Free printable Frankenweenie activities, Nightmare Before Christmas coloring pages for Frankenstein Friday, Halloween

 The last Friday in October is Frankenstein Friday, so here are free printable Frankenstein monster crafts to celebrate! Why is there a Frankenstein Friday? Good question--nobody really knows the nuts and bolts of it. Maybe its just another way to extend the Halloween holiday? Or maybe its one more chance to dress up in silly costumes and not be shamed. Or maybe it helps vent a temper of Frankenstein proportions by scaring the liver out of little kids? At any rate, here are printable crafts for frankly freaky Frankenstein Friday fun!
Start by making your free printable Frankenstein monster mask. Choose one of the assorted Frankenstein masks: print, color green (or purple if you're feeling different) and get your inner monster on! Feeling female-frankie? Why not be Bride of Frankenstein? Print a mask of that scary chick at the same place. Or maybe you're not up for that much fright. For a safer option, print a picture of Frankenberry from the cereal box and make that into a mask. Next bolt over to DLTK forfree printable Frankenstein monster crafts. There are coloring pages, 3D craft projects, games, puzzles, books and greeting cards for Halloween. Why not confuse and amuse your friends by sending them a Frankenstein Friday greeting card? You might start a howling fun holiday tradition.
And musn't forget Frankenweenie and his faithful pup Sparky on Frankenstein Friday. Here are free printable Frankenweenie coloring pages. Print and make a bunch of Frankeweenie crafts from Disney. And now for a good-old-blowout of free printable Frankenstein monster coloring pages. Coloring Book Fun as some weird and quirky ones. Print Activities has got 25 Frankenstein monster coloring pages to print. There are cartoon ones and a few with Boris Karloff in his iconic Frankenstein monster role. Last but not least, is everyone's favorite Frankenstein monster, Herman Munster. Here are printable Munsters coloring pages from an old coloring book based on the TV show. Oh, and Anglophiles, don't miss the new movie "Victor Frankenstein" it's a feast of favorite British actors!

Holiday parenting: Jobs for children to help with Thanksgiving preparations |

 Parenting isn't easy at any time but especially of the holiday season. Are your children more of a hindrance than a help at Thanksgiving? Do they tend to get a little greedy and entitled around the holidays? Here are 25 jobs for children to help in Thanksgiving preparations. Good parenting means putting kids to work helping at Thanksgiving, not just letting them sit around, watch TV and get waited on. Perks are that children learn unselfishness, community spirit and satisfaction of a job well done. And the whole family gets memory making and bonding time. Good parenting also means making each child feel important. Each task has a job title (kids love job titles--it makes them feel like valued contributors not just idle spectators.) Kids can double up on jobs as some are done at different times.

Holiday parenting: jobs for children under 3.
Artist in Residence: Print off placemats and give her the job of working at her desk (coloring in her highchair). This helper must color the Thanksgiving or holiday placemats, one for each guest. 

Official Thanksgiving taste tester. This is a very important job as he must make sure the food is edible. Teach kids that in days of old, the taste tester checked for poison in foods. Your child won't have to do that (oh darn, say the adventure loving kiddies!).

Pie Crust Maker. Give him his own little blob of dough and a pot pie tin to make his pie. He can cut the fruit and create his own. recipe. 

Chief Dishwasher: Give your little helper an old apron, some dish soap, water and some of the less breakable dishes (not grandma's gravy boat). Soon she'll have your dishes (and probably the floor) clean and sparkling. 

Greeter: this child welcomes guests, takes coats and belongings and ferries food offerings to kitchen. He also seats people (let him make place cards for each guest). Pet supervisor; pets get nervous at holiday time. Little ones can pet and reassure them and help them feel safe. 

Potato peel picker upper collects scraps from floor and the pet feeder gives scraps to pet rodents or squirrels and birds outside.

Holiday parenting: jobs for children 3-6 years old to help in Thanksgiving holiday preparation. 

The Miller uses the applesauce mill to make the applesauce. 

The Dairyman shakes the whipping cream to make butter. 

The Official Potato Peeler preps the potatoes, white and sweet, for cooking. 

The Baker make the bread, canned biscuits or croissants. 

Pumpkin Pie Mixer measures the ingredients and blends for pumpkin pie. 

The Apple Slicer pares the apples for pie. Use a plastic knife or teach paring knife safety. 

The Package Opener/ box crusher gathers up recycling, collapses boxes, folds bags, cleans cans and removes labels.

Chair washer wipes down chairs before company comes. This is a great job for younger children (whose eyes are actually young enough to see the dirt!). 

