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Mummy’s Mix and Vampire Variety Perfect for Trick-Or-Treating

 

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You can’t walk into most grocery stores or drug stores these days without coming face-to-face with candy. It’s Halloween season so most places are stocked up on candy to sell to people to give to the little trick-or-treats on Halloween night.

I both love and loathe this time of year. I LOVE candy, but I also loathe the temptation of having all that candy around. I literally have to buy candy at the last minute otherwise my family – or myself – will eat half the bag (if not the entire bag!) before Halloween night. I intentionally try and buy candy we DON’T like to avoid that temptation. But it’s hard. Candy is so yummy. :-)

If you are still looking for Halloween treats you should check out the Halloween candies from MIKE AND IKE.

Just Born Quality Confections offers Halloween themed editions of the iconic MIKE AND IKE® fruity, chewy candy.  MIKE AND IKE® Mummy’s Mix and the MIKE AND IKE® Vampire Variety are perfect for all trick-or-treaters this Halloween!

All MIKE AND IKE® Halloween mixes and other varieties including Original Fruits, Tropical Typhoon®, Berry Blast®, Red Rageous!™ and more, are now made with real fruit juice that enhances all the great flavors!  Mummy’s Mix contains the great tastes of Lemon, Orange, Grape, Lime and Raspberry while Vampire Variety includes Cherry, Raspberry, Grape, Watermelon and Fruit Punch.

The Halloween flavors are available in several packages, including 5 oz theater boxes of both Mummy’s Mix and Vampire Variety.  There are also 45 count and 72 count variety bags that contain individually wrapped snack size packages of Mummy’s Mix and Vampire Variety.  Also available are 21 count snack packs of Mummy’s Mix. The SRP for the Halloween theater box varieties ranges from $1.00-$1.39.The snack pack and variety bags range from $3.00 – $6.99 SRP, depending on the pack size, retailer and location.  The Halloween mixes and all other varieties can be found in supermarkets, mass market retailers and drug stores near you.

“Don’t be afraid to try our MIKE AND IKE® Halloween varieties!” says an enthusiastic Koren Ivie, Brand Manager for MIKE AND IKE® candy.  “The Halloween candy is perfect for ghosts and ghouls of all ages.”

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The individual bags are ideal for trick-or-treating. Each bag holds just enough candy to satisfy your sweet tooth. The flavors are great too. I like the flavors in the Vampire Variety the best, but both packages are good.

I’ve always been a fan of MIKE AND IKE candies. I have been enjoying them since I was a kid. They have been around since 1940 (I’m not THAT old… but I did enjoy them as a kid). They are from the brand Just Born Quality Confections. They are the same company that bring you other delicious treats including PEEPS®, HOT TAMALES®, MIKE AND IKE® and GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS®. I love all of these candies.

All Just Born candies are made in the U.S.A.

Look for MIKE AND IKE and other Just Born Quality Confections at a retail store near you.

For more information visit JustBorn.com.

What is your favorite Halloween candy (or candy)? Are you a fan of MIKE AND IKE or any of the other Just Born Quality Confections? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received a few samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Scare up some Halloween fun with Netflix

 

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I remember years ago that there used to be a lot of scary (and not so scary) Halloween movies, televisions shows and specials on TV. These days we can hardly find anything good on to watch to get us into the Halloween mood. I have yet to even see the Halloween movies on television. What is up with that?

Thankfully we have a lot of Halloween and scary movies on Blu-ray and DVD that we can pop in. We also have Netflix and Netflix has a lot of great movies to get you in the Halloween spirit. They even have a special section of movies they think will help get you and your family ready for the holiday. Don’t worry – not all the suggestions are scary. They have plenty of movies you can watch and enjoy with even the youngest family member.

Here are some of the suggestions from Netflix.

Children

For the family

DreamWorks Spooky Stories 

DreamWorks Spooky Stories 2

DreamWorks Shrek’s Swap Stories

Disney’s Spooky Buddies

Casper’s Scare School

Fred 2: Night of the Fred

Teen

For older kids/teens

Supernatural

Vampire Diaries

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Haunted Mansion

Scream

Odd Thomas

Adult

For the horror movie fan

You’re Next

Texas Chainsaw

The Possession

Hannibal

Fight Night

Hellraiser

Candyman

I’ve seen most of these movies. :-)

Netflix also has The Walking Dead which you can watch to catch up on any episodes you might have missed or watch the series from the beginning.

There are even a couple of Halloween movies (the ones with Michael Meyers) available on Netflix.

