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Pumpkin Smashing after HalloweenYou can have a fun pumpkin smashing event at your house (or just with your family.) You can experiment and see what methods can smash a pumpkin the best.


Two tween girls trick or treating.

Tween Halloween Costume IdeasTweens (ages 10-12) are generally looking for a fun or creative costume that shows off their personality. Many traditional costumes are considered too childish but they are not yet ready for grown up fare, if it is too scary or "sexy". Here is some advice to help your tween choose what to wear this Halloween.


A fire fighter hat next to a fire truck themed t-shirt.

Firefighter Costume on a BudgetA kid's firefighter Halloween costume is about $25 to $35. The costume will only be worn for a few times this month and just for a couple of hours.


A bag with bottled water for Halloween

Hand Out Water for HalloweenI want to do something different this year for Halloween. Besides the regular candy treats, I am giving water to the trick or treaters. I purchased some treat bags and inserted the small size water bottle, and tied it on top with strips of a plastic tablecloth that I bought from the Dollar General for a dollar.


Carrot Pumpkins

Carrot Shaped PumpkinsJust a few cuts in any sized carrot will give you a carrot pumpkin.


candy wrapped in orange plastic

Halloween Candy CraftThis treat is a piece of candy, preferably square in shape, wrapped and decorated. These can be used as favors for a Halloween or fall harvest party.


Spider Web Game

Spider Web GameOur kids went to a Halloween party last week and this is one of the games they played. There was a spider web on the floor, made with tape. The spiders were made out of egg carton cups, with chenille stick legs, and googley eyes. The spiders were spread out around the web.


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Keep Your Pumpkin from SpoilingIt is Jack-o-Lantern time! I always wait until the last minute to carve my pumpkin because it seems like it starts to rot the next day. I saw a special on TV where they immerse the cut pumpkin in a solution of water and bleach.


pizza in lunch

Halloween Pizza CutoutsMy husband recently made our daughter a spooky lunch. One of the things he did was use Halloween cookie cutters to turn some leftover pizza into fun shapes. They turned out really cute!


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Save on Halloween CandyThis will be the 3rd - 4th year we'll be giving out candy canes, using last year's after Christmas sale candy. The expiration dates on the boxes are late October 2015 - 2017.


Spooky Halloween Lunch

Spooky Halloween LunchMy daughter requested that her dad make her a spooky lunch so he happily obliged. While maybe not the healthiest lunch ever made, it was really fun and a perfect treat for Halloween!


caramel apple dipper

Caramel Apple DippersWe had a caramel apple dipper station at my daughter's Halloween party. We put pre-cut apple slices onto cookie sticks, then the kids could dip the apples into tubs of caramel and decorate them with sprinkles. It was a fun alternative to a them eating a full caramel apple, but just as yummy!


cropped witch brooms

String Cheese Witch BroomsIn an effort to offer multiple healthy treats at my daughter's Halloween party, we set up a station to make string cheese witch brooms. We set out a bowl of stick pretzels, a plate of string cheese and plastic knives for them to cut the broom bristles. These are easy enough for even younger kids to make. :)


painted pumpkin 3

Painting Mini PumpkinsPainting mini pumpkins is a great activity to keep kids busy at their Halloween party. The mini pumpkins work well for keeping the project quick and they are inexpensive. We provided paints and glitter.


bag of oranges

Mandarin Orange Jack-O'-LanternsI recently helped organize a classroom party for my daughter. We need to have multiple activity stations to keep the kids busy. One of the stations was a table where kids could pick a mandarin orange and use markers....



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Playing Poke-A-PumpkinI made this game after seeing one on Pinterest. Not only did it turn out super cute, it was a lot of fun...even for my daughter's 5th grade class! It would obviously be great for younger kids too.


The Teal Pumpkin Project for Food Allergies

The Teal Pumpkin Project for Food...FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) is promoting the use of a Teal Pumpkin to identify your house as somewhere that kids with food allergies can get non-food treats. This lets kids with food allergies, lactose intolerance, or other reasons they can't eat traditional candy treats know that they can safely trick-or-treat at your home.


goofy pumpkin with a tongue hanging out

Making Your Jack-O'-Lanterns 3-DWhen carving that face into your pumpkin this year, why not give it a 3-D effect. Use the pieces that you remove to create a tongue, ears, or even a ponytail.


Joker Costume

Joker CostumeA really spooky character, the Joker is a perfect fit for Halloween fun!


