Drawing Prompts for Halloween

The spooky season is here! Are you ready to get creative? Drawing is a wonderful creative outlet for the entire family to enjoy. If you need inspiration on what to create, check out the following drawing prompts for Halloween.

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  1. Self-Portrait in a Halloween Costume
  2. Witch
  3. Witch’s Hat
  4. Cauldron
  5. Ghost
  6. Pumpkin Patch
  7. Jack O’Lantern
  8. Monsters or Creatures
  9. Magic
  10. Skeleton
  11. Halloween Scene
  12. Trick-or-Treaters
  13. Monster Party
  14. Mask
  15. Harvest
  16. Spooky Woods
  17. Haunted House
  18. Leaves (Colorful Foliage)
  19. Acorn
  20. Design a Trick-or-Treat Bag
  21. Scarecrow
  22. Mummy
  23. Webs with Spider
  24. Bat/Cat/Raven
  25. Vampire
  26. Graveyard
  27. Full Moon
  28. Owl
  29. Halloween Candy
  30. Artist’s Choice
  31. Happy Halloween!

Happy Drawing! Have a great Halloween!

Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox

Today, September 22, 2022, at 9:03 pm EST in the Northern Hemisphere, marks the official first day of autumn. The fall season ushers in cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage. If you are looking for ways to celebrate the autumn equinox, check out the following for inspiration.

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Get Outdoors

Enjoying nature is the best way to celebrate the autumn equinox. Spend as much time as possible outdoors. Enjoy the fresh air.

  • Go on a hike.
  • Go stargazing.
  • Grab your camera and go on a nature walk.
  • Gather pinecones, acorns, twigs, leaves, rocks, and other nature items for crafts.
  • Have a picnic in the park.
  • Read a book while sitting under your favorite tree.
  • Mediate outdoors.
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Create a Feast

The autumn season is historically a time to harvest crops. Make a meal or dessert with freshly harvested fruits and vegetables.

  • Make a stew in your crock pot. The smell will fill the entire house.
  • Bake an apple or pumpkin pie.
  • Make fresh soup from squash, pumpkin, or potatoes.
  • Eat fruit including apples, pears, and berries.
  • Make zucchini bread.
  • Create a salad from fall harvest vegetables
  • Eat corn on the cob or fresh carrots.
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At Home

Staying home? That’s okay. There are still small ways to celebrate the autumn equinox.

  • Read a fall-themed book.
  • Watch an autumn-inspired movie.
  • Light a candle with a fall-related scent.
  • Listen to autumn-themed music.
  • Start a journal.
  • Do autumn crafts.
  • Decorate your home in autumn-inspired colors.

Enjoy the start of the season with these simple ways to celebrate the autumn equinox. Happy fall!

40 Ideas for Your Fall Bucket List

Fall ushers in cooler weather, football games, tailgating, and changing leaves. The season is a great time to enjoy everything Autumn. Gather your friends and family to make a fall bucket list. If you need inspiration, check out the following ideas for your fall bucket list.

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  1. Go apple picking.
  2. Watch cider pressing.
  3. Bake a homemade apple pie.
  4. Go on a hayride.
  5. Go to a pumpkin patch.
  6. Hike in a state or national park.
  7. Host a bonfire.
  8. Make a fall wreath.
  9. Eat pumpkin spice waffles or pancakes.
  10. Make a DIY bird feeder.
  11. Press wildflowers.
  12. Make a scrapbook of your summer adventures.
  13. Rake fallen leaves into large piles and jump in.
  14. Take a fall family or friends’ professional photo.
  15. Go on a nature walk.
  16. Photograph the colorful foliage.
  17. Eat pumpkin cheesecake.
  18. Have a fall picnic.
  19. Eat a Carmel apple.
  20. Go to a football game.
  21. Go to a homecoming parade
  22. Make homemade apple jelly, apple butter, or apple sauce.
  23. Make a scarecrow.
  24. Visit a fall-themed festival.
  25. Host a game night.
  26. Do fall crafts.
  27. Drink pumpkin spiced latte.
  28. Go star gazing.
  29. Go to a farmer’s market for fresh vegetables and fruit.
  30. Make an entire meal from your farmers’ market finds.
  31. Decorate with items from nature.
  32. Make homemade chili and bread.
  33. Go Geocaching.
  34. Host or attend a fall scavenger hunt.
  35. Visit a brewery or winery.
  36. Build a blanket fort.
  37. Host a movie night.
  38. Read by the fireplace on a cold autumn night.
  39. Plant autumn flowers.
  40. Light fall candles

Have a fantastic autumn season!

