Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!!!

Halloween..............


Today's Halloween celebrations combine the joyous fun and food of the Samhain festivals of the Celts with the more creepy and spooky aspect of All Hallows Eve. Costumes, pumpkins and imaginary spooks all combine to make one of the more popular holidays in the United States where people wish each other a "Happy Halloween."

Halloween History Continued............

All Saint's Day
According to life123.com Several hundred years later, other beliefs and religions spread to the Celtic lands. The new religion, Christianity, believed that November 1 was a day to honor people who died for their religion. Celtic people understood how November 1 was a good day to honor good spirits-they had been doing it for centuries. The day became known as "All Saint's Day" or "All-hallowmas." The night before the festival day, October 31, became known as "All-hallows Eve" or "Hallowe'en."

Early Halloween
Because November 1 was a day for good spirits and souls, the night before was thought to be the time for bad spirits to roam free. Halloween turned into a scary time for people who believed that evil spirits would wander the earth to do mischief and cause trouble. To feel safe, people began to put lanterns in their windows and in front of their doors to scare away spirits. They made lanterns out of carved turnips and other vegetables and, in general, did not consider the time a happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Remember to Walk....


Driving your kids around town may help them with the biggest haul, but it also wastes gas unnecessarily. If you live in a safe area, curb your kids' candy carbon footprint by walking them around the neighborhood.


Halloween History Part 1....

Sharing Halloween history, the evolution of Halloween from the centuries-old harvest celebrations into the candy and costume fun of the modern day. We will do a 3 part History for all our readers.

Ancient Celts
According to Life123 Centuries ago, people believed in spirits, both good and evil. They believed that spirits sometimes helped and hurt people. Some of those people who lived long ago were known as the Celts. They lived in what are now England, France and Ireland. The Halloween story begins when these people spent all spring and summer growing food to last them through the winter. When it was time to harvest all the food, the Celts held a festival to thank the good spirits for their help. This festival was called Samhain (pronounced sow-en). It was held on the day that marked the end of warm light weather and the beginning of dark cold weather-November 1. As part of the celebration, people wore costumes, told fortunes and ate plenty of good food. They also made sacrifices to keep bad spirits away.

Halloween Freebie!!!

IHOP

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From 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, IHOP restaurants (and participating locations nationwide) are offering a free "Scary Face" pancake to all kids 12 and younger.

That's an oversized buttermilk pancake with a whipped-topping mouth and strawberry nose, and on the side, two mini Oreo cookies and some candy corn, which kids can use to create their own custom face.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Did You Know????

Americans produce 5 to 10 pounds of waste per person per day - the most of any people on the planet - and 25% more during the holidays.

Pumpkins............





Wash pumpkins seeds in water, spread out to dry on a screen or paper-towels, then place outside for animal treats!

If you would like a tasty treat too, just sprinkle some seeds with a little oil and seasonings, like salt, onion or chili powder, then bake at 300° until they are toasted! Be sure to let them cool before you snack!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Being Eco-Friendly.........

Remember being Eco-Friendly does not mean all or nothing. Everything you do makes a difference one small step adds up. The more you do adds up further, but do not think that one thing does not make a difference it does. It makes a bigger difference when you can get one more person to do one thing.

Just think - if only one or two measures were done by everybody in the World, what an impact it would make!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Eco-Friendly Halloween Party.....

Having a Party this year??? There are many ways to make them more Eco-Friendly.......



1. E-Vite instead of paper invitations.

2. Dim the lights: scary and saves electricity!

3.
Hold a best Eco-friendly costume contest!

4.
Eco-friendly Utensils and Dishware. Use Eco friendly plates and utensils made of environmentally friendly and biodegradable materials!

BEST tip for a green Halloween is to buy used. Thrift stores are packed this time of year with trick or treat baskets, Halloween decor, and second hand costumes.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Healthier Halloween Treats..........

CLIF KIDS ORGANIC SPOOKY S’MORES



Clif Kids reinvents that campfire classic into a healthful energy bar that’s low fat and chockfull of whole-grain oats, fiber, and 12 essential vitamins and minerals. Free of hydrogenated oils, artificlal flavors and colors, high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives, this limited-edition kids’ 130-calorie energy bar bursts with flavor from certified-organic ingredients such as figs, honey, chocolate chips, cocoa butter, and flaxseed, which should satisfy the sweetest of sweet tooths without morphing into a nutritional nightmare.



Sunday, October 10, 2010

Columbus Day....


Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until the 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus' achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage. Throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have appeared in recent years.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halloween Candy...............


Looking for Eco-friendly Halloween goodies or more Natural Candy for Halloween look no further than Natural Candy Store.com

Halloween candy items, individually-wrapped candy perfect for handing out to trick or treaters, as well as natural orange-colored candy and decorations. Be sure to explore the rest of the site for even more candy options for a safe & healthy Halloween!




http://www.naturalcandystore.com/

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Eco-Friendly Trick or Treat Bag..........

Inexpensive homemade bags are simple, you can use any blank reusable bag or pillow case and decorate they the way you want. Glue, glitter, paint, markers, iron on, stencils, fabrics, etc. the possibilities are limit less.

Or you can decorate your own pillow case instead of buying reusable bags.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tips for a Green Halloween..........

Halloween is coming up fast, and a lot of green-oriented Websites are doing their best to encourage eco-friendly celebrating this Oct. 31. We would like to join the ranks and provide our simple tips that anyone can use.

The best way to keep the plastic pumpkins and other plastic treat pails out of landfills is to not buy them in the first place. But if you already own plastic pumpkins, don’t throw them away. If your kids are not using them anymore for trick-or-treating, find an alternate use for them instead. Below are a few ideas of other things you can do with your plastic pumpkin or treat pail.

  • Use it as a candy dish or snack bowl for a Halloween party
  • Turn it into a planter or vase
  • Use it as your candy container to distribute candy when trick-or-treaters come to your door
  • Turn it into a decoration for your home or child’s room
  • Try to donate it to a children’s home or a women’s shelter
  • Make your own scare crow and use the pumpkin as the head
  • If you have a treat pail that is not a pumpkin (perhaps it’s your child’s favorite cartoon character) use the pail to store small toys or art supplies


October...............


The tenth month of the year in the gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with a length of 31 days. The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name (from the Latin "octo" meaning "eight") after July and August, after Julius and Augustus Caesar respectively, when the calendar was originally created by the Romans.

October is commonly associated with the season of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and spring in the Southern hemisphere, where it is the seasonal equivalent to April in the Northern hemisphere and vice versa.

In common years January starts on the same day of the week as October, but no other month starts on the same day of the week as October in leap years. October ends on the same day of the week as February every year and January in common years only.