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“Creatures” Editor; musician, pet parent, childfree, movie buff, “The Halloween Channel” Owner; Find me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/writerlen/

PETS | DEATH | ANECDOTE

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My childhood cat, Pepper, passed away while I was at college. When my mother told me, I cried like a little boy.

Now, more than three decades later, I’m going through the end game with my next cat, Ferret. …

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Whether you’re an empty-nester or you have no kids, you can still participate in Halloween shenanigans! The fun of costumes, decorations, and trick-or-treaters isn’t just for parents.

If you’re not up for it, then sure, you can attend an “adults only” Halloween party to avoid any mini-monsters on your doorstep…

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Carving Halloween Jack-o’-Lanterns is a beloved (primarily American) tradition. Not only can you show off your carving creativity, but it also allows you to partake in some Halloween fun without necessarily scaring people. …

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Wearing his and her Halloween costumes can be just as much fun as individual costumes, but the trick is finding outfits that people will automatically recognize. The driving force behind any Halloween costume is to entertain while avoiding confusion. Therefore, easily recognizable characters are vital if you don’t want people…

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Halloween is more than just costumes, candy, and goofy-looking pumpkins; it’s legends, traditions, and boatloads of atmosphere. To successfully host any Halloween event, you need the right background music.

But not all Halloween gatherings are the same. Kid parties and adult parties both require their own distinct tunes for a…

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Halloween parties come in two basic groups: gatherings for young children or adults. Other than the traditional costumes and candy, party details may include variations on decorations, music, food, and any contests or other planned events.

While planning a Halloween party for teens is possible, it may be tricky since…

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Decorating your home for Halloween can be a fun Fall project, especially if you have a little extra cash and don’t mind a little prep work. …

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Go ahead, dress as someone or something else. It’s okay. That’s what Halloween costumes are all about. Many folks I know have an inner-actor that begs for release every October. …

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While public schools take pains to respect all religious beliefs, banning Halloween parties isn’t necessary. Any non-lesson classroom time helps a child’s social development, and Halloween parties are just as innocuous as any other supervised children’s activity. It’s not a religious service, it’s a social gathering.

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Ideally, a school’s teachers…

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For most people, nothing brings back memories of (or extends?) childhood like Halloween. The candy, Jack-O-Lanterns, costumes, and ghost stories (real or fake) hopefully remind you of an innocent, fun time in your life. Without going into the history of the holiday, this poem celebrates current Halloween traditions. Enjoy!

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