Last-Minute Thanksgiving Meal Ideas

Did you decide to host a last-minute Thanksgiving dinner? The holiday is only a couple days away. Are you now in panic mode? Don’t worry! Take a deep breath! And start planning now.  

One of the best parts of the Thanksgiving holiday is the food. Planning your meal should be your top priority. How are you going to serve your Thanksgiving meal? Check out the following for last-minute Thanksgiving meal ideas.

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  • Traditional Meal: Bake a large family-style meal. Involving your family or friends in the cooking or baking process creates a memorable experience. Don’t forget dessert.
  • Buffet Style Meal: Spread all the delicious Thanksgiving dishes out on a table or counter. Then, invite your guests to help themselves. The buffet style is great for smaller spaces. Your guests can serve themselves and then find a place to sit.
  • Potluck Style: Purchasing all the fixings for Thanksgiving can come with a high price tag. Asking your guests to bring a dish to pass is a great way to celebrate and cut expenses. The variety of dishes is a tasty experience.  
  • Pre-ordered Meal: Order your meal from a local restaurant or food establishment. Pre-ordered meals come with different options. Simply order the best meal choice for your family’s Thanksgiving. Heat and serve your meal for a quick and easy Thanksgiving.
  • Picnic: If you live in a warmer area, take your Thanksgiving meal outdoors. Eating outside is a fun option.
  • Indoor Picnic: Is your Thanksgiving going to be a casual affair with only a few people? Turn your meal into an indoor picnic
  • Candlelight Meal: Light scented candles or use flameless ones to add a special atmosphere to your Thanksgiving dinner table.

Your Thanksgiving meal may not go as you imagined. But take a step back and enjoy your day with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorations Ideas

Are you ready for the Thanksgiving weekend? The upcoming holiday includes large family gatherings, traveling, and community events. Or you could be opting to stay close to home. Whether you are gathering with family or friends, check out the following last-minute Thanksgiving ideas to make your holiday more memorable.

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Start Your Thanksgiving Decorating Now

Thanksgiving is only a couple days away. Consider simple last-minute decorating to make your home more festive.  

  • Paper Placemats: Creating paper placements is a fun activity for little ones. Use large pieces of construction paper to draw, paint, or color Thanksgiving designs. If you want to save your creation as a keepsake, laminate the final product. (Don’t have a laminator? You can still save your project with clear contact paper).
  • Place Cards: Fold notecards in half and decorate. Add a name, stickers, or other designs to your place cards. Creating place cards is another fun activity for children. Younger children may need help with writing out the names.
  • Thanksgiving Banner: Create a Thanksgiving banner out of construction paper or use a poster board. Write out Happy Thanksgiving. Asking all your guests to sign your banner is a great way to create a lasting keepsake.
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece: Create a cornucopia or other type of Thanksgiving centerpiece for your table. A wicker basket with fall-themed flowers, gourds, or other nature items is a perfect budget-friendly centerpiece.
  • Flowers: Fill your favorite vases with fresh flowers. Or make small decorations with fake flowers. Bright yellow and orange flowers add a touch of color to your table setting.
  • Additional Table Embellishments: Gourds, miniature pumpkins, turkey figurines, and other small items create the perfect Thanksgiving table decorations.  
  • Tree of Thanks: Use a small branch or paint a tree on a piece of poster board. Cut out leaf shapes from different colors of construction paper. On each leaf, write down a reason why you are grateful. Give a pre-cut leaf to each of your guests. Soon, your tree of thanks will be full of colorful leaves.

Even the simplest decorations enhance your Thanksgiving atmosphere. Have fun with the creation process. If you do not have supplies on hand, check out your local dollar store for materials at a low cost.

Happy Thanksgiving!

29 Family-Friendly Shows for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving brings lots of food and family to your home. Are you looking to incorporate movie night with your Thanksgiving holiday celebration? If you are searching for ideas, check out the following family-friendly shows for Thanksgiving.  

