Halloween Family Bonding With Pumpkin Painting

Halloween is when you get to have a great time doing all the things you're not supposed to do. Like dressing up and acting crazy, as well as eating tons of candy and junk food, even though you know you're going to pay for it later. You know what they say, "A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips". I guess we'll worry about the diet tomorrow. After all, it's Halloween!

There are lots of other things to like about Halloween, too.

Take Painting Faces on Pumpkins, for example. It's a fun activity for kids of any age, adults included. And then there is always the "perfect costume". Once you decide what you will be for Halloween the fun doesn't stop until it's over. I probably have more fun planning the party than I do hosting it.

If you're having a Halloween party you definitely have your work cut out for you. You want it to be a huge success. From the ghoulishly chosen menu to the sweet surprises, it's a whole lot of work. But then again, work was never this much fun!

Decorating can be the most fun of all. You can opt for horrifically scary decorations or select a charming and whimsically funny theme. Pumpkins can pull the whole thing together.

I love to look at all the houses that have been decked out for Halloween, especially those with carved and hand painted pumpkins. The carved pumpkins, though, don't last very long at all. Why go to all the trouble and expense of picking out and then carving those perfectly shaped orange beauties, only to have them shrivel and dry out before the season is even over? Why not try your hand at pumpkin painting?

It's really not that expensive and the wonderful time you can have with your kids makes it worth every penny. You can't find a better family project than this one and your kids can show off their handiwork to the entire neighborhood when they're done. When all the dressed up little ghosts and goblins come to your door to trick-or-treat they'll get a big kick out of all the colorful painted pumpkin faces.

Great Halloween Blast for 2010

Halloween is the one time a year when you can walk around in a ridiculous costume throwing around candy. It's the start of the holiday season. It's a great holiday for children as well as adults to participate in some fall frolicking together. Let your worries about the economy and the stress of everyday life fade for a night of ghoulish delight. Kick off your shoes and party in style or roam the streets with your favorite trick-or-treaters with these green tips in mind.

o A Monster Bash: You can't have a Halloween party without playing Michael Jackson's Thriller. Skip the DJ and download that tune plus many others onto your iPod to blast at your party. Once you have the great music it's all about the treats. Make your event homey with some homemade organic cookies shaped with Halloween themed cookie cutters. Use a pumpkin cake pan to make a cake shaped like a pumpkin. You can't go wrong with organic cider brewed by local farmers. Eco-friendly Halloween candy has been under the radar for years and is finally coming to the main market. Organic lollipops made from real fruit, endangered species chocolate bars which proceeds go to helping endangered animals make you feel good while having a tasty snack. Give your party an extra boost by making it a "Give Back" theme. Ask your guests to bring toys or money for Toys for Tots or another worthy cause in your area. Do you have a group of friends or children who are Halloween ready with no party to go to? You might want to try calling your nearest children center, senior citizen or retirement community and ask if you can join in on activities.

o Trick or Treat: It wouldn't be Halloween without them. But instead of giving the usual candy and cavities why not try reverse trick-or-treating? Find a charity or cause you like that supports kids. When you're on your trick or treat route tell each house that you would like them to give a penny, nickel, or quarter to donate to this charity. Many will be happy to oblige. At the end of the night you will walk away with a warm heart and a bag full of change for a good cause. It can get dark early and quickly this time of year so make sure your little one is carrying a LED flashlight when they leave the house. If you are going to be the one handing out the treats you might want some fair trade candy in your bucket of goodies. By buying fair trade candy you are making sure that the farmers who grow the cocoa beans and sugar canes are paid fair wages and the workers are in safe and healthy working conditions and not working in sweatshops for ten cents a day. Avoid eating candy that isn't wrapped that you receive while trick-or-treating; in addition to the germs not everyone has good intentions when handing out Halloween candy.

o Making a Shriek Shack: Nothing says Halloween more than a pumpkin on the front porch of a house with a scary carved face. Get your pumpkin from a local farmer. Use non-toxic paints to decorate your pumpkin; they're safer to use around children and pets. Use solar powered orange, green, and white lights around the house to save energy and cash. Want to make some organic shrunken heads? Take an organic apple that has been peeled or a mini pumpkin that's already gutted. Carve a scary face. Take one cup of lemon juice mixed with one tablespoon of salt and place your head in this solution for 5-7 days to complete your shrunken head. Beeswax and soy candles placed in an empty clean tin can poked with a nail to make holes create a scary ambiance. Old sheets stuffed with newspapers or old clothes and tied with a rubber band make ghosts; they can be placed in trees or around doorways.

o A Ghoul costume: The idea of going as something green is starting to catch on. A mother nature or mother earth costume can easily be made with a peasant outfit with a few leaves and flowers attached; make sure your hair is messy and frizzy and place a twig wreath on your head to complete. Go to your Halloween party as Al Gore; put on a nice dark suit with a white shirt and a dark colored tie. Carry a trophy with a label that says Nobel Prize or a copy of An Inconvenient Truth and you're good to go. If you don't have much money to buy a costume making one out of things you already own or going to the thrift store for cheap deals is never out of the question. Create a costume from something that's big in the news right now; it will make your costume one of the memorable ones. Be balloon boy by tying wire hangers together into the shape of the now infamous UFO and cover with aluminum foil not forgetting to leave three holes for your head and arms. Octomom or Kate Gosselin can be done by getting eight or more baby dolls and carrying them around.

