October 25, 2012
- Fall into Local Fun with Macaroni Kid
- Getting Ready for Halloween?
- 3 Minutes Might Save Your Life
- Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream
- Featured Local Businesses
- This Week's Picks
- This Week's Calendar
- Teen Scene
- Plan Ahead
- Pumpkin Carving Tips
- Mr. Halloweenster Saves the Day!
- After Halloween Checklist
- Teacher of the Month - Nominate a Teacher Today!
But once the festivities are over, families are left with too much candy, discarded costumes, and a pumpkin on its way to being rotten.
Here are a few suggestions for dealing with all those things ...
How to Limit the Halloween Candy Eating Frenzy
- Start with a healthy(ish) snack before sending the kids out the door.
- Set limits and consider the size of the bag/bucket.
- Trade candy for a book or toy, leave candy for the Halloween Fairy, or looking into a ...
- Participating dentists buy back kids' Halloween candy at a scheduled event; you can find participating local dentists HERE.
- MOMS Club® of Sammamish Plateau is sponsoring a community-wide candy give-back program to support active U.S. service members through Operation Gratitude. Get all the details HERE.
- Operation Gratitude sends the candy to U.S. Military deployed in harm's way
Save costumes for next year's National Costume Swap Day
A costume swap can be as simple as getting together with a few neighbors or as large as a citywide event. Either way, you'll be making a difference in your community by saving resources (and money, too!). Costume swaps not only mean less resources are used to make new product, it also means less packaging, less transportation of the product and less waste (from products being trashed as they sadly often are!). Swaps are also a lot of fun and can be a great way to kick off the Green Halloween® season!
Of course, if you already carved it as a jack-o-lantern, there are some do's and don't's from PumpkinPatchesandMore.org:
1. Put it in the compost heap - it will make good fertilizer
2. Bury it in the garden - it will decay quickly and enrich the soil
3. Wash, dry and save the seeds to plant next year (they will grow!)
4. Wash and roast the seeds - they make good eating.
5. Dump it in the trash, if you haven't got a garden
1. Use it as a door stop.
2. Keep it indoors: it will rot and stain the floor
3. Put it in the attic for next Halloween
4. Attempt to eat it or cook with it.
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