6 Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate Halloween as a Family

2275Think Halloween is just for kids? Think again!

Now, I know when we think of traditional family holidays, the usual suspects come to mind, but for many families Halloween holds a special (and spooky) place in our hearts. As the unofficial kickoff of the holiday season, Halloween offers all the spirited magic, yummy treats, and festive fun that a family could hope for.

I invite you to join me in celebrating Halloween as a family this year. Even if you haven’t dressed up in ages or dared to let your fright flag fly, with a little imagination and a playful heart, your family can enjoy the best of the Halloween season — together!

Take a look at my six favorite spooktactular ways to celebrate Halloween as a family.

In Defense of Older Trick-or-Treaters

IMG_3244“If you don’t tell me what you want to be for Halloween, you won’t get to go trick-or-treating.” I told Boy Wonder for the hundredth time.

“I’m too old for that.” he said. “People don’t like giving candy to older kids. Last year they kinda made me feel bad about it.”

“What? Who? How? Was it that house on the corner with the ugly blue trim, because I swear — ”

“Mom, it’s fine. My friends all said the same thing last year. It’s just not worth it.”

“Well, do you want to go?”

“Yeah, I mean, I like candy and dressing up, but I just don’t think I should. Last year I just felt embarrassed.”

Well now, isn’t that a shame. Last Halloween my 11-year-old son was made to feel bad about dressing up in a full gorilla costume for treats. Excuse me, unkind neighbors, but y’all went ape sh*t (pun intended) for his hot and scratchy costume. Some of you even took silly photos of him with your phones, but gifting him a fun-sized Snickers bar in exchange for his troubles proved too difficult? Boo on you. [read more...]

Apparently California Doesn’t Want Dads Changing Diapers

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Last week a woman gained national attention for changing her 16-month-old’s diaper on a dining table at a Chipotle restaurant. She would have used a changing table, you guys, but they didn’t have any and her burrito was getting cold. While most of us would have made the dreaded trek back to the car to […]

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5 Ways to Recapture the Magic of Childhood with Your Tween

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“Mom, you can get rid of all that stuff.” Boy Wonder said as he pointed to a giant box of toys he’d spent years collecting. “Are you sure?” I asked. “Yeah, that stuff’s for kids.” And just like that, my tween closed the door on his childhood without so much as a nostalgic look back. […]

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My 6-Year-Old’s Guide to Proper Parenting

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For all the things your parents were throughout your childhood — kind, supportive, loving — they were also wildly unfair when it came to things like discipline. There were rules. So. Many. Rules. And they were unnecessary! I mean, what did you need all those rules for? You were a good kid. All you wanted to […]

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Fellow L.A. Parents, Why the Heck Aren’t You Vaccinating Your Kids?

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Parenting is full of tough choices, but some choices are pretty easy: we always use seat belts, we insist on a helmet, and we vaccinate our kids. Unless, of course, we live on the westside of Los Angeles County, where vaccinating doesn’t make “instinctive” sense. Wait, what? Apparently, parents within L.A.’s wealthiest communities have a big […]

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10 Myths About Moms Raising Sons – Busted

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As the mom of two boys, I’d like to think I know at least a little something about raising sons. Experience has taught me that boys are wild and wonderful, loud and daring — and guess what — also tender, and thoughtful. There was a time when the very notion of raising a son (let […]

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The Real Reason Moms Need Family Vacations

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Vacations are a relatively new thing for my family. We went nearly a decade without ever taking a single one. Working in a high-pressure corporate environment, I reserved vacation time for sick kids, school holidays, and necessary Monday-through-Friday personal appointments. If you’re not careful, “vacation” time can go pretty quickly without even a single relaxing […]

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7 Ways I’m Helping My Kid Resist Peer Pressure

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Like every parent of an incoming junior-higher, I’m filled with excitement and anxiety for what the future holds for my son. I think about the friendships he’ll form, the rush of his first crush, and the scary and difficult decisions he’ll someday have to make. It’s no secret that the stakes are higher now. He […]

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Parenting Means Catching Vomit in Your Bare Hands … and Other Things

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Oh, Parenting, you wild and wonderful adventure, you. Just when we think we’ve got you all figured out, you remind us we never had a clue. You humble us, poke fun at us and bring us incredible joy. You do these things and so much more, but not a moment before making us all-around better […]

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