Mandarin Orange Pumpkin

Mandarin Orange PumpkinPeel a Cutie mandarin orange, then stick a sprig of cilantro (or parsley) into the center. It's an instant pumpkin. :) My daughter made this at dinner the other night and I think it would be perfect around Halloween as a non-sugary treat or as a decoration for a meal in the fall.


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Hole Punch for Opening Candy BagsTonight I was putting little packages of candy for the little children on Halloween. I punched a hole in the corner of the candy bag, after the seal on the top.


Journalist and Secretary

Journalist Costume for PhotographerThis Halloween, my photographer husband and I attended two costume parties. He wanted to be able to take pictures at both events so we needed to find a costume that allowed him to incorporate his camera.


cheese ball in jar

Cheese Ball Pumpkin JarA quick way to dress up your snack table at a Halloween party is to make a cheese ball pumpkin jar.


three oranges

Jack-O'-Lantern OrangesThese jack-o'-lantern oranges are the perfect healthy treat for Halloween. They are easy to make and super cute!


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Krispy Kreme Monster DoughnutsThese monster doughnuts make a great treat to bring to a school Halloween party. Grab as many dozen doughnuts as you need, some plastic vampire teeth, and some chocolate chips.


Jack-O-Lantern Snack Bags

Jack-O'-Lantern Snack BagsThese jack-o'-lantern snack bags are quick to make and would be great for a party or packed in school lunches.


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Jack-O'-Lantern Fruit CupsDress up those mandarin orange fruit cups by turning them into jack-o-lanterns.


ice cubes in orange soda

Spider Ring Ice CubesPlace a spider ring into each space in the ice cube tray. Fill with water and freeze until solid. Add to your favorite beverage. They are sure to scare your Halloween party guests.


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Dora Homemade CostumeMy daughter loves Dora, so for Halloween she is going to dress up as her. I got a pink t-shirt from Old Navy that has Boots on the front and the backpack on the back.


Cracked Porcelain Doll Costume

Cracked Porcelain Doll CostumeI had the opportunity to dress up two days in a row for costume parties this year. I chose to be a cracked porcelain doll out of items I already had in my closet. Here are pictures of my makeup both nights.



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Warning: Lights in a Damp PumpkinI felt a shock when touching a neighbor's pumpkin which used lights in the pumpkin. Caution is advised.


Pumpkin decoration.

Use Clear Light String in Decorative PumpkinAs we are nearing Halloween the little light bulb in the pumpkin is sure to burn out before the big event. Rather than run all over town to find a replacement for just a few days, I just thread a string of clear Christmas tree lights through the back/bottom of the pumpkin for the remainder of the season. It is safe and easy.


A napkin ring made from plastic vampire teeth.

Vampire Teeth Napkin RingsThese napkin rings are perfect for your Halloween party. Simply roll up a napkin and slip a pair of plastic vampire teeth onto the napkin.


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Halloween Treats from the GardenWe don't have Halloween trick-or-treaters where I live, and this year, no candy, just in case.


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Embellishing Dollar Store Costume ItemsMy husband is a viking for Halloween, because a few years ago we found him a marvellous plastic viking hat complete with horns. This year, we added other plastic elements from the Dollar store.


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Preventing Halloween Candy OverdoseI have been hearing about Halloween for weeks now. Today I actually heard something that was wise. How do you allow your children to have fun and NOT eat too many sweets?


Yard Decorated for Halloween

Decorating for HalloweenWe try to make a fun Halloween experience. Walking through to get their candy is a lot of fun to watch. My husband and I made simple grave stones, coffin, and lots of body parts for the giant spider I made.


"Severed" HeadWhen we were younger, we had a table out front with a plywood on top. We had cut a hole in it so our teenage son could put his head through. We put black and white makeup on his face and I fashioned a "silver platter" around his neck, out of foil.


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Halloween Ghost TreatsBuy a bag of Tootsie Pops and one of Blo Pops. Take a box of Kleenex and cover each pop and tie with black or orange yarn into a bow. Use a magic marker to put on a face. Two dots for the eyes, one dot for the nose, and one dot for the mouth.


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Simple Halloween GamesPass The Bone Please: Two teams pass skeleton bones over under and around to the next player.


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Link: Mummies On A StickIt's a page you can print out for them to color with crayons or colored pencils. The bonus is that the coloring page also has the recipe for the mummies they're coloring that they can prepare to eat.


Halloween lab jar display.

Halloween: Spooky "Laboratory" DisplayPainted and decorated jars create a cute Halloween display. To create the dripping black look, spray heavily and allow to run down the sides of the jar. Spray orange, white, and gold for a candy corn look. Have fun, you can't "mess" these up.


