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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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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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