I came across a few I have never heard of or seen before that look cute for little ones – Curious George’s Halloween Boo-fest and Barney’s Halloween Party.

Personally I enjoy watching horror movies, but I will admit that sometimes my husband and I will watch “kiddie” shows too because they are so cute. Sometimes they are even more entertaining then the horror movies. LOL! (most horror movies these days are just ridiculous and not scary or entertaining).

How do you and your family get into the Halloween spirit? You have a favorite family tradition? Do you enjoy watching Halloween shows, specials and/or movies to get you ready for the big night? Feel free to share your stories.

For more information about Netflix visit Netflix.com.

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Kimberly

*I am a member of the Netflix Steamteam. I received a free membership and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate Halloween with DreamWorks

 

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Are you looking for some fun costume ideas for Halloween? DreamWorks has some great ideas that I thought readers might be interested in.

Get inspired this Halloween season with this hilarious comedy-adventure. Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future. Mr. Peabody & Sherman features hilarious performances from an incredible voice cast of popular stars including Ty Burrell, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Patrick Warburton and Allison Janney.

To help you prepare for Halloween this year, we’ll take you back in time through Mr. Peabody & Sherman’s adventures – a surefire list of original and inspired costume ideas for children and parents alike! 

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Ancient Egypt

This Halloween will have everyone walking like an Egyptian. The ideas are endless dressed as Cleopatra, King Tut and Anubis, or keep things under wraps with a Halloween classic – a mummy! 

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Ancient Greece

Take a page from the history books as an ethereal Greek God or Goddess. You can also put those old sheets to good use with a characteristic toga or bring history to life as a Spartan warrior! 

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Renaissance Italy

A nod to the rebirth of culture, the renaissance was marked by some of the greatest poets, philosophers, sculptors, artists, architects and musicians. While the possibilities are infinite, some original costume ideas include the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci or medieval gowns and robes paired with wigs and jewelry.  

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French Revolution

“Let them eat cake.” Whether you’ll be enjoying cake or candy this Halloween, the French Revolution is chock-full of fashion and extravagance – marked by gowns, jackets, headgear, stockings and quirky accessories.  

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Present Day

What better way to pay homage to Mr. Peabody himself than an adorable bow tie accompanied by black retro round frames? Add a little black face paint to the nose and some floppy white ears and you’ll have to do a double take! Of course some of those round frames, freckles and a pair of white sneakers would also make for a great Sherman.

In addition here are some great Halloween recipes, masks and pumpkin stencils from DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon 2. Please click on the image for a larger image that you can save and print out.

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Dragon snacks

Mask 1

Mask 2

Mask 3

Pumpkin Stencil 2

Pupmkin Stencil 1

 

Here are even more ideas (click on the link to bring up the .PDF file) – More great ideas from DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon 2

If you use any of these ideas, recipes or crafts I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to share in the comments section. :-)

PHOTO CREDIT: DreamWorks

PHOTO CREDIT: DreamWorks

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. 

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Start a new Halloween tradition with your family (giveaway ends 10/15/14)

 

Halloween Candy

 

This can be a “dangerous” time of year… for your diet that is. Every where I look I see bags of my favorite candies. That is because Halloween is fast approaching and stores want you to stock up with plenty of goodies for the trick-or-treaters.

I can’t buy Halloween candy too far in advance because I know it will all be eaten before Halloween night. If I feel I must get candy ahead of time I buy bags of candy that no one in my family likes. That way I know it’s safe to keep in our home.

My kids don’t go trick-or-treating anymore because they are teenager. When they were younger they would come home with an insane amount of candy. What I would do it immediately go through it and pick out a good chunk of it and give it to the teenagers who came to our home late at night (or I’d leave it in a bucket outside our door). My husband would also take a lot of it to work with him and leave it in a bowl on his desk so that his co-workers can enjoy it (especially those without children).

Don’t get the wrong impression – my kids still had plenty of candy. We live in a huge condo/town home complex and my kids got more then they would ever need. They had so much that most of it wouldn’t be eaten. I would find bags of candy around Christmas time that was from Halloween.

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When I was younger I would hoard my candy and eat every last piece of it. That might explain why I’m overweight.

Author Audrey Kinsman has a fun idea to help take control of the crazy amount of candy children receive for Halloween. In fact her idea is so ingenious that it can be a new holiday tradition in your home.

