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Halloween Photography Tips for Lasting Memories

The old saying, “they grow up so fast” is true. Capturing childhood moments is essential for lasting memories. Halloween is one of those holidays, many children outgrow quickly. Do not let the opportunity go, take the time to photograph your children at Halloween.

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How to Get the Best Halloween Photos

1. Pre-Halloween Photo Shoot

Before Halloween, let your children try on their costumes.  Use this opportunity to plan a photo session.

  • Go to different places in your community to pose.
  • Use your child’s costume as a building block for finding the perfect place to pose. For example, Spiderman can easily pose on playground equipment.
  • Allow your child to get into character. Encourage impressions.

2. Be Patient

The big night is here, time for all the Halloween fun. Remember as you begin to take photos, be patient. Children are going to be excited about trick-or-treating or other Halloween events.

3. Document the Process from the Start

Do not wait until your children are dressed to take photos. Start snapping photos as soon as you begin to get ready for trick-or-treating. Often, the best photos come during the process of getting ready.

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4. Feature Props

Your photos need to include every part of your Halloween celebration.

  • If your child’s costume has props or special features, focus on them in a photo or two. The details always make the costumes.
  • Include decorations in your photos, your carved pumpkins or other yard decorations.
  • Take Halloween photos with your pets.
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5. Group Photo

Along with individual photos, get a group photo before trick-or-treating begins. Make sure to include yourself in one of the photos. Pose together before the sun goes down. Remember to use natural light to get the best photo. When you can, skip the flash.

6. Trick-or-Treating Photos

The main event is here.

  • Take numerous action photos of your children going from house to house. Avoid using flash.
  • Use streetlights or porch lights to add a glow effect.
  • Find a bright light to create silhouettes of your children in costume.  
  • Get photos from different angles.
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7. Last Photo of the Night

When returning home, get one last photo. Ask your children to show off their candy collection. Of course, some younger children may be asleep by the time you return home. Do not forget to get a photo. This is a perfect picture opportunity for the end of the night.

8. Get Creative with Editing

When editing photos, use special effects.

  • Use fog effect.
  • Convert to black and white photos.
  • Make certain colors stand out. Orange is a Halloween color. Turn photos of pumpkins black and white but keep the bright orange colors.
  • Use the soft-focus option to center on your children.

Happy Halloween! When out trick-or-treating, remember to have fun.

8 Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

Are you going to pass on trick-or-treating this year? Do not worry, you are not alone. Many families forego trick-or-treating for numerous reasons. Chilly weather, scheduling conflicts, health and safety concerns, or the time of trick-or-treating are often big factors. Even without trick-or-treating, your Halloween can still be lots of fun.

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Trick-or-Treating Alternatives  

  1. Halloween Party: Throw your own Halloween party. Halloween costumes, treats, themed music, and games are a perfect combination for a night of fun.
  2. Bonfire Night: With or without costumes a bonfire night is a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy. Just be careful around the fire and don’t forget the S’mores.
  3. Movie Night: On a cold, rainy Halloween, cuddling under blankets, sipping hot cocoa, and watching It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a perfect evening.
  4. Candy Scavenger Hunt: Hide the candy. No, seriously hide the candy for a scavenger hunt. Kids love to search for “hidden treasures.” A candy scavenger hunt is a superb way to celebrate Halloween.
  5. Craft Day: Spend the day doing Halloween themed crafts. Even your local dollar store has Halloween themed craft products. Make masks, draw haunted scenes, or paint fake pumpkins for a day of Halloween fun.
  6. Community Event: If you are concerned about safety, attend a community sponsored event. Trunk-or-treat, pumpkin walk, or Halloween at the zoo are great sponsored events for Halloween.
  7. Halloween-Themed Baking: Bake Halloween treats together. Deliver treats to neighbors. Or use the Halloween-themed goodies as part of your movie night.
  8. Halloween Pail:  A Halloween bucket is like an Easter basket. Grab a Halloween themed bucket and fill it with your kids’ favorite treats. Controlling the amount of candy is the best part. Add books, magazines, small toys, or other themed goodies to fill the bucket.

Yes, trick-or-treating is a fun part of childhood. When the weather or other issues get in the way, finding the best alternative to trick-or-treating is a fantastic way to celebrate Halloween

A Game of Halloween Charades

Are you looking for a fun interactive game to celebrate Halloween? Charades is a classic, easy-to-play game. Start by sorting your guests into two teams of equal amounts. Pick a timekeeper. Generally, a person has 2 to 3 minutes to act out the phrase. But if you have younger children, you may need extra time.

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Halloween Charade Ideas

A Halloween-themed game of charades is easy to plan. Simply write out book titles, movies, phrases, or words on pieces of paper in a bowl. If you need some inspiration, check out the following list of Halloween charade ideas.

