Five Fun Fall Things to do in November for the Whole Family

Grab your coat; November is here! From delicious meals to shopping to family time, you want this season to hold a special place in your child’s heart. You want them to create fond memories that they’ll cherish forever. 

You might be scouring Pinterest and every corner of the internet trying to find something new to do with your family this year, but every blog you read recommends the same things over and over again. You want your kids to be excited and entertained, and one of the best ways to do that is by trying something new! Your friends here at GameTruck understand that, so we’ve put together this excellent list of non-traditional ways that you can create fun memories with your family this season! Check them out! 

  1. Make something with Cinnamon (National Cinnamon Day)
    • Cooking with your kids is a great way to build new memories and teach them life skills, so find your favorite recipe for a dish with cinnamon to celebrate National Cinnamon Day.
    • You could also visit a bakery to support local businesses and order your favorite cinnamon treats there! 

  2. National Family Literacy Day
    • Did you know that every November, novelists from around the world challenge themselves by seeing how much they can write in one month? Why not join them in creating your own family novel that features your family members? 
    • Believe it or not, this is how some famous novels, like Swiss Family Robinson, came to be. Every night the Dad would tell his three sons a story that alternated the boys as the main character for that tale. After the boys fell asleep, the father would write down that night’s adventure, and these became his chapters, with the illustrations done by his sons. 
    • From world-building to character development to illustrating, this idea is free and challenges kids to get creative using their imagination. So whether your child wants to be a young wizard, a flying superhero, or simply themselves, they can star in the book your family creates. Who knows, maybe it’ll become the next bestseller or your new favorite memory. 

  3. Make Candles (Scented Candle Day)
    • Want an affordable Family Fun Night? Try making your own candles! Amazon and other crafting stores offer great kits with many options that include everything you need to make your own candles. You’ll have a beautiful-smelling home and plenty of social media-worthy pictures to share with friends and family. 

  4. Laser Tag Fall Party
    • Blast away boredom with laser tag! From capture the flag to the last man standing, your kids and their friends will have a fantastic time while you (and maybe some friends) can get a much-needed break. Call your local GameTruck today! 
    • Consider hosting a Laser Tag party at Dusk or Night for an even more fun and unique idea. Kids love staying up late and will tire themselves out for bedtime, all while creating lifelong memories with their friends. 

  5. GameTruck Thanksgiving Party
    • Invite your local GameTruck to entertain your family in a way they’ll never forget this season! No matter what the weather is like outside, GameTrucks are always the perfect temperature inside. With hundreds of games to choose from, classics and new releases, your family will love connecting and creating new memories over their favorite games. Call your local GameTruck today to book your fall party! 

Swap out the boring, run-of-the-mill ideas for something new this year! Your family might discover a new passion that helps bring everyone closer together because family and positive connections are what this season is truly about. 

3 Fun and Kid-Friendly Fall Recipes You Need to Try

You want your kids to develop independence and life skills while making special memories with you. At GameTruck, we’re all about helping you play and create family memories. From booking video game or laser tag parties to providing fun activity ideas, we’re helping you rock this parenting thing.  

Use this blog as a beginners cookbook for your kids with no add pop-ups or long recipe back stories about third cousin Sue on your grandpa’s side. This blog delivers recipes, directions, and helpful tips that are straight to the point. 

Here are our top three fall recipes for your kids to experiment with in the kitchen!

