7 Useful Tips for 2015 Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Trick or treating seems like an easy thing, after all, you’ve been doing it since you were a kid right? Well, sort of. While some aspects of it have remained the same over the years, a lot has changed. You now have to consider elaborate costumes, smart phones, and new trick or treat times.

Before writing this post, I talked to a variety of parents and asked them what some of the most common Halloween headaches are. I also discovered how to avoid issues before they even happen. To help you have a seamlessly smooth holiday, I put together a list of pro-tips for Halloween night.

Halloween Advice and Decor Tips

Prepare Before Getting Dressed

Consider everything your child needs to do before putting him or her in a huge costume. Think about things like dinner, juice, and bathroom breaks while your kids are still in reasonable clothing. There’s nothing worse than finally getting your son or daughter into the costume, only to hear “I have to pee”.

Research the Best Times and Plan a Route

Look up a few surrounding neighborhoods in your area. Consider going to a new location this time, if the times are better. For example, in Cheektowaga the trick or treat times go from 630-8. However, close by, in Lancaster and Depew, they go from 6-830. Tonawanda is a bit further away, but their hours are from 530-830! Check local cities near you and find the ones with the longest schedule. Most hours range from 530-9. Also, be sure to plan which streets you’re going to hit and how long it will take. This will help avoid getting lost or too tired before the fun ends.

Consider Costume Temperatures and Footwear

You want to ensure your kid isn’t too cold or too warm while walking around for a few hours. Comfortable shoes are crucial, even if you have to get creative in order to make them fit the costume. Avoiding blisters and sore feet is more important than looking perfect.

Stay Illuminated

Make sure you always carry a lantern or a flashlight with a group. Pedestrians are at a greater risk on Halloween. There are too many kids and their travel patterns are very unpredictable, so even careful drivers can make mistakes. It’s best to stay bright so there are no mishaps.

Keep Costumes a Sensible Length

Make sure you hem any costumes that are too long for your child. Also avoid dangling parts that touch the ground. They may look cool but they’re dangerous and they track dirt.

Check the Candy

Yes, we covered this in our post about Halloween Myths. There are little to no documented case of compromised candy. You don’t have to open every piece looking for needles. However, you should inspect the bag and check for any unwrapped candy. Unwrapped candy is unsanitary and if anything is easy to alter, it’s the unwrapped goods. Just say no thanks to anything that isn’t sealed.

Practice Extra Caution When Driving

As we stated in a previous paragraph, pedestrians are at a higher rick on Halloween night. Make sure you stop at each cross walk, look both ways of course. You should also make sure you make eye contact with the driver so he or she knows you’ll be crossing. It’s just safer and better this way.


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How to Make Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats – Quick & Easy!

Need a quick and easy Halloween treat? Check out the Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats I made this weekend. I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous these would end up on pinterestfail.com, but they turned out adorable AND delicious. The best part is they took about 45 minutes from start-to-finish. If you’re short on time or experience, this is the perfect way to go.

Pumpkin Rice Kripsy Treat Recipe


First, you’ll need to plan as if you were just making regular treats. It’s okay if you forget the recipe  or your shopping list, because it’s right there on the cereal box! The recipe says you can use mini or large marshmallows. Honestly, I prefer the larger marshmallows because they melt evenly. Plus, it’s one bag per batch… so it’s easy and requires fewer dishes.


When the butter and marshmallows have melted, use a few drops of red and yellow food coloring (more yellow than red). Make sure you do this before adding the cereal for a nice, even orange color. My first batch had issues because I added the food coloring while adding the cereal. So don’t do what I did!


The good thing about this part is that pumpkins are not perfect circles. All you have to do is shape the treats into a misshapen circle. Make sure you leave a small hole on the top for the candy stem.

quick and easy halloween recipesStem Options

I went with green apple gummies, but some people use tootsie rolls or green licorice. They all work; it’s really just a preference.


If you’re serving them immediately, a dish will be fine. In my case, I was bringing them to the office the next morning. Since RKT are famous for getting stiff over time, I wrapped them individually. 11 hours later, and they’re still delicious.




