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Tips For How to Have a Safe and Fun Halloween During a Pandemic!

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October is here already — wow! — and this pandemic is still a thing that we have to make allowances for in our daily lives. The safety of ourselves and our families is a consideration for any type of activity planning, and Halloween is fast approaching. We need to keep kids safe, but their social and emotional wellness can also be affected by being unable able to participate in festivities that create so much happiness and sense of connection. How can we celebrate Halloween in the Covid life, you may ask?  While door-to-do trick or treating may be off the table, we have a few suggestions for keeping the Halloween spirit alive. Parenting expert, guidance counselor, licensed educational psychologist, and board-certified behavior analyst, Reena B. Patel (LEP, BCBA) has compiled a list of practical tips addressing fun and creative ways to accommodate a traditional Halloween during this pandemic. Let’s get to it!

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Does Your Neighborhood Look Like This? If Not, Make It So!

Decorate the inside and outside of your house. If you haven’t done this before, this is the year to start. Head to your local TJ Jaxx where they always have an amazing and super affordable selection of Halloween items to decorate your home — some that you will want to leave out year-round!

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Create a Month of Halloween countdown. I know that October has already started, but it’s not too late to make a countdown calendar (even if you just do it for the ten days or a week heading up to Halloween) and for each day have a Halloween surprise ready to share with your child. These can include things like a Halloween coloring sheet, candy, puzzles, pencils, stickers, and small toys that you can find at your local Dollar Store. You’d be surprised how far little things like this will go toward raising a child’s spirits especially now.

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There are some companies that participate in Themed Activity Boxes. While some require a subscription plan, but you can get one box just for the month of October. It can be fun to open the box and be surprised by what arrives at your door!

Connect with your child’s school and see what the teachers have planned. Volunteer to help your school create some fun Zoom halloween activities. A week of halloween Zoom costume dress up is a great example.

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Get Baking! Baking is such a fun, creative way to interact with your child. Get easy recipes Here.

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Have a Halloween-themed Movie Night. For kid-friendly Halloween movie  suggestions, check out this article.

freddie kruger jack o lantern photo by gail worley
Freddie Kruger Jack ‘O Lantern, Very Scary!

Host a virtual Pumpkin Carving party via Zoom. The creative possibilities are endless!

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Social Distancing is Important 

Throw a small Social Distance-Observing House Party. Plan to get together with a small group of family and close friends who are in your ‘pod.’ You could even include a fun Halloween piñata!

Have a safe and fun Halloween, everyone!

Shark Attack Backpack!

Shark Attack Backpack
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I spotted this adorable Shark Backpack for kids at the Gift Show at Javits Center this past weekend. The tag say it’s by Jack And Friends, a company that also makes super soft and cuddly animal blankets for Babies. You could probably find this wherever their other times are sold. These newborn baby clothes would go perfect with the backpack. So cute!

Shark Attack Backpack
Look Out, He’s Right Behind You!

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Fun Video: Pre-K Class Sings About They’re Thankful For!



At South Shore Conservatory, Ms. Heidi’s Pre-K class tells the many things they are thankful for this year, including the ability to express themselves. Can you tell which student is the future opera singer?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Get Your Kid to Look at the Camera, with Phoxi Friends!

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If you’ve ever attempted to take posed photos of young children, then you know how difficult it is to get them to look at the camera. Seriously, it is like trying to pose a worm. Fortunately, there are camera accessories called Camera Buddies or Lens Friends to assist you with keeping a child engaged and happy while you snap away!

Phoxi Tog Signage

While attending the recent PhotoPlus Expo in NYC,  I just had to stop at the booth for Phoxi Tog, who make line of vibrantly-colored camera buddies called Phoxi Friends. They caught my attention right away!

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OMG So Adorable

Phoxi Friends Camera Lens Wraps are a line of insanely cute photography tools designed for those who shoot portraits of kids.  These patented, eye-catching accessories are different from any other camera lens wrap or lens buddy on the market.

Phoxi Tog Booth

Phoxi Friends are designed to help you capture a child’s attention without having to waste your energy singing, dancing, waving your hands, and making strange noises.  The patented design has a soft plush stuffed toy on one end (that also includes a built-in squeaker), with the other end serving as a  flexible tail that can wrap around any camera lens you use. The tail can also extend the toy to interact playfully with the child.  Kids do have a short attention span, and with a nice selection of critters available, you can switch it up and wrap a different Phoxi friend around your lens to keep the smiles coming. Some kids are very shy, and this tool is a great icebreaker!

Phoxi Tog Snail

See the full line of Phoxi Friends lens wrap designs, and purchase online, at This Link!

Product Review: Kinderville Silicone Food Storage Solutions for Kids!

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Divided Trays, Snack and Sandwich Pouches, and Easy Squeezy Food Pouches by Kinderville (All Photos By Gail)

Summer is almost over and it’s time to think about going back to school. Ugh, I know; it can be a drag. But school is somewhat more fun when you are bringing your lunch and snacks in containers that are as cool and colorful as those made by Kinderville.  A Mom and Dad created the Kinderville line of products as a safe and easy solution to storing and serving their kids’ lunches and snacks.  With a focus on quality, and the use of safe materials, their food storage designs are not only easy and fun for kids to use, but they’re also 100% non-toxic, while embracing Green consciousness as well!

