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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The fantastic beasts movie

JK Rowling is back, and she is better than ever. If your son is a fan of Harry Potter, or loves worlds made up of magic and excitement, then you are not going to want to miss out on this amazing movie.

Fantastic beasts

The new series of magic in JK Rowling’s magical world follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) on his magical journey around the world in 1926 to document every magical creature he can find.  When he arrives in New York he bumps in to a non-Maj (american for muggle). His case full of magical creatures is misplaced, and many escape. Now he must find a way, with a little help from some new magical and non-maj friends to get them back. The adventure they are all in for will cross worlds, and bring about a whole new generation to the wonder of magic.

Fantastic beasts cover

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is now open in theaters everywhere. And is also available in hardback cover bookstores near you. This fabulous new magic series is sure to wow families for many years to come.

Halloween Movies for Movie Night

Are you and your family looking for a great movie to watch together this Halloween after all the trick-or-treating? We a great list that you will want to check out before planning a movie night. From movies for the littlest Halloween fans to movies that the older kids will want to watch we have a great list that will be invaluable to you this Halloween. Thank you to Parenting Magazine for some of these fabulous ideas! Check out their full list here.

10 Best Family Halloween Movies

1. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)

Who doesn’t love Pooh? It’s Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and everyone is excited to trick or treat. But Pooh eats all of the candy (oh, Pooh Bear!), so Roo and Lumpy set off on a quest to capture a scary Gobloon who will grant their wish for more. Sweet and not scary, this film is perfect for the pre-school set.

Recommended Age: 3 and Up

2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

This Disney classic is what Mary Poppins would be if it had witches, wizards and magic bedknobs that make your bed fly. The theme involves World War II and Nazi invasions, but is handled with kid gloves. Bonus points if your kiddo starts using “bedknobs” in regular conversation!

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

3. Labyrinth (1986)

Dealing with sibling rivalry? Labyrinth is a must-watch for anyone who has ever felt fed-up with a younger sib. When Sarah wishes that Goblins would take her baby brother, the King of the Goblins comes and whisks the boy away to a Labyrinth. Sarah must venture inside and solve it within thirteen hours to get her little brother back. Filled with fantastical Jim Henson puppets, this movie has magic enough to enchant the kiddos. Plus, David Bowie is perfect as the brooding, discontent Jareth.

Recommended Age: 8 and Up

4. Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins (or, okay, Mogwai) are the original Furbies. Thankfully, Furby never multiplied after getting wet or turned into a trouble-causing reptile. While the film doesn’t revolve around Halloween, watching these little monsters cause chaos is totally in the spirit of this trick-or-treating holiday.

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

5. Casper (1995)

The iconic cartoon character stars in this sweet film. Poor Casper has always struggled with being lonely and when he finally finds a friend, he tries to bring himself back to life. But things do not go according to plan. At its heart, this is a tender ghost-meets-girl story. And Casper whispering “can I keep you” never fails to make us tear up!

Recommended Age: 6 and Up

6. Halloweentown (1998)

Marnie Piper has always been obsessed with Halloween, much to her mother’s despair. But it turns out there is something her mom is keeping from her—she’s a witch! When grandmother Aggie arrives for her annual Halloween visit, Marnie follows her to a strange place called Halloweentown. This installment is the first of a magical trilogy—the two sequels will be better appreciated by kids 8 and up.

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

7. Harry Potter

While you should watch Harry Potter at any time of the year (can you tell we’re fans?), Halloween seems especially appropriate. There is something about Harry boarding the Hogwarts Express that really evokes that start-of-the-school-year, fall feeling. Oh…and there’s magic and witches, too! The first few movies are aimed at younger children while the later ones are better suited to their older, tween siblings.

Recommended Age: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 7 and Up; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 8 and Up; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 10 and Up; all movies after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 12 and Up

8. Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Dreamed up by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of Jack Skellington—the “King of Halloween”—who, tired with staging Halloween festivities year after year, finds a door to Christmas Town and decides to try his hand at that holiday, instead. We dare you not to have the songs from this musical flick stuck in your head for days after watching. “This is Halloween” should be the unofficial theme song of October! Best of all, it also makes a great Christmas movie.

Recommended Age: 7 and Up

9. Beetlejuice (1988)

A newly-dead husband and wife discover that a family of the living has moved into their house, so they hire a crude “bio-exorcist” to scare them off. The friendship between the deceased couple and Lydia—the epitome of a neglected and gloomy teenager—is heart-warming and the rockin’ 80’s styling will give you a good chuckle. But really…Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Do we need to say more?

Recommended Age: 9 and Up

10. Corpse Bride (2005)

This is another gem from Tim Burton’s twisted imagination. Victor, a nervous and clumsy young man, accidentally marries a dead bride. He is taken to the Land of the Dead and must somehow escape in order to be reunited with his true fiancée in time for their wedding.

Recommended Age: 10 and Up

Summer Craft: Crabby Sea Shells

Are you and your family planning a trip to the beach this summer? Do your kids love to comb the shores for seashells? Well if they do we have a fun craft that will repurpose those beautiful shells in to a cute and crabby craft.

This fun craft comes straight from Family Fun Magazine. This family friendly magazine is the perfect place to get some fun crafts for you and the kids this summer. Their website, digital, and print magazine offer incredibly entertaining activities, recipes, and crafts that the whole family will love.

crabby sea shells

What You Will Need:

  • seashells
  • acrylic paint
  • pint brush
  • pipe cleaners
  • tacky glue or craft glue
  • googley eyes
  • scissors

What You Will Do:

Begin by cleaning the seashells and drying them well.

Then you can use your acrylic paint and brush to paint them a bold new color.

Let dry.

Cut 3 pipe cleaners in half. Twist five halves together at the center.

Glue the twisted center to the inside of the shell with tacky glue.

Let dry.

Spread out the pipe cleaners so each side has five legs.

Cut the remaining pipe cleaner half in two, then fold the end of each to form claws.

Now glue on the googley eyes.

Let dry.

Enjoy your fun little crabby shell!