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8 Places to Show Off Your Halloween Costumes In or Near Rockland

8 Places to Show Off Your Halloween Costumes In or Near Rockland

Picking the "right" Halloween costume is a big deal for kids, who have probably been thinking about what they want to be for Halloween last year. Now that they've decided, take them to show off their costume at some of the most fun, kid-friendly Halloween events in and around Rockland County.

Defrightful Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Defrightful Decorating Ideas for Halloween

Holiday decorations aren't just for looks alone. These Halloween decoration ideas and how-tos from Party City use paper lanterns and rat cutouts to mark certain areas of your house as off-limits so you can maintain your family's privacy while your guests enjoy your party.

Maybe Just a Treat

Maybe Just a Treat

Halloween tricks can be fun for adults, but unless parents teach appreciation and empathy, their kids might not understand the spirit of the season’s trickery. Dr. Susan Bartell provides tips to remind children how to be gracious and focus on the holiday's treats.

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Make Your Own Yummy Mummy Finger Franks

Make Your Own Yummy Mummy Finger Franks

The Halloween Creativity book from Barren's Educational Series is full of fun Halloween activities including games, crafts, and creepy party snacks.

13 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

13 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Have some pumpkin left over after carving your jack-o-lanterns, or just itching to make a pumpkin-flavored treat to celebrate fall? Try one of these 13 delicious recipes, including sweet breakfast ideas, savory dinners, and of course, some decadent pumpkin desserts.

Clever DIY Halloween Costume Ideas from Crafty Pants

Clever DIY Halloween Costume Ideas from Crafty Pants

Author Shannon Whitt of Crafty Pants: Clever Costumes offers a step-by-step guide an oversized hooded sweatshirt to create easy, froggy and doggy Halloween costumes for kids and parents alike.

Amazing Animal Costumes for Halloween Fun

Amazing Animal Costumes for Halloween Fun

Halloween just got a whole lot wilder with these critter costumes for kids and babies. Furry get-ups will keep your little ones warm whether they dress as a baby bat or a terrifying T-Rex.

All in the Family: Great Group Halloween Costume Ideas

All in the Family: Great Group Halloween Costume Ideas

October 31st isn't just for kids; parents can get into the Halloween spirit with these fun group costume ideas. Coordinate with your children's costumes to turn trick-or-treating into a memorable activity for the whole family.

Oh Baby! Halloween Costumes for Little Ones

Oh Baby! Halloween Costumes for Little Ones

Babies and toddlers are always cute, but why not amp up the adorable factor with these precious Halloween costumes? They're perfect for baby's first Halloween, toddler trick-or-treating, or dress-up during play time.

Duck Brand's Stick or Treat Jack-O-Lantern Contest Offers Cash Prize

Duck Brand's Stick or Treat Jack-O-Lantern Contest Offers Cash Prize

Duck Tape® brand duct tape shares some ideas for decorating for Halloween with duct tape, including adding flair to costumes and home décor. Duck Tape® is also hosting a Stick or Treat® Jack-O-Lantern contest, so start decorating pumpkins with duct tape and enter for a chance to win the cash prize!

Tips to Handle Mysterious Tween Behavior During Halloween

Tips to Handle Mysterious Tween Behavior During Halloween

As children become tweens, they may begin to resist Halloween and trick-or-treating with younger siblings. Middle-schoolers' heightened self-consciousness may cause them to worry about how people perceive them, especially if they are dressed up. A psychology professor shares tips on how parents can handle these behaviors, as well as their tween's fight for independence.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake

This festive fall-inspired cake pairs fresh pumpkin with decadent chocolate. Add a simple cinnamon-infused glaze over top and you have a perfect dessert for your next holiday get-together.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze

Mini Pumpkin Pie Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze

Add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to this basic donut recipe to make a fall-flavored treat. For some extra sweetness, top the mini donuts with maple, vanilla, or mocha glaze.

Hub Network is Looking for the Best Halloween Costume from Each State

Hub Network is Looking for the Best Halloween Costume from Each State

Kenan Thompson will host the "Hub Network's First Annual Halloween Bash," a two-hour Halloween TV special that features a Halloween costume contest, which is judged by a celebrity panel led by Martha Stewart. The nationwide costume contest winner will receive $25,000.

Spooktastic Sibling Halloween Costume Ideas

Spooktastic Sibling Halloween Costume Ideas

Brothers and sisters can keep the Halloween festivities all in the family with these coordinating costume ideas from local moms and retailers. Siblings can team up as crime fighters or step up to the plate as baseball players in costumes that aren't limited to one gender.

Chillingly Creative Drinks for Halloween

Chillingly Creative Drinks for Halloween

If you're planning a monster bash this Halloween, brew up some Spooky Smoothies and Monster Mash Mudslides. These non-alcoholic drinks are so delicious, they'll spook the taste buds of every little ghost, witch, and goblin at your party.

Make a Boo-tiful DIY Ghost Costume and No-Sew Tutu

Make a Boo-tiful DIY Ghost Costume and No-Sew Tutu

Follow this easy step-by-step guide for a DIY toddler Halloween costume. A no-sew tulle tutu and a sweatshirt with iron-on appliqués will ensure your child is both festive and warm in her ghost outfit.

Tower of Horror Treats for Halloween

Tower of Horror Treats for Halloween

This "tower of horror" is full of treats and makes for a perfectly spooky (and delicious) dessert table at your Halloween party. Get the recipes for skull and crossbones cakes, jolly jack-o-lantern cookies, and spirited pumpkin cake pops.

Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds

Baked Apples with Pumpkin Seeds

This recipe for baked apples features crunchy pumpkin seeds and warm notes of honey, cinnamon, and orange zest. Add some dried cranberries, and you have the perfect dessert for fall. It's also an easy dessert for a crowd, as it can be served warm or cold.

Pumpkin Seed and Panko-Crusted Chicken

Pumpkin Seed and Panko-Crusted Chicken

This easy recipe for chicken breasts crusted in panko and whole pumpkin seeds makes a great family dinner in the fall. You can also try this recipe with your favorite fish filet in place of the chicken.

Make Your Own Halloween Monsters Out of Clay

Make Your Own Halloween Monsters Out of Clay

Modeling Clay: Spooky Characters provides step-by-step instructions for the perfect do-it-yourself Halloween Decorations. Whether you're looking for a Halloween party game or an arts and crafts activity, this book has you covered.

Scary Stories Can Help Prepare Kids For Real World

Scary Stories Can Help Prepare Kids For Real World

With it's ghost and ghouls, goblins and witches, Halloween can be scary for kids. But experts say facing childhood fears, even through ghost stories, can help kids prepare for life.

FunBites Makes Mealtime Easier with Freaky Fun

FunBites Makes Mealtime Easier with Freaky Fun

FunBites is an easy kitchen tool that cuts sandwiches, fruit, and more into fun shapes for toddlers and kids. Assemble the pieces into holiday-themed masterpieces your kids will love to admire and eat.




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