My kids went bonkers last month when they saw a magazine ad featuring the larger HEXBUG creatures. They didn't even bother making a list because both yelled out, "THIS! is what I want for Christmas!" Then they nearly lost their little minds earlier this month when a giant box of HEXBUGS showed up at our door for a special HEXBUG Nano Halloween party. It was delivered while they were at school, but I left the box out (slightly worried it was going to get poached), just to see their reaction as they walked toward our door and saw the giant sticker on the side announcing the HEXBUG Halloween party kit. They pawed over the box's contents and carefully planned the party with as much interest as they put into their own birthday parties.
This week, a group of friends came over, ghost cookies, mummy hot dogs (I cannot believe I did not take a picture of these because they were awesome), and zombie punch were served, while the kids were each given a few HEXBUGs to keep and let lose on the habitat.
The party featured limited edition Nano Halloween Zombie bugs (that come in a coffin-shaped package and have a glow-in-the-dark exoskeleton), glow-in-the-dark HEXBUG Nanos from the Galileo collection, glow-in-the-dark habitat, and...the big surprise: HEXBUG Larvas. I think the Larva is a little creepy, but this only makes the kids love it more. My kids treat their Larvas as pets, playing with them, petting them, and calling to them, as if they would respond like a dog.
(While the glow-in-the-dark feature adds some fun for the kids, I have found it incredibly helpful. At night, walking through the family room in the dark, the Habitat and the HEXBUGs stand out. No fear of tripping over or crushing anything because their location was clear. I love that.)
The kids had great fun, one friend even went home to say it was the best party she'd ever attended. (She's my favorite.) Some of the kids were reluctant enough to part with their HEXBUGs that they took them to school the next day.
The party does not mean HEXBUG products are off the Christmas list, but the list has gotten more refined. There's the Crab, the Spider, and even the Hive. Now the kids just need to stay off the naughty list.
The ghost cookies were Milanos dipped in white chocolate with gel frosting dots for eyes, but mini chocolate chips work too.
Mummy hot dogs were Pillsbury Crescent rolls sliced into strips and wrapped around hot dogs (the hot dogs were cut in half before wrapping because this was an after school snack). I used mustard dots for eyes.
The Zombie punch was two parts limeade mixed with one part ginger ale. The recipe called for lime sherbet as well, and while I think it would have tasted better with the sherbet, I didn't think the kids needed the extra sugar because I included ginger ale ice cubes with gummy worms to up the freaky factor. The kids drank up the punch as it was.
Disclosure: All of the HEXBUG items were given to me for free by Innovation First Labs in order to hold the party. The opinions are my own.