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One of the all-time greatest classics! Enjoy!

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Just received this Halloween song that was new to me.  It would be great to sing while carving your perfect Jack-o-Lantern!

Carving a Pumpkin for Halloween

(Sung to the tune of “Sing a Song of Sixpence”)

First you take a pumpkin
Big and round and fat
Then you cut the top off
That will make the hat
Then you hollow out the
nose and mouth and eyes
Show it to the children for a Halloween SURPRISE!

(Thanks, Michelle!)

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I love this book, but I especially love hearing Jerry Seinfeld read it himself.  Parents, this is for the child in you!  And also especially for my son, Matthew.  😉

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Thanks, Christa! 😀

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!

Pumpkins on the Ground

(To the Tune of: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (crouch down)

How’d you get so big and round? (stretch arms out wide to sides and then
make a circle)

Once you were a seed so small, (pretend to hold a seed)

Now you are a great big ball! (make huge circle with hands)

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (crouch down)

How’d you get so big and round? (stretch arms out wide to sides and then
make a circle)

Jack-o-Lantern 

Jack-O-Lantern

I am a pumpkin, big and round
(make huge circle with arms)

Once upon the time I grew on the ground
(point to ground)

Now I have a mouth, two eyes, and a nose.
(point to each)

What are they for, do you suppose?
(scratch head)

When I have a candle inside shining bright
(hold up right index finger)

I’ll be a Jack-O-Lantern on Halloween Night
(bragging gesture)

Girl Witch

Halloween Witches
(to the tune “Ten Little Indians”)

One Little, two little, three little witches
(fold up hand and count three)

Fly over haystacks
(fly hand up and down)

Fly over ditches

Slide down moonbeams without any hitches
(glide hand downwards)

Heigh-ho! Halloweens’ here!

smiling ghost

One Dark and Stormy Night

Late one dark and stormy night,
(use spooky voice)

Three little witches were stirring a pot,
(pretend to stir a pot)

Two little ghosts say, How d’ye do?
(lower voice)

Go tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe
(say in a whisper)

Boooooooooo!
(very loud) 😀

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Recently, my friend, Molly, posted on her blog about cute Halloween costumes that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, you can easily make them yourself, and they aren’t made of smelly vinyl possibly contaminated with dangerous lead levels.  I couldn’t resist sharing some of them here with you. 

Happy Clown

Happy Clown

Do-It-Yourself

* Attach two plastic pot scrubbers and a colored ball to the top of a cotton cap.

* Thread plastic pot scrubbers loosely with elastic as the clown’s collar

* Hot-glue or stitch three plastic pot scrubbers to the front of a one-piece jumper.

* Cinch pot scrubbers with twist ties and stitch or glue to shoes.

Dragon

Dragon

Do-It-Yourself

* Cut green sponges into triangles and stitch or glue them down the center of a pilot’s cap.

* Attach more triangles down the back of a matching bodysuit.

Bumblebee and Flower

DIY Baby Bumblebee 

Do-It-Yourself

* Make yourself a flower-petal collar from a plastic shower-curtain liner.

* For antennae, attach chenille stems topped with pom-poms to a cotton cap.

* Use bubble wrap as wings.

* Wrap a yellow towel around a baby carrier and fasten it with stripes of black electrical tape.

For additional information and costume ideas, visit Parent.com here.

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Check this information out, just released by Reuters:

Bumbo Baby Seat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some 1 million foam baby seats sold by Target Corp, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and other large retailers are being recalled because of reports of young children falling out of the seats, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday.

The safety agency said it received 28 reports of young children falling out of the seats, including three who suffered skull fractures because the seats had been placed atop tables.

The baby seats, made by Bumbo International of South Africa, sold for about $40 each from August 2003 through October 2007. Retailers that sold the product also included Sears Holdings, Kmart, Toys “R” Us, USA Babies, it said.

The round Bumbo Baby Sitter Seats are 15 inches in diameter and made of molded polyurethane foam that wraps around a child.

Consumers should contact Bumbo to obtain new warning label stickers and instructions for the recalled baby seats and should never use the infant seat on a table, countertop, chair or other elevated surface, the agency said.

On its Web site, Bumbo said it temporarily stopped selling the baby seat until safety packaging can be updated. “The Bumbo Baby Seat is safe when used properly, but we have voluntarily agreed to update the packaging to ensure there is no confusion about the safe, proper use of the Bumbo Baby Seat,” the company said.

The baby seat is designed for infants who are six weeks old or able to support their own heads, up to an age of about 12 to 14 months or about 22 pounds, Bumbo said.

For additional information, please visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission here. 

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Green Monster 

This Halloween song is a favorite of many, including myself, but, today, this one is especially for you, Molly! 😀

Music Trivia Time:

Bobby Pickett

Recorded originally in 1962 by Bobby Pickett, an amateur musician, it literally “paid the rent for 36 years with this one song.” (as told to the Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Pickett passed away in April of this year.  He wrote a fun song that everybody loved, and managed to turn continous sales of it into a slow, steady lifelong income. No, Pickett never got rich like Paul McCartney or famous like Kurt Cobain, but he said that the song liberated him from ever having to work again. It was also covered by countless other bands, including punk rockers Bad Manners and The Misfits. (quoted from Wired.com, by Annalee Newitz)

 

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