21 Staycation Ideas for Your Labor Day Weekend

The 3-day holiday weekend is here. Millions of people travel during Labor Day weekend. Are you heading out or did you decide to stay home? Don’t worry; you are not alone. Many people decide to spend the long weekend at home. Even if you are staying close to home, there are still plenty of things. The best part, many of these staycation ideas are free or have minimal costs to enjoy.

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If you are looking for inspiration for staying home on Labor Day weekend, check out the following ideas.

  1. Explore Hiking Trails: Get outdoors and enjoy nature. Find a new trail to hike. Hiking is a great activity for the entire family. Grab your camera to take lots of pictures. Make a day of hiking, pack a lunch, and bring lots of water.
  2. Go to the Beach: Pack a picnic and spend an entire day at the beach.
  3. Go to a Local Winery: Many wineries allow free taste testing. Gather your friends, enjoy the sights, and sample different wines.
  4. Host a BBQ: Invite your friends, family, or neighbors over for a holiday BBQ.
  5. Classic Game Night: Dust off your favorite Monopoly or other board game for a fun night of friendly competition. Don’t forget the snacks.
  6. Picnic in the Park: Pack your favorite goodies and head to a local park for an afternoon.
  7. Host a Bonfire Night: Beautiful weather calls for a bonfire night. A chance to sit around a warm fire with family and friends is always a good idea. Don’t forget the S’mores.
  8. Go Stargazing: Pack a blanket, snacks, and your favorite beverage to spend an evening outdoors. Looking at the stars is a great way to spend an evening.
  9. Host a Themed Movie Night: Host a family night or invite friends over. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Marvel movies are just a few of the many superb movies to watch over the 3-day weekend. Add to the fun by ordering pizza, making popcorn, or ice cream sundaes.
  10. Do Crafts for the Holidays: It’s never too early to start holiday crafts. Many stores already have Autumn, Halloween, and Christmas crafting items out. Make a trip to your favorite spot to find everything you need for a crafting day.
  11. Spend Time Reading: How long has that book been setting on the shelf? Labor Day weekend is a great time to snuggle under a cozy blanket and read. If you do not have a new book, reread a favorite.
  12. Go to a Local Sporting Event: Many sporting events are starting over the holiday weekend. Go to a local college football game or watch the game on television with friends and family. Do not forget to tailgate. Delicious food is a major part of any sporting event.
  13. Attend Community Events: Parades, concerts, and other events are generally part of the Labor Day weekend. Many local events or festivals are free which is great for your bank account.
  14. Volunteer: MDA and other organizations use the 3-day to collect funds. Volunteer to help locally. Networking with new people has benefits beyond the weekend.
  15. Make a Homemade Meal: Try a new recipe. Make an entire meal from your recent purchases at your local farmer’s market. Bake a dessert. Make a meal as a family.
  16. Go on a Day Trip: Travel closer to home. Visit sites in the next town over from yours. Or go on a long car ride to see the scenery.
  17. Ride Bike: Get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Before cold weather sets in, go for a long bike ride.
  18. Go Somewhere New: Is there a new cafe, restaurant, or other local business in town? Go check out the establishment. Who knows you may find a new favorite spot. Remember to be patient during the holiday weekend. Many establishments are short staff.
  19. Be a Hometown Tourist: When is the last time you visited your hometown tourist sites? Go to your local park or historical site. Take pictures. Act like a tourist from another area. Have fun.
  20. Declutter and Organize: The holiday season is slowly approaching, spend time organizing your living space. Set up a homework area for your kids. Or reorganize your home office. You can always tackle a major task and clean out the garage.
  21. Feel Free to Do Nothing: There’s no harm in doing absolutely nothing over the Labor Day weekend. Stay in your pajamas for a day, get extra sleep, and just relax.

Have fun! Enjoy time with family and friends. Remember to be safe over the Labor Day weekend!

Drawing Prompts for September 2022

September is finally here! The month ushers in cooler weather and rainy days. When you cannot get outdoors, embrace your creative side. Drawing is a great creative outlet. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following drawing prompts for September.

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  1. Self-Portrait
  2. Friday Vibes!
  3. Weekend fun!
  4. Celebrations!
  5. Happy Labor Day! Draw an American worker!
  6. Sunset at Beach
  7. Moon & Galaxy
  8. Spaceship, Rocket, or UFO
  9. Flowers
  10. Friends
  11. Family
  12. Favorite Destination
  13. School
  14. Peace
  15. Historical
  16. Buildings
  17. City
  18. Trails
  19. Your Name
  20. Smiles
  21. Food
  22. Happy 1st Day of Fall! Draw an Autumn scene.
  23. Trees & Leaves
  24. Acorns
  25. Scarecrow
  26. Pumpkin Patch
  27. Fall Harvest
  28. Colorful
  29. Fantasy Creature
  30. Artist’s Choice

How to Celebrate Going Back to Hogwarts

Imagine you are eleven years old, did you get your Hogwarts letter? It’s time to go back to Hogwarts. Every year, millions of Harry Potter fans also known as Potterheads recognize September 1st as Back to Hogwarts Day. J.K. Rowling, the creator of the beloved series, said it best, “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

 Having fun is the best way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day. Whether you celebrate alone, online, or with family and friends, enjoy your journey back to Platform 9 ¾.

