Halloween safety tips: Top trick-or-treat tips for ghouls, goblins & ghosts

The big day is finally here and now is the time to revisit safety tips to keep children of all ages safe. While many children look forward to the annual trick-or-treat tradition, Halloween can be an anxious and worrisome time for parents. Planning ahead is paramount in keeping your children safe this trick-or-treat season. The following tips will help keep your little ghouls, ghosts and goblins safe for another "spooktacular" Halloween. Halloween Safety Tips When is Halloween observed in your town? Different cities have various age restrictions for trick-or-treaters. Do porch lights have to be turned on? Know your city's ordinances before you go out. Older children should travel in groups -

Celebrate Halloween with 15 Creepy Movies

Why not do something a little different to celebrate Halloween this year? Invite your BFF’s and loved ones and have a very special movie night. Get ready to jump out of your seats and scream your lungs out with the scariest, creepiest horror flicks of all time. Creepy Halloween Movies Halloween – Years ago, then six-year-old Michael Myers murdered his older sister and was sentenced to a sanitarium. Myers escapes and returns to the scene of the crime just in time to terrorize the town in this 1978 John Carpenter film. Donald Pleasence and a young Jamie Lee Curtis stars. The Exorcist – This 1973 award-winning movie has got to be one of the scariest flicks of all time. Young Linda Blair plays a

Top 10 Halloween Pet Safety Tips: Keep Fido & Fluffy Safe on ‘Howl-ween’

With the big Halloween holiday right around the corner, many folks across the country are planning their big Halloween bash. Whether you plan on having a small family get-together or plan on going all out with “spooktaculor” decorations and out-of-this-world costumes, keeping little ghosts, ghouls and goblins out of harm's way is paramount to a safe and happy “howling Howl-ween. While Halloween is loads of fun for humans, it can be dangerous for our four-legged friends if proper precautions are not taken. If you are an animal lover or pet parent, keep Fido and Fluffy safe this Halloween by following the following pet-safety tips. Food - Pumpkins and corn can cause tummy upset forpets. Very s

National Caramel Apple Day

For many people, October 31 is one of the best holidays in the year! Not only is it Halloween and National Knock Knock Jokes Day and Carve a Pumpkin Day, it’s also National Caramel Apple Day! Who can resist the sweet or sour apple coated with layers of ooey gooey golden caramel? While the origins of this annual food holiday are unknown, today is all about sweet treats! Whether you dip ‘em or roll ‘em, why not celebrate National Caramel Apple Day by indulging in a caramel apple dish? All the little ghosts and ghouls in your family will be ever so grateful!

Carve a Pumpkin Day: Free pumpkin stencils & patterns for your Jack O' Lanterns

When it comes to special occasions, one of the most highly anticipated and beloved holidays of the entire year is here. Not only is Oct. 31 National Caramel Apple Day and National Knock Knock Jokes Day, it’s Halloween! And while ghouls, ghosts and goblins prepare for trick-or-treat time , today also celebrates a beloved Halloween tradition. It’s Carve a Pumpkin Day in the U.S.A! need to be a talented artist in order to create that cute or creepy jack-o-lantern. And you don’t need to spend an arm-and-a-leg on expensive stencils or pumpkin patterns, either. Just pick out the perfect pumpkin, grab some pins, tape, a large spoon, some newspaper, cutting tools or paint and you are good to go. Wat

National Knock Knock Jokes Day: Classic and clean knock knock jokes

When it comes to fun holidays, October 31 is one of the best holidays of the entire year! Not only is it ooey gooey National Caramel Apple Day, Carve a Pumpkin Day and the "defrightful" Halloween, it’s also National Knock Knock Jokes Day! Just in case you don’t know what what one is - it takes two to knock knock. One person is the “knocker” while the other person is the “knockee.” And unlike other jokes, you don’t have to be a comedian or practical joker to tell a great knock knock joke either. These classic non-rhyming jokes are fun for all ages. What parent, grandparent or teacher hasn’t heard a knock-knock joke? Children seem to revel in telling these silly little jokes, even if they don’

