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Halloween Crafts and Activities!

BOO! It's the spooky, haunting season! Are your little goblins ready? Here are some fun and easy crafts and activities for some quality Halloween family time!

Apple on a String Game

A less messy version of bobbing for apples! Just use some lengths of string to hang apples from the ceiling, a tree, your patio cover (our personal favorite spot) or other high spot. When you say "GO" each person tries to eat as much of his/her apple as possible. The trick is- you can't use your hands! You can also substitute apples with doughnuts.

Tuna Can Spiders

Another easy decorating idea! Paint a tuna can black. Drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the can, put a washer inside the can and tie a string to this (to hang the spider). Glue wiggly eyes and red rick-rack to one side for the face. Drill four small holes on opposing sides, insert black pipe cleaners and hot glue them on the inside of the can. Bend the legs like a spider and hang up!

Baked Pumpkin Seeds

Save those seeds! After you've carved your pumpkins, put the seeds aside for a homemade Halloween treat! Just wash your seeds well, and dry. Then mix with melted margarine, put on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. If you don't want to use margarine, you can also spray with butter flavor PAM. Just cover your cookie sheet with aluminum foil to avoid the PAM sticky residue.

Hanging Ghost Decorations

This is an easy way to decorate your house for Halloween. All you need is a box of white tissue, some ribbon or string, and a bag of dum dum lollipops! Place a tissue around the head of a dumdum lollopop, and tie a sting at the base of the lollopop. Use a black marker to make a scary ghost face! You can hang these from your trees, your ceiling, your doorway, etc!

Caramel Apples

A Halloween classic! Just take a 14-ounce bag of individually wrapped caramels, unwrap them, and put in a microwave safe bowl. Mix in 2 tablespoons of milk, and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir well, and then microwave for another 1 minute. Remove from oven and set aside.

Twist off the stems of several apples, and insert a wooden craft stick in each one. Roll each apple in the caramel sauce until it is completely covered. Place it on a piece of wax paper, or a greased cookie sheet, with the stick pointing up! Refrigerate for 15 minutes, so that caramel will set. You can also use candies, frosting, fruits, etc to make faces on your caramel apples!

Easy Spider and Bat Cookies

This is a great project for little ones! You'll need some Oreo (or similar) cookies, some thin black licorice and a tube of white decorating icing.

Cut the licorice into 5-inch lengths, and gently twist the top and bottom of each cookie to loosen it. Then, place 4 licorice pieces inside each cookie, and replace the "top," to make 8 spider legs! Use the frosting to make eyes on the top.

To make a bat, break a cookie in half, and place one half on each side of a whole cookie to form "wings." Make frosting eyes and ears.

Jack-o-Lantern Orange Desserts!

Here's a Halloween dessert that is as fun to make as it is to eat! Just cut off the top of an orange using a zig-zag pattern. Scoop out the inside of the orange. Now draw a pumpkin face on the orange with a permanent black marker. Fill your "jack-o-lantern" with orange sherbet and top with chocolate sprinkles!

Trick or Treat Safety Tips!

A Parent or responsible Adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
Remind Trick-or Treaters:

-By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
-Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
-Only go to homes with a porch light on.
-Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
-If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
-Never cut across yards or use alleys.
-Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
-Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
-Always walk. Never run across a street.
-Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom).
-Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
-Never consume food items or drinks that may be offered.
-No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an Adult at home.
-Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

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