It is about this time each year where I start to feel a ton of financial pressure. It is always when I get ready to get the kids’ Halloween costumes, I seemingly forget each year that they are NOT cheap. Thus begins a long line of financial obligations that grow as the holidays get closer. It starts with school pictures and the financial hits come fast and furious with the Pumpkin Patch, Halloween costumes, winter shoes to replace the tennis you were sure would make it longer than they did, a big ol’ turkey neither of my kids will eat, and don’t forget the Christmas presents along the way. In the spirit of having fun while not taxing your budget I have an outing, an event, and a craft that are all easy, local, and either free or cheap.
Each year we pile in the car and drive around looking for Christmas lights, it is a fun, easy, budget friendly, holiday event. This year you can do a similar thing with local scarecrows. The Edmonds Museum is having their 1st Annual Scarecrow Festival and you can take the kids to check ‘em out and also help pick the winners. There are different options for finding your favorite scarecrow, the scarecrow ballot, HERE, has a list of locations and categories. You can find, and then vote for, your favorite scarecrow made by a business in the bowl, a business outside the bowl, or at a residence. The forecast for this Sunday is dry with highs near 60, walking around downtown Edmonds with little kids finding scarecrows is a nice way to get out of the house in the afternoon and burn of some energy! Winners of each category will be announced at the Museum Fundraising Dinner on November 8th at Holy Rosary Church. You will also be able to find the winners here on MyEdmondsNews.com.
The first Saturday without the summer market is supposed to be a wet one. You can stay dry at the library in Edmonds and enjoy another “Reading With Rover” event. ReadingwithRover.org explains their mission is “To inspire children to discover the joy of reading while developing literacy skills and confidence in a safe environment using Reading With Rover Dogs.”
Who: Pre-readers and independent readers
What: Reading With Rover
When: Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m.
Where: Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds
Halloween through Valentine’s Day is really the time of year that separates the crafty from the not-so-crafty. Because, of course, my kids like to do crafty stuff I have had to adapt, a bit. I have one go to craft per major holiday, not counting Valentine’s Day, my kids pass out store bought cards with a piece of candy with not even so much as a Pinterest pun to be found. The craft we make for Halloween is fun, can be done with normal household items (meaning you can avoid Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, AND Michael’s,) and is easy. We go with the tissue ghost, which we tape up around the house, bonus points for placement above a heater vent. I, inadvertently, realized that they blow around spookily when the heater is on and the kids are pretty amused by it.
To make this craft you will need: tissues, thread/string, tape, a black marker. If you want to take it up one notch you can also use cotton balls, glitter glue or other color markers but let’s not get crazy.
Grab a tissue and crumple it up in a ball, this will be used as the stuffing in the ghost’s head. I Googled it, as to stay off Pinterest, and see that you can use a cotton ball for the head stuffing, as well.
Grab another tissue and wrap it over the first crumpled up tissue ball, forming a spooky ghost head. Thankfully this doesn’t take any real finesse and if you are looking for uniformity or are low on tissues you can do the cotton ball at the head stuffing.
Tie off the tissue forming the “neck” of the ghost. You can use thread from an emergency sewing kit from your wedding 9.5 years ago, string if you are Mary Poppins and have that in your bag of magic, or you can use tape. I use the thread and leave some leftover in order to hang in the window above the heater vent giving me just enough Martha Stewart street cred to last me a whole year. If you want the ghost to be more upright, tape the thread to the back of the ghosts head, if you want it to look more like it is kind of flying around then you can just hang it right from the string.
Decorate the face. This is really up to you, I bought glitter glue because it was on clearance at Target. This doesn’t dry right away and the kids don’t typically want to wait to hang them up, so it can be dicey.
My favorite part of this is we save the best from each year and hang those up with the new batch. Plus, being the most squeamish person in the house, I can use these to stave off the extra creepy stuff for another year!
Have a great weekend!
– By Jen Marx
Jen Marx, an Edmonds Mom of two young boys, is a traffic reporter by dawn and writer and PBJ maker by day. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can contact Jen with your local event at email@example.com or find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at SnackMomSyndrome.com. If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.