When pumpkin patches and costume shops are the destinations of choice, it must be October! This is one of my favorite months of the year, mostly because I have always loved Halloween. In my neighborhood growing up, Trick-or-Treat was a much-anticipated event and there were gobs of kids around to partake of all the free candy. Sorting through our loot at the end of the night was always the best part. I looked for chocolate, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey bars, in particular. Even now, I still love to go through the spoils of a good night of trick-or-treating – I just have to raid my daughter’s treat bag when she’s not looking. She’s a chip off the ol’ chocolate block herself and she doesn’t like to share. Good thing I always buy an extra bag or two of my favorite candy, “just in case” we have more trick-or-treaters than we’re expecting! (I guess it’s pretty obvious where I’ll find my joy this month!)
To all of you, I wish happy days all month long, a very merry Halloween and lots of your most favorite treats! Enjoy!
THINGS TO ENJOY & INSPIRE IN OCTOBER:
Set the scene for some spooktacular fun at home or in the classroom with these Halloween Party Ideas from Birthday in a Box.
October is a great month for family movie nights. Turn out the lights and share some popcorn while you enjoy these 13 Halloween Movies for Families from Parents.com. I’ll add two of my family’s favorite Halloween movies, both from Disney, to this list: The Haunted Mansion and Spooky Buddies. They’re both frighteningly fun!
What’s Halloween without the ubiquitous Jack O’ Lantern? Get free carving templates and tips for carving, illuminating and preserving your pumpkins: Pumpkin-Carving Tips and Tools from Home & Garden Television.
How did Jack O’ Lanterns become symbols of Halloween? Learn the story of “Stingy Jack” in History of the Jack O’ Lantern at HISTORY.com.
If ever there was a holiday that deserves to be commercialized, it’s Halloween. We haven’t taken it away from kids. We’ve just expanded it so that the kid in adults can enjoy it, too. – Cassandra Peterson at BrainyQuote.
Things that go bump in the night – it’s just not Halloween without a good, scary tale! Check out these 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime, selected by the editors at Amazon.com, and some spooky Ghost Stories that are just right for the season. Read them if you dare…Happy Halloween!