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Fall Family Photos to Capture this Season

Fall is a busy time of year. Apple picking, visiting pumpkin patches, viewing colorful foliage, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are all a part of the fall season. Each day provides numerous opportunities for family pictures. Are you capturing the best photos for lasting memories? If you need a little inspiration, check out the following list of ideas for fall family photos to capture this season.

Fall Family Photo Ideas

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  1. Walking down a hiking trail. (If you can do it, get your children to hold hands).
  2. Searching for the perfect pumpkin.
  3. Sitting in the pumpkin patch.
  4. Going apple picking.
  5. Baking a apple or pumpkin pie together.
  6. Doing leaf crafts.
  7. Attending a football game.
  8. Tailgating before the game. (Food is always a major part of game day photos).
  9. Playing catch football.
  10. Around a bonfire.
  11. Standing in front of trees with vibrant fall colors.
  12. Holding leaves out front of you. (For added fun, write names or wishes on the leaves)
  13. Raking and jumping in the leaves.
  14. Vising a local farmer’s market.
  15. At a community event.
  16. Making Halloween decoration together.
  17. Dancing to Halloween music.
  18. Carving pumpkins.
  19. Roasting pumpkin seeds.
  20. Volunteering.
  21. Drinking homemade hot cocoa in a new mug. (Do not forget the marshmallows.)
  22. Dressing up in Halloween costumes.
  23. A Halloween photo shoot in the back yard.
  24. Trick or treating.
  25. Decorating for Thanksgiving.
  26. Photo with extended family at Thanksgiving.
  27. Photo of everyone sitting at the Thanksgiving table.
  28. Kids choice. (Often children create the best photo shoot for your family.)

40 Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is almost here! Are you ready for your trick-or-treaters? Are you thinking about handing out something other than candy this year? Perhaps you only get a handful of trick-or-treaters? Or you know some of your neighbor children cannot have candy. Due to allergies or other restrictions, many children are on strict diets.

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Alternatives to Halloween Cany

  1. Halloween Pencils/Erasers
  2. Temporary Tattoos
  3. Halloween Stickers
  4. Vampire Teeth
  5. Bouncy Balls
  6. Spider Rings
  7. Stampers
  8. Bubbles
  9. Lego Figures
  10. Mini Art Kits
  11. Halloween Activity Pads
  12. Halloween Color Books
  13. Halloween LED Rings
  14. Halloween Glasses
  15. Foam Putty
  16. Glow Sticks
  17. Slime
  18. Stretchy Skeletons
  19. Slap Bracelets
  20. Play Doh
  21. Rubber Duckies
  22. Slinkies
  23. Punch Balloons
  24. Halloween Wind-Up Toys
  25. Yo-Yos
  26. Whistles
  27. Kazoos
  28. Mini Paratroopers
  29. Finger Puppets
  30. Bookmarks
  31. Books
  32. Plushies
  33. Mini Flashlights
  34. Mini Fidget Spinners
  35. Halloween Crayons
  36. Spin Tops
  37. Hot Wheel or Matchbox Cars
  38. Halloween Jewelry
  39. Mini Nail Polishes
  40. Punch Balloons

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45 Horror Movies to Watch for a Scary Halloween Night

October is a great time to cuddle under a warm blanket and watch a movie. Are you looking for something creepy, spooky, or bone-chilling to get you into the Halloween mood? Dim the lights, pull your blanket close and watch one of these movies.

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Horror Movies for Halloween

  1. The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
  2. The Conjuring 1-3
  3. Poltergeist (1982)
  4. 13 Ghosts
  5. Annabelle
  6. Nightmare on Elm Street
  7. Scream 1-4
  8. Halloween 1-3
  9. The Ring
  10. American Psycho
  11. Friday the 13th
  12. A Quiet Place 1 & 2
  13. The Thing
  14. Demon House
  15. Saw Movies 1-9
  16. Goodnight Mommy
  17. Jeepers Creepers 1-7
  18. It & It Chapter Two
  19. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  20. The Amityville Horror
  21. The Exorcist (1973)
  22. Pet Sematary
  23. The Shining
  24. Rosemary’s Baby
  25. Creepshow
  26. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  27. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
  28. The Omen (1976)
  29. Freddy vs Jason
  30. The Last House on the Left
  31. Hellraiser movies
  32. The Howling (1981)
  33. As Above, So Below (2014)
  34. Night of the Living Dead
  35. The Witch
  36. When a Stranger Calls
  37. Evil Dead (2013)
  38. Paranormal Activity
  39. Psycho
  40. Doctor Sleep (2019)
  41. Us (2019)
  42. 1408 (2007)
  43. Scary Stories to tell in the Dark (2019)
  44. The Descent
  45. Slither

What is your favorite scary movie to watch around Halloween?

