more about: Halloween

Don’t Ditch that Halloween Costume Just Yet!

Even though Halloween is now done for another year. Don’t toss your child’s costume quite yet. If you have the storage space, save it until next year and participate in the National Costume Swap Day (usually in early October). If half of the kids in the U.S. had participated this year, 6,250 tons of landfill waste could have been avoided.

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5 Uses for Halloween Candy

Sugar highs. Sugar crashes. Cavities. Weight gain. There are so many good reasons not to eat all that Halloween candy today. So what to do with the pounds of candy your kids hauled in last night? 1. Halloween Candy Buy Back. Drop the candy at a local dentist’s office where it will get shipped off to U.S troops. Visit the […]

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DIY Dog Costumes for Halloween

Whether man is dressing himself or his best friend, I never tire of seeing creative costumes and clever minds at work. This year’s Halloween Howl, in my neighborhood park, did not disappoint. Event attendees were also treated to healthy hounds info as well as a stand for the Best Friends Animal Society. For your last-minute inspiration and information, I share with you my judging […]

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Handmade vs. Store Bought

  It’s almost become ubiquitous on TV, in popular movies and books: Harried working mom doctoring some store-bought item, trying to pass it off as handmade. Whether it’s cupcakes for a school function, dessert for a dinner party or your daughter’s Halloween costume, who among us has not fretted over whether it’s better, easier, smarter, faster or cheaper to make […]

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Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Decorating

Pumpkin decorating is one of the best (if not messiest) parts of Halloween. But if scraping out soggy seeds, or wielding a carving knife isn’t your forte, try this trick for endless pumpkin decorating fun. Simply paint your pumpkin with chalkboard spray paint, and then draw on your spooky faces. Not quite the look you were going for? Get more […]

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Do You Decorate for Halloween?

Each year, as temperatures drop and leaves begin to change, the Halloween decorations in my neighborhood start to go up. I can’t tell you how many yards of fake spider web (some with disturbingly large and realistic looking fake spiders) have gone up in the blocks surrounding my apartment. Personally, I’m a bit of a Halloween curmudgeon, so these festive […]

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Fun Facts About Candy Corn

It’s October and Halloween (candy) is upon us. Brush up on your candy corn knowledge with these trivia: – Candy corn has had the same recipe (sugar, corn syrup, and marshmallow) since 1900. – There are about 30 pieces in one serving. – On average 9 billion kernels (weighing 35 million pounds) are produced each year. – Mixing candy corn […]

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Halloween Party Ideas

Contemplating a Halloween party this year? I have been to a lot of great Halloween parties. Here are some of my favorite ideas for a successful spooky party. – Fill the tree out front with 100 black crows – Wrap the entire house in fake cobwebs – Make costumes mandatory – Have a fashion show. Have guests write a description […]

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Halloween Costumes for Pets?

There, I’ve asked the question, and all my friends with no pets can wonder where my head is and all my friends with pets can clamor for more information. But first, a picture, of Mr. Finn in his Halloween costume. Isn’t he fabulous? I think even skeptics would agree. Photograph by Kent Hardouin In my family alone, this topic has […]

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Crazy, Creative, Fun Candy Crafts for Halloween (and All Year Long)

In honor of Halloween, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of a new book that celebrates candy in its many forms—specifically, crafted into pirates, castles, cars, critters, and so much more. Candy Construction is Sharon Bowers’ new follow-up to her equally whimsical Ghoulish Goodies, which offered Halloween recipes and instructions for creepy eyeballs, cocoa bats, and monster cupcakes. While Candy Construction isn’t Halloween-themed, it still has plenty of fabulous ideas using all kinds of colorful sweet treats.

 

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