October 2012

History of Halloween

Understanding the history of Halloween

Black cats. Pumpkins. Witches. These are all images of Halloween. Yet, where did Halloween originate and did these images have anything to do with those first Halloweens?

The first Halloweens are thought to have originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.  During these festivals, people would light bonfires and wear costumes as a way to ward off ghosts.

Halloween party game ideas

Games to play during your family Halloween party

Do you want your family to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween this year? Do you want to know that your kids are safe and still make sure that they have a Halloween that is memorable? Have you thought about hosting your own Halloween party?

The party can be a neighborhood event. You can invite all the neighbors you trust, including the kids. Everyone can dress up in the best costumes. The costumes can include the spookiest, the prettiest and the funniest ideas they can imagine. The night can be filled with good fun, games, candy and more.

How do you start? You start by gathering the family and have them all brain storm on some ideas for entertaining the guests. This can include some fun filled Halloween games. For the littlest ones, why not have Howling game. All you need is a big box. The box needs to be big enough for a child to sit inside.  

Experience Halloween Horror Night

My Halloween experience at Universal Studios

Back during my freshman year at college, a group of friends invited me to go with them to Universal Studios to have some spooky fun during the night of Halloween.  At first, I was hesitant about going due to the fact that I had an exam at 9 a.m. the next day.  But then after a few more phone calls from buddies of mine, I gave in, and decided to go to the amusement park with them.

Sugar coated apple treats

Festive treats for parties or for the family

Who says Halloween has to be just for the kids? Who also says that an adult can’t enjoy some of the fun snacks and some of the favorite party foods that are often served during Halloween? Shouldn’t everyone enjoy a little bit of fun during this holiday?

First, what do you think of when you think Halloween? Do you think of sugar coated apples on a stick? Do you think of how much these were to eat when you were a child? Why not eat some today?

You will begin by gathering your ingredients: 12 red delicious apples, 12 candy sticks, 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of light corn syrup, 1 cup of hot water, ¼ teaspoon of liquid red food coloring.

Select the proper Halloween costumes for your children

Three tips for finding the perfect costumes

Finding kids' costumes is starting to get harder than you have ever imagined. However, if you know the top three things to look for, you can easily select the best kids costumes for your children to wear on Halloween and know they will be safe. 

The first thing you should be looking for in these costumes is how visible they will make your children. Since your kids will be walking on the street after dark, you need to make sure the costumes they are wearing will help make them visible. Then you do not have to be concerned about them getting hit by a car.