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50 Halloween Songs to Add to Your Playlist

Halloween, the spookiest time of year, is quickly approaching. Are you searching for songs for your upcoming Halloween party? Or do you just want a new playlist to get you into the spirit of Halloween? Here are some bone-chilling tunes to get you into the mood.

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Halloween Songs for a Spooky Good Time

  1. “The Monster Mash” – Bobby “Boris” Pickett
  2. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell
  3. “Superstitious” – Stevie Wonder
  4. “Creep” — Radiohead
  5. “Stranger Things” Theme — Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
  6. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
  7. “I Want Candy” – The Strangeloves
  8.  “The Phantom of the Opera” Overture — Andrew Lloyd Webber
  9. “Haunted” — Taylor Swift
  10. “Magic Dance” – David Bowie
  11. “I Put a Spell On You” — Bette Midler
  12. “Witchcraft” – Frank Sinatra
  13. “Time Warp” – Rocky Horror Picture Show
  14. “A Nightmare on My Street” — DJ Jazzy & The Fresh Prince
  15. “Werewolves of London” — Warren Zevon
  16. “Monsters” — All Time Low ft. Demi Lovato and blackbear
  17. “Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  18. “Spooky Scary Skeletons” – Andrew Gold
  19. “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” – Ella Fitzgerald
  20. “Love Song for a Vampire” – Annie Lennox
  21. “Jeepers Creepers” – Louis Armstrong
  22. “Zombie” – The Cranberries
  23. “Purple People Eater” – Sheb Wooley
  24. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” –‘The Little Mermaid’
  25. “Season of the Witch” – Donovan
  26. “Freaks Come Out at Night” – Whodini
  27. “People Are Strange” – The Doors
  28. “Love Potion No. 9” – The Searchers
  29. “Men In Black” – Will Smith
  30. “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC
  31. “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
  32. “Demons” – Imagine Dragons
  33. “The Addams Family” Theme — Vic Mizzy
  34. “Spooky” — Dusty Springfield
  35. “Skeleton in the Closet” — Louis Armstrong
  36. “Witchy Woman” – The Eagles
  37. “Halloween” – Phoebe Bridgers
  38. “Abracadabra” – Steve Miller Band
  39. “She Wolf” – Shakira
  40. “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” – The Cramps
  41. “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” – David Bowie
  42. “The Yodeling Ghost” – Bing Crosby & the Andrew Sisters
  43. “Headless Horseman” – Kay Starr
  44. “The Ghost of Smokey Joe” – Cab Calloway
  45. “The Gypsy” – The Ink Spots
  46. “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” – Django Reinhardt
  47. “The House is Haunted” – Mel Torme
  48.  “That Old Black Magic” – Sarah Vaughan
  49. “The Great Pumpkin Waltz” – George Winston
  50. “She Put a Hex on You” – Them

What is your favorite Halloween song?

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35 Halloween Movies for Family Night

Are you getting the mood for Halloween fun? Pumpkins, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night are a major part of Halloween. The time is perfect to pop some buttery, delicious popcorn or order a pizza from your favorite place. Now find the perfect family-friendly movie to enjoy.  

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35 Family-Friendly Movies

  1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
  2. Hotel Transylvania 1 & 2
  3. A Witches Ball
  4. Halloweentown 1 & 2
  5. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  6. The Haunted Mansion
  7. Beetlejuice (1988)
  8. Casper (1995)
  9. Happy Halloween Scooby Doo (2020)
  10. Ghostbuster (1988)
  11. Hocus Pocus (1993)
  12. Harry Potter series
  13. Monster House (2006)
  14. The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011)
  15. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (Netflix)
  16. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
  17. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013)
  18. Goosebumps (2015)
  19. Super Monster Saves Halloween (2018)
  20. The Addams Family (2019)
  21. Toy Story of Terror (2014)
  22. Spookley the Square Pumpkin (2004)
  23. Pooh’s Huffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
  24. Room on a Broom (2013)
  25. The House with the Clock In Its Walls
  26. The Little Vampire
  27. Spooky Buddies
  28. Halloween Town High
  29. Return to Halloween Town
  30. ParaNorman
  31. Monster Family
  32. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  33. Gremlins (1984)
  34. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  35. Woody Woodpecker and Friends Halloween Favorites

What is your favorite Halloween show to watch with your family?

