A Frightfully Good Time
By Arleen Kaptur
It's almost Halloween - the days are slipping past, but they too
can be a lot of fun - all leading up to a great family/friend time for all. This
year, try placing your scarecrow at a table (an old one from your garage or
shed), or make one from two saw horses and a flat board. Instead of the 'ol
straw hat, place a chef's hat on his/her head and make sure he/she has an apron.
Then load on the bountiful Fall harvest (pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, apples,
etc.). Heads will turn to check out the new chef in town.
Instead of just setting out a big bowl of goodies for family and
friends to enjoy while watching TV, playing games, or sitting by that bonfire -
Place a handful of your choice of treats in an ice cream cone,
or waffle cone. You can even make colorful cones from heavy paper, rolled in a
cone shape, and taped. Place in your scariest bowl and let the fun begin.
After a hard day of helping to decorate the great outdoors - let
your children have fun in the tub -
Spray shaving cream into plastic containers and add just a quick
drop of food coloring in each one in the colors of Halloween - yellow, orange,
monster green, etc.
The little ones can then make tomorrow's blueprints for even
more fun on the tub, or enclosure, and no harm is done - clean-up is fast and
And speaking of kids - begin now to make a memory placemat for
enjoyment years to come - not only for the wee ones but for all the adults as
Take pictures while raking leaves, making costumes, or any Fall
or Halloween fun- time. and include the adults and any friends or neighbors that
just happen to come by. Continue your collection of pictures until Halloween day
and make your child or friend, or husband, wife, or whoever the centerpiece in
the mat. Add all the other pictures around, with the date and year on the very
Laminate both sides and do this every single year - not only
will you see how things change, but the laughs and giggles start when the years
down the road, costumes change, people change, and even the 'ol homestead
changes. Everyone enjoys looking back and enjoying the moment once again -
Halloween and every day leading up to this holiday - ENJOY!
©Arleen M. Kaptur. Arleen has written books and articles on
living a simple, rustic lifestyle and enjoying every day of it . Free