Audrey wrote a book called Switchcrafted: The Story of the Switch Witches of Halloween. The book is intended to encourage children to swap out pounds of unhealthy candy in exchange for a fun toy.

As a mom of two young boys, Audrey believes magic of the holiday. After one Halloween where her sons brought home eight pounds of candy she knew she had to find something to take control of all that candy. This was her inspiration behind Switchcrafted.

Says Kinsman, “Switchcrafted updates a classic holiday tradition and incorporates it into real-life parenting scenarios. Getting my kids involved in the magic of Halloween verses the quest for the biggest bag of candy was my motivation. My own family suffers from allergies like celiac disease and lactose intolerance therefore the majority of candy was off-limits. I needed to find a fun alternative to keep the tradition alive.”

The hardcover book is available with an adorable Switch Witch plush toy and comes in a keepsake box so the book and toy can stay together when it’s not Halloween season. There is also a signature trick-or-treat bag.

Switch Craft Book and Doll

Here is a brief synopsis of this super adorable book.

On a cold and windy Halloween evening, children everywhere asked “Why are witches part of Halloween?” The story needed to be told, and the children deserved an answer. Witches are part of Halloween because they desperately need your candy!

In the mysterious world of cauldron bubbles, flying broomsticks and black cats, witches cast their spells turning nobles into beasts, straw into gold and magic lamps into wish-giving genies. Staying up late and flying a broomstick to conduct all of these tasks requires lots and lots of energy. And for witches, energy only comes from candy–any kind of candy to be precise! But the one spell that no witch can ever cast is the candy spell!

During the month of October, the Switch Witch is invited into your home. Show her your best behavior and she gets the go-ahead from the Switch Witches to perform the magic of Switchcraft on Halloween night. She takes your candy in exchange for a new toy! That’s the deal…

“Remember that only good kids can trade, So be on your best behavior and a Switchcraft will be made”

Think of the Switch Witch as being similar to the Elf on a Shelf where the witch is keeping her eye out on your child/grandchild to make sure they are on their best behavior. If the witch thinks your child has been behaving well their Halloween candy (not all of it of course) will be taken on Halloween night (or whatever night you see fit) and in it’s place will be a toy that your child wants.

To keep my kids from having too much candy when they were little the Easter Bunny used to bring books, coloring books, crayons, a small toy and/or plush bunny (instead of a basket full of candy). I like the idea of swapping out tons of candy for something healthier like books, crafts or a small toy.

What you do with the candy that Switch Witch takes is up to you. You can donate it or give it away. You can even donate it to our military troops.

Switchcrafted Book

This is such a wonderful idea. I’m glad the author and publishers put this delightful package together. It’s going to make for a super fun Halloween tradition.

The doll is adorable. She has a movable head and Velcro on her hands so that you can pose her in many different ways and locations in your home.

The book is wonderfully written with colorful and charming illustrations. The book even asks children to name their witch. Our witch is named Stella. I don’t know why. It’s just the name that came to us (no offense to anyone named Stella – we like that name :-)).

If you would like to learn more please visit www.Switchcrafted.com. On the site you can also find Halloween recipes, craft ideas, candy swapping solutions, game and activities for both parents and teachers.

You can also check out Switchcrafted on social media (Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram) under Switchcrafted. The Twitter handle is @SwitchWitches.

Switch Crafted Prize Package

I have a Switch Witch package to award to a lucky reader, compliments of Switch Witch.

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only and will end on October 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Looking for a costume? Check out Great Pretenders (giveaway ends 10/09/14)

 

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I miss the days where my kids were super excited to get dressed up for Halloween. I used to go all out and get them fun accessories to go along with their costumes. They loved to keep the accessories to play with after the holiday was over.

Funny story… Many years ago when my teens were little (ages 2 and 4 1/2) we were at Disney World for Halloween. At night they were giving away candy to all the children and children were allowed to wear costumes. We didn’t know about this when we flew down there so we went to a local department store to get the kids costumes. We didn’t want to spend too much and we didn’t want something that wouldn’t fit in our luggage on the flight home. We ended up getting our daughter a chocolate chip cookie costume and my son was dressed like a cow and it said “Got Milk?” on the front of his costume.

I thought they looked cute together – milk and a cookie. My son was too young to care at that time but our daughter had a fit. She wanted to be a princess. When we arrived at Disney World EVERY little girl was a princess and every little boy was a pirate. No one stood out except my kids. We received so many compliments from parents while at the park that they loved our costumes because they were cute and original.

Fast forward 13 years… our daughter is still miffed that we didn’t get her a princess costume that Halloween. LOL!

