When it comes to all things spooky, I can handle dark, stormy nights, bats, and ghost stories. Scary movies, on the other hand, are not my thing... at least not if I want to sleep for, well, ever.
The other thing that sends shivers down my spine? Bugs.
It's something about their legs and the way that they scurry and move and... blech. Just thinking about it makes my skin crawl.
This Halloween, however, my view on bugs is different. Instead of only thinking of them as creepy little creatures, they've been welcomed into our home and our lives thanks to the endless micro-robotic fun of HEXBUG.
Traditionally our Halloween parties have included games, sweets, pumpkins, and more, but this year we were thrilled to have an extra special addition to our spooky soiree: Limited Edition HEXBUG Nano Halloween Zombie bugs, Glows in the Dark Nano bugs and Habitat Sets.
When the big box of HEXBUG Bugs and Habitats arrived, the kids were thrilled as we peeked inside. Having never seen this micro-robotic favorite before, being introduced to their traditional items as well as their new spooky new arrivals was perfect for Halloween and any dark and scary evenings we had planned.
We put together a table of yummy snacks for the kids, including some tasty Pumpkin Muffins...
...set out some decorations, including our Limited Edition HEXBUG Nano Halloween Zombie bugs complete in their own coffins...
...and put together one of the HEXBUG Glows in the Dark Nano Habitat Sets. We started with a simple triangle of the four curved pieces, three straight pieces, and three hexagon pieces, just to get a feel for the fun of these bugs.
But let me tell you, by the time the party started we had busted out the other HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set as well as the big guy: the Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nano Elevation Habitat Set.
Featuring 52 easy connect pieces and a multi-level spiral ramp that raises things to a second level, there seemed to be no limit on the variety of customizable playgrounds the kids were able to create. Suddenly there were bugs zipping up, down, around, and everywhere!
The spiral ramp in the Elevation Habitat Set was a fun addition, as it not only allowed the bugs to move between the upper and lower levels, but watching the bugs navigate it was especially humorous. When they would head down the ramp, they picked up enough speed that kids would "wheeee!" along...
...and when a bug attempted to make its way up the ramp, it was almost as if you could hear it saying, "I think I can, I think I can," and the kids got into the action by encouraging and cheering them on!
I have to admit that although the party was mainly for the younger crowd, I also became quite a fan of HEXBUG pretty quickly. It's just so entertaining seeing them shake and buzz as they move, all the while watching the kids' eyes light up as they find delight in each colorful little robotic creature.
My favorite part? When two (or more) bugs met head-to-head on the track and the way that they jumped and maneuvered and somehow always managed to squish past each other. It made me laugh every time!
The kids, on the other hand, couldn't seem to come to a conclusion on what they liked best, as it seemed like pretty much everything HEXBUG entertained them. Although I had been initially concerned about each child being able to "keep track" of their particular bug, it ended up not being an issue.
Instead, everyone took turns with the Nano Galileo bugs and the Nano Mutant Zombie bugs and just had a giggling, shrieking blast with them all. It didn't seem to matter who removed the Zombie bug from its coffin-shaped packaging, all that mattered was that it had a creepy exoskeleton and could zip around with the rest of the bugs!
Everywhere I looked, there were bugs scurrying this way and that and little hands that would shoot out, grab one, and move it somewhere else...
...all the while with various conversations about bugs going to school, bugs needing a nap, bugs stopping for lunch - the creativity and imagination was going full throttle!
Plus, even better, we brought some of the older kids into a darker area of the house with a bunch of the bugs and some of the track and they had a great time seeing everything give off an eerie glow.
This was one Halloween party that won't soon be forgotten and I have no doubt that we'll be having friends over to play with our HEXBUG pals more throughout the year. After all, even though they are designed for eerie Halloween fun, that doesn't mean that we can't have a great time playing with them any time of year. I never thought I'd say it, but I have found bugs that I like and enjoy!
Visit HEXBUG online (and on Facebook and Twitter) for information about their huge selection of micro robotic creatures, Habitats and much more. Be sure to keep an eye out at your local stores (such as Toys 'R Us) or on Amazon for most of these unique creatures and stop by Radio Shack to pick up the limited edition HEXBUG Nano Halloween Zombie bugs in their coffin-shaped packaging before they're gone!
(Other than the HEXBUG party pack I was provided by HEXBUG and MomSelect, I was not compensated or enticed to do this review in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion of this website and their extremely fun products.)