• Halloween Hospitality -- Welcoming the Trick-or Treaters















    If you are looking forward to welcoming trick-or-treaters to your home this Halloween, then this post is for you! You'll want to be sure that your home, mainly you porch and walkway, are ready for all the little ghosts, goblins, superheros, princess, and more that will be headed your way. Today we will examine some of the dos and don'ts that will keep everyone safe, so that you all will enjoy this fun holiday.












    Turn Your Porch Light On

    On Halloween night you'll want to keep your porch light on if you want to have trick-or-treaters come to your door. It's a common rule for trick-or-treating that folks should never go to a house with the poach lights off. There are a few reasons for this but the BIG one is safety. Keep your light on so trick-or-treaters know that you are giving out treats and having your light on also lights a path so that no one has to fumble around in the dark and potentially hurt themselves.


    Clear a Path

    Having festive and spooky decorations is a huge part of the fun on Halloween but you'll want to make sure that everything is out of the way so none of the little trick-or-treaters, or their parents, trip over your pumpkins or Halloween decor. Using candles in pumpkins has always been a popular way of lighting up jack-o-lanterns, but there are some pretty awesome lights that you can stick in them now. They are very expensive and you can use them year after year, plus you don't have to worry about someone's cap or loose clothing getting caught in a flame.


    Give out Commercially Packaged Goodies

    I love making and receiving Halloween treats as much as anyone, but if you hand them out to trick-or-treaters, chances are  pretty good that they will get thrown out -- unless the trick-or-treaters know you well. As delicious as they might be most parents don't feel comfortable letting their little ones eat homemade food from folks they don't know. You don't even have to give out candy if you don't want to. There are prepackaged crackers, fruit, chips and more that you can hand out. Some people hand out gift certificates, toys or toothbrushes as well.


    Keep Your Pets Indoors

    Halloween can sometimes spook our pets. Having strangers come to the door wearing costumes can cause even the most even tempered pet concern. You don't want them to get hurt, or to hurt someone else, so keeping them in one of their favorite rooms until you're done handing out treats can make them feel much safer and happy.






  • Halloween Party Planning
















    via Pinterest and www.thepartydress.net


    The Halloween party season is upon us and with websites like Pinterest, ThePartyDress.net and Hostess With the Mostess (HWTM) Blog around  party planning has never been easier or more fun. There are so many how-to DIY videos on YouTube and all over the web. It's fantastic because if you are not super crafty like me, you can really appreciate that people have taken time to explain in detail how to create wonderful projects. You'll honeslty me so amazed at what you can do!!!


    Today on the Charming Chick blog we are going to share some of the most fun Halloween party Planning ideas that we have found on the web. We'll have a Ghoulishly good time!!!
























    via Wants and Wishes Design Blog


    Forget the blood and gore, forget bobbing for apples and messing up your make-up. Instead,  host a  sophisticated Halloween party for your friends this year. The Wants and Wishes Blog features this beautifully designed party theme that is just perfect for all ages. Check out their site to view all of the fun pieces and printables they have created.


























    via The Hostess With the Mostess Blog


    On the Hostess With The Mostess Blog, this darling sparkly Halloween Themed Party is featured . It's great for any age and while creepy -- it's not spooky and great for children of any age. Be sure to visit the Sparkly Kids Chevron Halloween Party blog post for details and close up photos of all these darling decorations.

























    via Matt Bite Blog


    I stumbled upon these devilishly delicious candied apples while perusing Pinterest. They caught my eye because I thought they would be the perfect fit for a spooky Halloween party. Actually, they'd fit in perfectly with the Sophisticated Halloween Party that we mentioned earlier. I love the rustic look and the glossy shine! To get the recipe visit Matt Bites Blog to read the post Adam's Scary Apples.



  • Trick-or-Treating ~ Halloween Safety Quick Tips

    Halloween is just a couple of days away, so we here at Charming Chick want to share a few quick tips to ensure that trick-or-treating is fun and safe for all.


    Halloween Safety Tips



    ~ Halloween costumes should fit properly.

    ~ Children should be able to see well through their masks; cut eye holes larger if needed.

    ~ Make sure that costumes are not dragging on the floor or present a risk for tripping.

    ~ If you are trick-or-treating in a cold climate, layer heavier clothing under the halloween costume to keep warm.

    ~ Use hypoallergenic  make-up to help prevent an allergic reaction.

    ~ Put reflective tape on the costume so the trick-or-treaters can be seen by those driving in cars.



    Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips


    ~ Children should always be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

    ~ Bring a flashlight and glow sticks so you can see and be seen in the dark. Be sure to shine the flashlight on the sidewalk to prevent tripping over objects.

    ~ Leave your pets at home. It might seem like a good idea to bring the family dog along while trick-or-treating but it really isn't. Dogs and other animals don't understand masks and can get spooked. It's unsafe for them and for others because you never know how they will react if they are fearful or feel threatened.

    ~ Use sidewalks. This is the best practice and will keep you and your little ghosts and goblins much safer.

    ~ Only trick-or-treat on well-lit streets. Darker streets make it much harder for cars to spot you and the most important thing to do is to ensure that everyone can see you clearly.

    ~ This Halloween go in a group. The larger the group you go with, the more visible you are to cars. Plus, it's really fun to go with other friends and family.

    ~ ONLY go to houses who have their porch light on.


    At Home


    ~ As we mentioned before, keep pets at home but you'll also want to make sure that they are inside and safe during Halloween. Black cats are said to be especially vulnerable so keep them indoors (along with all your pets).

    ~ If you are handing out candy, keep your porch light on

    ~ When you return home from trick-or-treating look over the candy carefully. Thow out anything that looks tampered with or is homemade by someone you don't know.



    Have a very Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Throw a Spooktacular Halloween Party!

    Halloween is about a week away. If you have thought about throwing a party for friends and family, we have some great tips on the Charming Chick blog today that can help to ensure that everyone has a ghoulishly good time.



    Creepy Costumes


    What is a Halloween party without people dressed in funny, terrifying and creative costumes? Kids love to dress up and - truth be told - adults do too. It may take a little coaxing but once they are dressed up it's hard not to feel like a kid again. To make the costume aspect even more fun and interesting, you can always include a costume contest into the party activities. Depending on how many guests you plan on having, you can do one, two, or three prize for adults and a few for the kiddos.



    Dreadful Decor


    The decorations set the stage. As soon as your guests arrive they should be greeted with festive, freaky and fabulous decor. Of course the colors orange, black, brown, white and yellow are most commonly associated with this holiday.

    Scatter fake spiders and spider webs inside and out. You can also put up fake tombstones for an even creepier detail. Also, put dry ice in the punch bowl to create an ominous, foggy effect. Pictures, knickknacks, and decorations that include ghosts, goblins, zombies, Jack  O' Lanterns, and mummies are nice and spooky. Also, don't forget to have scary and suspenseful music playing in the background.



    Plan some thrilling activities.


    There are so many fun things you can plan to do during your Halloween party. Here are a few games and activities that are sure to make for a frightenly good time:


    * Pumpkin carving

    * Bobbing for Apples

    * Monster Tag

    * Make a Mummy

    * Weave a Scary Tale 



    Freaky Food


    You'll want the food you serve at your Halloween party to be delicious and devilish. Creating these ghostly snacks can also be a lot of fun. If you are looking for some festive and unique recipies here are some great websites:


    21 Gross Halloween Recipes ~ Parenting.com

    25 Spooky Halloween Treats ~ Family Fun

    Halloween Party Food Ideas ~ Better Homes and Gardens

    Happy Planning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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