Mmmmm. It's Pumpkin Bread Day

When it comes to delicious holidays, today takes the cake....or bread! Just in time for Halloween, Oct. 30 is Pumpkin Bread Day, an annual holiday created by the "Queen of Holidays," Jace Shoemaker-Galloway. While little ghosts, ghouls and goblins across the nation are getting into the Halloween "spirit" by carving all sorts of spooky designs into pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, how does a slice of homemade pumpkin bread sound right about now? Whether you prefer yours loaded with nuts, chocolate chips or raisins, pumpkin bread is a moist quick bread that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.In honor of Pumpkin Bread Day, why not whip up a batch for yourself? Chances are pretty

Mischief Night: Think before you prank on Halloween eve 'howliday'

While millions of Americans around the country get ready to celebrate another Halloween "howliday," the evening before Halloween is also a special occasion. Oct. 30 is Mischief Night, also known as Devil's Night, Trick Night or Cabbage Night. The annual event is believed to have started in England back in the 19th century. Legend has it that fairies or spirits were often blamed for pranks and mischief that took place during the wee hours of Oct. 30. Think Before You Prank While Mischief Night should be an evening filled with harmless fun in anticipation of the Halloween holiday, some pranks and practical jokes are not harmless. Although toilet papering someone's yard, soaping windows or smas

National Candy Corn Day: The sweet tri-colored treat Americans love to eat

Oct. 30 is National Candy Corn Day, an annual food holiday that celebrates the yellow, orange and white treats Americans love to eat! Sweet! While the origins of the annual holiday are unknown, Wunderlee Candy Company employee, George Renninger, “invented” the colorful candy that resembles actual corn kernels back in the 1880s and folks have been enjoying candy corn ever since. Originally made by hand, the first tri-colored candy that looks like kernels of corn, had a yellow base, orange middle and a white tip. Made from the bottom up, more than 9 billion candy corn pieces, or more than 35 million pounds, are produced every year, according to the National Confectioners Association. Although

National Cat Day: Pawsitively purrfect’ holiday helps felines find homes

Have you heard the latest “mews?” A very special day of the year is here and people across the land are ready to “pawty.” Oct. 29 is National Cat Day. National Cat Day was founded in 2005 by animal behaviorist, author, animal lover and all around fabulous gal, Colleen Paige. The annual “howliday” celebrates one of the world’s most “purrfect” animals – cats. Paige created National Cat Day in order to raise awareness about the millions of kittens and cats in animal shelters, rescue organizations and out on the street. In an interview, Paige said: "Ten years ago when I founded this day, I never imagined that National Cat Day would have grown to save as many cats as it has and that it would bec

It's National Chocolate Day: Sweet!

With the popular Halloween holiday just a few days away, one of the sweetest days of the entire year is almost here. If your taste buds are screaming for a sweet treat to eat, you’re in luck. While the origins of the annual holiday are unknown, Oct. 28 celebrates that creamy, decadent and delicious chocolate we just can’t get enough of. National Chocolate Day in the U.S.A. is here and Americans are more than ready to celebrate. Sweet! First discovered by the ancient Mayans, folks have been enjoying chocolate for centuries. Did you know chocolate, derived from cocoa beans, was actually used to treat a variety of ailments back in the day? Whether you prefer dark, white, creamy milk chocolate o

Boxer Shorts Day: The comfy undies men & women love to wear down there

When it comes to holidays, now is the perfect time to go down under - way, way, under! Oct. 27 is Boxer Shorts Day, an annual "holiday" that celebrates the comfortable undies men (and women) like to wear. According to The Free Dictionary, boxer shorts are undergarments worn by men that cover the "body from the waist no further than to the thighs: usually worn next to the skin." Available in a slew of different patterns, boxers not only provide plenty of coverage but may actually be better for your love life! Some studies suggest that men who wear tight fitting underwear may have lower sperm counts. Wearing loose-fitting underwear may be the way to go. And believe it or not, today isn't the o

'Hoppy' American Beer Day: Raise your glass and cheer a great tasting beer

Have you heard the latest “buzz?” A very special day of the year is here and Americans are more than ready to celebrate. Get ready to raise your glasses, America. Oct. 27 is American Beer Day, also referred to as National American Beer Day, an annual holiday that celebrates the most popular alcoholic drink in the land – beer! According to the Brewers Association, more than 3,400 breweries were operating in America in 2014, an 18 percent increase from the year before. Craft beer, made by smaller, independent brewers, is typically made with traditional ingredients and sometimes not-so-traditional ingredients to give the beer its distinctive flavor. Small and independent craft brewers contribut