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  1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
  2. The Care Bears’ Grams Bear’s Thanksgiving Surprise (1986)
  3. Garfield’s Thanksgiving (1989)
  4. An Arthur Thanksgiving (2020)
  5. Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow (2015)
  6. Rugrats: The Turkey Who Came to Dinner (1997)
  7. The Thanksgiving Promise
  8. Paw Patrol: Pups Rescue Thanksgiving/Pups Save a Windy Bay (Season 5, Episode 19) (2018)
  9. Animaniacs: Turkey Jerky (1993)
  10. The Thanksgiving Movie
  11. Waffles + Mochi (2021)
  12. Llama Llama: “Thanks-For-Giving-Story/Finding Dion” (Season 2, Episode 9)
  13. Trolls the Beat Goes On: Funsgiving (2019)
  14. A Walton Family Thanksgiving Reunion
  15. Turkey Town: A Thanksgiving Party (2018)
  16. Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Thanksgiving Parade (2000)
  17. A Sesame Street Thanksgiving (2017)
  18. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration (2008)
  19. Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
  20. Pete the Cat Room at the Table & Founders Day
  21. Free Birds (2013)
  22. Blue’s Clues: “Thankful” (Season 3, Episode 29) (1999)
  23. Sister, Sister: Thanksgiving in Hawaii (1995)
  24. A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving (1979)
  25. Addams Family Values
  26. The Addams Family (2019)
  27. Beethoven (1993)
  28. The Thanksgiving Treasure
  29. Family Thanksgiving

Of course, you can always start watching Christmas favorites over the Thanksgiving weekend. Miracle on 34th Street, Polar Express, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

54 Hashtags for Thanksgiving 2022

Thanksgiving is almost here! Are you ready for the holiday? Do you plan to post a lot of photos on your social media platforms? Hashtags are the best way to draw attention to your posts. If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following hashtags for Thanksgiving.

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  1. #Thanksgiving
  2. #Thanksgiving20226
  3. #HappyThanksgiving
  4. #TurkeyDay
  5. #TurkeyDay2022
  6. #Friendsgiving
  7. #GiveThanks
  8. #BeThankfulAlways
  9. #SayGrace
  10. #GodisGood
  11. #Blessed
  12. #BlesstheCook
  13. #WhatsCooking
  14. #Homemade
  15. #BeGrateful
  16. #Love
  17. #Family
  18. #FamilyFirst
  19. #FamilyTime
  20. #QualityTime
  21. #Friends
  22. #ThanksgivingFood
  23. #ThanksgivingFeast
  24. #ThanksgivingDinner
  25. #ThanksgivingMenu
  26. #ThanksgivingDisplay
  27. #ThanksgivingTable
  28. #ThanksgivingMenu
  29. #Turkey
  30. #Stuffing
  31. #CornBrread
  32. #CranberrySauce
  33. #Ham
  34. #AlltheFixings
  35. #PumpkinPie
  36. #TraditionalMeal
  37. #Holidays
  38. #HolidaySeason
  39. #Gratitude
  40. #ThanksgivingDecor
  41. #ThanksgivingOutfit
  42. #ThanksgivingParade
  43. #AfterTheMeal
  44. #Football
  45. #NapTime
  46. #FoodComa
  47. #ThanksgivingEve
  48. #ThanksgivingTravel
  49. #FamilyVacation
  50. #FourDayWeekend
  51. #HolidayWeekend
  52. #Autumn
  53. #MakingMemories
  54. #Memories

Happy Thanksgiving!

56 Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

Halloween is a week away! Do you love the spooky season?  Pumpkins, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night are a significant part of Halloween. Are you looking to combine your love of Halloween with a family movie night?  If you need inspiration, check out the following family-friendly Halloween movies.   

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Go ahead, make popcorn, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy a Halloween-themed movie night.

  1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
  2. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
  3. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
  4. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
  5. Coco (2017)
  6. A Witches Ball
  7. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  8. Halloweentown (1998)
  9. Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge (2001)
  10. Halloweentown High (2004)
  11. Return to Halloween Town (2006)
  12. Coraline (2009)
  13. Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2018)
  14. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1950)
  15. Muppets Haunted Mansion (2021)
  16. The Haunted Mansion (2003)
  17. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  18. Beetlejuice (1988)
  19. Casper (1995)
  20. Spirited Away (2002)
  21. Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo (2020)
  22. Ghostbusters (1988)
  23. Hocus Pocus (1993)
  24. Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)
  25. The Harry Potter series (The 8-film collection is excellent for binge-watching).
  26. Monster House (2006)
  27. Corpse Bride (2005)
  28. The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011)
  29. The Book of Life (2014)
  30. A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) (Netflix)
  31. The Curse of Bridge Hollow (Netflix)
  32. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993)
  33. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013)
  34. Goosebumps (2015)
  35. Super Monster Saves Halloween (2018)
  36. The Addams Family (2019)
  37. Young Frankenstein (1974)
  38. Toy Story of Terror (2014)
  39. Spookley the Square Pumpkin (2004)
  40. The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular
  41. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
  42. Room on a Broom (2013)
  43. The House with the Clock in Its Walls (2018)
  44. The Little Vampire (2000)
  45. Spooky Buddies (2011)
  46. ParaNorman (2012)
  47. Monster Family
  48. Under Wraps (2021)
  49. Little Monsters (1989)
  50. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  51. Gremlins (1984)
  52. Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales (2021)
  53. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  54. Labyrinth (1986)
  55. The Munsters (2022)
  56. Woody Woodpecker and Friends Halloween Favorites

Happy Halloween!

