Last-Minute Halloween Guide (For the Little Ones!)

If you've avoided Halloween in the past because your kids were too young or you found it to be too creepy, sugar-laden, or cold, you'll LOVE our ideas for the best ways to celebrate.  These products and tips are 100% kid-approved:

NCircle Entertainment DVD's

Educational films are a great way to spend some time indoors on the spookiest night of the year.  If you want your little ones to get a bit of learning in while they celebrate Halloween, we recommend The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Tricks and Treats and WorldWorld: Kooky Spooky Halloween.  Both give kids fun facts to grow with, and the entertainment value can't be beat!  (My kids loved learning about bat sonar and putting together words that mean the most to them on this holiday.)  Both are just 30 minutes each and cost less than $7!

Spicy Spookamole

Avocados aren't the most popular food at our house, but when you add a little fright factor to the common guacamole recipe, it is something even my kids can't say "no" to!  Here's the recipe:

2 fully ripened avocados from Mexico, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
1/4 cup chopped white onion
1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped
4 ounces fresh, uncooked Mexican chorizo, casings removed coarsely chopped
Salt to taste

In bowl, combine avocados, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and chipotle; mash until combined but still chunky. Heat a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat; add chorizo. With a wooden spoon, break chorizo into smaller pieces as it cooks. Cook and stir until brown and crisp, about 5 to 6 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer chorizo onto guacamole. Serve with chips or raw vegetable sticks, if desired.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Sounds yummy, doesn't it?

FREE Pocoyo Activity Book

My kids love coloring sheets and activities that reflect the holiday, and they especially enjoy characters that they love.  There is an assortment of goodies from Pocoyo that are free for everyone, and that can be accessed via this link.  In additon to the recipes, costume ideas, printable mask, and coloring pages, kids can access free games featuring the favorite preschooler at!

SunRidge Farms Milk Chocolate Rainbow Drops

I can't say enough about how delicious these non-GMO snacks are.  They are perhaps some of the highest-quality, milk chocolate candies in brightly-colored, pastel candy shells.  I sneak a few of these all the time, but they were intended as Halloween snacks for the kiddos.  I still recommend putting them in your goodie bag -- just be sure to keep a bag for after the kids go to bed (you deserve it!)  With natural colors and no Titanium Dioxide, these are a healthy alternative that don't skimp on flavor!  Get the full details to order even after the holidays at the SunRidge Farms online site.

CatDog on DVD

While the thought of a cat and a dog combined to form one animal may see a bit ooky, it's actually a very clever way to make kids (and adults) of all ages laugh out loud for hours!  The Season One DVD set of the classic cartoon is now available and is perfect for watching with the kiddos on Halloween night.  They just don't make animated fun like this anymore!  (And it will be fun to watch long after Halloween is over!)

These are just a few ideas for a tyke-friendly Halloween.  What do you have planned?

*Samples of some items were received for review.  Opinions are 100% my own.