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  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  3. Witch’s Cauldron
  4. Ghost
  5. Black Cat
  6. Graveyard
  7. Werewolf howling at the moon
  8. Skeleton
  9. Scarecrow
  10. Carving a Pumpkin
  11. The Monster Mash
  12. Mad Scientist
  13. Thriller
  14. Stirring a cauldron
  15. Vampire
  16. Frankenstein
  17. Bats flying at noon
  18. Full moon
  19. Visiting a haunted house
  20. Zombie walk
  21. Halloween candy
  22. Caramel apples
  23. Bobbing for apples
  24. Monster
  25. Mummy
  26. Mask
  27. Fangs
  28. Night of the Living Deas
  29. Pumpkin patch
  30. Trick-or-treating

Charades require a little acting but gain a lot of laughs.

32 Classic Movies to Watch for Halloween

Are you looking for something to watch for Halloween? Go old school. Classic monster or alien movies are a fun way to enjoy a cozy night in.  Pop some popcorn, cuddle under a blanket, and enjoy one of these old-time favorites.

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  1. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  2. Abbot and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
  3. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
  4. Dracula (1931)
  5. Frankenstein (1931)
  6. The Mummy (1932)
  7. Son of Dracula (1943)
  8. Werewolf of London (1935)
  9. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
  10. The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)
  11. The House of Frankenstein (1944)
  12. The Wolf Man (1941)
  13. The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
  14. House of Dracula (1945)
  15. The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
  16. The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
  17. The Indivisible Man (1933)
  18. The Indivisible Man Returns (1940)
  19. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  20. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  21. Them! (1954)
  22. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  23. Island of the Lost Souls (1932)
  24. The Thing from Another World (1951)
  25. The House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  26. The House of Dracula (1958)
  27. Nosteratu (1922)
  28. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  29. The House of Usher (1960)
  30. The Birds (1963)
  31. It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
  32. 20 Millions Miles to Earth (1957)

Do you have a favorite that is not on the list?

23 Quotes for Sweetest Day

Happy Sweetest Day everyone! Are you looking for something extra special to say on this holiday? Whether you need to write something on a card or want to add to your social media posts, check out the following quotes for Sweetest Day.

Quotes for Wishing Someone a Happy Sweetest Day

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  1. “The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” – William Wordsworth
  2. Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” — Seneca
  3. “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ― Elbert Hubbard
  4. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson
  5. “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.” ― Nicholas Sparks
  6. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” –  Mark Twain
  7. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu
  8. “Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.” ― Joan Crawford
  9. “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” — Maya Angelou
  10. “Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is.”  – Author unknown
  11. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss
  12. “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” ― Oscar Wilde
  13. “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
  14. “Open your heart – open it wide; someone is standing outside.” -Mary Engelbreit
  15. “My thoughts are free to go anywhere, but it’s surprising how often they head in your direction.”  – Author Unknown
  16. “Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.” – Author unknown
  17. “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. -Ralph Waldo Emerson”
  18. “A hug is a great gift – one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange.” -Author Unknown
  19. “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.” ― Zelda Fitzgerald
  20. “The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.” ― Henry Miller
  21. “I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
  22. “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” ― Orson Welles
  23. “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.” ― John Lennon

Enjoy your day!

Last Minute Sweetest Day Gift Ideas

Sweetest Day is only a couple days away. Did you remember? Sweetest Day is always on the third Saturday of October. Originally known as Candy Day, Sweetest Day has roots dating back to the 1920s. Are you still searching for a last-minute Sweetest Day gift? Check out the following list for ideas.

Ideas for Sweetest Day Gifts

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  1. Candy: Sweets are the traditional gift for Sweetest Day. One of the first Sweetest Day’s observers, Herbert Birch Kingston, distributed candy and small gifts to orphans and the elderly.
  2. Flowers: A beautiful bouquet of flowers is a great way to celebrate Sweetest Day.
  3. Dance Lessons: Taking dance lessons together to celebrate Sweetest Day as a couple.
  4. Subscription Boxes: A monthly subscription box provides your loved one with a mystery gift for months to come.
  5. Tickets: Is your favorite team or band coming to a local venue? Grab tickets for a night out.
  6. Get Outdoors: Pack a picnic, go hiking, or view nature.
  7. Group Fun: Sweetest Day does not necessarily mean spending time alone. Invite other couples or families over for a BBQ or Bonfire. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate Sweetest Day.
  8. Haunted Fun: Go on a haunted walking tour. Or take a hayride through a spooky corn maze on a chilly evening. If you really like being scared, walk through a haunted house.
  9. Wine or Beer Tour: Go on a wine or craft beer tasting tour.
  10. Hometown Tourist: Spend a day going to local tourist attractions. Go to museums, historical sites, or art galleries.
  11. Gift Card: Almost every store including online shops offers gift cards.
  12. A Night In: Often the simple gestures are the best. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant, cuddle on the sofa, and binge-watch your favorite show.

Happy Sweetest Day! Every day is a reason to celebrate. Enjoy your day.  

25 Halloween Books for Kids

The weather is cooler, the days are growing short, and Halloween is just around the corner. Do you want to surprise your kids with Halloween books? Or do you need a list for your next trip to the library?  Check out the following list of fun Halloween books for kids.