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How to Find the Perfect Pumpkin to Carve

Halloween is creeping in closer each day! Are you going to decorate your porch with jack-o-lanterns? Pumpkins are one of the best parts of Halloween. Now, who is going to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin to carve? Do you know how to find the best pumpkin for carving?

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Tips for Finding the Best Pumpkin for Carving

The cooler weather, fresh air, and the big search for the perfect pumpkin is a great family-friendly activity. Bundle up warm and remember the following tips for finding the best pumpkin for carving.

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Color

One of the easiest ways to find the perfect pumpkin to turn into a jack-o-lantern is color.  When searching the pumpkin patch, look for a deep, orange color. The deep orange hue signifies the ripeness of the pumpkin.

The Thump Test

Yes, there really is a reason people knock on pumpkins. A hollow sounding pumpkin is ripe. Pick up and your pumpkin and knock on the side a couple of times. Listen carefully for a deep hollow sound when you tap the pumpkin with your knuckles. If your first pumpkin pick did not pass the thump test, keep looking.

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Check Your Pumpkin Over

Next feel your pumpkin over for bad spots. If a pumpkin is beginning to decay, dark spots or bruises may be noticeable. Press in on questionable areas.  Search for scratches or other imperfections.

The sturdiness of the pumpkin is essential. Using your thumbs, test the bottom of the pumpkin for firmness. A mushy pumpkin will not last until Halloween night. Try to find a pumpkin without any blemishes.

Cradle Your Pumpkin

Avoid picking your pumpkin up by the stem. If you break the stem, the pumpkin will decay at a faster rate. A firm, secure stem means a sturdy pumpkin.

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Heading out to the pumpkin patch for your perfect choice is a great Halloween tradition. When searching, take your time. Enjoying the atmosphere is part of October fun.

35 Quotes for Halloween

It’s Halloween time! Are you sending out cards and want to add a Halloween quote? Or do you need a quote for your Halloween bulletin board? Check out the following list of 35 quotes for Halloween.

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  1. “There is something haunting in the light of the moon.” Joseph Conrad
  2. “Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it’s about finding the imagination and costume within ourselves.” Elvis Duran
  3. “Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” J.K Rowling
  4. “When the witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ’tis near Halloween.” Unknown
  5. “Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.” Steve Almond
  6. “On Halloween, witches come true; wild ghosts escape from dreams. Each monster dances in the park.” Nicholas Gordan
  7. “I love Halloween, and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner.” Evan Peters
  8. “During the day, I don’t believe in ghosts. At night, I’m a little more open-minded.” Unknown
  9. “There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.” Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  10. “Halloween wraps fear in innocence, as though it were a slightly sour sweet. Let terror, then, be turned into a treat …” Nicholas Gordon
  11. “Shadows mutter, mist replies; darkness purrs as midnight sighs.” Rusty Fischer
  12. “Magic is really very simple; all you’ve got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.” Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown
  13. “Sticky fingers, tired feet; one last house, trick or treat!” Rusty Fischer
  14. “Where there is no imagination there is no horror.” Arthur Conan Doyle
  15. “October was always the least dependable of months … full of ghosts and shadows.” Joy Fielding
  16. “When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween.” Unknown
  17. “Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked.” Ray Bradbury
  18. “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” William Shakespeare
  19. “Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere.” Charles M. Schulz, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”
  20. “Oh how the candles will be lit and the wood of worm burn in a fiery dust. For on all Hallows Eve will the spirits come to play, and only the fruit of thy womb will satisfy their endless roaming.” Solange Nicole
  21. “It’s as much fun to scare as to be scared.” Vincent Price
  22. “Darkness falls across the land, The Midnight Hour is close at hand.” Rodney Lynn Temperton
  23. “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” Edgar Allan Poe
  24. “Listen to them—the children of the night. What music they make!” Bram Stoker
  25. “Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.” Mason Cooley, American Aphorist
  26. “Not every witch lives in Salem.” Unknown
  27. “I would die for her. I would kill for her. Either way, what bliss.” Gomez, The Addams Family
  28.  “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” Edgar Allan Poe
  29. “Villainy wears many masks, none so dangerous as the mask of virtue.” Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollow
  30. “Halloween is an opportunity to be really creative.” Judy Gold
  31. “I’m a witch every day. Not just for Halloween.” Unknown
  32. “Hocus pocus. Time to focus.” Unknown
  33. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself… and spiders.” Unknown
  34. “Werewolves howl. Phantoms prowl. Halloween’s upon us now.” Richelle E. Goodrich
  35. “Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October days.” Unknown

Journal Prompts for Halloween

Are you keeping a journal? Do you want extra Halloween-themed journal prompts? Check out the following Halloween writing prompts to add to your October journal entries.  