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Halloween Trick or Treat

Halloween trick or treat? We usually heard those words when the month of October comes.  But, it is not just what we are expected to be. In some cases, the same Halloween we know is used to be fun-filled, safe and clean where we observed children to be behaved while neighbors seemed to be happier and friendlier. 

Nowadays, Halloween is more than a festive celebration.  It is not just anymore about peaches and cream. In the older days, a Halloween enthusiast would definitely spend some times in the preparation alone, trying to figure out what catchy and scary costume to wear.  Even more, when it comes to selecting costumes, we had sometimes limited options. In fact, we only recognized few stores that offer services for Halloween parties and trying to get one in the midst of costume-shoppers was never fun anymore.

On the positive side, if you may ask yourself, should you want to participate in Halloween this year?  Would it be a trick or treat? Well you may reply them with a reverberating yes. Definitely, you can still have fun and enjoy Halloween.  You can even have a lifetime adventure through Halloween.  All you need to do is to open up your mind for possibilities and use your imagination.

Today, costumes are available anywhere unlike before that you can only find them at few stores, now you can even find it online.  With the new and more options, you do not have to brave the crowds anymore just to get your most preferred Halloween costume.  In fact, there are huge of choices, from simple to complicated, from creepy to more seductive costumes.  You can dress up like an Aztec warrior or maybe a character in your favorite Star Trek movie. You may opt to be a sexy vixen pirate Wench or a loveable yet seductive vampire. Yes, everything can be found online! You can be a hero or a heroine or your favorite movie Hollywood villain or any of the Disney’s darlings. It’s all up to you to decide!

You feel like you do not want to go out?  Well, that’s not a problem because you can actually have your own Halloween party with your friends and relatives. You can creatively decorate your own house with spooky animated vampires’ heads, hanging spider webs and even flying and moving bats.  There are lots of Halloween props that you can use in decorating your party venue.

On the other hand, you may not just concentrate on the inside of your own house.  You can be famous in your town if you utilize the latest Halloween outdoor decorations.  We cannot deny the fact that people of all ages loves to see a haunted house.  Today, air-blown inflatable decorations are readily available which can make your front yard a spooky graveyard with decorative coffins and tombstones.  And do not forget to include the well-known Grim Reaper archway when you shop for decorations.  How about few skeletons, creepy crawlies and some carved lighted pumpkins?  You can imagine the scared faces of the children when they enter your realistically scary yard.

Should you enjoy Halloween party this year? Yes, by all means.  Halloween trick or treat? It can happen when you take advantage of everything that is available.  This year’s Halloween can be a real treat to you, if you just let yourself accept the reality what’s the present time can offer to you. Forget those ideas from the past if you want to have a really enjoyable Halloween party.

Best Halloween Costume Ideas for 2010

Halloween festival is originated in the prehistoric Celtic Festival of Samhain, a festivity of Celts welcoming the wintry weather. In recent times, Halloween is observed every 31st of October and is now more celebrated for its activities that include a countless costume gatherings and parties, bonfires, trick and treats, and a lot more. Usually the themes for these gatherings vary from creepy to Gothic to amusing ones. There are some Halloween attires available in the market today for all ages varying from kids to adults. These attires can be creepy, amusing, sexy, or whatever thing that clings to ones fancy. Now that Halloween is coming up, you might want to choose your attires to pass up the eleventh-hour shopping rush and keep away from any frustrations afterward. In this article, we will help to make up your mind of Halloween finds for 2010.

Halloween costumes could be enthused by hit movies such as Alice in the Wonderland, Avatar, ‘Batman Costumes’ for younger boys. Traditional theme is Gothic as well as cartoon characters, famous movie personalities such as Cleopatra, Harry Potter or as good as any of ‘Star Wars’ character! The most popular still are past figures and things such Super Mario Luigi and Mario costumes which were originally from 1980’s and any other things that can be recycled around the house and a lot more.  The hottest Halloween costume this season is obviously the Jake Sully and Neytiri attires from the movie, Avatar since it is a box office hit.

Another favorite Halloween costume this year is Cinderella attire derived from the legendary Disney folk story movie. The costume is good for women as well as kids and normally goes together with gloves, choker and headdress to get the entire princess appearance. You can add a Cinderella wig while you are shopping to match your hairstyle with that character to complete a Cinderella look.

For young boys, Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story 3 seems to be another most loved preference among children. Accessories such as gloves, jet packs, goggles and cuffs are available as well to get a perfect Buzz Lightyear look for your son.