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  1. “Creepy Carrots!” – Aaron Reynolds
  2. “Big Pumpkin” – Erica Silverman
  3. “Too Many Pumpkins” – Lina White
  4. “Ten Timid Ghosts” – Jennifer O’Connell
  5. “Pumpkin Countdown” – Joan Holub and Jan Smith
  6. “Little Witch” – Anna Elizabeth Bennett
  7. “The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt” – Riel Nason
  8. Room on the Broom” – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  9. “Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan” – Catherine Hapka and Loryn Brantz
  10. “Stumpkin” – Lucy Ruth Cummins
  11. “The Halloween Moon” – Joseph Fink
  12. “Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch” – Shana Gorian, Ros Webb, and Josh Addessi
  13. “The Little Kitten” – Nicola Killen
  14. “The Scariest Book Ever” – Bob Shea
  15. “The Little Blue Truck’s Halloween” – Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
  16. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” – Linda D. Williams and Megan Lloyd
  17. “Gilbert the Ghost” – Guido Van Genechten
  18. “Goodnight Goon” – Michael Rex
  19. “Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete” – James Dean
  20. “A Halloween Carol”- Sean M. Hogan
  21.  “How to Make Friends with a Ghost” – Rebecca Green
  22. “The Halloween Moon” – Joseph Find
  23. “The Witches” – Ronald Dahl
  24. “The Halloween Tree” – Susan Montanari
  25. “Snowmen at Halloween” – Caralyn M. Buehner

With all the books available, you’re certain to get into the Halloween spirit. Older children may like the Harry Potter series too. Have fun! Keep reading! And Happy Halloween!

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Tips to Keep Your Trick-or-Treaters Safe on Halloween

Trick-or-treating is a major part of Halloween. The rush of going from house to house to get a bag full candy is a childhood dream come true. As adults, keeping your children safe is your number one priority. Be cautious is necessary for a safe and happy Halloween.

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Plan

Before Halloween, get a rough idea of where you will be trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

  • Know the times of trick-or-treating in your community.
  • Draw map of your planned trick-or-treating path.
  • Stick to well-lit areas in your neighborhood.
  • Locate a safe place to meet up if anyone is separated from the group.
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Appropriate Fitting Costumes

Whether you are buying or making your child’s costume, safety is essential.

  • Appropriate fitting costumes are necessary to avoid trips and falls.
  • Avoid complicated costumes.
  •  Consider skipping masks and use face paint. A mask may hinder your child’s ability to see properly.
  • Use reflective tape on your child’s costume.
  • The material should be flame retardant.
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Halloween Night

When out trick-or-treating, keep these safety rules in mind.

  • Stay with your group. Remind your children the importance of staying together on Halloween night.
  • Young children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Stay outdoors. Never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on.
  • Stay on the sidewalk. Avoid taking any types of short cuts. The area may not be safe.
  • Carry flashlights or glow sticks for extra light.
  • Watch out for other trick-or-treaters especially when driving around a neighborhood. Children who are excited to get to the next house may not look both ways before crossing the street.
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Inspect All Candy

The temptation to sneak a candy for the pail is natural for children during trick-or-treating. Emphasize the importance of inspecting all candy before eating.

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Most of all enjoy Halloween! Children will not always want to go trick-or-treating.

Self-Care Tips for Autumn

Autumn is a perfect time to commit to taking care of yourself. Keep in mind; self-care is not being selfish. Work, school, family, friends, and other commitments can easily fill up your daily schedule. Yes, finding a moment to yourself in a challenging schedule is difficult.

The truth is self-care helps you maintain a healthy balance between your commitments and personal well-being. Find a way to make self-care a daily habit. If needed, put your self-care into your daily planner.

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Self-Care Ideas for Fall

  1. Rest: Sounds easy, but in a demanding schedule getting enough sleep is difficult. Go to bed early, take an afternoon nap, or sleep in. Getting enough sleep is critical to your health.
  2. Relax: Spend time doing nothing. Take a long hot bath. Read a book. Curl up under your favorite blanket and watch a movie.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Dink plenty of water. Try a hot tea or mulled cider. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  4. Eat Healthy: Along with staying hydrated, eating healthy is essential for your physical and mental well-being. Go to your local farmer’s market to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables
  5. Learn to Say No: Extra activities decrease time to yourself. Practice saying no.
  6. Get Outdoors: Go for a hike. Go on a nature walk. Or just sit outdoors on your lunch break. Being outdoors can improve mental clarity, increase creativity, improve concentration, and raise your Vitamin D intake.
  7. Get an Exercise Routine: If being outdoors isn’t for you, find a new exercise routine indoors. Ride a stationary bike. Take an exercise class. Learn yoga or other stretching exercise. If you are uncertain where to start, look up beginner’s exercise videos on YouTube.
  8. Write in a Journal: A journal is a wonderful outlet for your emotions. Record your private thoughts, fears, and feelings about the world around you. Writing can reduce stress.

Remember, self-care takes practice.