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  • Reread the Series: Snuggle under a fuzzy blanket with your favorite Harry Potter book and revisit the Wizarding World. Or use September 1st to start rereading the entire series.
  • Listen: Are you trying to study? Clean house? Or other tasks that keep you from reading? Listen to your favorite Harry Potter book.
  • Watch: Host a movie night. Watch your favorite Harry Potter movie (or all). An impromptu movie night is a perfect way to celebrate going back to Hogwarts. Along with the Harry Potter series, you can watch Fantastic Beasts or the new Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special reunion.
  • Music: Do you have a long commute to school or work? Turn up your favorite Harry Potter soundtrack to pass the time. Or tune out the rest of the world by putting your headphones on and enjoying the sounds of the Wizarding World.
  • Get Crafty: Did you recently view a Wizarding World craft online? Today is the perfect day to let your creative side shine brightly. From potion bottles to ornaments for your Christmas tree, making crafts is a great way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day. The best part is you can always watch or listen to Harry Potter as you craft.
  • Food & Beverages: Butterbeer, chocolate frogs, licorice wands, and much more. Creating the food and beverages from the Harry Potter series is one of the best ways to celebrate. Plus, you can always eat and drink these tasty treats while watching the movies.
  • Lego: Pick up a new Harry Potter-themed Lego set for family night. From the Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s Hut, each themed Lego set represents a different area in the Wizarding World. Who knows maybe you will end up with an entire room of Harry Potter Lego sets.
  • Online: Meet and chat with other fans in your favorite Harry Potter group.
  • Write: Do you like to write? Write fanfiction. Create your own version of the Wizarding World.

Have fun! Enjoy J.K Rowling’s magnificent series about “The Boy Who Lived.”

30 Quotes to Celebrate Going Back to Hogwarts

Are you looking for Harry Potter quotes to celebrate going back to Hogwarts? Every year on September 1st, millions of fans or Pottterheads celebrate the beloved Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling. If you need a quote to add to your social media post, check out the following, Harry Potter quotes. 

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  1. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” —Albus Dumbledore
  2. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore
  3. “Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” —Albus Dumbledore
  4. “What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”—Rubeus Hagrid,
  5. “You will also find that help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.” — Albus Dumbledore
  6. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” —Sirius Black
  7. “You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don’t recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?” — Albus Dumbledore
  8. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” — Albus Dumbledore
  9. “Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” —Ginny Weasley
  10. “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” —Albus Dumbledore
  11. “Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” — Albus Dumbledore
  12. “Don’t let the muggles get you down.” — Ron Weasley
  13. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” — Albus Dumbledore
  14. “Don’t worry. You’re just as sane as I am.” — Luna Lovegood
  15. “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” — George Weasley
  16. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” — Sirius Black
  17. “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” — Albus Dumbledore
  18. “Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” — Hermione Granger
  19. “’First sign of madness, talking to your own head,’ said a sly voice from the empty picture on the wall.”
  20. “Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” — Luna Lovegood
  21. “The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside of skulls, to be perused by an invader. The mind is a complex and many-layered thing.” — Severus Snape
  22. “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” — Albus Dumbledore
  23. “Of course, it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” — Albus Dumbledore
  24. “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” — Albus Dumbledore
  25. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”—Albus Dumbledore
  26. “We’re with you whatever happens.”– Ron Weasley
  27. “‘The thing about growing up with Fred and George,’ said Ginny thoughtfully, ‘is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.’”– Ginny Weasley,
  28. “When in doubt, go to the library.”– Ron Weasley
  29. “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”– Albus Dumbledore
  30. “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – J. K. Rowling

Benefits of Bowling

Did you know today, August 13, 2022, is National Bowling Day? Beginning in Rome and Greece, the sport of bowling is over 4000 years old. Here, in America, bowling is a favorite past-time for millions of people.

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Bowling is a billion-dollar industry with leagues, competitions, and tournaments. But you do not have to bowl a 300 game to enjoy the sport. The overall health benefits of bowling may surprise you.

