Family Time Calendar: Get Relaxed - iVillage

Relax together tonight with some (sort-of) spooky stories in front of the fireplace! For younger kids, choose books in which the scare is small (or even funny in the end); older kids will enjoy sharing more frightening tales. As an extra treat, make some baked apples to enjoy together.

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After dinner, prepare the baked apples -- they take only a few minutes to get ready. While they are in the oven, light a fire and gather the clan around the fireplace. When the apples are ready, turn the rest of the lights down low, and read your chosen story -- if you have children of reading age, let them take turns reading a few pages or a chapter each.

As you read the books, talk to your children -- especially younger ones -- about how the characters dealt with the scary situations, or how the characters found out that what they were originally scared of turned out to be not as frightening as they originally thought. And take this opportunity to talk to them about how they deal with scary situations of their own.

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