Have Yourself A Merry Little Halloween

I’m sure I’ll have so much more to say after today and tonight, but for now, it’s just one thing:

We unveiled Cassidy’s costume at the school’s Halloween party on Friday night. It was a dry run and I learned that I could help him in and out of the costume several times. Luckily for me, he has a co-worker helping him around tomorrow, so that I have the chance to trick-or-treat and party with my kids. I think Des was a little afraid of Cassidy on Friday night.

He was simultaneously proud and nervous. He said, “Dada doesn’t look like Dada.” Indeed not!

To answer questions you surely have: 1 – It took about 25 minutes to put Iron Man on him, after I had gotten the hang of it, and about 10 minutes to take it off. 2 – It’s not heavy – I think it’s lighter than Groot was, especially without those insulated buckets for feet! 3 – It’s not a fully homemade costume the way Groot was. Cassidy isn’t taking enough credit here, but he didn’t make Iron Man from scratch, the way he made Groot from scratch. He worked with someone who made the suit itself.

He spent many hours, days, weeks, months, etc. making it wearable, though.

In that respect, he did make the costume. He didn’t make the suit but he made it into a functioning costume. I think that still qualifies under costume making! It’s super impressive and as you can hear, it has special effects. At one point, I had a backup remote and made his mask open and shut from down the hallway at school. He looked surprised! I’m quite the punk.

And as for me, I don’t wear my Halloween costume for the Halloween party. Last year I wore Snow White to the party, and I was Stay Puft for actual Halloween. I didn’t want to repeat Snow White and my Super Girl costume is a touch too revealing, so I went with my TARDIS dress for the party. I’ve only worn it once to Boston Comic Con for my soulmate, Tim Curry.

You know we always go big (SO BIG) for #Halloween, and this year was no exception. Here's how Iron Man Takes Halloween in #Northampton, MA for 2017.

The best is that people knew my costume and appreciated it!

This year? Well, that remains to be seen. What will I be?? How will the kids love Halloween 2017? What will it be like to have Iron Man roaming the city streets of Northampton? All of this and more, later on this week, I hope! Happy Halloween!

You know we always go big (SO BIG) for #Halloween, and this year was no exception. Here's how Iron Man Takes Halloween in #Northampton, MA for 2017.

You know we always go big (SO BIG) for #Halloween, and this year was no exception. Here's how Iron Man Takes Halloween in #Northampton, MA for 2017.

Do you still dress up? What are you going as?

Our Spooky Scooby-Doo Family Fun Night!

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As you know, Halloween is our jam around here. It’s my favorite time of year in which to find new activities, recipes, games, and family fun nights. My kids are always up for my zany ideas, and I find myself looking forward to these nights just as much. We do family game nights, family pasta nights, family baking nights, and family movie nights. I’m at this point in my parenting life in which I’m more aware than ever how lucky we all are to be together and to treasure these moments together. I hope it lasts, and it will if I keep up the creativity! That’s why we made our best Spooky Family Fun Night yet!

So, what did we get? The Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater skill.

What does it do? It allows imaginations to run wild and brings us all together in a whole new way. Our Amazon Alexa is fairly new, so this was a great way to unmask its true power. We put on our detective hats and experience the spooks and sounds of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater. Oh, and what IS it? I’m glad you asked! This is an interactive storytelling experience that puts your family in control. You get to choose where and how the story unfolds, while working alongside your favorite characters, including Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma. We unravel the secrets behind their latest caper.

The thing is, it’s challenging! As you know with Scooby-Doo, things are not always what they seem. This is true mystery! Here are three reasons I love the Amazon Alexa Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater skill. 1 – It blends immersive storytelling and voice technology. The Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater skill is at the forefront of a whole new form of entertainment that doesn’t require a screen. 2 – This skill brings Scooby and the Gang to life and empowers my kids to flex their imaginations as they decide where and how this fun mystery unfolds. 3 – Also, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater ushers in a new kind of family tradition, but also evokes the nostalgic feelings of radio’s golden age. In that respect, it appeals to me as a parent of littles, and also as a thirty-something who very much has fond memories both of Scooby-Doo and of radio!

When I was a kid, I loved user-generated story books. I always knew there was something special about it, which is why I love that the Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Theater skill pioneers an interactive and voice-driven medium in which stories are shaped by our decisions. This unique format and responsive design pushes the boundaries of how people interact with voice technology today. The skill utilizes a real narrator throughout the experience to deliver an elevated experience. My kids love the combination of Alexa’s personality (that we have grown to know and love) with scripted audio featuring celebrity voice talents from the current Scooby-Doo series: Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, along with other legendary voice professionals.

Want to know more? Of course! First, there’s an incredible selection of Scooby products here. That got my kids excited for the hours of content and numerous storyline combinations! It also helps to have FREE Printables! Get yours here. And of course, for more information about the Amazon Alexa & Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. Theater skill, go here, or click on any of my photos! If you’re looking for an amazing fun family night, this is your ticket! We had a blast.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.