Safely Treating Without Tricks

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One of the most amazing feelings as a child is Halloween day, and you know later you will get to stay up on a school night to gather loads and loads of candy. Maybe, just maybe your parents will let you stay up a bit later to enjoy tasting your treasure trove. The excitement is just too much and you can barely focus on school because you are deciding what you’re going to wear that eve. Here are a few tips to keep the kids safe and worry free so they can focus on the good times ahead.

Everyone carry lights. This may seem like a simple and obvious thing but sometimes we get so caught up with what costume we need to put together for Sally or who is going to stay home to pass out candy that we can easily forget. Go to the store and get flashlights and glow sticks so everyone will have a bit of light to take with them. There will be less falling, running into each other and even hitting trees. Hey, those masks are pretty blinding.

Not only does little Johnny need to be able to see now that he has his flashlight, but people also need to be able to see him. Bikers, people rushing around and cars passing in the dark can be dangerous for him. To avoid any accidents, strap the little guy down with glow in the dark costumes, reflective tape, and bright clothing so he is a beacon of light for all to see. That may be a good costume idea.

If your child has an identification card from school or otherwise have him or her carry it with them in their bag or pocket. The crowds during treating season can be overwhelming so if the little monster gets lost they will have a way to be found with help from an adult.

Go trick or treating together. Kids under 16 should have an accompanying adult with them. It would be fun for the kids and safer to go with a group of kids from school or the neighborhood. Large groups can be seen easier and its better than going alone. If something were to happen when one was alone no one would be able to see it or get help. Then afterwards the kids can trade each other for all their favorite candy and brag about their riches.

May your Halloween have many treats and little tricks.

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Smashing Monster Bash

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Whooooooo whooo goes there?? Oh, it’s just you. Come in my pretty, have a poisoned apple and punch. Poison? Did I say that? I meant perfect apple, the best in town. Though no one’s lived to tell me otherwise. Muahahahaha. Come sit and share in a smashing monster bash and gain some wisdom for your All Hallows festivities. Learn from the best monsters, I mean partiers, on the block.

All the most memorable parties have games. Start with a chalkboard to keep score of the winners. You can have winners of individual games or have teams play several mini-games and whoever wins the most rounds takes all. Our personal favorite is Slime Time where buckets are filled with oatmeal, water, jellies, pasta, and coloring to create a truly ghastly goop. Letters will be hidden in the muck and the first team to pull out all the letters and spell “Halloween” wins.

Next, you’ll want to make sure your scarecrow is nice and warm by having your person be a scarecrow and sit at the end of a row. Have each player run down the row to place an item of clothing on the scarecrow. The scarecrow isn’t allowed to move so this is sure to be challenging. Whichever team finishes getting all the items on their scarecrow first wins the round.

Every great party needs a refreshing punch to cool off after games. Bug juice will be a delightful treat for such an occasion. Take ginger ale, green koolaid packets, a can of frozen lemonade and a can of pineapple juice and mix well together. Add sugar for optional sweetness and the little monsters will have a lip smacking time. Float some plastic bugs for desired bugginess.

Now for the final touch, a centerpiece to top off the perfect evening. Make your favorite cheese ball. Everyone has their own favorite recipe passed down from a great grandmother. Cover the outside in cheddar cheese to make it an orange color. Then score the top of a bell pepper for your pumpkin stem. Place the stem in the top of your cheese ball and shape or score if needed to mold into a pumpkin shape. It’s the perfect dish without being too fussy.

The only thing left to do is the Monster Mash. Go have a graveyard smash.

DIY Halloween Décor

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A wonderful holiday deserves a wonderful decoration spread. Halloween is the greatest time to let your creativity fly along with your brooms and bats. Sometimes the coolest decorations are the ones that you’ve made yourself. You can tell all your friends with pride that you crafted them on your own.

Black cats and pumpkins are a staple in the festivities. Combine both of them and you have a Jack o’lantern kitty cat. Spray paint a pumpkin black for your cat’s body. Carve your cats face into a small pumpkin for the head. Paint your head black and glue on some felt ears. Poise the head on its body and you have a cute Halloween pumpkat.

Make your outdoor bushes creepy for trick or treaters by saving toilet paper rolls and cutting various shaped eyes into each of them. Make your eyes glow with different colored glow sticks. Your bushes will glow with eerie eyes watching your Halloween partygoers.

Create blood-spattered candles by taking white candles of different shapes and sizes and melt a red candlestick over them using the drippings to create blood-like drops. This will be a sure way to creep out dinner guests. Muahaha.

In the front yard shape ghostly figures out of chicken wire. Then spray paint them with glow in the dark paint. These frightful creatures will greet your guests as they arrive. Your otherworldly party guests will be quite an intriguing surprise as the walk up the front lawn.

For a petrifying centerpiece, take mason jars and coat in a layer of glue or modge podge. Layer gauze in a strategic mummified pattern. Add googly eyes and you have yourself a set of mummies for your table. Put tea light candles inside for an ambient eve.

These are some precious and terrorizing ways to dress up your home in preparation for an inspired Halloween. Now, let us just hope your guests don’t ghost you.

Fall is for Family

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The best time of the year is finally here and if feels like we have waited a long and sweltering summer for this day. It’s now time for scarves, books, tea, and family. AS much as there are many tempting activities you can do inside this season, this time we’re going to shed some sunlight on the outdoors. This Fall get outside and enjoy everything it was meant for. You know we only get what feels like two weeks of it so make the best of your time.

For the kiddoes or even your child at heart friends, go on a nature scavenger hunt. This is a great time to see the wildlife and changing foliage. See how many different color leaves or stones you can collect. Take a Polaroid camera to snap photos of as many animals as you can. The woods are abundant with wildlife like squirrels, deer, beavers, and birds preparing for winter. Here is a printable scavenger hunt list to get you started, https://www.takethemoutside.com/nature-scavenger-hunt/ . You can add your own twists to it or just head out as is with paper and pen in hand.

For the entire extended family, go apple picking. I’ve always wanted to do this. Usually, you go out to the farm and fill up a basket they give you and then just pay per basket. The coolest part about this is that you have fresh handpicked apples that you can take home to make favorite fall treats like apple pie, apple butter, candied apples. The options are endless.

Have a picnic in your favorite park as the leaves change. Take little Scruffy with a Frisbee and stock a basket full of delicious seasonal foods like chili, soup or pasta and a carafe of hot cocoa. “I regret going to the park on such a beautiful day,” said no one ever.

Now some exciting fall fun is to get lost…in a corn maze that is. Corn mazes are an absolute delight and the thrill of figuring out the puzzle is too cool. They’re fun for people of all ages and bonus points if it’s a haunted maze. Ooooooohhhh. Nothing says Autumn like corn and being scared.

This time of year is the optimal time to go camping. The weather is perfect, the stars are brighter, and waking up in a warm sleeping bag while the air is crisp is a feeling that can’t be replicated. Not only that, you can incorporate all the traditional autumn to do’s such as making s’mores, building a campfire, walking the woods, heating apple cider over the fire, cooking stew, and bike riding down a trail.

Make some memories out of doors this year, your soul will appreciate it.