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There’s something uniquely human about our need to scare ourselves silly. As far as anyone knows, no other species goes out of its way to invent reasons to wet itself from fear. Children have the best imaginations, of course, and the list of things that scare them seems to get longer with each generation. What were your biggest fears as a kid; which monsters scared you the most? Here’s our list of 10 different monsters that scare children:

1. Monster Under the Bed – It’s unseen and usually unheard, but we know it lurks … just beneath our mattress, waiting for our feet to hit the floor. Yikes!

2. Boogeyman in the Closet – The scariest of monsters are the ones we never really see, even in pictures. So this monster has reigned in the nightmares of children for as long as there have been bedroom closets.

3. Evil Clowns – What could be more terrifying than a demonic version of those circus mascots and jesters, the clown? We confess that some of these guys, like Pennywise here, give us a real bad case of the creeps.

4. Witches – Sure, sure, we know. There are good witches and bad witches, good spells and bad spells. All we know is that hags like this one scare the crap out of kids.

5. Zombies – Heck, this bunch even has adults obsessed with their imminent invasion. They’re everywhere in pop culture now – movies, books, comics, video games. They’re everywhere and they just keep coming. That makes them very, very scary.

6. Puppets – Let’s face it, even the most charming of these still has at least a little creep factor. Children (and adults like us) have a tendency oftentimes to create our monsters out of the familiar, as with our aforementioned clowns.

7. Namahage – Leave it to the Japanese to incorporate scary monsters into their culture as a way of training their kids to behave, work hard and not be lazy. Hmmm.

8. Cuco – It appears that the Japanese have not cornered the market on scaring their young’uns into submission. Seems our Hispanic cousins have an ace up their sleeves as well, in the form of this legendary bugaboo.

9. Dolls – They walk, they talk; their heads spin and their eyes follow you around the room. They are just plain ghoulishly scary, and some of them are bigger than the kids themselves. Yikes.

10. Ghosts – Sometimes the monsters are more than monsters, beyond flesh and blood. Sometimes they’re not even living. Not in the way we think of living anyway. Spirits, ghouls, poltergeists. Call them what you will, but whatever you do, don’t call upon them, lest you be haunted evermore.

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Geoffrey’s Halloween Parade
Saturday, October 29, 2011 ● 12PM – 3PM

● FREE SpongeBob Halloween bag*

● Parade led by Geoffrey every half hour

● FREE Giveaways

*Event intended for children ages 3-up. Parental supervision required at all times. All event materials and giveaways available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per guest. Quantities limited; no rain checks.

Disney Store Halloween Dress Rehearsal Party

Come celebrate the season early at Disney Store with a spook-tacular event filled with games, special viewing of Rapunzel’s coronation and a costume parade! Kids, ages 3 and up, who wear their favorite costume will receive a FREE gift.*

Friday, October 21
Session 1 – 4:30 pm
Session 2 – 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 22 Session 1 – 10:30 am
Session 2 – 12:00 pm

*Minimum age requirement to receive free gift is 3 years. Limit one per child in costume, while supplies last. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice. Call your local store for details.


fan stampFan Stamp Press on Face Paint Review

What kid doesn’t like temporary tattoos or getting their face painted? I know it is one of the most requested activities at our parties and forget about walking past the booth at the fair without hearing “Can I get my facepainted?” I have purchased temporary tattoos and have had disappointed kids because they didn’t work or because the glue didn’t stick and it was the last one of their favorite tattoo. And Face Paint takes time, some skill and can make a mess. Unlike typical face painting or temporary tattoos, Fan Stamp can be used multiple times. Plus, it also applies without water. Fan Stamp takes the wait and the mess out of face painting. No more kids waiting in line. Fan Stamp is so easy to use even kids can do it! Just place the stamp on where you desire, press down on the stamp and then peel. You are all set!

