Archive for the ‘Halloween’ Category

Should You Use Your Phone To Track Your Kids on Halloween?

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Are you planning to personally keep an eye on your kids this Halloween as they go door to door? Or are you comfortable using a cell-phone-based GPS tracker?

MyEyewitnessNews.com, based in Memphis, TN, spoke with Jane Schneider, editor of Memphis Parent, about the new “Trick-or-Tracker” Android app ($9.99) that allows parents to monitor their children’s whereabouts. (Of course, any GPS tracker will do the same thing. You don’t need one specifically designed for Halloween.)

What do you think about this? Would you use one? Do you think parents are shirking their responsibilities by using a tracker? Or is it a handy high-tech tool for today’s parents?

Check out the article and the interview with Schneider, then let us know what you think.

Halloween Costumes for Baby

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I just saw the CUTEST Halloween costumes for babies over at Gifts.com and I have to share them with you. While some are a bit pricey, in my opinion, some adorable costumes are just $9.95. Here are some of my favorites, covering all price ranges. (Makes me miss those preschooler days, when Matt was a spider for Halloween!)

Mummy Milk!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Leave it to our creative friends at New Jersey Family magazine to share a terrific recipe for Mummy Milk.

The milk looks a little creepy… Just right for a Halloween treat for the kids. (OK, I want to try it, too.)

Throw in a plate of brownies with one of those little candy-corn Pumpkins on the middle of each square and you have a great Halloween surprise!

Sexy Halloween Costumes for Girls — Revisited

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Two years ago I wrote a post on sexy Halloween costumes for girls and it created a bit of a stir here, becoming the most-viewed post since we started Parent Talk Today more than three years ago.

At first I thought that was because of all the concerned parents who wanted to talk about kids’ costumes and their thoughts on the current crop of too-sexy outfits for young girls.

Silly me. One look at my stats for the blog and I saw that much of the traffic I was receiving for this post came from smarmy Google searches for key phrases such as “sexy teen,” “sexy kids,” “little girls sex,” “sexy young girls,” etc.

In short, there are plenty of creepy folks out there who get their kicks from looking at little girls in sexy outfits. These people are online, of course. But they also shut down the laptop and leave the house now and then.

Either way, they’d just love to see our young daughters in sexy little Halloween costumes. Creepy enough for you?

Before someone starts talking about women being able to wear anything they want and how we are repressing our kids, who just want to be like their friends and wear the cool costumes, let’s remember who’s in charge of our children’s safety here. We’re not talking about a 21-year-old woman’s right to wear whatever she wants to a bar. We’re talking about perschoolers, gradeschool kids and tweens. They need parents who will watch over them, make good choices for them (even when it’s not popular) and keep them safe.

Mickey’s Halloween Party is Here!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Do you live in Southern California? Plan on visiting in October? Here’s something you and your family won’t want to miss…

Mickey’s Halloween Party is a private-party celebration (how cool is that?) held for 10 nights in October at Disneyland, offering adults and children a chance to dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at the resort. It’s scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays in October (1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29) plus Halloween night, Sunday, Oct. 31.

Highlights include:

—  Trick or Treating at Disneyland, with even more treats along “Mickey’s Hide-and-Go-Treat Trail.”

—  Looking for Boo on the Bayou Trail, Enchanted Sweets Trail and elsewhere.

—  During the 10 nights, guests will enjoy nearly half a million pounds (yikes!) of candy — and even some healthy treats such as apple slices, carrots, raisins and dried fruit crisps.

—  The “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular, hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington (presented exclusively for guests of  Mickey’s Halloween Party)

—  Dance parties (for all ages!):

°  Club Skellington, at the French Market, features Skellington Crew dancers, DJ Dirge and Miss Twisted (host), Jack & Sally Skellington

° Buzz Lightyear’s Intergalactic Space Jam includes Buzz Girl dancers, Green Army Men and Space Diva DJ, at Tomorrowland Terrace

—  New surprises in “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade, performed twice nightly

—  Character photo locations featuring Mickey and his pals, princesses, pirates, Disney villains and more

—  The opportunity to arrive three hours before the party starts to play in Disneyland. (I know my son would make the most of THAT time…) Nearly all your family’s favorite Disneyland rides and attractions will be available.

Tickets purchased in advance for Mickey’s Halloween Party are $49 most days, while tickets purchased on the event days are $54.  For Oct. 31, all tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party are $59. Children under age 3 are free.

Save some bucks by buying your tickets in advance and then splurge on some Mickey Mouse ears!

Sexy Halloween Costumes for Girls: Where Should Parents Draw The Line?

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I still remember seeing her when my now-seventh-grade son was in first grade: the 6-year-old girl in the midriff-baring Britney Spears Halloween costume, tossing her hair and trying to give off a decidedly sexy-teen vibe.

She was SIX. And I remember thinking to myself, even then: “This girl will be in trouble someday.”

Never mind that the elementary school allowed her to strut her stuff in the school Halloween parade, in obvious violation of the stated Halloween dress code. Where were this girl’s parents? And what were they thinking?

In today’s Los Angeles Times, Melissa Healy’s article, Sexy Halloween Costumes… For Little Girls? talks about titillating Halloween outfits being marketed to kids. It’s a trend that’s picking up even more steam this year, apparently.

What’s a parent to do? Check out the article and tell us what you think.