A not-scary Halloween

All year we teach our children to eat healthy, but then Halloween comes around and they get dipped in chocolate and rolled in sugar.  What to do?  Do we say no, and refrain from this childhood pastime or do we embrace the day and return to normal on November 1st?  Well, I’m going with the latter!

But the one thing that drives me crazy as a parent is the “scare” factor that is also associated with Halloween.  I personally don’t like being scared and I certainly don’t want to deal with nightmares or new fears from one these so-called kids Halloween movies.

We had the pleasure of attending a special screening of the The Smurfs – The Legend of Smurfy Hollow this past weekend.  The 8 year old girl inside me appreciated the very exciting combination of old-school animation with CGI. And as a parent I really appreciated how the movie just toed the scary line.  More importantly, the movie displayed team work, importance of family, and ultimately selflessness.  This movie is much more than a Halloween themed short, it’s a great film for the whole year. I should know the whole movie by heart by next Halloween though, my son has watched it about a dozen time in the last 2 days!




Hotel Transylvania Live

As much as I love being active, I also love watching TV and movies. I like to escape reality and enjoy another world, a different time and place. And I’m pretty sure I have passed this love onto my kids as well.
But, my kids don’t just sit and watch to be entertained, they are in search of new ways to play and new characters to portray.
I took my son and nephew (little background here – I took two 4 year old boys to the movies… Sounds like an awesome idea, right??) well, it could have gone either way as any mom of a 4 year old knows… But on this day, at this movie, it went way better than expected!
With the opportunity to see Hotel Transylvania once again, I took the boys for their fourth viewing. They intently watched the creatures move across the screen, memorizing their actions and mastering their voices so they could go home and become Dracula, Frankenstein, zombies, the werewolf, and the “human monster” (as the boys so named him). After enjoying the screen version we were privy to the live action play.

The boys (excuse me, Monsters) flew, stomped, moaned and crawled around the house in their reenactment. And, in true form, my son the music lover insisted we play the soundtrack so we could all enjoy the party scene in our living room. Literally hours of sweaty entertainment!

Not bad for a Sunday afternoon. Next week is Super Bowl though, I may have to pad the walls?!