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Link: Free Printable Pumpkin Carving StencilsI just came across this website a minute ago and I wanted to share it with all of you! It's www.pumpkinpile.com. They offer hundreds of downloads of pumpkin carving stencils and patterns for free!


Halloween Sign on Decorated Front Porch

Halloween: Attention ALL WitchesHere is how I have our home decorated for Halloween. The sign reads "Attention all Witches, please leave your brooms by the front door."


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Check Thrift Store For Halloween CostumesI do volunteer work in a local thrift shop. Do check in your local shop for Halloween costumes. As they are a one time a year item, there is no sense in paying a lot for the children's outfit.



Tow completed mummy juice boxes.

Mummy Juice BoxesMake your kids mummy juice boxes for Halloween. Easy to create and great for a kid's party or to send to school.


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Shop the Week After HalloweenThe best solution we found was to shop the week *after* Halloween for the following year. For instance, my daughter wanted us all to be characters from the Wizard of Oz. We could not afford the costumes in time for Halloween 2010, but they were 75% off the first week of November!


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Visit Thrift Stores for HalloweenWhen my daughter was young, we'd go to the local Salvation Army Store and get her a prom dress or some old outfit that she could tear and make look all ragged. Paying a couple of dollars was the best way to go for something she'd only wear once.


Clothes Piled on a Couch After Shopping Trip

Goodwill Outlet Center For Halloween...We needed to get several costumes worth of clothing and extras but didn't have the budget to get store bought costumes or buy them new. So we found a Goodwill sorting and donation center near us.


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Keeping the Jack O' Lantern FreshCombine equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, shake and spray all cut areas of your pumpkins and they will not get soft, rot, or shrink for a long time.


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Using Jack O'Lanterns After HalloweenOne way we save at Halloween is simple. We either wait until the day of to carve our pumpkins OR, we paint on the face with non toxic paint. Then the day after, we cut up the pumpkin, boil in salt water, then peel and mash when cool.


Cute bats.

Clothespin BatsThis is an easy, cute craft! Just cut a bat shape out of black construction paper, glue on some googly eyes and a red mouth. Glue a clothespin to the back and let dry. You can make tons and clip them anywhere and everywhere!


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Halloween Costumes from the Dollar StoreNo need to spend a lot of money on Halloween costumes. The Dollar Store has a lot of children's toys and things that you can make a costume with. For girls, fairy wings and a wand, play jewelry, and gloves can make a cute fairy.


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Check Fire Code Before Holiday DecoratingI just finished decorating for Halloween. The VA Fire Marshall showed up for a routine inspection. All the decorations on the walls such as spider webs and hanging ghosts and witches had to be taken down because they are not fire retardant.


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Buy Used Halloween CostumesUse websites like eBay to find and save money on Halloween costumes for your children. You can buy last year's costumes for much less than a new one.


Halloween Pencil Toppers

Halloween Pencil Toppers As "Treats"I always make plastic canvas treats for my grandchildren and their classmates. I make 25 of these for grade school parties for under $5.00 total. All the children and teachers love them.


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Find Your Halloween Costume in Someone Else's ClosetCreating or coming up with a homemade Halloween costume is easily done by searching through someone else's closet! Simply ask a friend or sibling if you can pick a costume from their closet.


Michael Jackson costume

Michael Jackson CostumeWow, this was hard to do, I can't lie. This is Michael "Drackson" (as my son calls him). We used DVD videos to sketch the make of the jacket. We bought a 60's style costume and used the little black leather jacket pattern.


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Label Homemade Treats for HalloweenMost parents will not allow their kids to eat homemade treats since they are not quite sure who made them. Whenever I made my own Halloween treats, I would use my name and address labels and securely stick them to the wrapped treat so the parents would know who made them.


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Buy Halloween Candy After HalloweenI asked my husband last night, what is the best time to buy Halloween candy, and he said the day after Halloween. I had to laugh because that is "All Saints Day."


Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween Party IdeasOur 11 year old daughter is hosting a Halloween Party this year for about 10 kids. We plan on wearing costumes, trick-or treating and watching movies But what would a Halloween Party be without some Tricks and Treats?


Haunted house on the hill.

Classic Horror Movie Trivia GameThis is a great Halloween game that can be played by adults or teenagers at your next Halloween Party. Copy and paste the questions with their options into a word document.


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Save Pumpkin Seeds for ChickensIf you have chickens (or know someone who does) save the pumpkin seeds for them. Pumpkin seeds are a natural and safe dewormer for chickens!