The Table Setter counts out forks, knives, spoons, plates, cups and napkins for all guests (this is a great math lesson on sets, division and multiplication. 

Potato masher: give this job to your mini wrecking ball (every family has one). She can pound away at the potatoes and they will only get smoother and creamier.

Holiday parenting: jobs for children under 10.
Poet Laureate: This child can write a poem of thanksgiving and welcome for guests, family blessing, prayers, etc. 

The Pie Maker assembles to prepped food and makes the pies. 

The Onion and Celery Chopper preps onions and celery for stuffing. She might also be the Bread Cuber who cuts bread into cubes and supervises drying for stuffing. This person can also be the Stuffing Mixer who mixes stuffing with hands and puts into turkey.

The Scribe helps the younger kids make a "Giving Thanks" chain. Each family member shares one thing they are thankful for on each link. The chain should be as long as there are days from Thanksgiving until Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Each day, remove a link and read. The chain gets shorter as your holiday arrives.

The Beverage Server takes drink requests from guests and serves them their drinks (with a napkin). She makes sure there are coasters on the tables. She might also be the Spill monitor who helps to keep up with all the food, beverage and cooking spills. Use your creativity to come up with more holiday jobs for children.

Check out my blog for tons more ideas. 

Detroit had its quietest Devil's Night ever, fewer fires thanks to Angels' Night

Some communities dread the Halloween weekend, thanks the dangerous traditions of Devil's Night. During the Devil's Night weekend, including Halloween, revelers light bonfires and endanger other residents. But this year, Detroit marked a milestone for safety. WXYZ reported on Nov. 1, that the City of Detroit had its quietest Devil's Night ever and recorded far fewer fires thanks to Angels' Night. Detroit set a three-day record low for bonfires city-wide. What is Angels' Night? It's what happens when a vibrant, proactive city works together for the common good. Detroit residents were tired of living fear of wildfires on Halloween, so they organized Angels' Night brigades. And this new tradition paid off: the city recorded only 52 fires over three nights in 2015. That's 97 fires less than in 2014 and a whopping 758 fires less than the worst Devil's Night in 1984.Detroit had its quietest Devil's Night ever, fewer fires thanks to Angels' Night |

Free printable Halloween activities, crafts, coloring pages, worksheets, games

Halloween is creeping up and children of all ages, even the young at heart are getting ready for the fun. In many schools, activities are planned around Halloween. Educators know that when children enjoy something and have fun with a lesson, they learn better. Here are free printable Halloween activities for school classrooms, homeschool or scout troop. Use with old folks in nursing homes or anyone who needs some Halloween printables.
Count down the days to Trick or Treat with dozens of free printable Halloween activities, coloring pages and crafts from Making Print free craft projects for all sorts themes. Making Friends has a really holiday activities, coloring pages, cut and paste, paper dolls, Trick or treat wrappers, worksheets, Halloween puzzles and mazes. Print word searches, crossword puzzles and word games, perfect for Halloween language arts lessons. Print Halloween card games, flash cards, dioramas, masks and pumpkin carving patterns and stencils.
Here free printable Halloween lesson plans, worksheets, games, coloring pages, activities and puzzles. Use for Trick or Treat themed math, reading, writing, literature, science, language, social studies and crafts. All Free Printables has free Halloween crafts, greeting cards, party invitations, decorations, cut-outs, coloring pages, masks, party invitations, name tags, treat bags, pumpkin cut-outs, book marks, picture frames and lots more. Puzzlemaker lets you create templates for printable Halloween worksheets, puzzles, mazes, jigsaws, dot to dot, Soduku, crosswords and activities galore.
Print Activities is another mega site for all your school and family activity printing needs. Look for units, printable worksheets and lessons focused around Halloween and trick-or-treat. Disney Family offers a plethora of free printable Halloween Disney activities, crafts and coloring pages. Coolest Holiday Parties has free printable Halloween party supplies. You'll find cards, invitations, treat and punch bowl printables, banners, place cards, name tags, wall hangings for a ghoulish party.

Cecil the Lion killer Halloween costume: Walter Palmer costume 2015's tackiest?

Insensitive Halloween costumes get more popular every year. They almost outrank scary and sexy costumes--two of the best-selling categories. From a simple dress-up, Halloween has morphed into an adult event to make statements, press an agenda and mock others. This year the tackiest Halloween costume has several competitors. First is the "Call Me Caitlyn" costume of Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner). Then there's a Cecil the Lion killer Halloween costume. Will a Walter Palmer costume--with blood-spattered dentist uniform and stuffed lion head--win 2015's tackiest? It's a close call.Cecil the Lion killer Halloween costume: Walter Palmer costume 2015's tackiest? |


Burger King Halloween Whopper causes green poop: Black buns dye feces green!