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  • Weight Loss: Bowling requires lifting, bending, and other movements to get the ball down the lane. Every time, you step up to bowl, you use your arms, shoulders, wrists, and leg movements to hopefully get a strike. When you bowl on a regular basis, the amount of exercise increases your chances to lose weight and gain muscle strength.
  • Reduce Health Risks: Failing to exercise on a regular basis poses numerous health risks. Regular exercise lowers your risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart failure. Bowling and other regular exercise routines increase bone density and help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. If you bowl once a week in combination with other forms of exercise routines, you gain optimal health benefits.
  • Eye-Hand Coordination: Bowling requires eye-hand coordination and large motor skills. The sport requires focus, concentration, and the ability to strategize your bowling technique.
  • Family Oriented: Bowling is an easy sport to learn. Modern bowling alleys have automatic scoring systems that display overhead. The new computerized scoring allows everyone to focus on the game. 
  • Socialization: Whether you join a league or participate in “open bowl”, bowling is a social sport. Put away your electronic devices and phones. Soon, you will be cheering the strikes, and laughing at the gutter balls. Being with friends or family members is a great stress reliever.

 Many bowling alleys offer pizza and other snacks which is perfect for family night, date night, or just out with friends.

15 Children’s Books to Read on National Sea Serpent Day

Today, August 7, 2022, is National Sea Serpent Day. Are you searching for children’s books to celebrate the day? Check out the following list for inspiration on books to read for National Sea Serpent Day.

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  1. Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent by Bill Peet (1982)
  2. The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater (2008)
  3. Discovering Sharlie – Case of the Missing Sea Serpent by Craig Vroom (2015)
  4. Sepron the Sea Serpent (Beast Quest #2) by Adam Blade
  5. Sea Serpents Don’t Juggle Water Balloons (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, #46) by Debbie Dadey (2002)
  6. Sammy the Sea Serpent: Looking for Treasure by Elayne Shore
  7. Six Silly Sea-Serpents by Jackie Smith, Ph.D., (2022)
  8. Loch Ness Monster: Scotland’s Sea Serpent (Creatures of Legend) by Elizabeth Andrews (2022)
  9. Burkley and the Beasts: The Sea Serpent by Tiffany Smith
  10. The Great Sea Serpent (Hans Christian Andersen’s Stories) by H.C. Andersen
  11. The Singing Serpent by Catherine Jones Payne (2022)
  12. The Monster In Creeps Head Bay: Is There Really a Sea Serpent in Creeps Head Bay? By Mel Gilden (2021)
  13. The Serpent’s Nest: Young Captain Nemo by Jason Henderson
  14. The Sea Serpent’s Daughter: A Brazilian Legend (Legends of the World) by Margaret H. Lippert (1993)
  15. Lucas and Nellie: The Tale of the Lake Dardanelle Serpent by Stanley Lombardo

Happy reading!

Ways to Celebrate National Sea Serpent Day

Did you know today, August 7th is National Sea Serpent Day? A sea serpent or sea dragon is a fascinating mythological creature. The mention of sea serpents brings up images of enormous legendary creatures of the deep seas. The myths and lore are fascinating.

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Ways to Celebrate Sea Serpent Day

Whether you believe sea serpents existed or not, celebrating the mythological creatures can be a fun activity for you and your entire family. If you need ideas for celebrating National Sea Serpent Day, check out the following.

Host a Family Movie Night

The sea holds marvelous mysteries and tales for every age. Movies use the unknown to entice the watcher.

Of course, there are numerous other movies focusing on creatures from the deep. But the horror-inspired sea serpent movies may not be for all family members.

Sea Inspired Snacks

Yes, you can create an entire dinner based on foods from the sea. Or you make simple snacks to go along with your movie night. For example, the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers are an ideal treat for sea-themed movie nights. Serving pretzels can easily represent driftwood and green licorice turns into seaweed bunches. Blue Hawaiian Punch (Polar Blast) is the perfect glass of seawater.

Read a Book

Go to your local library or bookstore to find books about sea serpents. The myths and legends are perfect reading material.

Go to the Beach

Even if you are nowhere near the open sea, going to the beach is a great way to celebrate National Sea Serpent Day. Search for shells, sea glass, and other goodies. Remember to follow all the rules of public places.

Host a Craft Day

Gather your craft supplies to host a craft day or afternoon. Use different materials to create sea serpents and their habitant. Check out your local dollar store if you do not have craft supplies. The inexpensive arts and crafts items are great for an impromptu day of creating.

  • Your Pet Sea Serpent: Create a sea serpent out of clay, dry, and paint. Don’t forget to name your new sea serpent.
  • Get Creative: Draw or paint a sea serpent. Use large-size white poster boards. The extra space is perfect for an entire scene centering on your sea serpent.
  • Quick Crafts: Use construction paper, googly eyes, and other materials to create a sea serpent

Sea serpent art is only limited by your imagination.

Write a Your Own Tale

Write your own story about a sea serpent. If you have younger children, ask them to tell a story to you. Write down their imaginary world with a sea serpent. The simple task creates a lasting treasure.

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