Sherrie Carter

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5 Reasons it’s OKAY to Think about Christmas in October

Christmas SuppliesYou’ve heard it everywhere. The groans and mumbles about “Christmas decorations before it’s even Halloween”. The complaints about Christmas season are so ubiquitous that the negativity spreads quickly. Every year I hear more people complaining about Christmas. The part that really hits home, is that sometimes it’s kids complaining. Kids are supposed to love Christmas. The problem is, they frequently absorb things from adults.

Of course, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. However, consider the positive sides of thinking about Christmas. If you legitimately aren’t a fan of the holiday, that’s one thing. If your mood is influenced by too many nearby grinches, that’s another.

Personally, I love Christmas. Writing for a company centered on holidays is a dream come true. I could think about Christmas in March and still be content. Maybe I’m an extreme case, but I’m here to remind you of the wonderful things it has to offer. I created a list of reasons it’s OKAY to think about Christmas in October, or even September. Don’t let what “they” say take the magic of Christmas away.


We covered early Christmas shopping in a previous post. You have more time to shop, wrap, decorate, and prepare for Christmas. This is a huge help if you’re normally a procrastinator who ends up stressed in the weeks before Christmas. Preparation also leaves you more time for creative ideas, DIY projects, and perfecting your recipes. Overall, it’s a good idea to get ready for Christmas about two or three months ahead of time.

Excitement and Anticipation

What’s so wrong about being excited for Christmas when it’s still autumn? People are excited about weddings, birthdays, graduations, and other large events. In fact, people anticipate these events about 6-12 months beforehand. My 30th birthday isn’t until July 2016 and I have most of it planned already. Don’t worry. It’s completely normal, and healthy, to excite yourself and kids about Christmas.


As mentioned above, when you have more time to plan and shop, you have more time to relax. Never underestimate the importance of quality alone time during the holidays. You’re frequently hosting family events, shopping in crowds, and taking the kids to holiday activities. You need some YOU time.


Just as negative moods can spread like wildfire, positive feelings are contagious. When you’re happy about the holiday, you’ll share that with friends, kids, and everyone near you. The light inside of you will shine and boost moods. Maybe you won’t convert everyone, but you’ll still add cheer and joy instead of complaints and anger.

Create Traditions

You have the time to create unique, special traditions for your kids to pass down. Taking the kids out to Christmas shop in autumn will not only add to the anticipation, but it will also create a happy memory for them. Each year they’ll look forward to doing something just a little different from most people. They’ll feel special and enjoy the bonding time.

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Easy Ways to Save for Your Christmas Budget Now

Christmas Budget TipsOur blog is full-speed ahead into Halloween land right about now. We’ve posted everything from costume ideas to home decor ideas. However, we need you to take your mind out of Halloween for a few moments, and consider Christmas. It’s only October, but there are a few things you’ll need to think about ASAP. If you are not going to complete your winter shopping before the end of November, you should start saving and adding to your shopping budget now. The simple tips below are great ways to bump up your budget over the next few months, without hurting your pockets too much right now. Read our ideas for saving money below, and let us know if you have any useful tips you would like to share in the comments section!

Buy a Piggy Bank You Love

Piggy banks are still around because they work. When you pick one you enjoy looking at, it feels more like a decoration or a friend than a bank. Most of the time, you won’t think about the money inside of it. Occasionally you will, and when you do, the piggy bank will be a reminder of your saving goals.

When Money “Finds You”… Piggy Bank It

You know that glorious moment when you reach into your pocket and find $5 instead of your car keys. It’s great, right? Well, you were already prepared to live without that money, so toss it in the Christmas piggy bank you designated for saving. The same goes for anything you may win or receive as gifts. If money somehow finds its way to you, bank it.

Round All Purchases

Use cash when shopping or getting gas. If you spend $19.25 at the store, save the remaining $0.75 and bank it. Rounding your purchases up will result in more change for the bank, and it never increases the price by more than $0.99!

