Oct 28

DIY Costume Ideas!!

Posted on October 28, 2020 at 10:08 AM by Tiffany Barker

Hello Everyone!!!!

Halloween is only a few days away and it’s my favorite time of year. There is nothing I love more than using your imagination and dressing up. Some of my favorite costumes have been the latest tend that is happening. One year I dressed like a horse with a name tag that said Nae Nae and carried around a whip. I was the hit song Whip and Nae Nae!! Then one year I dressed like a giant tooth and carried a big rope and when people asked what I was, I said I was the new dance craze the Floss. As you can see I love dressing in silly costume. 

Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best ways to show your personality. People can be silly or scary. You can gain confidence as a hero or be your favorite villain. There are lots of amazing things you can be and do this Halloween season. My favorite way is to make your own costume. Having fun by going through the closet and seeing what you already have. Taking something old and turning it into something new. Plus it helps reduce, reuse, and recycle and saves our planet a little. Which is always a good thing. Here are a few of my favorite ways to make your own DIY costume. 

Smarty Pants Halloween Costume:

You'll really show your smarts when you arrive at the party in this last-minute costume. Even if you're short on time, you can DIY this look: Simply take a pack of Smarties candies and use glue dots or double-sided tape to attach them to a pair of pants.

Queen of Hearts Halloween Costume:

Venture to Wonderland with this timeless costume. To make the collar, wrap a large piece of paper around your neck so you can trim it down to the right size. Then, staple cards from a deck all around the paper collar, layering them over each other for a fanned-out effect. Pair it with a sleek red dress, gold tiara, and bold red lips.

Carpool Karaoke Halloween Costume:

After all of the Carpool Karaoke episodes you've watched, you two are basically pros. Make James Corden proud with this DIY: Start with a piece of yellow presentation board and use silver and black paint to make it look like a taxi. Then, make straps out of velcro strips, so you can comfortably hang it around your necks. Accessorize with a boom box and microphone.

Bat Halloween Costume:

Repurpose an old black umbrella into a seriously impressive bat costume. Just cut it in half and use black safety pins or hot glue to attach it to the arms of a black hoodie, then fasten the metal hinges with black electrical tape. Finish it off with foam ears and feathers.

Bread Winner Halloween Costume:

Ideal for people who love bread almost as much as they love cheering on their favorite sports team, this punny costume only requires a few household supplies to become a party hit. Just walk around with a loaf of bread or more with a few gold metals around your neck. Have fun seeing if people can guess your costume. 

Bull In a China Shop Halloween Costume:

Make light of your current reality by dressing your toddler in this adorable-but-destructive costume. It also calls for layers of brown clothing, which is perfect for trick-or-treating in colder weather. Clue some fake china on the front of your toddler that is dressed like a bull. You can take brown sweat pants and turn them inside out and and add some horn. 

Cactus Halloween Costume:

If your office and home are starting to fill up with cacti and succulents, then join in the fun and dress like one for Halloween. Now you're a literal "plant lady.” Just pick out something green and clue some yarn pieces on top. Now you are sticky cactus. 

There are lots of fun a creative ways to dress up this year. Just make sure you have fun and do it in a safe way. Try to think of costumes that will tie in with your mask wearing that will also be creative and keep you and others safe. Think of costumes as a family and dress up together. These are the times that your kids will remember and cherish forever. Whatever you dress up as just have fun. This halloween might look different, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still have a great time and be safe. Have a spooky and wonderful Halloween!!


Program Supervisor

Oct 21

How to celebrate Halloween During COVID-19

Posted on October 21, 2020 at 2:07 PM by Tiffany Barker

Hello Everyone        

Halloween might look a little different this year, but even if your family is in quarantine, there are lots of creative and safe ways to celebrate right at home. The best part about this is you can take the time and spend it with your family and create some new traditions that you and your family can enjoy. Here are some of my favorite ways that you can have fun with your kids and still give them a great Halloween. 

Go big on DIY decorations.

Build anticipation for the big day by making your Halloween décor a showstopper. Get your child started on crafty sessions now. Think: Paper chains around the mailbox, lights over the door and construction paper silhouettes in the windows.

