October At The Websters

October has been another crazy busy month here and I have barely had time to catch my breath. This last week has been especially busy with half term and lots of tight deadlines to meet for work but I’m not complaining as I do work better under pressure.

We didn’t manage to get out as a family as much as I had hoped but we have a few free weekends in November to make up for that.

Here’s what we got up to in October.

  • I had blood test results come back showing that my sugars are decreasing which is great news.
  • We celebrated FrugalMrW’s birthday, he turned 37.
  • Daisy went on a school trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium.
  • We had a wonderful day out at Brockholes.
  • FrugalMrW went to the Vape Expo at Birmingham NEC.
  • We hosted an #AquaDoodleParty and had lots of fun.
  • I went to the cinema to watch ‘The Girl on the Train’ , what an awesome film!
  • We packed in lots of activities at home in the first week of half term.
  • Daisy helped to decorate the house for Halloween.
  • We invited friends round to play.
  • We had lots of family film nights.
  • My eldest daughter finally moved in to her new flat.
  • We tried to stay Frugal.
  • We went to a Halloween party at my daughter’s new flat.

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img_26121 img_26041I will be back at the end of November to tell you all about what we’ve been up to. What have you done in October ? leave me a comment I love to hear from you.

angela

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4 Films To Watch With Your Kids This Halloween

This weekend we will be celebrating Halloween with some spooky activities, creepy cakes, pumpkin carving, scary games and fun films. I know that Halloween isn’t officially until Monday but we like to extend the celebrations by decorating the house and having film night every weekend in the run up.

Much to our delight Daisy and Jake recently discovered Tom and Jerry cartoons, it’s been lovely to sit and watch them together as Chris and I both loved them as children. If you or your little ones are classic cartoon fans then I recommend checking out these four Halloween specials.

Tom and Jerry’s Magical Misadventures

This contains seven magical episodes featuring Tom and Jerry, they get to visit creepy castles, wield magic wands and of course Tom gets to chase Jerry with comical and spooky results.

Tom and Jerry Tricks Or Treats 

There are twenty spooky Tom and Jerry episodes and two bonus Christmas/Winter themed episodes included. Tom and Jerry continue to outwit each other but come across witches, werewolves, Mummies and ghosts along the way.

Tom and Jerry Halloween Hijinks And Shrieks 

Tom and Jerry star in a collection of seven spooky episodes which include thrilling escapes and clever disguises as they continue their never ending cat and mouse chase.

Bug’s Bunny Howl-oween Special

Bugs Bunny stars in this Halloween special where he’s joined by other Looney Tunes favourites like Daffy Duck, Speedy Gonzales, Porky Pig and lots more.

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You can find lots of other brilliant Halloween titles to buy on Amazon here.

What are your favourite Halloween films to watch with your kids ?

angela

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My Favourite Halloween Movies

I love seasonal celebrations so it probably comes as no surprise that I have some favourite movies for each occasion, with Halloween just around corner I thought I would share with you my top ten go to Halloween inspired movies.

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1. Hocus Pocus simply has to be at the top of this list, not only does it star Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and the kid from Eerie Indiana it also has a talking cat what more could you want from a movie ? I think it’s the mix of cast, characters and music that makes this my ultimate favourite Halloween movie ( we will just ignore the fact is has a zombie in it).

2. A Nightmare On Elm Street was the first horror movie I ever watched, it terrified me and was followed by some questionable sequels but Johnny Depp being swallowed by a bed and Nancy getting ultra cool white streaks in her hair has me returning to it time and time again.

3. Poltergeist although I usually try and steer clear from films of a paranormal nature ( totally terrified) I can’t help but love this 1980’s classic, the clown scene is the reason I still check under my bed in my 30’s and shiver every time I hear the American national anthem (fuzzy tv scene).

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas , this is a tricky one because is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movies ? I don’t mind either way and I happily watch it during both seasons. If you haven’t seen this movie then why on earth not ! it’s spectacular.

5. The Craft is such an underrated film, teen witches, mean girls and magic make up this tale of four friends who use their powers to wreak revenge on those that have wronged them but face the consequences of using dark magic.

6. Halloween my list wouldn’t be complete without this classic 1970’s slasher film, it’s been the inspiration for many a modern horror movie and it doesn’t even matter that I can’t remember if Micheal Myers is still out there stalking babysitter’s I lost count after the Halloween part 7 !

halloween-1001677_19207. Ghostbusters I think this movie should probably a little higher up in my list as it’s such a classic, it’s funny, silly scary and action packed my ideal Halloween movie.

8. The Strangers I watched this at the Cinema and spent the whole time holding my breath, evil-doers in masks and random violence make this a white knuckle ride from start to finish.