I have a feeling that the characters from Frozen – especially Elsa and Anna – are going to be super popular costumes this year. I know if I was a little girl I would love to be Elsa for a day. She has such a beautiful dress in the movie and I love her hair.

Your child doesn’t have to wait until Halloween to play “dress up”. Dressing up is a fun playtime activity that sparks the imagination. I used to play dress up with  my mom’s clothes when I was a little girl.

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Check out this great article about the benefits of dress up play.

“Back to Pre-School” Benefits of pretend play

Children learn by imagining and doing. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas. Dress-up play is vital to a child’s development. According to licensed child psychologist Dr. Laurie Zelinger, “It fosters the imaginative processes, and allows for play without rules or script. Dress up allows for experimentation, role play and fantasy.“

Major benefits include:

Social and Emotional Skills

Dress up allows for experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. Through cooperative play, children learn societal rules such as how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve. Character play means that the child is “walking in someone else’s shoes” and it encourages teamwork along with an interest in peers. The child also learns to negotiate which helps teach the important moral development skill of empathy. Since children see the world from their own point of view, cooperative play helps them understand the feelings of others.

Language Skills

When children engage in pretend play, you will hear words and phrases you never thought they knew. Pretend play requires children to invent and tell stories and since almost all children narrate their pretend play experiences, they train their minds to transform ideas into words. Children usually mimic words and ideas from parents, teachers, daycare or what they hear on TV. This repetition builds vocabulary and helps kids visualize what they say, especially when adults offer feedback to help kids better understand the words they use. This also helps with grammar – they may not know the rules but they are training themselves to speak like adults. This also helps make the connection between spoken and written language — a skill that will later help them to read.

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Self-Control

Young kids typically have little self-control. During pretend play, children have to take a role and play within those boundaries, especially when other kids are involved. Studies show that children control their impulses significantly better during pretend play than at other times. Did you ever wonder why parents often make up a game to get their children to eat their vegetables or finish chores? Transforming an unappealing task into a make-believe game is a popular trick among clever parents and educators.

Problem Solving Skills

Pretend play also provides your child with a variety of problems to solve. Whether it’s the logistics of sharing toys or a pretend problem the children are escaping from, the child calls upon important cognitive thinking skills that he or she will use in every aspect of his or her life, now and forever. Role playing games lead children to face situations that far exceed kids’ real-life experiences. Children work out confusing, scary, or new life issues. Through these role plays, children become more comfortable and prepared for life events in a safe way. Children often use pretend play to work out more personal challenging life events too, whether it is coping with an illness in the family, the absence of a parent or divorce, or a house fire. Although kids may not always act logically during tough pretend dilemmas, the very process of problem solving becomes habitual. By practicing problem solving in an artificial environment, kids are better prepared to think of creative solutions to their own real-life problems.

Self-esteem

By giving your child complete control in their pretend world and accepting them as a silly character, you are enhancing their self-esteem. While they use their own initiative to develop story lines, their creative imagination to expand stories and their own personality to choose a character they enjoy, you are enhancing their self-esteem by allowing them complete power in the world & enjoying it with them. Take for example superheroes. Considering the thrill children get out of pretending to be a grown-up, it’s no wonder that they’re also crazy about mimicking the most powerful version of adults: superheroes. Pretending to be Batman or Wonder Woman allows a toddler to feel brave and invincible, which helps them develop self-confidence. Similarly, all that running and leaping keeps them active and builds strength, balance, and coordination. 

Quotes

Kate Muddiman, Creative Director, Great Pretenders;

“ Confidence is brought about in children by the realization that they have the ability to be anybody they want in this life and accomplish anything they desire. Our goal at Great Pretenders is to help kids achieve that level of confidence and to start young”

“Surely pretend play has many benefits for child development but one of the main things is that it’s also FUN for parents and for children! It’s a great bonding experience, especially when you participate in your child’s make belief world”

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About Great Pretenders 

At Great Pretenders, we are constantly on the hunt for great fabrics, trims and findings which can be transformed into inspiring pretend-play toys for children. Not only do we aim to provide the best value for your dollar, we strive to be as innovative as possible in what we make. For example, all of our products are easy-care and with maximum sizing flexibility. We also also make great strides on the creative end – our popular reversible costumes & capes are fan-favourites and have won several acclaimed toy awards.