Search with Swag Bucks

Swag Bucks is a great program for earning gift cards and coupons. Simply earn points by searching things you would normally search. The Spill Canvas used the Swag Bucks platform a few years back for band promotion. You would “Search with The Spill Canvas” and earn points to spend on merchandise. This is essentially the same idea, but it is not limited to one shop. Earn reward points for your favorite stores! There is no catch; you simply need to use their search engine to earn points.  Learn more here.

Have a Yard Sale & Bank the Profits

Purge anything you haven’t worn or used in over three months. When objects sit unused, they can add stress. That might seem like a stretch but it’s a major element of Feng Shui. Items we don’t use take up space and begin to absorb negative energy over time. This is a great way to reduce stress and make money. Take 100% of the profits and place them in the bank.

Open a Checking Account Solely for Christmas Shopping

Once your piggy bank fills (or accumulates $50-$100), you’ll need to clear it out and start again. Don’t confuse this money with your current budget! Open an account specifically for Christmas shopping. Don’t choose just any bank either; look around for special offers and promotions. Some banks will pay you a bonus just for opening an account!


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These Strange Pumpkin Stories Will Have You Laughing

5 Strange Things People Do with Pumpkins

I recently put together a list of unique ways to decorate your pumpkin for Halloween 2015. While researching the coolest things you can do, I came across some unusual videos. I learned a lot about pumpkins that day. I learned that you can do a whole lot more than carve, paint, or glitter them. Not sure what I mean? Watch some of the videos I found after being way too deep inside the internet.

Some people like to make pumpkins ooze out of their eyes, nose, and mouth. While this video is SWEET, I don’t recommend trying it without an experienced adult.

Sometimes, celebrities test the boundaries of physics. Jimmy Kimmel and Shailene Woodley create a pumpkin time bomb. The suspense is the best part.

Then, sometimes, people will dress like Elvis and grow them to 1100 lbs! This video is interesting because you get to see his other creations, like his giant watermelon! The uploader mentions that his goal is to win a size contest with his healthy, large pumpkin.

Of course, you have your people on the other side of the fence. Some people grow them large just to blow them up with TNT. Again, do not try this without a trained professional.

They Dance! Okay, this one isn’t that strange (anymore). You may have seen this video everywhere, especially in the last few weeks. Made into memes and gifs, it’s viral and hilarious.  I couldn’t resist including this little number.

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Unique Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Although a traditionally carved pumpkin is a classic for any outdoor Halloween decor theme, don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your pumpkins this year. From no-carve decor ideas to extreme carving inspirations, you have a variety of ways to stand out from the neighbors. Check out a few of our ideas below and try out your favorite ones. Remember to send us photos of your uniquely gorgeous pumpkins!

Glitter Pumpkins

Using spray paint or glitter paint, give the pumpkin two coats for a classy sparkle. These are easy projects and they look amazing! Here’s a few great ideas found on twitter.


Carve it Another Way

Who ever said you HAVE to carve the pumpkin while it’s vertical? Look at this phenomenal usage of the stem! Think outside the box when it comes to the direction you choose. 

 Unique Halloween Ideas


Stack the Pumpkins

If you don’t have the time to decorate, simply pick up a few different pumpkins. The variety will look great when stacked along stairs or on a bench. 



Paint Pumpkin Faces

If you’re more of a painter than a carver, pick up a pumpkin painting kit and create unique faces.

Stencil and Personalize the Pumpkins!

Instead of carving faces, you can carve phrases, names or your house number into the pumpkin for an extra homey look.

stenciled pumpkins

You could also check out a variety of pumpkins available at Dave’s Christmas Wonderland in Western New York. Here’s an example of the stencils available at the store!

 buffalo ny halloween store

Visit DAVE’S today for all of the Pumpkin carving tools and supplies you and your children need to create your Halloween masterpieces!

Posted by Dave’s Christmas Wonderland on Friday, October 2, 2015

Use Props

Include a prop next to your decorated pumpkin for a little extra decor!

Pumpkin Halloween Decorations
Combine Ideas

Why are you limited to just one? Try combining carving and painting, like in the two photos below!