45 Halloween Books for Kids

Here in the northern states, the temperature outdoors is turning cooler. The days are growing shorter, and Halloween is just around the corner. The conditions are perfect for curling up under a cozy blanket and reading a good book.

Do you want to surprise your kids with fun and enjoyable Halloween books? Or do you need a list of Halloween favorites for your next trip to the library?  If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following list of Halloween books for kids.

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  1. “Eek! Halloween!” –  Sandra Boynton
  2. “Creepy Carrots!” – Aaron Reynolds
  3. Creepy Pair of Underwear!” – Aaron Reynolds
  4. “Big Pumpkin” – Erica Silverman
  5. “Leo: A Ghost Story” – Mac Barnett
  6. “Plinky Witch and the Grand Halloween Scheme” – Liz Cooper
  7. “Too Many Pumpkins” – Lina White
  8. “The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo!” – Elaine Bickell
  9. Ten Timid Ghosts” – Jennifer O’Connell
  10. “Halloween is Coming” – Cal Everett
  11. “Monster Trucks” – Anika Denise
  12. “Hardly Haunted” – Jessie Sima
  13. “Pumpkin Countdown” – Joan Holub and Jan Smith
  14. The Roll-Away Pumpkin” – Junia Wonders
  15. “Little Witch” – Anna Elizabeth Bennett
  16. “Don’t Push the Button! A Halloween Treat” – Bill Cotter
  17. “The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt” – Riel Nason
  18. “At the Old Haunted House” – Helen Ketteman
  19. “Room on the Broom” – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  20. “Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan” – Catherine Hapka and Loryn Brantz
  21. “Skeleton for Dinner” – Margery Cuyler
  22. ‘There’s a Monster in Your Book” – Tom Fletcher
  23. “Stumpkin” – Lucy Ruth Cummins
  24. “The Halloween Moon” – Joseph Fink
  25. “Crankenstein” – Samantha Berger
  26. “Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch” – Shana Gorian, Ros Webb, and Josh Addessi
  27. The Little Kitten” – Nicola Killen
  28. The Spooky Wheels on the Bus” – J. Elizabeth Mills
  29. “The Scariest Book Ever” – Bob Shea
  30. “The Little Blue Truck’s Halloween” – Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry
  31. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” – Linda D. Williams and Megan Lloyd
  32. “Pumpkin Jack” – Will Hubbel
  33. “Gilbert the Ghost” – Guido Van Genechten
  34. “Goodnight Goon” – Michael Rex
  35. “Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete” – James Dean
  36. “A Halloween Carol”- Sean M. Hogan
  37.  “How to Make Friends with a Ghost” – Rebecca Green
  38. “The Halloween Moon” – Joseph Find
  39. “The Witches” – Ronald Dahl
  40. The Last Train on Halloween” –  Cindy Jennings
  41. “Happy Halloween Flip-a-Flap” – Rosa Vonfeder
  42. “Halloween Hustle” – Charlotte Gunnufson
  43. “The Halloween Tree” – Susan Montanari
  44. “Snowmen at Halloween” – Caralyn M. Buehner
  45. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” – Kara McMahon

With all the Halloween books available, enjoying the spooky season is easy. Happy Halloween!

58 Non-Candy Ideas for Halloween

Halloween is a great autumn holiday for children of all ages. Are you participating in a truck or treat event, hosting a party, or handing out goodies on Halloween night? Unfortunately, some children cannot have candy due to dietary restrictions or allergies. Offering non-candy options provide an alternative for trick-or-treaters. If you need inspiration, check out the following non-candy ideas for Halloween.

