This magical mixture of Halloween and bowling is the perfect recipe for a great party game! The spooky take on a classic can be played indoors or outdoors and is a spooktacular activity for children of all ages. After making the pins, let your little ghouls and goblins have a go at them by rolling a pumpkin down the lane.
Although you may have decided to give out non-edible treats this Halloween, chances are, your neighbors are still handing out the sweet stuff. When your kids come home from trick-or-treating with all that loot and start sorting through it, the sheer volume may make you freak out (even more than the pint-sized grim reaper at your door did).
What are you going to do with all that candy? You could let the kids eat most of it in one sitting and get sick, or you might be tempted to dump it in the trash. No need to take drastic measures. I recommend giving your kids the opportunity to pick out a few of their favorite pieces and then make the rest disappear like magic. Read on for a few neat tricks.
I didn't grow up in Los Angeles; and although I have Latin American family, we are not of the Mexican or Guatemalan variety - meaning I arrived in SoCal knowing next to nothing about Day of the Dead. I've gradually pieced together the whole fascinating cultural and historical puzzle, discovering how many Halloween traditions we actually owe to the Native Americans who were in the city of angels before us, before the Spanish, before Christianity. El Día de los Muertos is a rare opportunity to understand several layers of angeleno culture, while celebrating something that looks a heck of a lot like Halloween.
While LA offers many Day of the Dead celebrations, the most authentic may be the novenarios, the nine nights of revelry leading up to November 2. Many Spanish-speaking countries have novenarios leading up to Christmas, but there is a similar build-up to the Day of the Dead, and here in LA it is most celebrated, not surprisingly, on Olvera Street. I've been curious to check out this traditional celebration for years, but between ghost trains and haunted houses our last week of October has always been booked solid. Not to mention that whole parking downtown thing. This year I finally decided to take the sugar skull by the horns and go see what it's all about. Curious?
This Halloween decorating project is a perfect mix of art and science. Mix the light and airy texture of cheesecloth with the stiffening property of starch, and the results are a real scream! These supernatural spirits can stand on their own, or be hung from the ceiling to create a really eerie effect.
As we prepare for Halloween with our kids this week—buying high-tech costumes that sometimes seem like they came from a studio wardrobe department, or getting crafty in the new age of Pinterest perfection—it's made us think back to our own childhood get-ups. For a bit of fun, we asked our writers to share pics from Halloweens way past, and we've created a gallery of low-tech costumes that we wore when we were kids. (Our trip down memory lane involved a lot of old Polaroid scanning.)
I had forgotten how often we used to dress as hobos, Raggedy Ann, and Native Americans in the '70s. Remember those funky Ben Cooper, Inc. boxed costumes we used to pick up at the drug store? I still recall the sensation of poking my tongue through that scratchy mouth hole in the mask all night long; I knew it was a bad idea, but I couldn't seem to stop myself. And trying to get through the night without ripping the accompanying thin plastic sheet printed with our favorite pop-culture icon— ever wonder why the face of the character had to be printed on the chest of the costume, too? Why? Why!
Call it the November 1st dilemma: Halloween was great, your kids looked adorable in their costumes and went to all that trouble to trick-or-treat, but now you're stuck with 10 pounds of candy. Your instincts tell you to get the stuff out of the house as quickly as possible, since keeping more than a few pieces on hand isn't ideal from a health standpoint, not to mention your future dental bills. Also, if you're anything like me, it's hard to resist the siren call of the Mini Twix. I'm here to tell you that you can actually do some good with all of that candy, right here in Fairfield County! So don't just toss it out, instead you should check out these great ideas for what to do with all those sweets.
New Yorkers have a long tradition of mounting over-the-topholiday displays. But in recent years, we've noticed many of our neighbors going all out for Halloween, too, just substituting skeletons for Santa, spiderwebs for sparkles and severed limbs for lights.
Our bloggers scoured the streets to find some of the spookiest sights on stoops and sidewalks throughout the city. Click through our slide show... if you dare!
Pipe cleaners are a perfect staple of a children's craft supply kit; they are inexpensive, easily available, and foster a wide range of imaginative play. This simple twist (ha!) on making finger puppets is a basic framework for creating Halloween ghosts, monsters and more spooky finger puppets. In a matter of minutes you'll have a complete cast of characters to tell terror-ific tales or not-so-spooky stories. Have your phone set to video and let the show begin.
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