Recipe 1: Apple Tart

  • Ingredients 
    • 1 package puff pastry sheets, thawed, each cut into half or thirds 
    • 3 apples, cored, halved, and sliced very thin
    • 2/3 c. brown sugar
    • 1 pinch salt
    • Powdered sugar, caramel sauce, and/or whipped cream, for serving, optional
  • Directions
    • Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
    • Step 2: Spray your pans with nonstick spray. 
    • Step 3: Place puff pastry rectangles on the pans. 
    • Step 4: Add sugar and salt to your apples. Stir it up! 
    • Step 5: Allow to sit for a few minutes.
    • Step 6: The apples will go on top of the pastry rectangles. Make a straight line with the apples.
    • Step 7:Bake for 18 – 20 minutes. 
    • Step 8:Your pastry should look golden brown and puffy. 
    • Step 9: Quickly remove from the pans. Place the tarts on a serving dish. Enjoy!
  • Helpful Notes 
  • Recipe 2: Sweet Potato Salad
    • Ingredients
      • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 medium)
      • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
      • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
      • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
      • Fresh ground black pepper
      • 6 tablespoons Honey Mustard Dressing (or Balsamic Dressing or Orange Vinaigrette for vegan)
      • 2 cups baby arugula (not standard arugula*, plus 2 to 3 cups mixed greens for the plated salad variation)
      • 1/2 medium shallot, thinly sliced into half moons
      • ¼ cup dried cranberries or cherries
      • ¼ cup pepitas
      • ¼ cup feta or goat cheese crumbles (optional)
    • Directions
      • Step 1: Preheat the oven to 450. 
      • Step 2: Do not peel sweet potatoes. Cut into cubes. 
      • Step 3: Get a big bowl to mix the sweet potatoes with garlic powder, salt, and olive oil. 
      • Step 3: Put a sheet of parchment paper on the baking sheet. Place sweet potatoes on top. Bake for about 25 minutes. They should be tender and brown on the bottom. 
      • Step 5: In  a bowl mix potatoes, baby arugula, shallot, cranberries, pepitas, and feta or goat cheese crumbles. Add dressing if desired. Serve!  
    • Helpful Notes
      • Only use baby greens! Baby arugula is mild in flavor, but as it matures, the spicier it becomes. 
      • You can use baby mixed greens or spinach as a substitute. 
      • (You can make ahead the roasted sweet potatoes and refrigerate until serving: bring them to room temperature prior to making the salad, or reheat them in a 350 degree oven until slightly warmed.)
  • Recipe 3: Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge (Allergy Warning!)
    • Ingredients
      • ½ cup peanut butter 
      • ¼ cup maple syrup
      • 2 sheets parchment paper
    • Directions
      • Step 1: Whisk peanut butter and maple syrup together in a bowl. Mix well. 
      • Step 2: Pour onto a single sheet of parchment paper. Put another sheet of parchment paper on top of the mixture. Make sure it’s flat.
      • Step 3: Put flattened peanut butter mixture into the freezer for about 10 minutes.
      • Step 4: Roll into balls and store in an airtight container. 
    • Helpful Notes:

Cooking with your kids is a great way to build new memories and teach them life skills. Feel free to save this blog in your cookbook or help your kids craft their own to store these for later! 

Five Halloween Safety Ideas

Spooky season is upon us! From jack-o-lanterns to delicious treats, Halloween is here. This magical time of year brings back so many childhood memories. As a parent, you want to create these moments for your child. You want them to smile as they dress up as their favorite superhero or princess. Their costume is a unique way of expressing themselves while having fun trick-or-treating. 

It’s easy to daydream about the excitement and joy of Halloween night, but it can quickly become a stressful or harmful experience. We never know what will happen. From allergies to strangers to getting lost, you want to protect your kid from these moments to give them the best night ever. Here are five easy ways to practice safety on Halloween from your friends at GameTruck. 

  1. Increase Visibility 
    • As the sun goes down, it can be difficult for drivers to see everyone, especially on busy streets. An easy way to keep kids safe is to increase their visibility. From reflective tape to light color costumes, you want to catch the attention of others to ensure that they’ll see your kiddos. 
    • If your home has trick-or-treaters visiting, consider making it even safer by ensuring walkways are well-lit and clear from debris. This helps protect visitors from slipping and falling. 

  2. More Friends
    • If your child is old enough to go trick-or-treating on their own, encourage them to go with friends. An easy way to promote safety is with groups of three or more people. Larger groups of friends increase the fun and offer more protection as there are more eyes and ears in the situation. This will help deter adults with bad intentions. 

  3. EpiPen & Friends. 
    • If your child or someone in their friend group has an allergy, take a moment to offer EpiPen education. Demonstrate how to use it in an emergency. 

  4. Host a Halloween Party with GameTruck
    • Need an alternative to trick-or-treating? Host a spooktacular party with our mobile video game theater! Kids and adults can enjoy safe, warm, and clean fun while showing off their amazing costumes. You can rest easy knowing that our game coaches will do all the set-up and clean-up for your private party while you sit back, relax, and maybe enjoy an uninterrupted adult conversation. Contact your local GameTruck here to check availability. 

  5. Clear Communication 
    • If your child will go around the neighborhood and/ or visit other ones, always practice clear communication. Discuss the route and plans ahead of time. Do periodic check-ins. When traveling with groups, plans often change, so make sure that these changes are discussed and cleared with you before changes are made. Practicing clear communication is a great way to give your child some freedom and responsibility while keeping them safe. 

Halloween is a fun and magical time of year. Use one or all of these ideas to keep your family safe while giving them the best spooky season yet!