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  1. LED Halloween rings
  2. Halloween pencils
  3. Pumpkin erasers
  4. Temporary tattoos
  5. Halloween stickers
  6. Glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth
  7. Slime
  8. Small plush toys
  9. Bouncy balls
  10. Hair scrunchies
  11. Spider rings
  12. Halloween miniature stampers
  13. Bubbles
  14. Bookmarks
  15. Lego figures
  16. Mini art kits
  17. Reusable straws
  18. Key chains
  19. Halloween activity pads
  20. Mini bottles of water
  21. Drink packets (these go good with the water)
  22. Halloween coloring books
  23. Pop fidget toys
  24. Halloween glasses
  25. Foam putty
  26. Glow sticks
  27. Stretchy skeletons
  28. Slap bracelets
  29. Miniature Play-Doh
  30. Rubber duckies
  31. Mini note pads
  32. Slinkies
  33. Punch balloons
  34. Halloween balloons
  35. Halloween wind-up toys
  36. Yo-Yos
  37. Mini nail polishes
  38. Whistles
  39. Kazoos
  40. Mini paratroopers
  41. Sidewalk chalk
  42. Colorful shoelaces
  43. Grow a bugs
  44. Finger Puppets
  45. Mini Books
  46. Mini Flashlights
  47. Halloween crayons
  48. Spin tops
  49. Hot Wheel or Matchbox Cars
  50. Halloween Jewelry
  51. Glider airplanes
  52. Fake mustaches
  53. Miniature puzzles
  54. Button pins
  55. Bead kits
  56. Mini water squirters
  57. Marbles
  58. Wrist bands

Happy Halloween!

Photo Prompts for October

October is here! Are you ready for a new month of photos? Grab your camera or phone and enjoy the month. If you are looking for inspiration, check out the following photo prompts for October.

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  1. Selfie
  2. From above
  3. Light
  4. Field
  5. Hometown
  6. Hidden
  7. Path
  8. Shadow
  9. Food
  10. Graffiti
  11. Nature
  12. Fence
  13. Sunset/Sunrise
  14. Hangs
  15. Happy Sweetest Day! (USA)
  16. An ordinary moment in your day.
  17. Orange, yellow, and red
  18. Happy place
  19. Friendship
  20. Water
  21. Rocks
  22. Cozy
  23. Motion
  24. Bridge
  25. Signs
  26. Something old
  27. Guilty pleasure
  28. Peeking
  29. Black & White
  30. Photographer’s choice
  31. Happy Halloween!

Have a great month! Remember, take lots of pictures!

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!

Fall Edition: How to Be a Tourist In Your Hometown

Autumn is a wonderful time of year. The changing leaves and cooler temperatures are a major part of the fall season in the Northern Hemisphere. Exploring your hometown is one of the best ways to enjoy fall. Attend local outdoor events or on rainy days revisit past favorites. If you need inspiration on how to be a tourist in your hometown, check out the following for ideas.

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Research

When was the last time you spent wandering around your hometown or the surrounding area?

  • Begin by researching your hometown.  
  • Look for anything new that interests you.
  • Join social media groups that focus on your hometown or county. The shared information is a great resource.
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Check Seasonal Events for Autumn

The changing seasons bring new community events. The autumn events are generally a yearly occurrence.

  • Farmers’ Markets
  • Pumpkin weighing contests
  • Corn mazes
  • Haunted houses
  • Homecoming parades
  • Fairs and festivals
  • Craft shows
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Write a Local Bucket List

Approach your hometown like any other travel destination. Begin by making a list of places you want to see. Are you traveling solo or with family and friends? Travel buddies are a great way to enjoy your hometown experience with a new perspective.

  • Check out new restaurants, revisit childhood favorites, and go to art galleries, historical sites, or other interesting events.
  • Consider taking a different mode of transportation to get around your hometown. Ride the bus, rent an e-bike, or walk around your neighborhood. The change in transportation is a great way to see everyday sights from a new perspective.
  • Go ahead and use coupons for discounts on meals, tours, or admission costs.  Many coupons use free items as an incentive for spending a certain amount of money. Businesses use self-promoting products as a way to draw tourists to their locations.
  • Check out the tours of your local hometown attractions. Follow the tour guide throughout the museum or local sites. Every tour is a learning experience.
  • Buy postcards.
  • Take business cards.
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Document Your Travels

Do not forget your camera. Or use your phone to document your travels around your hometown.

  • Eat or get a beverage at a local café. Try the hometown special. If you are traveling solo, bring a small journal with you. Use the time at the cafe to write notes about your day’s experiences.
  • Take photos of everything. Even if you pass the place every day going to work or running errands, stop and take a photo. Try different angles. The final results may surprise you.
  • After each hometown adventure, create a scrapbook with photos, postcards, and notes.

Have fun! Enjoy your day acting like a tourist in your hometown.

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