National Mule Day: Badass holiday celebrates mules of all shapes & sizes

A special day of the year is almost here and people are ready to celebrate. Oct. 26 is National Mule Day, also known as Mule Appreciation Day. Not to be confused with National Mole Day, National Ass Day or Mule Day, this annual holiday not only commemorates the arrival of a very special delivery and also celebrates mules of all shapes and sizes. President Ronald Reagan officially proclaimed the occasion in 1985 to commemorate Royal Gift, a mule that was given to President George Washington from King Charles III of Spain on Oct. 26, 1785. Mules are the offspring of two different species - a male donkey and female horse. Available in a variety of colors, they are also available in various size

Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night

With Halloween right around the corner, October 26 is a doozy of a “howliday”. Not only is it National Pumpkin Day and National Mule Day, it is also Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night, also referred to as Howl at the Moon Day! But no matter what you call it, it’s all about howling! If you’ve ever gone camping or spent the night in the great outdoors, you may have heard a howling wolf during the evening hours. While wolves do howl at night, experts say there is no connection between the wolf’s howl and the moon. Wolves are nocturnal and they communicate with other members of the pack by using their voices. While they may appear to be howling at the moon, their howling actually has nothing to do

National Pumpkin Day

Hip hip hooray – Oct. 26 is National Pumpkin Day! With Halloween just days away, today is dedicated to all-things pumpkins. And let's face it - pumpkins are just plain fun whether you carve ‘em, decorate 'em or eat ‘em. High in potassium and Vitamin A, did you know pumpkins are 90 percent water? And in case you don't think pumpkins are big business, think again. In 2008, the United States produced about 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins. Up to 95 percent of pumpkins are grown in Illinois. In honor of National Pumpkin Day, why not whip up a delish pumpkin dishes, desserts and/or pumpkin-inspired cocktail recipe?.

Frankenstein Friday: Monstrous holiday celebrates world's most famous monster

Get ready to get your monster on, folks! While one of the best holidays in the entire year is almost here, another annual event is hours away and monsters all over the country are ready to celebrate! The last Friday in October celebrates one of the world’s most famous monsters. It’s Frankenstein Friday, an annual holiday created by writer/producer, Ron MacCloskey in 1997. And just in case you didn’t think this famous monster was popular, think again. Did you know there are other holidays that celebrate Frankenstein? Besides Frankenstein Friday, there is also National Frankenstein Day and Frankenstein Day, too. Born on Aug. 30, 1797, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley would write "Frankenstein" when

Frankenstein Day

If you’re in the mood for a classic horror story or happen to be a monster fan, August 30 is your lucky day! Not to be confused with Frankenstein Friday or National Frankenstein Day, Frankenstein Day is annual “howliday” that celebrates the life of one of the world’s best known authors, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Shelley was born on August 30, 1797. Her mother died soon after her birth and her father eventually remarried. With a new cruel step-mother and an emotionally distant father, she met poet Percy Shelley in 1812 and eloped with him a few years later. Because he was still legally married, the couple did not marry until Shelley’s wife committed suicide in 1816. The couple went on to h

National Greasy Foods Day

Hold on to your hearts, folks! October 25 is National Greasy Foods Day! Whether you prefer the more traditional greasy food like fried chicken, doughnuts, French fries and onion rings, or prefer a more adventurous fare, many Americans have a hankerin’ for a heapin’ helpin’ of their favorite greasy food. In fact, some folks prefer the greasier the better! Let’s face it. If you can eat it, chances are pretty good you can slather it with butter, deep fry it in oil or load it up with greasy toppings. Despite the fact greasy foods are high in calories and high in fat, greasy foods can cause a myriad of problems including an upset stomach, acne, acid reflux and diarrhea. While greasy foods are no

World Pasta Day: International Celebration of Pasta

One of the most delicious days of the entire year is here and folks around the world are ready to celebrate! Oct. 25 is World Pasta Day, also known as International Pasta Day and/or National Pasta Day. But no matter what you call it, today celebrates pasta of all shapes, sizes and varieties. The annual food holiday has been celebrated around the globe since its launch at the first World Pasta Congress in Rome in 1995. People have been consuming pasta for generations. While Marco Polo is often credited as “discovering” pasta, it is believed the Chinese first ate pasta thousands of years ago. Whether you prefer spaghetti, tortellini, macaroni or ziti, there are hundreds of shapes and sizes of

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