Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Get Your Halloween Safety Tips Here!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Happy Halloween! I hope you're looking forward to a fun day — and a spooky evening — with your kids.

While you're busy getting those costumes and bags (and bags!) of candy ready, make sure you're up to speed on Halloween safety tips, too.

It's easy. Just click here and scroll down the page a bit to hear my tips on the Rob & Joss show on Froggy 92.9 in Sonoma, California.

Happy Halloween!

Yes We Carve!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

If you’re an Obama supporter and you’re looking to light up the night in a show of Glowbama support on Friday, check out Yes We Carve, a fun site created to promote the Obama campaign with some Halloween fun.

You’ll find stencils, plenty of cool photos, contests, and more. Ready to create your Barack O’ Lantern? Head on over and grab change by the stem. (OK, we’ll stop with the pun-kins now.)

Sexy Halloween Costumes for Girls: Where Should Parents Draw The Line?

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I still remember seeing her when my now-seventh-grade son was in first grade: the 6-year-old girl in the midriff-baring Britney Spears Halloween costume, tossing her hair and trying to give off a decidedly sexy-teen vibe.

She was SIX. And I remember thinking to myself, even then: “This girl will be in trouble someday.”

Never mind that the elementary school allowed her to strut her stuff in the school Halloween parade, in obvious violation of the stated Halloween dress code. Where were this girl’s parents? And what were they thinking?

In today’s Los Angeles Times, Melissa Healy’s article, Sexy Halloween Costumes… For Little Girls? talks about titillating Halloween outfits being marketed to kids. It’s a trend that’s picking up even more steam this year, apparently.

What’s a parent to do? Check out the article and tell us what you think.

Hey Corporate Sponsors! How About a Little Halloween $$$ Help This Year?

Friday, October 24th, 2008

trick or treating in the marina district of sa...Jen Singer has the right idea. As the owner of the first house on a VERY popular street for trick-or-treaters, Jen is looking for a little “Halloween bailout” from corporate America to help sponsor the huge pile of candy she’ll be buying soon. In fact, I’ll let her make her pitch right here.

OK, all you companies out there. I’m betting that if you stop by and agree to add an extra zero or two to that check, Jen will even let you put up a few yard signs. So be generous. After all, have you priced a bag of Mars bars lately?

How to Keep Tots to Teens Cavity-Free

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

"Dad, You Are So Weird""When should my child have her first trip to the dentist?" "Do I need to clean my baby's gums if he has no teeth yet?"

These questions and more are answered in my article on kids' dental health in this month's issue of Sonoma Family-Life magazine. Check it out for some great tooth-care tips.

After all, Halloween (and all that candy) is just around the corner!

Let The Force Be With Your Kids This Halloween

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Looking for an adorable, fun (and cozy) Halloween costume for your baby or toddler? I fell hard for the $19.99 Princess Leia costume featured in a fun post, by Oz Spies, over at DailyBabble. The little hat with the "buns" just slays me.

I like the fact that the Daily Babble post features costumes at different price points, including a too-cute $19.99 Yoda costume.

With many families watching their budget more closely right now, a $20 costume (or making your own costume for even less) is looking a lot better than some of the over-the-top get-ups you'll find for $65 or more.

The site provides links so you can order online. My only piece of advice: Having stood in line at a local costume shop in late 
October, surrounded by frustrated parents and cranky kids, I'd highly recommend ordering online — and ordering early.

Happy Halloween!

Get Thee Behind Me, Halloween Candy!

Friday, October 19th, 2007

It’s coming. In just 12 days and 3.5 hours (but who’s counting?)… Butterfinger. Milky Way. A Hershey’s kiss or two (or six). All the wonderful things that my son collects in his trick-or-treat bag will call to me as I work in my home office the week after Halloween.

Normally, I sneak a few pieces here and there, and it’s no big deal. I just don’t get on the scale until, uh, January. But this year I’ve lost 18 pounds since May (14.8 of it blogging over at, and I want to keep it OFF!

Happily, the good folks over at Keeping The Castle have some terrific suggestions for using all that excess Halloween candy that tends to hang around until Thanksgiving. Just a few of their great tips:

* Melt caramel squares to use as drizzle over apples, ice cream or cake.

* Instead of jam, put mini Reese’s cups in thumbprint cookies.

* Freeze the candy for use as decorations on gingerbread houses in December.

Of course, I realize that doing these things will fill my kitchen with caramel sauce, thumbprint cookies and gingerbread houses. But at least those are the sort of treats that I tend to make with Matt to share with friends and neighbors. Sneaking Halloween candy at 1 p.m. on a Thursday, while Matt is at school? That’s a solo act of taste buds over common sense.

OK, twist my arm. Bring on the thumbprint cookies! Hey, I can freeze ‘em and be that much more ahead of the game when I get invited to a cookie-exchange party. (Hint, hint.)