I love Halloween!!! I think it's such a great holiday... taking the things we are afraid of and embracing it just seems therapeutic to me. Plus I have two boys who think all things gross are awesome.
So to start off and to help us get into the spooky spirit we like to have a Halloween Movie Marathon (As in watching 1 1/2 movies before falling asleep). And we found some haunting treasures right there for free on Youtube, and thought we should share it with you EMI readers too.
The Worst Witch: This is a cute movie about a witches school and one witch who just cant seem to get anything right. My boys like this movie a lot. I thought it was fun to see Tim curry so young and got a kick out of some of the 80's special effects that I am sure was the latest thing back then.
Something Wicked This Way Comes: a 1983 film thats packed full of famous faces of actors in their early days! About two boys and their run in with one scary carnival that comes to town and one sinister Mr. Dark. Definitely entertaining and creepy!
Under Wraps: Three twelve-year-olds have a close encounter with a 3,000-year-old mummy and set the mummy free, but if they don't get him back to his resting place by midnight on Halloween, he'll turn into dust and lose his only chance of being reunited with his long-lost love. Silly and full of lots of laughs!
Lady In White: This turned out to be a really great 80's movie. It completely reminds me of "Big" and "The Goonies" type style. Very entertaining and spooky. Parents beware, just like some of those 80 movies there are a handful of inappropriate language from two of the ten year old bullies in this film. I recommend this for older kids because its a little more gothic than the others. This film is totally worth your time though.
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow: This is my favorite one out of the lot even though its less than half an hour long, but it's a funny classic with a spooky ending the whole family will love.
Return To Oz: Whats more fitting for Halloween than a walking/talking jack o lantern? This strange take on the Wizard Of Oz world is so creative and just plain fun and whimsical.
Escape To Witch Mountain: I loved this movie and its sequel when I was a kid and dreamed about having cool alien powers. This original version is so much better than the modern one with the rock. You are in for a treat with this movie.
Tower Of Terror: Is a 1997 film based off of the famous disneyland ride and I am a big fan of the funny actor Steve Guttenberg from back in his "Three Men And A Baby" days. This movie is actually pretty good and makes for a fun family movie just in time for Halloween.
My husband and I are two new recent cub scout volunteers over the Wolfs. And it has been quite a learning experience. I had previously known nothing about scouts until I was thrown in. My husband is an eagle scout but that was a long time ago. But we are loving it! The eight year old boys are just so excited about everything and it really rubs off on us den leaders.
The biggest challenge we have faced is getting the parents involved in helping pass stuff off at home that we are not able to do at meetings. Two of the hardest achievements to get your cub scouts accomplished is the tracking charts for Achievement 3a and 4e which is Healthy Habits and A Family Chore Chart so I decided to try and make it as easy as possible by combining them in this calendar printable. I hope this helps you guys as much as it has helped us.
Healthy Habits Wolf Cub Scout Lesson:
So we ended up making the whole next Den meeting about Healthy habits. As Scouts arrived we had another fun printable that is kind of like Mad Libs but with a fun cooking story for them to fill out and keep busy called "Cook Off Craze". Then I mixed around their answers and read out loud the funny story. They got a big kick out of that.
After opening exercises we headed outside to play a super fun Food pyramid game that got the boys active and provided lots of opportunities to talk about nutrition. (Achievement 8a)
Then we ended the den meeting by handing out the Healthy Habits tracking sheets and going over what they needed to do to fill them out and by enjoying this really great/easy healthy snack.
Apples and Yogurt Dip
About six apples
1 individual sized strawberry yogurt
1/2 of a 8oz container of whipped topping
Mix the whip cream and the yogurt, slice of the apples and there you go! Your scouts will inhale these!