Posted in Easy DIY Crafts & Reciepes

Quick…Easy…Cheap…and Super Trendy Halloween Shirts!

We have all been there before…. your little one comes home at 3pm and tells you “guess what” I can wear a festive shirt for Halloween spirit day tomorrow at school. Except you don’t have one!!!! Now what? Have no fear this quick, cheap & easy craft will save the day!

Supplies:

  • Spray Bottle mix with 50% water, 50% bleach
  • Blank Shirts (we opted to use black for this project)
  • Dollar Tree festive wood stencils

Insider Tips:

  • The larger stencils have a whole on top where string hands from. We cut the string out and placed a piece of tape there to cover it, so we wouldn’t end up with a whole in our designs.
  • Spraying close to the shirt gives you a more solid design such as the middle shirt. The girls sprayed further away and it was more of a sprinkled looked.
  • We did this on a sunny day so the shirts dried super quick. We flipped them over and did the back, so both sides have designs.
  • We did this on the grass and although flat it wasn’t the smoothes. Putting the stencils on and off caused the shirts to move slightly. It really didn’t affect our designs but just something to keep in mind when doing this, make sure the shirt is smooth.
  • Once the shirts were dried they smelled like bleach. So I did a quick wash with just the shirts in there and then dried them too.

The kids are super proud of their work and can’t wait to wear them. We have them just laying around waiting for their official debut and we keep getting compliments when people stop by. The best one was another parent asked me where we bought such cool Halloween shirts! Dollar Tree for the win!!

Posted in ALL AGES Events, Local Events

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

An annual Busy Bee Hive tradition!

There’s no better place to experience the magic of an autumn night than at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Now keep in mind there are two local locations you can go to take part of this memorable family experience. Van Cortlandt Manor which sits along the Croton River and provides the perfect 18th-century backdrop for this annual fall spectacle.  Or walk the spooky dark grounds of Old Bethpage Village in Long Island.

No matter which location you choose you will be amazed to see more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’lanterns light up the night! Visitors are blown away by the work and artistry of each hand-carved pumpkin and every year there’s an additional wonder to inspire—a medieval castle, signs of the zodiac, and the Pumpkin Zee Bridge were some of the recent must-see displays.

Our experience:

  • The reservation only, time slots were great. Less crowded wait times.
  • The crowds kept moving at a nice pace.
  • We were all spaced out and enjoyed the leisurely stroll.
  • The grounds are dark for little ones to navigate. Highly recommend children 3 and under to be carried or in a stroller.
  • Hit Dollar Tree for some festive glow sticks to help light the way.
  • The grounds are overall smooth and easy to get through. Some patches here and there were a little bumpy/muddy to get through with the stroller, so keep that in mind.
  • Also, only bathroom facilities were port-a-potties. Although well maintained, I know some little ones are not a fan so plan accordingly.
  • Always something new to see, fun night for the whole family!

** The opinions expressed here are of our own. We were not compensated in any shape or form in exchange for this post. **