One of my favourite things as a parent is seeing my kids enjoy the same stories that I did when I was little. I love that I can share their excitement over certain characters and books because I can remember marvelling over the same things myself. 

My mother-in-law gave my oldest son a brand new copy of her favourite storybook to read and it was so cool to open it up and discover it was also one of my favourites as a kid. I remember the friendly animal residents of Richard Scarry’s made up world of Busytown as if they were my real-life childhood friends.

Hey look, Busytown even has it’s own runner!

Hey look, Busytown even has it’s own runner!

Both of my boys really love the books and were so excited to find out they could also stream Richard Scarry on Netflix and see Busytown come to life. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to see things like pickle cars and toothpaste-mobiles in action?

Huckle Cat and his friend’s toothpaste car...only in Busytown!

Huckle Cat and his friend’s toothpaste car…only in Busytown!

For the month of October, the Netflix Stream Team suggestions include titles that are mysterious (for the little kids) or even a little bit spooky (for the older kids) and I was excited to see Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries on the list!

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And to go along with my boys getting to investigate and solve a few mysteries, I thought it would be fun to make a spooky snack with them to get further into the Halloween spirit…

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When I saw this idea, I knew it would be good to one to make with the boys because they are so easy. All you need are some yogurt covered pretzels, coloured candy melts (we chose yellow and green) and sprinkles or mini candy balls. 

These are candy melts. Coloured, white chocolate candies available at craft and baking stores.

These are candy melts. White chocolate candies in all different colours that are available at craft and baking stores.

1. The boys helped by laying out the pretzels on a parchment-lined cookie sheet…

Probably didn’t need the parchment, it just looked a lot nicer...

Probably didn’t need the parchment, it just looked a lot nicer…

2. The candy melts were super easy to melt in the microwave, just a minute or two on 50% power, a quick stir and they were melted smooth. I poured the melted candies into a plastic sandwich bag, snipped off the corner to make it into a piping bag and then squeezed a blob into each pretzel to make the eyes.

They just had to check out what the candies looked like as they melted...

They just had to check out what the candies looked like as they melted…

3. The boys’ next job was to put two little candy balls onto each pretzel to finish up the eyes. And while some looked better than others I think they turned out spooky and great!

Boo!

Boo! Little yummy scaredy faces!

The boys loved helping make these spooky treats and I was thankful they didn’t take very long. Little kids love to help in the kitchen but let’s face it, their attention span isn’t terribly lengthy! 

This month has been a fun one and we enjoyed streaming some new-to-us mysteries in anticipation of Halloween later this month. You can check out what other titles made the October Stream Team lists below…

Netflix #StreamTeam October Suggestions

For the little guys…

1. Blue’s Clues
2. Busytown Mysteries
3. Inspector Gadget’s Biggest Caper Ever
4. I Spy

For the older kids…

1. Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated
2. House of Anubis
3. Black Hole High
4. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

I was recently invited to join the Netflix #streamteam so watch out for more streaming suggestions and related activities, crafts and recipes in coming months. As part of the #streamteam, I have received product and complimentary service but all opinions expressed in these posts are purely my own.

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