Worksheet of the Week: The Witch is Looking for the Right Numbers

the-witch-is-looking-for-the-right-numbersThis witch is ready to explore some spooky Halloween festivities, but it seems to need a bit of help. Complete this witch by using your counting skills to connect the dots in this free Worksheet of the Week! Click on the image above to download and print this Halloween Worksheet! http://budurl.me/Worksheet138

Inside the Mummy Maze: Spooky Tips and Helpful Hints

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Halloween in JumpStart is fun for a lot of reasons- Ridez, Threadz, Petz and the decorations in different worlds, but one of our favorites has to be the Mummy Maze! The maze is packed full of spooky surprises! From mummies to scarabs, enchanted floors to sarcophagi, there’s something waiting for your Jumpee around every corner! We’ve got some hints to help you make it all the way through the maze! Keep reading for our top tips!

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Halloween Ideas for the Whole Family

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Photo by Jennifer C., ©2010 Some rights reserved. Licensed by Creative Commons Public Works License

Halloween is sneaking up on us faster than a spooky monster in a haunted house. There are tons of different options for how to spend the night with your kids. Trick-or-treating, community events or a get together at your house are just a few options. Read on for our suggestions on how to make the night frightfully fun for your family!

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Spooky Threadz, Petz and Ridez for Halloween!

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Hey, Jumpeez! Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the Halloween decorations all around JumpStart and have made your way through the Mummy Maze a time or two. Did you know that there are also ghoulishly delightful Threadz, Petz and Ridez as well? Continue reading to learn more about our frightfully fun offerings!

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Happy Halloween, Jumpeez!

The day has finally arrived and we’d like to wish all of you a happy and safe Halloween! Be sure to get your Jumpee dressed up for some ghoulish games and all kinds of spooky surprises. Before the season comes to an official close, don’t forget to check out JumpStart’s Halloween tips, here on the blog, or all of our festive features in the game.

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From themed games for the family and trick or treating safety tips to craft ideas and other terrific traditions, your Halloween evening is bound to magical and most of all memorable! How will you be celebrating with your friends and family, today?

Don’t forget to take some time to celebrate with your Jumpstart pals by spinning through the frighteningly festive FunZones, scrambling for you last few Scavenger Hunt items or picking up some of the hauntingly Halloween themed Petz and Ridez before they leave the shelves of our DownTown Stores!

Halloween Games for the Family

For many families with young children, it is common for trick or treating to start while there is still some sunlight out and end a bit earlier in the evening. But just because your family plans on heading home or perhaps to a local gathering with friends, this does not mean that all of the festive fun needs to stop. During this time of year, it is always safe for parents to be ready with a few Halloween games or activities to keep the kids entertained and engaged. Learn about some of our favorite quick and easy games, today!

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Candy Jar Estimate – Pour a bag of small candy pieces like jellybeans, gummy worms, or chocolates into jars of various sizes. Have the kids try and guess how many Halloween candy pieces are enclosed in the jars by simply looking at them. Make it a competition amongst family and friends by designating a prize to the person who submits the correct answer.

Skeleton Scavenger Hunt – Purchase a plastic skeleton or create a paper one that could easily be broken apart. Hide “bones” and create fun clues that friends and family will need to decipher or solve. Once each bone is found, have the group reassemble the skeleton as a fun puzzle activity that is both interactive and educational. The team or group of players that return with a fully assembled skeleton wins!

Mummy Wrap – Break your group of players up into small teams. Then, give friends and family members the challenge of wrapping up team members in crepe paper or streamers to mimic the look of a menacing yet festively fun mummy. Those that can come up with the most popular look in the fastest amount of time will ultimately win the game.

Bobbing for Apples – Apples are a quintessential symbol of fall, making bobbing for apples a long held tradition for both kids and adults during this festive time of year. For some friendly competition amongst friends and family, simply fill a large trough like container of water and throw in some apples to bob along the surface. Have a prize ready for whoever can fish out the most apples, using just their mouths.

Pumpkin Balloon Darts – Grab a spare cork or pin board and a bag of small orange balloons. Blow up the balloons and decorate them to look as if they were jack o’ lanterns. Affix the balloons to the board and allow the kids to use child friendly darts to try and pop the balloons. Be ready with a fun prize for the player that is able to pop the most balloons!

Halloween Safety Tips

A child’s priorities on Halloween can differ greatly from that of their parents. For kids, Halloween night is an exciting time where kids are able to trick or treat through their neighborhoods or enjoy fun-filled holiday parties with their family and friends. However, this fall holiday is not all just fun and games. Keep these tips in mind, before your family takes to the streets this Halloween, to help assure that your night of trick or treating and celebration does not end with any unexpected or unwanted surprises.

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Parents can always benefit from a little preparation ahead of time to help them stay in control of any situation during this, at times, chaotic time of year.

  1. Pack a bag – With all the foot traffic on the street, sometimes small spills are unstoppable. Be sure to carry a small first aid kit to manage small bumps and bruises. Additionally, you might benefit from having a snack and drink on hand in case your kids need something to boost their energy while trick or treating.
  2.  Fit their costumes – Avoid falls by making sure that your kids costumes are at a proper length and won’t be causing them to trip as they quickly move from door to door
  3. Check their candy – While candy tampering is rare occurrence, don’t forget to practice common sense when accepting food and sweet treats from people who are seemingly strangers to you and your kids. Your safest best is to only consumer candy that has been commercially wrapped and does not show signs of suspicious openings.
  4. Bring a flashlight – Depending on your locale street lighting may vary, so to both light your way and make motorists aware of your location, you might want to equip your family with a flash light as they traveling through the streets. Additions like reflective tape to clothing can also help keep track of kids in the darkness of night.
  5. Be cautious – Make your kids aware of all the possible dangers so that they can be proactive in preventing any Halloween horror stories. From looking both ways as they cross the street to keeping their distance while walking bast open flames in traditional jack-o-lanterns or seasonal lanterns, preparing your kids ahead of time can never hurt!