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This week on Channel Mum

Here’s what’s going on in the Channel Mum Shedquarters week commencing 31st October. Simply pop to our home page or social channels each day to join the conversation – we’d LOVE to hear from you!

MONDAY – Happy Halloween! We’ve spooktacular recipes, easy carving ideas, fun crafts and last minute costume ideas in our Halloween section.

Don’t miss our fab competition on our Facebook page where you can win a £100 Next voucher when you show us your pumpkins, decorations and costumes!

Plus we’ve got a special Mum SOS about leaving your children home alone. Would you? Have you? What age is acceptable?  Our chat is sparked by the fact that Michael Gove was splashed across the papers for leaving his 11 year old son alone in a hotel on Saturday night.

Pop over today to our Instagram to see a takeover from Meet the Wildes, the fabulous same sex parents who have two sets of twins who are two and under!

TUESDAY – Once Halloween is out of the way it’s time to get ready for Bonfire Night and no fireworks party is complete without a selection of scrummy food. Tune in to see what’s on offer at Iceland; get a big bag of marshmallows to toast on the fire, see the delicious Chef Lasagne, plus loads more delicious ideas.

WEDNESDAY – It’s National Fertility Awareness Week, which highlights the issues of people struggling to conceive. Vlogger, Jules Furness will be sharing her story in  a video called Fertility Myths Busted. If you’re struggling to conceive we have videos just for you from other mums going through the same.

THURSDAY – Set your alarm for 11.30am, grab a cuppa and head to our Facebook page for our LIVE round-up of all the best parenting news and stories that have got us all talking – we want to know what YOU think. Click the like button on Facebook now so you’ll be notified when Katy and Anna from Hey Mummy go live.

FRIDAY – We have a fun Instagram takeover from the founder of Little Dish – there will be prizes and giveaways galore so be sure to tune in.

And finally, don’t forget that every Friday we’ll be highlighting a Vlog Of The Week. We’d love to hear who you’d nominate, tweet us @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek to let us know which vlogs have caught your eye.

Have a great week everyone!

Love

Team Channel Mum x

PS Join the conversation right here on Channel Mum, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’re here to help. We are your village!

Coming up …

This week on Channel Mum

Here’s what’s going on in the Channel Mum Shedquarters week commencing 24th October. Simply pop to our home page or social channels each day to join the conversation – we’d LOVE to hear from you!

MONDAY – Vlogger, Lucy Roberts reviews the Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes cookbook, which is packed full of healthy snacks, sweet treats and simple meals. We LOVE the bestselling picture book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Who fancies owl ice-cream?

TUESDAY – With less than a week to go until Halloween, now is the perfect time to start planning; we’ve got costume advice, party planning tips and tons of spooky recipes in our Halloween section.

WEDNESDAY – If you followed Sarah from This Mama Life sharing her incredible live birth story on our Instagram earlier this month, you won’t want to miss this latest video, featuring new footage from her birth. Plus, we also have an Instagram takeover today from Emily Norris – she’s filling us in on what life has been like since welcoming her third little boy, newborn baby, Jackson.

THURSDAY – Set your alarm for 11.30am, grab a cuppa and head to our Facebook page for our LIVE round-up of all the best parenting news and stories that have got us all talking – we want to know what YOU think. This week, full time working Mama SJ will be hosting.

FRIDAY – Last week we launched our brand new Vlog Of The Week feature with a powerful vlog by Jules Furness. Tune in on Friday to see who we have chosen to highlight this week. We’d also love to hear who you’d nominate, tweet us @ChannelMum using #CMVlogoftheWeek to let us know which vlogs have caught your eye.

Already run out of ideas to keep the kids entertained this half-term? Take a look at our days out and activities section or why not try your hand at some crafts?

Have a great week everyone!

Love

Team Channel Mum x

PS Join the conversation right here on Channel Mum, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’re here to help. We are your village!

Have kids Halloween costumes gone too far?

HALLOWEEN - it’s the one day of the year when it’s acceptable to scare and sicken - but is this taking things too far?

HALLOWEEN – it’s the one day of the year when it’s acceptable to scare and sicken – but is this taking things too far?

Parents are claiming this is the worst year ever to be a kid at Halloween. Instead of cute costumes featuring pumpkins, witches, wizards and ghosts made from old sheets, retailers seem locked in a battle to the bottom to produce the most vile outfits and cash in.

Among the Halloween offerings Team Channel Mum have spotted this year are sexualised costumes featuring mini skirts and stockings for FOUR year old girls, dress up based on real-life serial murderer Jack the Ripper, and a gruesome ‘Roadkill Pet’ featuring a child’s mutilated rabbit complete with tyre tracks and splattered blood.

Yes, it’s horrifying – but in completely the wrong way.

Have kids Halloween costumes gone too far?

It’s got so bad over two thirds of mums are backing strict age-appropriate ratings on costumes and three quarters want retailers to take more responsibility for the outfits they sell.

So – would you or wouldn’t you let your kids wear these? Here’s our Hateful 8 worst Halloween outfits for kids and tell us yes or NO!

Now see what the press has to say about whether kids Halloween costumes have gone too far here.