9. Fun Size is a Halloween night based comedy and it’s not in the slightest bit scary which suits a wuss like me to a tee.

10. An American Werewolf In London it wouldn’t be Halloween with a werewolf thrown in for good measure, I’ve certainly never strayed on to the moors since watching this movie.

bat-988224_1920So that’s my list and from it you can probably tell I’m not a fan of modern day horror, give me an old classic or a fun film over blood, gore and ghosts any day.

What’s your ultimate Halloween movie ? leave me a comment below I love hearing from you.

I’m linking up with Rachel from RachelSwirl for #TuesdayTreasures

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Angela xx

Halloween On A Budget

I love a good old celebration and Halloween is no exception, I’ve mentioned before that I always celebrate little events and occasions as they make life a little more fun and of course it gives me a great opportunity to test out my budgeting skills.

The bargain shops like Poundland, B&M, Poundworld and Home Bargains are chock a block with spooky decorations, scary costumes and delicious sweet treats, I always pick up a few things as soon as the stock hits the shelves as they have a tendency to sell out fast.

img_1763These frightful wooden menu boards were only 79p each from Home Bargains, I’m going to display them in the kitchen but I’m not sure I will have many requests at tea time. I also picked up this sweet smelling Halloween candle for 69p again from Home Bargains.

This year we can get away with not buying a new costume for Daisy, she want’s to dress up as Elsa from Frozen so we are using the costume she already has in her dressing up box, I don’t think Jake would wear a costume for any length of time so I will either pick up a second hand one or use one of the cute spooky tops that came in a bundle of clothes we were given. If you are a creative type you could fashion an awesome costume yourself there are a ton of fantastic ideas on Pinterest.

Speaking of Pinterest I’ve been busy creating a board called Halloween On A Budget that I’ve been pinning lots of ideas to.

As the October half term falls in with Halloween we will be doing lots of Halloween themed crafts, a great way to find ideas to keep the kiddo’s busy is to check out some blogs you can find a ton of great crafts, recipes, activities and facts, here are a few to get you started.

Jessica from Beauties And The Bibs has this great advice ” When ever I used to plan Halloween at work . Poundland would be my go to place they have everything you need . Also I would search Pinterest for activities like unlucky dip . Where the children have to touch horrid things with a blind fold on”

Carly from Mummy and the Chunks made some Halloween decorations using Hama Beads.

Kirsty from My Two Mums shows you how to make spooky finger puppets on a budget.

Sonia from This Mummy Loves shows you how to make budget friendly hand print spiders.

Kelly from nature Mum Blog has written all about the history of pumpkin carving.

Hannah from Cupcake Mumma has some fabulous budget friendly ideas to celebrate Halloween.

Jocelyn from The Reading Residence has some ideas for funny and unusual kids costumes for Halloween.
I hope this post has given you lots of ideas for celebrating Halloween on a budget, if you have any more budget friendly ideas leave me a comment i love hearing from you.

Happy Halloween

Angela xx

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A Happy Halloween At The Webster’s

Happy Halloween ! I hope you had lots of fun celebrating, I thought I would share with you some of the ways we like to celebrate and decorate our house for the occasion (on a budget of course).

I know it’s not for everyone but I’ve always an effort to celebrate Halloween, I think my older two children will have lots of fun memories of being wrapped in toilet tissue like a Mummy and collecting lots of sweet treats from family and neighbours on Halloween night.  Daisy is just starting to understand celebrations which has made this year really special, she has excitedly watched me decorate the house with spooky goodies.

Every year I pick a few things up to add to our Halloween box, as we are on a budget I use shops like Aldi, Poundland, Home Bargains and B&M to find some fantastic bargains.Daisy chose this Witch costume from the supermarket, it was really good value at £6 and will be added to the dressing up box afterwards so she will get plenty of use out of it.

I’m an absolute sucker for a gimmick so naturally I had to buy some Halloween cakes and crisps, I also bought Daisy some goodies for her Halloween bucket.

Of course Jake had to take part in Halloween too, I won a Pumpkin shaped teething ring which he is thoroughly enjoying, how cute is that ghostly bib.

FrugalMrW took Daisy to his sister’s for a couple of hours as she has a little Halloween party each year, she returned later with a very full bucket of treats.

We didn’t get a lot of knocks on the door this year which is quite sad as I had a big bucket of lollipops ready for the trick or treaters, I think next year we will decorate the door so the children know they are very welcome as our house can appear quite dark from the front, maybe that put them off.

I know some people can’t stand celebrations like Halloween but the way I look at it is that life is short so if there is an event to celebrate then I’m going to especially if captures the kids imagination and fills them with excitement.

Angela xx