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7 Undeniably Fun Halloween Apps to Download

Halloween Phone AppsHave a little fun with the kids in the next few weeks leading up to Halloween. Tablets and phones, within moderation, can be great for keeping kids entertained and calm. Adults don’t even like waiting in traffic, at the bank, or in line for pretty much anything. Imagine being a kid in a twenty-minute wait. To help keep their Halloween excitement in check, we created a list of apps to download. These programs are so fun, you’ll probably play them yourself too!

Halloween Card Creator

Create fun Halloween themed cards and send them to friends. You can also print them to give away in person.

Link for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appyown.halloweencardcreator

Link for IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/halloween-card-creator-free/id464451172?mt=8

Cure Zombies Now

This game is the perfect balance of scary and happy. Give the zombies a happy ending when you turn them back into humans!

Link for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tp.android.curezombie2nd

Link for IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cure-zombies-now-zombies-surgery/id1022745341?mt=8

Pumpkin Ninja

A Halloween version of the classic game “Fruit Ninja”. Instead of slicing fruit, you slice the pumpkins. All Fruit Ninja fans will love this!

Link for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.AllebiGames.PumpkinNinja

Link for IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pumpkin-ninja/id560427885?mt=8

Pumpkin Carver

iTunes and Google play have a variety of pumpkin carving apps. Practice designs on your phone before committing to one carving design!

Link for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplifynowsoftware.holiday.pumpkincarver

Link for IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crazy-pumpkin/id292692071?mt=8

Halloween Soundboard

Make creepy and silly Halloween sounds with these soundboards. Just make sure to give the kids a time limit with this app or you’ll never want to hear a witch’s cackle again.

Link for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ape.soundboard.halloween

Link for IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/halloween-fx-soundboard/id465035192?mt=8

Plants Vs Zombies 2

I have actually been playing this game for about a year now. It’s really fun and it requires strategical thinking and planning. This is a good app to keep all year. It’s a free game with in-app purchases. However, you can earn the same items through gameplay!

Link for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.pvz2_na

Link for IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plants-vs.-zombies-2/id597986893?mt=8

Halloween Photo Frames

Create unique Halloween photoshoots with high quality photo frames and filters.

Link for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jp.halloweenphotoframes.frames

Link for IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/halloween-photo-frames-hd/id928341211?mt=8


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Priceless Halloween Vines You Won’t Stop Watching

Blogging is an intricate activity. You start with one idea and it grows from that. Then your ideas stem into even more… until you’re left with something much different than you originally planned. That’s exactly what happened with today’s post; it’s also how the best posts are born. I don’t really know how we ended up here, but I do know that you’ll love what I’m about to share.

While researching, I landed on a few Halloween Vines. These hilarious videos not only distracted me, but they made me think of a few others I saw this morning. After that, I realized that our readers deserved to be just as entertained as I was.

If you’re not familiar with Vine, you should be. Vines are short videos, often made with time lapsing effects. Some people put a lot of effort into these, and they only last a few seconds… but it’s absolutely worth it. Browse the clips below to see the glory that awaits. You’re Welcome.

Tide Wins Halloween

Tide has an entire collection of hilarious vines involving their products. This was by far my favorite because of the “Come Play with Us Downy” play on words. Tide, you’ve won my heart.


Music Can Save Your Life – Piques

Piques uploads vines that seriously interrupt my to-do list on a daily basis. Not only is this uploader hysterical, but he’s got some “killer” dance moves too.

Christmas – Dylan Dauzat

This is just pure wit. Plus, you know, we love Christmas here!


Hocus Pocus – Thomas Sanders

To be honest, I almost passed this one over. “Guys who can’t sing, cool”. However, it quickly got comical as they accurately pay tribute to only the best holiday movie ever, “Hocus Pocus”.        

Oct 1st – Corey Scherer

We get it, Corey. This is pretty much how we felt here last week!

This House – Jake Hulett

This house. I need to live here, or become best friends with the owners.       

Pumpkin Head – Brittany Furlan

This uploader not only has great taste in movies, but she also put significant effort into this Vine. Go Brittany, you made our day.