From the "really ewww" news desk, the new Burger King Halloween Whopper causes green poop. CNN reported on Oct. 6 that BK's creepy black buns make feces green according to some folks who've tried it. That's some treat, Burger King. It's more like a scary trick. Folks took to Twitter to announce their surprise at discovering they had green bowel movements after eating Burger King's Halloween Whopper using the hashtag #greenpoop. Have it your way? Not so much.   Burger King Halloween Whopper causes green poop: Black buns dye feces green! 

Free printable world history coloring pages, vintage clipart, literature lessons

 September is National Literacy Month. Reading is about more than just decoding text: it's about engaging with books. A good way to do that is hands-on literature-based activities. Here are free printable world history coloring pages from Karen's Whimsy. Explore world literature, cultures, people, time periods, civilizations, works of art, literary and historical figures and events.
Use these to create world history lesson plans, holiday greeting cards and literature lessons. Karen's Whimsy has free printable history colouring pages from just about any art history time period: ancient, Gothic, classical, medieval, renaissance, American history, Victorian, art deco, Edwardian. Explore the art of different religions: Christian, Catholic, Orthodox, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Japanese, pagan, Islam, tribal, Shinto and more.
Have a fancy for fantasy? Print clipart, images and coloring pages of dragons, angels, nymphs, dryads, mythological beats, literary figures, hero and animals. Perhaps you're interested in a specific niche of history: animals, flowers, plants, music, clothing, soldiers, architecture, weapons, military, travel, homes, holidays, food. You can print coloring pages of them. There is an entire section of free printable historical technology coloring pages and and cut and paste science crafts, perfect for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lesson plans. Teachers print these crafts for extra credit or homework reinforcement.
Print coloring pages from ancient Greece, Rome, medieval illuminations, knights in armor, dragons. Images are created frrom real works of art,sculpture, buildings, churches etc. Students expand vocabulary with old term like: flying buttress, seraphim, Romanesque, crenelations, Phoenician, greaves, to name a few. Kids will absorb history and expand their vocabulary just by coloring and discussing images.

Halloween candy alternatives: Shop BTS sales for 70 non-candy Trick or Treats

Back to school sales are a great time to start thinking Halloween, Christmas and holiday gift-giving. Here are 70 Halloween candy alternatives you can pick up cheap as you do your August back-to-school shopping. Shop BTS sales for non-candy Trick or Treat giveaways. These are perfect for kids on special diets. Teal Pumpkin Project participants, use this list of treats for diabetic candy-free alternatives for kids with food allergies and ADHD.
All or these items can be found for $1 per dozen or less. Shop for back-to-school at Walmart, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Target, Dollar General, Aldi and Meijer. Check Oriental Trading catalog. Shop bulk and clearance bins and shelves at party supply stores for inexpensive birthday prizes. Look for tax-free days and free shipping on BTS purchases at Amazon and other online vendors.
Give school supplies as Halloween candy alternatives. Give pencils, rulers, drawing compasses, markers, mini-markers, mini stampers, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, pencil sharpeners, tape, mini staplers, notebooks, books and folders. Give craft supplies instead of Halloween candy. Kids love cheap craft sets, activity booklets, mini paint sets, decorated pens, scented pens, gel pens, play dough, goop, putty and colored pencils.
Give birthday party prizes for Trick or Treat. Children's favorites are: adjustable rings, navigational compass, key chains, fake fangs (very popular), slide flutes, Chinese handcuffs, tops, mini kazoos, party poppers, noisemakers, yo-yos, glow bracelets, slide puzzles, mini games, finger puppets, fake fingers, finger gliders, mini puzzles, ring toss games, squishy eyeballs, glow-in-the-dark insects, plastic toy animals, toy soldiers, toy cars, ball and jacks sets, snap bracelets, prisms, bracelets, necklaces, puzzles, squirt guns, squirt rings, whistles, kaleidoscopes, sticky hands, harmonicas, paratrooper toys (with plastic parachutes attached) and growing creatures in capsules (these look like pill capsules and when put in water, expand).
Need super cheap Halloween giveaways for large crowds of kids? Give out balloons, stickers, Band-Aids (seriously crazy popular), temporary tattoos, spider rings, friendship rings, bouncy balls, bat rings, jumping spiders, Comparison shop and you'll find cheap prizes cost about the same as candy.

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