Our Halloween Traditions and a Spooky Halloween Lasagna

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up, carving pumpkins, taking the kids trick-or-treating, and making fun Halloween-themed snacks and crafts.

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However, I’m not a big fan of scary movies or haunted houses. I’m such a scaredy-cat! Although believe it or not, Josh and I saw The Ring on our first date back in 2002. Soooo creepy! (The movie, not our first date. Ha!)

Before we had kids, we’d always either dress up and go out bar-hopping, or host a small Scary-Movie-Night party at home with some friends. The past few years we’ve just had a couple of close friends over for a Halloween themed meal, and then headed out to trick-or-treat either in our neighborhood or at a local trunk-or-treat.

Here are a few pictures from Halloweens of the past:

Circa 2008. We look like babies!

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2009. The one and only time I wore one of the “sexy” Halloween costumes. At the time, I thought I looked great. Now I’m rolling my eyes and wishing someone had told me to me put on a sweater…

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A few pics from a party we hosted in 2011. (Excuse the quality of the photos. This was obviously before we had our good camera!)

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2012 – Graham’s first Halloween!

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2013 – The cutest little lion!

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2014 – Maddie’s First Halloween!

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A few pictures from 2015 when we had a blast at a local trunk-or-treat.

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2016 – The first year when both kids picked out their own costumes. Graham was all about this spooky skeleton costume and Maddie wanted to be a “pink monster.”

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Josh and I dressed up too last year. Ugly witch and Clark Kent!

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We haven’t figured out what we’re all dressing up as this year. Gotta start brainstorming!

And, of course, my favorite Halloween tradition – our spooky Halloween Lasagna! We actually call it Lasagnaaaaaaah because it’s so scary it’ll make you SCREAM!!! I always use the Pioneer Woman’s lasagna recipe – it’s super tasty. Then we use grated Parmesan for the face, pepperoni and black olives for the eyes, and green olives for the teeth. My kids always get a kick out of the finished spooky face, and we all love digging into the lasagna!

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These eyeball oreo truffles are also a perfect spooky dessert!

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What are you planning on doing for Halloween? Do you have any Halloween traditions?

 

If you love this post, you should also check out this Jack-o’-lantern Pumpkin Pie!

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5 Questions My 4-Year-Old Has Asked Before 7am

My son is the most inquisitive child I’ve ever met. Even when he was a baby, he was trying to take toys apart to figure out how they work. He wants to know everything about everything. And when he has a question, it’s a burning question. He’s gotta know the answer right away.

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When he was two, he’d pitch humongous tantrums and scream and yell when I didn’t know the answers to his questions. Nothing like making your kid furious because you aren’t sure what’s  inside that huge truck you just drove by.

“Uh…socks! It’s a sock truck! It holds boxes and boxes of socks! Now please stop screaming at me!” 

He also had no problem telling me when I was wrong when he didn’t get the answer he wanted.

“No mama. The sky isn’t blue. It’s yellow.”

Ok buddy. Whatever you say!

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Tips for Your Child’s First Birthday Party

*This is a contributed post. I only accept contributed posts when I feel they can be relevant to the readers of Sunshine and Holly.*

A child’s first birthday is often an exciting occasion that parents will want to celebrate. While the little one isn’t going to remember the big day, moms and dads will want to make a fuss. In most instances, there’s no need to spend a ton of money. It’s much better to focus on spending quality time together as a family. Consider some of the ideas below when planning a first birthday celebration, and be sure to make the arrangements at least a month in advance to avoid disappointment.

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3 Tips for Your Kid’s First Haircut

Until Saturday, Maddie had never had a haircut. Well, except for that time she cut off a chunk of her hair when she was using kid scissors one afternoon. (Note to self – do not leave kids alone with scissors, even for a second!) But I knew her hair needed a good trim. It’s a lot like mine and starts to tangle easily when it needs a cut.

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Maddie is almost 3, so she’s probably older than most kids are when they get their first haircut.  Graham got his haircut when he was one. I was just so hesitant to cut Maddie’s because I kept thinking about how those tiny curls at the bottom were her sweet little baby hairs that she’s had since she was born. Gah! Take me back please. Just for a while so I can snuggle them both.

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Anyway, she did great and her hair looks super cute. If you’re ready to get your kiddo’s hair trimmed for the first time, keep reading. I’ve got 3 tips for your kid’s first haircut below.

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A Tale of Two Temperaments

I’ve mentioned before how my children are so different. Complete opposites in a lot of respects. Graham can chow down on some food. Maddie eats like a bird. Graham isn’t affectionate at all. Maddie would crawl back inside of me if she could. Graham loves building things. Maddie loves active play. Graham loves super heros. Maddie loves princesses.

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They’re also so different when it comes to discipline. Graham has so many wonderful traits, and he’s truly an amazing kid. But he is also the most stubborn, manipulative, and argumentative kid I’ve ever met! Needless to say, we’ve tried any and all discipline tactics with him and have finally settled on a few that work…most of the time. I am mentally exhausted every day trying to get him to do what he needs to do. Maddie is a people-pleaser, and already very empathetic. It doesn’t take much to get her to obey. 

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