Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Guest Post

So I have never had anyone guest post on my blog before ... however there is a first for everything right?

So Emily Patterson contacted me a few weeks back and wanted to post an article. If anyone has a guest poster they would like to see on my blog ... please email me and I can consider posting more articles from others! Thanks!

Emily Patterson is currently working as a Marketing Support Coordinator for Primrose Schools providing written work to the blogosphere which highlights the importance, and some of the specific aspects, of a quality, early childhood, education. Through an accelerated Balanced Learning® curriculum, Primrose Schools students are exposed to a widely diverse range of subject matter giving them a much greater opportunity to develop mentally, physically and socially.

Halloween is an exciting time of the year. Being the first major holiday, especially from a kid’s point of view, after school starts this is a time to have fun. Halloween offers a great opportunity to beat boredom. The best part of Halloween is that, unlike Christmas that requires people to purchase many, expensive presents, most of the Halloween activities are very affordable.

Here are 10 wallet-friendly ways to beat boredom during Halloween.

1. Go Trick-or-Treating

This is the most obvious Halloween activity. Going trick-or-treating is a fun time. Usually younger children begin as early as 5:00 p.m. on October 31, so they can be finished well before bedtime. Aside from a few renegades, most people are done by 9:00 p.m. This is a rare occasion where young children will be running from house to house along with older teenagers, and almost everyone has fun. To ensure that the night remains a good time, be sure to supervise younger children and to not eat candy until its wrapping can be inspected.

2. Count Candy

A fun activity for children after trick-or-treating is to count and sort the candy. For the very young, this can be a fun way to practice math. Older children may be inclined to sort it and trade amongst themselves. When sorting the candy, parents can suggest that one piece be selected to be eaten that night. This helps prevent a sugar high at bedtime.

3. Bob for Apples

Bobbing for apples, a classic Halloween party game, is frustrating, funny, embarrassing and fun. This innocent game can be enjoyed by anyone who is old enough to hold their breath. The splashing makes for some great entertainment.

4. Have a Halloween Party

Having a Halloween brings together friends and family to celebrate. This is also one of the easiest parties to plan. People will know to wear a costume. Fall dishes such as apple and pumpkin pie are standards. With lots of candy, pumpkin carving and apple bobbing, the party is complete!

5. Make a Costume

Making a costume can be a great bonding experience between a child and a parent. With enough creativity and some patience, almost anything can be made. Usually, homemade costumes are higher quality than those bought in stores.

6. Join a Costume Parade

Costume parades are a great place to show off the costume that was just made. Of course, people who purchased a costume can also participate. Some parades even have prizes for the best costume. This is one of the few times each year when people who enjoy wearing costumes can gather together. There are parades in cities and towns, adult parades and children’s ones. Check with the school to see if students will be participating in a parade.

7. Watch a Halloween Movie
(These are my favorite! ... that is Mandy;)
Watching a movie together is an affordable way to spend an evening. Rent one of the classic Halloween movies and make some popcorn. For adults, there are many scary movies to select from. A classic for children is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

8. Go to a Haunted House or Corn Maze

Visiting a Haunted House with a group will cause some laughs, and many screams. People jumping out, strobe lights and smoke machines all are enjoyed by many. Children who are too young for haunted houses, as well as epileptics that cannot enjoy strobe lights, will have fun at a corn maze. At these, farmers carve out designs in a corn field so people can try to find their way through. Another similar activity for little children would be a hay ride.

9. Carve a Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins together is a fun family event. Lay out some newspaper and get started. There are a few techniques experienced carvers use to ensure a beautiful pumpkin and a good time. When carving out the top, they leave a notch in it, so they know how it goes back on the pumpkin. Using a knife specifically for carving pumpkins helps prevent injuries. Finally, keeping the pumpkin seeds is advised.

10. Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Those pumpkin seeds that are saved form carving pumpkins can be made into a delicious, healthy snack. There are two ways people generally cook pumpkin seeds. First, they can be placed in a skillet with a little olive oil. Then they are stirred constantly for 10-20 minutes, while being watched carefully for when they taste done. Another method is baking. A single layer of pumpkin seeds can be baked in the oven, but this technique is more difficult to oversee. A couple of seasonings that can be used are: salt, garlic and salt, or apple pies spices.

Roughly two months into the school year, people often become restless by Halloween and get bored. This holiday is the perfect excuse to get out and have some fun. There are many activities unique to autumn and specific to Halloween. These are just 10 wallet friendly ways to beet boredom during Halloween; there are many more activities to think of.

Thanks Emily for posting on my blog today! Hopefully it will inspire a few last minute activities for your halloween!

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