 Create a Halloween home movie or play.

It’s the perfect scenario: Everyone already has a costume! Get the family involved in writing a script, building or arranging a “set,” picking out theme music, rehearsing, and filming. Then share it as a “Quarantine-O-Ween” family greeting.

 Plan a scary (or not-so-scary) movie night.

Host a full-length feature with a theme that ties to Halloween or your child’s costume, or plan a marathon of Halloween-themed TV episodes. To make sure your selections are age appropriate, check commonsensemedia.org.

Have a Halloween-themed reading hour.

Check your library for book suggestions! Many offer curbside pick-up during COVID-19. (And if you need help getting your child excited about reading, check out these strategies.)

Make Halloween treats.

From cookies frosted to look like witch hats to tangerines peeled and garnished with mint to look like pumpkins, the options are endless. We also have taken food and added a little green food coloring to make it extra spooky. Whatever you decide, you’ll be spending time with your child building kitchen skills and having fun.

 Camp out under the blue moon.

In case you hadn’t heard, there will be a full moon on Oct. 31, 2020 – something that happens just once every 18 or 19 years. It’s also a “blue moon,” aka the second full moon of the month. So set up a tent, and enjoy the show. Howl if you want to.

Join a virtual pumpkin-carving or -painting contest.

Host your own with family and friends, or try searching your online community for virtual events open to the public.

Create a Quarantine-O-Ween scavenger hunt.

Instead of your child trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, they can trick-or-treat around the home or yard. Hide treats, create clues, and send your child on a spooky scavenger hunt.

These are some really great ways to have a fun night with your kids and still create memories. This gives them a chance to still be a kid and enjoy this amazing time of year. Enjoy your day.


Program Supervisor

Oct 14

Spooky Decor!!

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 9:23 AM by Tiffany Barker

Hello everyone, 

There’s a chill in the air and pumpkins on doorsteps. There might even be a few witches and bats hanging from your trees. It’s finally October and that means its spooky season. Halloween is just a few weeks away and I thought it would be fun to help you get your house ready for this fun and spooky month.

I love decorating my house for Halloween. It's one on my favorite holidays. I love pulling out all the stops and having everything touched by the holiday we are in. From the kitchen to the upstairs, you know what type of season it is in my house. It’s so much fun and gets you into the season that much more. No matter how you like to decorate whether it’s scary or spooky, here are some ideas to help you make your house ready for Halloween.

Monster Tree: 

I have a monster tree on my dining room table. I have a tree branch that’s clued in a mason jar and I spray painted black. I have some felt monsters that I made hanging from the branches with a bigger stuffed monster toy on the bottom of the jar. This fun and easy craft is super easy to do and full of possibilities to make it how you want it. You can make some cute monsters or have the scariest monsters ever!!

Ghostly Lanterns:

Cheap and cheerful: Draw spooky faces on empty, clean gallon milk jugs, then fill with white holiday lights to decorate your porch or walkway with a ghostly Halloween glow.

Hanging Bats and Ghosts:

Kids can help turn egg cartons into bat decorations; just cut, paint, and add googly eyes. Make cute, cheap Halloween ghosts by painting leaves white, then drawing a spooky face with a marker.

Crafty Spider Sacks:

You won’t want to dust away these Halloween cobwebs: Create chic, cheap yarn spider webs to decorate light fixtures, drape over curtains, or hang from a railing. Don’t forget to attach a tiny plastic spider to each sack.

Front Door Mummy:

Make a ghoulish first impression with this five-minute Halloween door DIY from Honey and Fitz. First, tape paper streamers to the front door, overlapping the strips to give a wrapped look. Then, cut sheets of black and white construction paper into circles to make eyes. Place the eyes on the top of the door and tape to secure.

These are just a few fun ways to get your house ready for Halloween. Have fun with your kids coming up with fun and spooky ways to get your house ready for the fun holiday. Stay tuned for more Halloween fun activities this month in creation station. See yeah next week.


Program Supervisor