Snack and Sandwich Pouch

Kinderville Sandwich and Snack Pouches are the perfect alternative to disposable plastic baggies, with their easy open and close tab design at the top. Non-toxic Silicone is great for food storage and serving purposes because it is hygienic, hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria. Silicone is free of toxic chemicals like those found in plastics (BPA, lead and phthalates), and it’s known to not react with food or beverages.  There’s also an Easy Squeezy food pouch (seen in the top photo of this post) which is ideal for fruit puree and yogurt

Kinderville Ice Pop Molds

Colorful Silicone Cups (sold as a set with one green and one red cup) have a wide base and low height to minimize spills. Ice Pop Molds (dishwasher and freezer safe) are great for making treats to cool off on these remaining hot summer days! These molds are sold as a set of 4 bright and cheery colors.

Kinderville Bibs

Fox and Hedgehog Bibs are 100% food-grade silicone bibs that are perfect for a messy little eater. The fun bibs catch falling food and make clean-up a breeze!

Kinderville products are perfect for use around the home, to send with your little ones to daycare or for use when the family is on-the-go. Safe, resilient and easy to clean, they also encourage reuse and less waste as they are designed to last. After using simply wash, dry and reuse. One set is all you will ever need!  Find out more about Kinderville , and shop for their products online, at This Link!

Fun Game App: Monsterpark Zoo!

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All Images Courtesy of Roo Roo Games

Do you like Monsters? I sure do. If you have young kids who enjoy using your Apple devices and are looking for a fun iPad or iPhone App that you can download for your little ones to keep themselves amused (and maybe have fun playing it yourself) I recommend Monsterpark Zoo, a new children’s game, just released on October 15th.

Monsterpark Zoo was created by Brooklyn-based husband and wife team Eric and Shannon Althin, who are also fine artists and gallerists (being owners of the late great Bold Hype Gallery, which we miss very much). Eric and Shannon’s company, Roo Roo Games, previously released the popular title, Stumpy’s Alphabet Dinner. We expect that Monsterpark Zoo may become even pore popular!

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Eric Althin offers that the couple’s 3 year old daughter was the inspiration behind Monsterpark Zoo. “She loves monsters and animals,” he explains, “and if she sees that someone is sad, she always wants to know how to make them happy again. During a trip to the Brooklyn Zoo it all fell into place and we knew we had our next game concept: Monster zoo animals that need help to make them happy!”

Monsterpark Zoo takes place in a friendly monster world, featuring 10 unique zoo monsters with different troubles. Some need food, some require a bath, while others need their enclosures cleaned. It is up to the player — who assumes the role of the Zoo Keeper — to figure it all out through fun, intuitive, and stress free game play!

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This Monster Needs a Bath!

Monsterpark Zoo is designed to encourage problem solving, emotional development, coordination, and laughter! It is aimed at ages 2-6 but is sure to delight kids of all ages. “I’ve been drawing monsters since I was old enough to hold a crayon,” Althin continues, “so designing all the different monster animals for Monsterpark Zoo was a super fun and creatively rewarding process.

Our ambition is to keep updating the game with new monsters in the future (with no additional cost for the parents) to keep things fresh and fun.” We already have some awesome new characters in mind!

Download Monsterpark Zoo for just $1.99 from the iTunes Store at This Link!

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Feed The Monster!

Rad Website of the Day: Really Bad Parenting Advice!


Ignore your kid’s whining and she’ll go away. Either by wandering off or by Child Services.

I’ve spent my entire adult life hell-bent on avoiding the mental anguish, responsibility and stretch marks brought about by parenthood, and succeeding beautifully at my quest! Hurray for me! But those of you out there who’ve chosen the having kids route may enjoy taking a look at this ridiculously cool website I discovered a few day ago: Really Bad Parenting Advice. Here’s a fun sample of what you’ll find on this must-see site: Rule #31: Ignore Your Child’s Crying. “Like most normal parents, your goal in life is to minimize how much your children annoy you. This isn’t always easy, because while your kids are miniature versions of you – and you can’t imagine not spending quality hours staring at a smaller, cuter you – there are plenty of times when it’s much more beneficial to simply ignore them. You have a life. You have things to do, like playing the Lottery, watching fishing shows, and spending ridiculous sums of money on purses you can tote your maxed-out credit cards around in.

Early on, the so-called Ferber method taught you to let your baby “cry it out,” which essentially meant displaying to your child that they could count on you to bolt when things got dicey. With this kind of groundwork in place, it’s important for your child to develop a feeling of unease and general palm-sweatiness – knowing that it’s never about him. It’s about you.” Yes! The most fun thing about the website however is looking at the comments from idiots that take it to be a serious advice website. Hi-larious.

Cookie Monster Cupcake!


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I totally want to eat this cupcake right now.