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  • 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.






  • St. Patrick's Day ~ How to Catch a Leprechaun



    Leprechaun's are tricky little guys! They are also quite mischievous and a tad bit naughty -- but in their defense they are trying to protect their pot  'o gold. Do they visit your house? If you are lucky enough to have a leprechaun visit you on St. Paddy's Day you may wake up to some funny things around the house. Your food may be green, your chairs turned over or you may find gold dust scattered around your home. You may have a bit of a mess to clean up -- it's surprising just how strong these pint sized cobblers can be!




    If you and your kids want to try to catch a leprechaun this St. Patrick's day you'll want to build a trap! That's right -- if you are clever enough to devise a leprechaun trap that can trick a trickster -- well then, you may just get a pot o' gold!!! How exactly does one go about building a contraption fit for catching a leprechaun? It just takes a little creativity and some careful planning. Gather your boxes, cans, nets and egg cartons. Grab some glitter, glue, yarn and stickers and get to work!





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    I found the adorable leprechaun trap pictured above on Click on the photo for their blog post for the details on how to make this or at least glean some inspiration to create your own. I don't know how any leprechaun could resist a temptation like that!




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    This leprechaun trap was featured on along with a couple of others. Just click on the photo above to go to that post and find the instructions on how to make it. I think my kids have decided to give this one a try. We are sure hoping to finally catch the pesky little guy who visits each year and makes mischief. He's quite sneaky and pretty clever. We haven't been able to catch him, but perhaps this year we will -- will you?




  • Tips for Choosing a Spooktacular Halloween Costume


    Halloween is just a few weeks away and many of us are trying to decide on  just the right costume for this fun fall holiday. Should you go traditional or be terrifying? Do you buy something at the store, DIY or a combination of the two? There are really so many choices out there and you are only limited by your imagination.

    At Charming Chick we have just a few tips to help you decide on the right costume for you this Halloween!


    This lamp  charm  makes an ideal accessory
     if you plan on being a genie this Halloween .






    1. Think outside the box

    The more original and creative you can be -- all the better. If you don't think you are creative enough to invent your own original costume or character don't worry; putting a new spin on and old favorite can work just as well or better.


    Also, choosing someone who is trending, or in the news a lot, is another great idea. You could go as the famous "Hockey Mom" and politician Sarah Palin or you would be "winning" as Charlie Sheen this year. You can also choose to go as your favorite celebrity; that can be a lot of fun!

    2. Consider your comfort

    It is also a great idea to consider how comfortable you will be while wearing the costume and where you are headed. If you are dressing up to take the kids trick-or-treating or will be at an outside, event a big or heavy weight costume might be okay.However, if you are going to be indoors = especially where there will be a lot of people - those types of costumes may be too hot or cumbersome to wear.

    Also, when kids go out trick-or-treating they aren't going to want to wear a coat over their costume, this takes away from the WOW factor and may have people asking, "Now what are you dear?" You can keep your little superheros and princesses warm by putting layers underneath their costume if it's a chilly fall evening.


    3.  Decide on a costume theme for the entire family 


    This is fun if you'll be attending a Halloween party or going trick or treating as a family. There are so many creative combinations you can do. Some family go as all the characters from the Wizard of Oz, all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the solar system, and more. If you check out The Tip Junkie Blog she has a ton of great Halloween costume ideas for the whole family.


    Have fun! Be Safe! Get Creative!


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