets are sold out, but 100 tickets will be available at the door for $25, 19+ only. There will be live music, costume contest, Gallery tours, palm reading, photo booth and a candy bar.

Byron Craft Club Christmas Craft Sale

Nothing says “Halloween is over!” like the first Christmas craft sale of the season. If you are ready to compost those pumpkins and start hanging the holly head on down to the Byron Library on Saturday,November 1 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Admission is free.

Ignite Your Vision

Mompreneurs will want to take part in Ignite Your Vision 2014, hosted by London Mompreneurs at the Lamplighter Inn this Sunday, November 2 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets are $95/person, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Have a great weekend!

Halloween with Allergies

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For families dealing with food allergies, Halloween can be a frustrating time. The desire to let your kids share in the spoils of the season battle with the very real risks and dangers associated with accidental contamination. An American organization’s Halloween campaign is picking up steam here in Canada to combat this problem. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have started the Teal Pumpkin Project asking people to buy or paint a teal pumpkin and have it somewhere prominent on display so that Trick or Treaters can easily spot it as they pass by. Displaying the teal pumpkin lets families know that you will have non-food items available for treat bags.

Don’t have any teal paint lying around? You’re not alone! While teal is the colour of food allergy awareness, it is not in my kids’ standard paint collection. An easy solution is to just print off a large version of the teal pumpkin on your home computer or find the teal crayon in that jumbo box of crayons you might have lying around and colour your own drawing. Stick it to the front door with the Teal Pumpkin label and you’re all set.

If you are worried about being the neighbourhood Halloween Scrooge without any candy to hand out, have both! Just be sure to keep them in separated bowls. Need some non-food ideas? Have a look at your nearest dollar store or dollar/seasonal section of Target/Walmart/party stores. We love these:

  • small containers of playdoh
  • small bubble bottles
  • pencils and/or erasers
  • vampire teeth
  • glow sticks or bracelets
  • stickers
  • spider rings
  • bookmarks
  • coins
  • crayons
  • necklaces
  • dinky cars

Will you be participating? What are you going to hand out?

BOO-seum at the London Children’s Museum

BOO-seum is coming to the London Children's Museum this Thursday!

The London Children’s Museum is having their annual Halloween party, BOO-seum! It is being held this Thursday, October 30th from 5:00 to 8:00pm.  This is an all ages event for the whole family!

There will be special Halloween decor throughout the entire museum and their 11 galleries, including a glow-in-the-dark room. Children can trick or treat in the Sifton Where You Live Gallery with the London Police Department, the London Fire Department, Canada Post and many more.

We all know how unpredictable Halloween night in London can be (remember the huge storm last year?), so this is a great opportunity to wear and show off those amazing costumes indoors where they will be seen and clean! There will be a costume contest with prizes to be awarded at the end of the night.

In addition to the usual adventures at the museum throughout the year, there will be spooktacular activities including decorating your own pumpkin, making applesauce, active Halloween games, and face painting. There will be special demonstrations with Spooky Science, the UWO paleontology department, and Kennedy’s Kridder’s, with his snakes, bugs and pig.

TICKETS are $10 per person, $5 for children under 12-23 months old, and free for babies under 12 months old. Tickets can be bought in advance by clicking HERE. FREE for Children’s Museum Members!

*please note that the museum will be CLOSED between 4-5pm on the day of the event to prepare the museum for the party.

It is going to be a great night!

 

StorySpook Village

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StoryBook Gardens has had a spooky makeover!

Beginning tonight from 6:00-8:30pm and happening every evening until October 30, StoryBook Gardens is creating some hauntingly good fun. This is a great introduction to Halloween adventures in a safe and familiar environment or a warm up for the big day. Your kids will love the haunted castle! Dress them up in costumes and let them Trick or Treat with characters throughout the park at different stations. If weather permits, have some fun on the Leaping Lily Pad, amusement park rides and Super Slides!

ADMISSION to the event is $15 for children 12 months and over. Children under 12 months and adults are FREE with a paid child’s admission.

This annual event is one of the highlights of the week before Halloween. Don’t miss it!

This Weekend in London

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It’s a weekend full of ghouls and ghosts as the countdown to Halloween is on!

Here is our rundown of what is happening October 24-26:

Blue Suede Shoes

Elvis is rocking the main stage at the Grand Theatre now through November 1. With tickets starting at just $29.95 you can sing along with the world champion Elvis impersonator Roy LeBlanc as he relives the life and career of Elvis Presley.

The London Baby Expo

It’s back at the Western Fair District’s Progress Building on October 25, 9am to 4pm and 26, 10am to 3pm. Admission is $7, children under 12 are free. There will be plenty of door prizes at this event which features exhibits and sponsors to guide you from bump through childhood.

VegFest

A vegan festival is coming to the Western Fair District’s Canada Building this Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Admission and parking is free for this event for the whole family. Come eat delicious food from their many vendors, explore clean living, watch cooking demonstrations, learn about animal rights and let your children try out free yoga classes or play in the children’s activity area.

The Great Eldon House Ghost Hunt

Is this old London landmark haunted? Come find out from 1-4pm on Sunday. The whole family is invited, $5 per person.

Octoberfest

The German Canadian Club is celebrating this annual tradition Friday and Saturday. Advanced tickets are $15 or $20 at the door.

Do you have any big plans this weekend? Want me to talk about your event? Let me know anytime  jill@londonmoms.ca