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Halloween SongsHere are some Halloween songs from my younger days as a Mom. I Wish I Was an Orange Jack-O-Lantern (To the tune of "Oscar Meyer Wiener" jingle)


Our Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Our Trip to the Pumpkin PatchIt's the season of Thanksgiving (Canada) and Halloween. The grandchildren are having a fun time trying to chose the pumpkin to eat at dinner and the one to carve into a jack-o-lantern.


Children out trick or treating

Keeping Halloween SafeDid you know that 4 times as many children ages 4-15 are killed on Halloween evening as compared to other evenings of the year? Falls are another leading cause of injury on Halloween. Follow these safety precautions and keep safe on this SCARY night.


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Spooky Stepladder Ghost DecorationI did this years ago, but it was really fun, and met with a lot of excitement by those who came by for Halloween. I set up a 6 foot stepladder, close to the house and kind of apart from the light, which was on so kids wouldn't trip and fall.


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Halloween RiddlesHalloween fun for kids of all ages! Several years ago I collected about 25 simple, "easy-to-understand" Halloween riddles (available in joke books, online, etc.). I read 5 of them to my kiddos after dinner each Saturday during October.


tied orange fabric pumpkin

Fabric PumpkinThis craft is very simple! You'll need cloth, twine, cotton (I used the stuffing from an old pillow), a small stick, some leaves, and hot glue. Cut a fair sized bit of cloth, fold it in half and glue the edges to make a pocket.


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Halloween: Bingo CostumeI play a lot of Bingo and this was really fun to dress up in and go play bingo. I saved all my cards that I used for the last few weeks. I put them in between plastic. I then taped them all over me and I went to Bingo as a Bingo card.


masks on pumpkins

Decorate Your Pumpkin With a MaskI purchased masks for pennies each on clearance and saved them until the next year. I place them on appropriately sized pumpkins and used them to decorate my front yard. I live across the street from an elementary school and they got lots of views!


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Give Halloween Pencils Instead of CandyFor Halloween I give out Halloween pencils. You can get them at the Dollar Store, there is usually 10 in a package. They always get too much candy, and it can be used after the holiday.


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Freeze Leftover Holiday ChocolateIf you have too much chocolate left over from Easter and the kids lose interest or you want them to ease off, here's what you can do. You can cut it into little pieces and freeze it.


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Send Halloween Candy to the TroopsToo much candy left from Halloween? My kids came up with an idea to swap their favorites with each other. They keep half and we send the other half to our troops.


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Saving Halloween CandySave any non-chocolate Halloween candy left over from your hand-outs or collected from what your children have received and will not eat.


kids artwork on clothing hanger

Portrait Pumpkins!I used a wire hanger, wooden clothespins and some wooden pumpkin shapes to display my artwork from my children. You can add more or less pumpkins. I used three because of my three wonderful children. We painted the pumpkins, hot glued a clothespin to the back and then clipped to the wire hanger.


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Donating Leftover Halloween CandyOur orthodontist's office has a creative idea to turn your Halloween candy into cash! For each pound of candy that is brought to their office, Dr. Alvarez will pay $2.00.


Bat magnet or bookmark.

Batty About Books!We made a clothespin into a magnet with some paper shapes. This can also be used as a bookmark without the magnet or a clip for chips or papers, etc.


glove filled with popcorn

Halloween Popcorn Hand Party FavorThese favors are always a hit with children and adults too. They get a kick out of receiving the favor because of the "novelty" of the use of the glove.


Black Flamingos For HalloweenWhen my pink flamingos faded I decided to spray paint them black for Halloween decoration. Sorry the picture is a little blurry.


Girls Dressed as Wolf and Red Riding Hood

"Rent" a Halloween Costume from eBay!Last year our daughter fell in love with the Supergirl costume from the Lillian Vernon catalog, priced at about $30. Instead, we found the same costume, worn once, on eBay for under $10. This year we expect to sell it for that price and get our money back.


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Halloween BatsA fun and cheap idea for a Halloween Party is to cut out bat shapes out of black construction paper. Put silver or gold glitter around the edges and for eyes. After they are dry, attach with fishing line at different lengths from the ceiling. If you have a ceiling fan, they will move in the wind and appear real.


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Use Your Pet as a Halloween PropThis year we got a puppy so he'll be going trick or treating with our 12 year old daughter. Good opportunity for puppy to meet all the neighbors. Our daughter is going dressed up as a football player and the puppy will be her football!