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  1. What does Halloween mean to you?
  2. What is your first memory of Halloween?
  3. What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
  4. What is your favorite Halloween costume as an adult?
  5. What is the scariest Halloween decoration that you have viewed? Why did the decoration scare you?
  6. My favorite Halloween activity as a child was _________________.
  7. My favorite Halloween activity as an adult is ___________________.
  8. Write a poem about a pumpkin.
  9. If on Halloween night, you could fly a magic broom stick, where would you go? Why?
  10. Did your school have Halloween parties? Did you dress up? Go on a parade route?
  11. What is your favorite family Halloween activity?
  12. Do you visit haunted houses, corn mazes, or other types of themed event for Halloween? Do you go your family or friends?
  13. What Halloween themed event is your favorite? Go into details.
  14. Did you go trick or treating as a child? Where did you go? Who did you usually go with?
  15. Did you carve or paint pumpkins as part of Halloween as a child? Where did you get your pumpkins?
  16. Are you carving or painting pumpkins this Halloween? Where did you get your pumpkins?
  17. Did you visit pumpkin patches as a child to find the perfect pumpkin? What do you remember the most about this activity?
  18. What is your favorite Halloween candy? Why is this special?
  19. Who is your favorite Halloween character? Write a letter describing why.
  20. What makes Halloween spooky?
  21. Write a paragraph about a pumpkin, scarecrow, and a werewolf.
  22. Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? Why or why not?
  23. What was the last Halloween party you attended? Describe the event.
  24. What Halloween traditions do you practice?

Have fun! Happy Halloween!

45 Ideas for Your Halloween Bucket List

Do you love Halloween? Are you looking for extra ways for you, your family, and friends to celebrate all month long? Check out the following ideas to add to your Halloween bucket list.

  1. Decorate for Halloween
  2. Make and Send Homemade Halloween Cards
  3. Give Out Boo Gifts
  4. Make Your Own Halloween Costume
  5. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
  6. Carve Pumpkins
  7. Roast Pumpkin Seeds
  8. Host-or-Attend a Halloween Party
  9. Try Bobbing for Apples
  10. Go on a Haunted Hayride
  11. Hand Out Candy on Halloween Night
  12. Participate in Trunk-or-Treat
  13. Participate or Watch a Zombie Walk
  14. Purchase a Halloween Mug
  15. Make Halloween Slime
  16. Visit a Haunted House
  17. Walk Through a Halloween Themed Corn Maze
  18. Create a Halloween Tree
  19. Listen to Halloween Themed Music
  20. Watch the Entire Series of the Adams Family or the Munsters (Or both)
  21. Host a Bonfire Night with Scary Ghost Stories
  22. Create a Halloween Themed Gingerbread House
  23. Watch Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
  24. Take an Evening Walk with Flashlights
  25. Do a Halloween Themed Photoshoot
  26. Write Your Own Halloween Story
  27. Go look at Halloween Decorations in Your Community
  28. Host a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
  29. Create a Halloween Themed Wreath (Your local dollar store has numerous supplies for less)
  30.  Host a Halloween Crafting Session
  31. Make Soul Cakes
  32. Make Halloween Playdough
  33. Watch Hocus Pocus
  34. Read Halloween Books
  35. Paint Mini Pumpkins
  36. Plan a Costume Themed Dinner Party
  37. Host a Witches Tea
  38. Make a Halloween Themed Breakfast
  39. Plan a Fun Halloween Movie Night
  40. Dance to Thriller
  41. Watch Classic Monster Movies
  42. Go on a Pumpkin Walk
  43. Attend a Pumpkin Weigh Off Competition
  44. Attend a Murder Mystery Dinner
  45. Make a Halloween Inspired Meal

Happy Halloween!

31 Drawing Prompts for October

Cooler days are perfect for arts and crafts. Drawing is one of the easiest art projects to begin. Even the local dollar store carries pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and art paper. The possibilities are endless. Do you need a little inspiration? Check out the following drawing prompts for October.

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  1. Self portrait
  2. Mushroom
  3. Acorn
  4. Leaf
  5. Clouds
  6. Pattern
  7. Tree
  8. Squirrel
  9. Sun
  10. Sunflower
  11. Key
  12. Insect
  13. Harvest
  14. Windows
  15. Fence
  16. Curious
  17. Nature Scene
  18. Dragon
  19. Fairy
  20. Mermaid
  21. Pinecone
  22. Historical place
  23. Water
  24. Weather
  25. Family
  26. Friends
  27. Moon and stars
  28. Owl
  29. Crow or bird
  30. Artist’s choice
  31. Happy Halloween!