Although Jack has gone through several phases of loving different television shows, one that has stayed in the lineup is PAW Patrol. It’s possible that being raised in a house with two Jack Russells has had some sort of influence on that, or perhaps it’s just because it’s an action-adventure preschool series starring a pack of lovable, hilarious and heroic puppies that work together on rescue missions. I remember consciously making an effort a couple years ago to learn each of the characters names, even though it seemed like something Jack picked up quite quickly. It also helped that one of the first toys he actually asked for when we were in Target one day was a Paw Patrol set where the characters transform. Though Jack’s favorite character may change on a daily basis, his love for the things they say and the adventures they embark on with Ryder, the tech savvy boy who helps them problem solve to get the job done, remains to this day.
Jack also loves that each pup brings a unique personality and skill to the team. You may have seen the incredible gifts Jack received as an early birthday present on my Instagram stories. Nickelodeon sent over multiple baskets full of Halloween PAW Patrol essentials available at Target, and Buster and Bamboo had to check it out too. Little did they know, they had their own surprise coming up too. Jack was SO excited to open the goodies.
Kids love any excuse to dress up in costume and I love any reason to come up with an easy and fun creative project. It’s always a bonus when your toddler wants to help you with your ideas too! With Halloween around the corner, we invited a couple friends over to play dress up and get ready for trick-or-treating with a fun DIY.
One of the ways we celebrated Jack’s birthday this year is by having a little party at preschool. We thought it would be fun to combine his love for PAW Patrol and my need for an easy DIY for this simple and fun “doggy bag” aka, the cutest trick-or-treat bags for a ruff ruff rescue - of candy! You can easily use this project to prepare for Halloween and it takes under 5 minutes to make.
Simply write the child’s name on the bottom of the bag. Then you can stuff the bags with these yummy PAW Patrol fruit snacks and PAW Patrol pure growth organic breakfast biscuits. The PAW Patrol paper masks will get wrapped around the outside of the bag not only making a fun decoration, but also securing it. Love that the mask plays a couple roles before it gets worn!
Giving him the choice of which pup to do first, he enthusiastically yelled, “Marshall!” You could follow the instructions, step-by-step and paint the pumpkins, but after Jack saw Marshall’s head on top, he said he wanted to paint it later and was so excited to get the legs on. I decided it would be best to put our own twist on it with foam alphabet stickers, knowing we could always paint the pumpkin at a later time.
To be honest, I think Jack was just looking forward to giving Marshall a big ol’ hug.
Washi tape is a great supply to have on hand because it’s pretty and colorful, but can also be removed easily. I set some guidelines up and Jack was eager to find the letters to stick onto the pumpkins.
Then using a Sharpie, I added some words.
As a total surprise to Bamboo and Jack, while letting the pumpkins dry outside, I dressed her up as Skye. Buster wasn’t having any part of the dress up game, but Jack loved seeing Bamboo in costume.
Jack was all too excited to try on his Marshall costume. I have actually never seen him so enthusiastic about wearing a costume before. I’m pretty sure helping out with these pumpkins added to the excitement. He still hasn’t chosen just which pup he wants to be for Halloween, and I have a feeling he will go back and forth quite a few times before deciding.
Then it was time for his friends to come over so he quickly changed to Chase, with equal enthusiasm. Once he had it on, he greeted his friends with a jump and “Chase is on the case!” (It’s one of the lines Chase uses regularly on the show.)
Zoey being the older sister, said that Melina loves the color pink, so she could be Skye. Though Everest isn’t in every episode, they all knew who the snow dog was, and Zoey couldn’t wait to put the costume on. Plus it was a bonus because her favorite color is purple. One of their favorite parts was that each of the Target PAW Patrol costumes has an exclusive sound button that says some of the pups’ favorite phrases. When you push Skye’s badge, it says, “This pup’s gotta fly!”, and Melina looks like she’s ready for take off right here.
This DIY can be more interactive and you can have your kids participate by decorating the back of the bags with cute Halloween colors or sayings. As we all know, “teamwork makes the dream work!”
These pups are fired up for a fun night (actually we usually go when it’s still pretty light out and then Jack loves coming back to hand out treats and seeing other costumes)! We will also be celebrating Halloween with a trip to the pumpkin patch next month. You can find all of these delightful Halloween essentials at Target. Let us know if you think Jack should dress up as Marshall or Chase and what you think of these easy Trick-Or-Treat DIYs in the comments below! Would love to also hear if you have any simple decorating ideas similar to the pumpkins!
XO, Melina (dressed as Skye), Zoey (dressed as Everest) and Jack (dressed as Chase)
This post is in collaboration with Nickelodeon, all ideas and opinions are my own. As always, my creative partners and I appreciate the support.