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5 Hilarious Halloween Pranks [VIDEOS]

For many people, Halloween is the highlight of the year. Listed in most surveys as the second favorite holiday, after Christmas of course, Halloween is quite popular. This is likely because Halloween allows us to escape reality and have fun for a little while. Many people consider a quality Halloween prank as important as the candy. Some people, and businesses, go all-out for pranks that will leave kids AND adults laughing hysterically. If you’re looking for some inspiration, browse through the best Halloween pranks we found on YouTube today. These are hilarious and had us laughing so hard we could barely get work done! Let us know what you think in our comments section below!

Jimmy Kimmel is Evil

Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween candy prank is the most popular one, and it’s the best. His comical plan started a few years back. Kimmel asked parents to tell their children that they ate all of the Halloween candy. The results involved a lot of crying, and even more laughter.

Scarecrow Candy Prank

This prank was as innocent as it was funny. Simply sitting dressed as a scarecrow, the homeowner startled children as they reached for candy. All of the kids laughed after they realized what happened.

LG’s Elevator Floor Prank

LG took a risk with this prank, but everyone left laughing. Luckily there were no kids on the elevator, because this is terrifying. These people handled it well, as I would have been crying and calling my mom for help.

Ford’s Car Wash Prank

During a test drive, participants were asked to take it to a local car wash. Things aren’t what they seem once they go into neutral. It seems like Ford made a good choice in choosing vehicles with adults only. Self-serving car washes only for these folk’s now!

Scary Snowman Prank

The structure alone is creepy enough to catch the attention of passersby. Subtle movements are enough to scare several people. Watch below to see grown men scream!

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Halloween DIY Crafts You Have to Try!

Who doesn’t love a huge list of fun holiday crafts? Halloween offers some of the most entertaining DIY projects, from costumes to decor. Nothing is more rewarding than creating a unique decoration that everyone asks about. When you get to say, “oh, I made that” it kind of feels like winning the world. The internet is filled with tutorials and videos to help you create attention-grabbing items. We looked around and compiled a list of the coolest ones for you. Most of these projects are great for kids too! Check out the projects below, and be sure to send us photos of your completed projects. We’ll post the best ones!

Tin Can or Mason Jar Luminaries

Decorate mason jars or large tin cans (think large tomato sauce cans). For the mason jars, you can use cotton and gauze to make mummies, or glow in the dark paint to make ghosts. For the tin cans, punch holes into them, spelling out Halloween phrases like “Boo” or “Trick-or-Treat”. Add traditional LED flameless candles, or colored LED lights to illuminate them.

diy halloween luminary

Rainbow Pumpkins

Purchase a white pumpkin for this project. Unwrap a variety of crayons and place on the top of the pumpkin. Use a heat gun or hair dryer to melt the crayons down the pumpkin. These serve as functional art and everyone will adore them.

Candy Corn Centerpieces

Make candy corn centerpieces in two ways: paint bottles or fill vases with candy corn and candy pumpkins. For the bottles, unused wine bottles look the best, but any glass bottle will work. Paint the entire bottle white, then paint the bottom 2/3 of the bottle yellow. Once that dries, paint the bottom 1/3 of the bottle a bright orange. Whichever candy corn centerpiece you choose will look great. The best part is that these can stay up all the way through Thanksgiving.

Halloween Wreath

Using sticks, faux spider webs, corn husks, and miniature pumpkins, construct a Halloween wreath for your door. This is easy to make, but it requires some imagination. You can also make one from fabric, like in this DIY Halloween Wreath Video from HeyKayli.

Glowing Balloon Faces

These are as easy as they are adorable, however they’re temporary. You may want to make these the day of Halloween. Pick up a few white balloons and some glow sticks. Break the glow stick and place it inside the balloon before you blow it up. Inflate the balloon and draw ghost faces on it. This turns out amazing, but eventually the glow stick will fade and the balloon will deflate.

Customized Candy Bar Wrappers

This blogger has a great tutorial on creating custom wrappers for your candy bars. You can order customized labels from chickabug.com, or you can print the premade labels from iheartnaptime.net for free.

DIY Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

If you’d like a fun challenge, this paper pumpkin makes a great centerpiece for the entire harvest season. Use this infographic below to make your own paper pumpkin.

Paper Pumpkin - Halloween Craft

From Visually.


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