Dressing Up For Halloween

Next Monday is Halloween. I hope you’re ready! We finally had time to get costumes: My daughter will be Elsa from Frozen, and my son is going as Darth Vader. (I’m dressing up, too. I’m going as a pirate. My husband will be handling the Trick or Treaters that come to our house while we’re out collecting treats.)

Halloween costumes are a big business. According to the National Retail Foundation, the amount spent on Halloween costumes this year is expected to reach $3.1 billion!

The NRF recently conducted a survey and found these to be the most popular costumes per age group:

Children’s Costumes

  1. Action/Superhero
  2. Princess
  3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Lion, Monkey, etc.)
  4. Batman Character
  5. Star Wars Character
  6. Tie: Witch AND DC Superhero (Wonder Woman, Superman)
  7. Frozen Character (Anna, Elsa, Olaf)
  8. Marvel Superhero
  9. Zombie
  10. Spiderman

Adults 18-34 years old

  1. Batman Character (Batman, Harley Quinn, The Joker, etc.)
  2. Witch
  3. Animal (Cat, Dog, Bunny, etc.)
  4. Tie: Marvel Superhero (Deadpool, Spiderman, etc.) AND DC Superhero (Wonder Woman, Superman)
  5. Vampire
  6. Video Game Character
  7. Slasher Movie Villain (Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, etc.)
  8. Pirate
  9. Star Wars Character
  10. Zombie

Adults 35+

  1. Witch
  2. Pirate
  3. Political (Trump, Clinton, etc.)
  4. Vampire
  5. Batman Character (Batman, Catwoman, etc.)
  6. Animal (Cat, Dog, Bunny, etc.)
  7. Tie: DC Superhero (Superman, Wonder Woman) and Star Wars Character
  8. Tie: Ghost and Zombie
  9. Scary Costume/Mask
  10. Marvel Superhero (Iron Man, Hulk, Spiderman, etc.)

As you can see, Halloween is not just for kids!

What are you or the kids in your life going to be for Halloween? Let me know!

And here are the results from last week’s poll, which asked “What are you planning to give out for Halloween?”

  • Candy: 68.29%
  • Small toys/gifts: 13.41%
  • Snacks (chips/pretzels): 9.76%
  • Money: 2.44%
  • Fruit: 2.44%
  • Nothing: 23.17%

Have a happy, safe, and fun Halloween.

Shopping For Halloween

I don’t know about you, but I’ve already picked up some treats for the children who’ll be Trick or Treating on Halloween. I bought a variety of candies, mostly things that I love but try to limit eating during the rest of the year (I try so hard to be good!)

But I was curious what non-candy items other people may be giving out for this holiday.

According to bigcountryhomepage.com, some people have been known to hand out toothbrushes and floss(!!), and informational pamphlets. Yeah, if I were a kid, I’d definitely be skipping those houses.

Other non-candy treat alternatives include stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, mini note pads, glow necklaces, vampire teeth, and bookmarks. Those sound a lot more fun than dental floss!

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Thanks, and have a great day!

Pumpkin Picking, Corn Mazes, And Halloween Decorating: What A Week!

So this week we went to a local farm and did some pumpkin picking. The kids really enjoyed it! While we were at the farm, we watched a pumpkin carving demonstration and got some great ideas for how to carve our own pumpkins.

My husband and I really enjoyed the corn maze they had at the farm. It was quite a challenge getting through it!

Speaking of corn mazes, I did a little research, and found a list of some really cool ones throughout the country. (Thanks to 10best.com for the great info!)

  • The Farmstead Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival, Meridian, ID
  • Great Vermont Corn Maze, Danville, VT
  • McCall’s Pumpkin Patch, Moriarty, NM
  • Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, Lancaster, PA
  • Frederica Mesa Farm Fall Festival, Avondale, CO
  • Scott’s Maze, Mt. Dora, FL
  • Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival, Twin Cities, MN
  • Treinen Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Lodi, WI
  • Cool Patch Pumpkins, Dixon, CA
  • Connors Farm, Danvers, MA

We also started decorating the house. I looked around for some new ideas for making the house extra creepy. Here are a few that we’re going to try (I found these on homedit.com):

  • Board Up Your Windows
  • Cheesecloth Lawn Ghosts
  • Front Door Flies – Attach fake plastic flies or other creepy insects around your front door handle.
  • Glowing Eyes – Cut the eye shapes out of the side of the cardboard tube, insert glow sticks into the tube, and duct tape up the ends.
  • “Hand”y Hallway – Find some hand props and mount them to your hallway walls for a spooky walk down the hall.

Let me know about any great corn mazes you’ve seen, or how you’re decorating your house.

Have a great day!

Pumpkin Patch

It’s Fall Festival Time

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Last week, my family went to an apple festival, which is a fun thing to do this time of year in our area of the country. We all went on a hay ride, and the kids enjoyed a pony ride and playing in a bounce house. (Honestly, I would have loved to join them in the bounce house. It looked like fun!)

Then, if that wasn’t enough, we ate, and ate, and ate some more! One of the other great things about fall festivals is all the great food out there, such as apple pies, candied and caramel apples, and jams. It was a real treat!

Next week we’re going pumpkin picking and then we’ll finish decorating the house. Also, I want to get to a few Oktoberfests in our area. No doubt my husband and I will indulge with some adult beverages!

Since it seems that almost every city and town has its own fall festival, I wondered what other festivals were going on in other parts of the country. Here are just a few well-known festivals, according to CountryLiving.com.

  • Autumn at the Arboretum, Dallas, TX, now through November 23
  • Circleville Pumpkin Show, Circleville, OH, October 19-22
  • Country Living Fair, Stone Mountain Park, GA, October 21-23
  • Cranberry Harvest Fest, Wareham, MA, October 8-9
  • Fall Back Beer Fest, Estes Park, CO, November 5
  • Fall for Greenville, Greenville, SC, October 14-16
  • Hood River Valley Harvest Fest, Hood River, OR, October 14-16
  • Madison County Covered Bridge Festival, Winterset, IA, October 8-9
  • National Apple Harvest Festival, Arendtsville, PA, October 8-9
  • North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival, Whiteville, NC, November 5
  • Scarecrow Festival, St. Charles, IL, October 7-9
  • Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey, ID, October 5

I’m sure they are plenty of festivals in your area of the country. Let me know which ones are your favorites!

Have a nice day.