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Coat Jack-O'-Lantern Cuts with VaselineTo prolong the life of your jack-o'-lantern after making the cuts, coat the cuts with petroleum jelly.


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Halloween Gravestone EpitaphsI came up with a series of silly epitaphs for tombstone shaped Halloween cards, but I thought other crafters might come up with other ways to use them.


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Celebrating The Harvest SeasonAt our church we do not celebrate Halloween, we celebrate Harvest Season. At the party we use the theme of God's creations. The kids as well as the adults have the option to dress up as any of God's creations of the first 6 days of creation.


Kids playing a halloween game.

Celebrate Halloween All Month LongWe love Halloween and start celebrating October 1. We do at least one different Halloween activity every day leading up to October 31, and most don't require spending money. We start with unpacking our decorations on the 1st.


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Give Trick or Treaters a Candy ContainerGive Trick or Treaters a candy container if they come with plastic bags to your door. My husband noticed some kids who came to the door were only carrying a grocery plastic food bag to get their candy.


Painted Halloween Gourds

Painted Halloween GourdsJack O' Lantern: Cut out leaves from puff paper, you can use color you like best. Wash the gourd good, let dry. Whitewash and let dry, then paint. When dry, spray with sealer.


Child dressed as a taco.

Saving Money on Halloween CostumesAs fast as children grow, they outgrow their clothes fast, usually meaning less money in your wallet. Before this Halloween, either shop for gently used Halloween costumes either at yard sales, or your local thrift stores before buying a costume at a retail store. It is much cheaper than renting one or buying one.


Painted Plastic Pumpkins

Refurbish Old Plastic Pumpkins With PaintRecycle your old faded plastic pumpkins with a new coat of paint and a little glitter. Acrylic paint works best for indoor and outdoor use.


Look For Secondhand Halloween CostumesI love to shop at thrift stores and yard sales. A few summers ago I found blowup costumes that were adorable. They were still in the box and I payed a buck and a half for each. I tossed em in the closet and four months later for Halloween I remembered I had them.


Spiders made from plastic bags for your yard.

Yard SpidersWe had just cleaned out grapevines in the backyard, so I thought, I should make something. Spiders came to mind for Halloween. I cut the lengths I wanted, nailed them to a piece of 2x4 and stuffed a black trashbag and nailed it on top. Glitter for the eyes. Large spiders in the yard, spoooky.


Black shirt with Halloween transfer.

Halloween Rhinestone ShirtBuy a cheap black t-shirt. (I paid $2.50 for mine at Michael's) and then get a rhinestone Halloween themed iron on and iron it on your shirt. So simple, and NO sewing involved. As the month gets colder you can layer it with a white or orange turtleneck. Great for kids too!


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Chopping Up Halloween Candy for BakingIf you haven't stocked up on leftover Halloween chocolates yet - you still may be lucky and have time! Sometimes they are reduced by as much as 75%!


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Spray Paint Watermelons For HalloweenWhile working in our field, I noticed all these wild watermelons in various sizes growing in our field. With Halloween around the corner, I decided to use spray paint and decorate them to look like pumpkins.


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Halloween Milk Jug Treat CarrierTake a white milk jug. With a craft knife, cut a small hole 2 inches across about 1 3/4 inches high (align the cut on the opposite side of the jug handle). This is for your trick or treater's collected treats.


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Trick or Treat Gifts Instead of CandyWe get a lot of trick or treaters in my subdivision. I'd like to give them something other than candy, which they get plenty of elsewhere. I want it to be something they'll like. Does anyone have an idea or something they've done before that pleased the little ones?


Halloween Alternatives

Halloween AlternativesWhat if you don't celebrate Halloween, but your kids want to dress up? Or maybe you'd rather to do a bit more on the educational side rather than simply buy a costume. Here are some ideas from my school and friends.


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Mr. Pumpkin Ate The CakeMake any kind of cake that you like. Remove a slice and put a little plastic jack-o-lantern on top of the cake. Smear some icing on the pumpkin's mouth and tell the kids Mr. Pumpkin ate the cake.


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Trick Or Treat For Something Good With UnicefWith Halloween just around the corner, many kids are already thinking about costumes, parties, and of course, candy! As a parent, I worry about the materialism attached to holidays, both big and small and the effect it has on our children as they grow up.


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Ice Cream Halloween BucketWith the dog days of Summer up on us now, a cold dish of ice cream is one of the first things some people think of to cool off with. If you have children, you might already purchase the plastic 1 gallon pail containers of ice cream.


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