Fan Stamp Directions

When we got our box of Fan Stamp Press on Face Paints we all were excited and wanted to use them right away. The girls got butterflies. Fan Stamp press on face paint is so easy to use and each stamp was good for about 3-4 applications. The stamp started getting lighter. The best part I loved about Fan Stamp press on face paint was the no mess! I didn’t have to worry about water getting spilled or dirty paint brushes to clean up. Just simple clean fun. Fan Stamp has a HUGE selection of stamps to choose from including many Disney favorites. My Fan Stamp is easily removable with any makeup remover.

Not only is My Fan Stamp perfect for parties and gatherings but they have press on eye shadow as well! This is perfect for cheerleaders or dance groups. Available in packages of 3 pairs and 5 pairs they offer rose, light blue, purple, green, gold, zebra, blue zebra styles. It’s easier than applying makeup and all the girls will have identical prints.

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$30.00 worth of FREE Jewelry

Register here to get the $10 credit, then go to http://www.savemore.com/DailyDeals/National. The deal costs $7, so it’s free with the credit. Shipping is free as well. Voucher expires April 12th, 2012. Perfect way to start Holiday Shopping.

Halloween Cookie Gifts

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Now we all know that the kids are HUGE Smiley Cookie fans and so am I! When we were asked to review Smiley Halloween Cookies, you can imagine the excitement in the kids. Of course our cookies arrived in their signature keepsake box. (These are great for pictures or memory boxes.) Smiley Halloween Cookies are so colorful and look like huge Jack O Lanterns. Of course they are Smiley famous gourmet sugar cookies. I love how they use candy corn to accent the Jack O Lanterns eyes and nose. They are so moist and taste homemade. These cookies are sure to put smiles on your little witches, pumpkins and ghosts this Halloween.

Halloween Smiley Cookies (dozen)

Halloween Gift Basket- http://www.smileycookie.com/halloween-gift-basket.html

Halloween Cookie Gift Basket

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Free Super stuff-a-Pumpkin at Valu Home Centers


Halloween Nail Shields ($12 Value) plus FREE Shipping!

New Member get a $10 Credit. They are $6.00 use you credit and make them free plus you get free shipping.


  • Easy-to-apply nail shields
  • Last up to 2 weeks on fingers
  • Last up to 6 weeks on toes
  • Special Halloween designs
  • Includes FREE shipping!


Voucher Expires September 27, 2012. Free shipping included. Redeem online atFabulous NailsLimit two vouchers per person.

Halloween - Pumpkin Pattern


Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Get some really cool pumpkin carving patterns. October is coming up and so are pumpkins. Make sure yours are the coolest on the block!


Pumpkin carving is a great time to exercise your creativity. This site,
is a helpful resource for people
who love to decorate.

We all know that Halloween Costumes can get expensive and most of the time are only used once. Here is a fun way to have a “Greener” Halloween and get everyone into the Halloween spirit. Host a Pre-Halloween Costume Swap Party Get your friends together to swap old costumes, accessories, and share ideas on homemade costumes. This is great for groups or playgroups.

  • Pick a date early in October. Try for 3-4 weeks before Halloween. This gives enough time if costumes need adjustments or if you are making a homemade costume enough time to be ready.
  • Set a place. Pick a place that has room and be sure to have lots of mirrors! everyone will want to see how they look. Don’t forget to ask your PTO to be involved. They love to help and organize projects and save parents money!
  • Don’t forget the invitations! If your party is for kids and you have a playgroup get them involved! Kids love being hands on especially with craft projects.

Day of your Party:

  • Take pictures. This is a great way to see before and after transformations.
  • Have everyone make their favorite Halloween Treat! This will also help with ideas for everyone’s menu for their Halloween Parties. Have them write the recipe down to share with others.
  • Play your favorite spooky Halloween music. Or for younger kids your their favorite funny Halloween music.
  • Have everyone bring their old costumes and/or accessories that no longer fit of have. Exchange costumes for a “New” costume that fits. Make sure everyone tries on their costume to make sure it is a perfect fit, plus you can help each other with ideas on how to perfect costumes.
Don’t forget to meet up on Halloween so everyone can see your finished master pieces!

Still have costumes that don’t fit or have no use, donate them to your local schools or daycare centers! They use them for props or dress up bins! Or you can reuse them when decorating your house for Halloween decorations.

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