Celebrating over 25 years and 25 awards, our team continues to excel in designing creative products that are size flexible, reversible, comfortable, and provide great value to customers. All of our products are fully tested to ensure compliance with all North American standards. We continue to manufacture many products in North America and we’ve grown this local focus in our 2014 selection.

As one of the oldest dress up companies in North America, and the only domestic costume manufacturer, we know what it takes to create and produce toys that ignite and inspire imagination. And we make them to last long after the memories they make. 

We at Great Pretenders believe that “dress-up” is so much more than just putting on a costume, as Oppenheim Toy Portfolio says: “Pretend play is not just great fun. It’s the way kids develop imagination and creative thinking skills and try out being big and powerful. Pretending also brings the world down to the child’s size and understanding. It’s a way to develop communication skills and an outlet for expressing feelings and fears.”

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If your little one is looking to dress up like a princess this year, or perhaps even a pirate, you should check out the costumes and accessories available at Great Pretenders.

Great Pretenders sent me a B-E-A-U-T-F-U-L set of fairy/butterfly wings to check out the quality of their products. We’re had wings before – even wings from Disney – that were not nearly as wonderfully made as the wings I received from Great Pretenders. They are exceptionally well made. They even came in a beautiful tulle-like bag with a fuzzy pom pom on the end.

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I work with little children and I am super excited to bring this in to them to let them play dress up. After reading the above article I want to see about getting more dress up items for the kids I work with. I really think they would enjoy it.

If you would like to learn more about Great Pretenders and see their available costumes and accessories visit GreatPretenders.ca. They are located in Canada but they do have a US site too. You can also find the brand on social media. The links can be found on the home page.

Great Pretenders would love to give a lucky reader a BEAUTIFUL costume that resembles Elsa’s outfit from the movie Frozen.

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The Crystal Queen Prize Pack comes with the Crystal Queen dress, Cinderella tiara, Snow Queen cape and silver Princess slippers.

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only and will end on October 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional. 

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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BOO! SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Halloween Collection available on DVD

 

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My family and I are big time SpongeBob SquarePants fans. In fact Tom Kenny (the voice of SpongeBob) was one of my most favorite interviews I’ve done over the years. I also met him in person a couple of years ago. He’s truly a wonderful person.

Halloween is right around the corner. Many stores already have Halloween candy and decor in their shelves.

Recently I overheard a few mom’s talking about Halloween costumes not too long ago in the store. School just started – its hard to wrap my brain around Halloween right now.

If you enjoy SpongeBob SquarePants and Halloween you’ll be happy to know about a new DVD collection that is available TODAY (September 9, 2014). It’s called SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Halloween Collection.

Bikini Bottom is about to become a whole lot scarier as SpongeBob and his friends encounter ghosts, curses and other frightening things!  SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Halloween Collection is a 2-disc special filled with frightening fun, including 17 episodes and two bonus features. With all the craziness that SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy and other friends get into, fans won’t want to miss this!

There is plenty of spooky fun to be had with this collection.

Here is a run down on the episodes featured in this collection;

DISC 1

  • Scaredy Pants
  • Imitation Krabs
  • Frankendoodle
  • I Was a Teenage Gary
  • Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost
  • Secret Box
  • Band Geeks
  • Welcome to the Chum Bucket
  • My Pretty Seahorse
  • The Idiot Box

DISC 2

  • Ghoul Fools
  • The Curse of Bikini Bottom
  • Ghost Host
  • Born Again Krabs
  • Arrgh!
  • Your Shoe’s Untied
  • Money Talks

BONUS FEATURES

  • Music Video: “Scaredy Pants”
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Video Game Sneak Peek

This wonderful collection has a run time of 200 minutes!

There are many “spooky” episodes on the DVDs, and others that are not necessarily creepy or “scary”. None the less there are plenty of great episodes in this collection.

One of my favorites is Ghoul Fools. That one always cracks me up, especially the things that Patrick says and does. LOL! When I think about SpongeBob and Halloween Ghouls Fools is the first episode that come to mind. If I’m not mistaken it aired as a special.

Frankendoodle is another fun episode. Spongebob and Patrick find a magic pencil that makes drawings come to life. Things go horrible wrong when a doodle of Spongebob comes to life and snatches the pencil and reaps havoc.

Scaredy Pants is a true Halloween episode. SpongeBob and Patrick get dressed up in costume and try to scare the residents of Bikini Bottom.

Overall I think this is a wonderful collection that any SpongeBob fan would love to add to their family’s DVD collection.

SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Halloween Collection is released by Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Look for it where ever DVDs are sold.

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Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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